5 Reasons to Elope in Vermont

So you’ve taken the leap and you’re planning your own adventure wedding elopement! Like so many couples today, a large and traditional wedding doesn’t speak to you – instead, you want a meaningful, intimate experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. You want an adventure, a day that is unique, and that is all about the two of you. Forget the pressures of a big wedding, you’re ready for an intentional and meaningful elopement to celebrate your love. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to elope in Vermont!


Perks of an Adventure Elopement:

  • Plan a unique experience that is all about the two of you
  • Experience a stress-free day that is intimate and meaningful
  • Grab the opportunity to hike or explore bucket list locations together
  • Save money on planning a traditional wedding that doesn’t speak to you

Why Choose a Vermont Elopement?

When couples choose to elope, your first thoughts may be, “Heck yea, let’s do this thing!” but then may be followed by “Okay, HOW do we do this thing?”.

My advice to you is to start by sitting down together and answering these two questions:

  • Where do we want to elope?
    • This can be as general as a country you’d love to visit, or as specific as a a venue or hiking trail.
  • When do we want to elope?
    • Seasonality is important for many reasons – your comfort level being outside, the look and feel of your elopement photos, and peak tourism times in popular destinations.

If you’re envisioning an elopement day experiencing the outdoors together, eating delicious food, embracing the seasons, or feeling like part of a small community, a Vermont elopement may be just the place for you. 

Here are my top 5 reasons to consider whether to elope in Vermont!

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1) Explore The Green Mountains Together! 

All of Vermont’s natural beauty makes for the perfect backdrop for a stunning elopement that you’ll remember forever. When you fly into Burlington (Vermont’s only international airport), you will soar over Lake Champlain which stretches from the northern tip of the Vermont-Montreal border all the way down past Ticonderoga, New York. 

Whether you’re drawn to the mountains, the lakes, or even your favorite state park, Vermont has so much to offer for your adventure elopement. Stowe is just an hour north of Burlington, known for its epic skiing and beautiful hikes along Mt. Mansfield. Head even further north to the town of Montgomery to experience a quaint small-town feel and capture amazing views at the top of the Jay Peak Mountain. Or maybe you want to explore the southern town of Woodstock and all the historic buildings and town square, then head west to the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests. Come see all that Vermont has to offer for your adventure elopement!

vermont green mountains

2) All the Vermont Seasons

Whether you’re both ski bums who love to hit the slopes in the winter or kayaking on the water is more your speed, you can incorporate your favorite seasonal activities into your elopement day!

Summer is undoubtedly my favorite time for Vermont elopements, and for good reason! The days are long, the rivers cool, and the mountains start to explode with greenery and wildflowers. Fall is a leaf-peeper’s dream, when the hills burst with wild colors of oranges, reds, and yellows. And don’t underestimate the more quiet beauty of Vermont in the winter where we’re covered in a blanket of white, fresh snow.

May through October is the busiest time for tourism in Vermont, so consider planning your elopement for off-season to avoid the crowds!

Stowe vermont elopement

3) Amazing Vermont Elopement Vendors

When you start planning your dream elopement, some of the very first things you will need to decide are when and where you would like to celebrate together. Once you have the bigger vision of your day, you can start to create the finer details that will make your day a complete dream. 

Considering vendors, activities, and lodging is a big part of your elopement day. Do you want a bouquet or an arbor of florals? What about desserts to enjoy together? Is planning your dream dining experience important? 

We have the most amazing Vermont wedding vendors that will make your elopement experience unforgettable. From videographers to florists, hair, makeup, and more – we’ve got an amazing network of kick-ass vendors to bring your whole vision to life. 

elopement bouquet

4) Unlimited Hiking Opportunities for your Vermont Elopement

Hiking in the Green Mountains is an experience you won’t forget and you can incorporate your favorite Vermont day hike into your elopement day if that’s something you love to do together! You can choose an easy or moderate hike like Stowe Pinnacle or hit the big leagues like Camel’s Hump or Mount Mansfield.

If you’re planning a half-day or even a few hours of hiking when you elope in Vermont, make sure you plan a timeline with your photographer who is familiar with the trails and consider things like parking, leave no trace, appropriate footwear, what to pack and more. 

Mount Mansfield Elopement

5) Your Home Away From Home

Vermont is a special place for many couples who come from all over to celebrate weddings and elopements, plan family trips, and escape to one of the most beautiful states in New England. 

I work with so many couples who come back to visit Vermont for an anniversary or trip because it holds such a special place in their heart. You will always have a special place in your heart for the Green Mountain State once you elope in Vermont!

vermont winter elopement

Your Vermont Elopement Photographer

How does your elopement photographer fit into all of this? It’s so important to find a photographer who will not only guide you through the planning process of planning your Vermont elopement, but who is also someone that you mesh with and trust fully to capture your celebration honestly and authentically.

Amelia Marie Photography is your intimate wedding and elopement photographer, here to capture your authentic moments and real love stories. I’m not only your photographer – I’m also your intimate wedding guide here to bring you the greatest adventure of your life AND document it along the way.

When you’re ready to dream up your perfect elopement day, reach out and we’ll get started on bringing your vision to life or click here to learn more about Vermont elopement packages & pricing.

Amelia Marie Photography

is your Vermont and New England based wedding, elopement  and lifestyle photographer who is forever-seeking adventures and epic moments!

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