With more and more couples seeking intimate, personalized, and stress-free ways to tie the knot, the number of people opting for elopements is on the rise, taking the wedding industry by storm. Aside from its practical benefits, several factors contribute to the growing elopement trend, such as the desire for a unique and meaningful celebration unbound by societal expectations typically tied to traditional wedding ceremonies.
Whether exchanging vows on top of a majestic mountaintop or in the quiet of a hideaway, elopements allow couples to hold a celebration that prioritizes intimacy and authenticity. We, The Light Photography, a renowned wedding vendor based in Colorado, capture these real moments while ensuring that couples have an unforgettable experience during their most cherished day. Larissa Welch and Bailey Boggs, the creative minds behind the company, champion this commitment to authenticity.
Reflecting on her transition to elopement photography in 2018, Larissa remarked, "I believe that elopements offer couples an honest space to express themselves without the pressure of performing for a crowd." After experiencing it in her own wedding, Bailey shares the same sentiment. "We chose to hold a larger celebration because of societal expectations. In the end, our supposed special day was more about our guests than us," she recounted. With this, the women made it their mission to capture breathtaking images while prioritizing the raw emotions that unfold during elopements.
We, The Light Photography offer the ultimate elopement experience, tailored to ensure a stress-free and unforgettable day for couples. The package includes a meticulously crafted planning guide consisting of insights and resources from over 250 elopements, a tailored location guide, unlimited communication avenues, vetted LGBTQ+-affirming vendors, and a customized timeline designed to make a couple's elopement a day they can truly enjoy. Aside from elopements, the beloved photography company offers intimate, small wedding photography services, timeless couple photography sessions in the stunning landscapes of Colorado, and film photography.
Larissa and Bailey showcase their commitment to their "people first, photos second" mantra by establishing genuine connections with couples right from the start. They go beyond to find common ground by sharing interests, building rapport, and breaking down the barriers of typical formal client-photographer relationships. Understanding that the couples’ dynamics and personalities are vital in capturing authentic moments, the photographers consider all aspects, from their energy to their preferences, when guiding them during the shoot. This unique approach creates a more comfortable environment for clients, allowing their natural emotions to surface and enabling the photographers to capture the best candid moments.
Born in Colorado, Larissa and Bailey have a deeper understanding of the state's terrain, weather patterns, and hidden gems. This knowledge helps them provide only the best elopement experience for couples and offer alternatives when unexpected situations and challenges arise. Bailey shared, "In 2020, we had to replan a wedding due to a wildfire. The area I'd normally suggest was closed. Because we have spent years exploring the region, we came up with new options within hours."
What makes We, The Light Photography stand out is not only its commitment to providing breathtaking photos and ensuring clients’ satisfaction. The photography company also practices environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Growing up in Colorado instilled in Larissa and Bailey an appreciation and respect for the environment and the importance of the 'leave no trace' principles. The creative women incorporate these values into their elopements by educating their clients about environmental stewardship.
We, The Light Photography also empower couples by allowing them to contribute a portion of their wedding package fee to various initiatives like protecting the wilderness and places of cultural significance through the National Park Foundation and battling racism and mass incarceration through the Equal Justice Initiative. These initiatives set an example to the photography community, creating positive changes within communities. Ultimately, the mission of We, The Light Photography goes beyond photography. It aims to provide authentic experiences to couples, build lasting relationships, and impact lives.
Name: Larissa Welch
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