Imagine the perfect date day with your significant other. Picture it in your head; what is the first thing that comes to mind? Write it down and we can help plan it for you! With our extensive questionnaire and process to get to know you and your partner, we can uncover your true desires. Maybe you have only seen the beauty of a place you want to visit online and you don't know where to start. That's where we come in. We can get you amazing photos that you can cherish and also help you plan your day, whether you are nearby or far away.

Location scouting is one of our favorite parts of the job! If it's not a location we have been to before, we will scout it out personally and do our own research so we are set up to create a day you’ll frickin’ remember.

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how to create a badass elopement

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  • Discovery Call
  • Location Scouting
  • Timeline/Shot List
  • 10 Polaroids
  • Print Release
  • Personalized Online Gallery of Photos
  • Access to Professional Print Gallery

Each package includes:

the packages

$1,500

weddings

elopements

includes 2 hours of coverage

fast lane

Perfect for couples that just want to say something sweet and simple, say their vows and take some newlywed photos too. 

$2,500

includes 4 hours of coverage

gypsy soul

For adventurous couples seeking a memorable yet manageable experience. Four hours of enchantment. Say "I do" without the need for a strenuous hike or a long day, enjoying a sweet and simple ceremony and time telling your love story and creating an experience to cherish forever.

$4,500

includes 8 hours of coverage

rockin' 8

Perfect for couples who are looking for a badass adventure by themselves and something separate with friends & family. This is also great for micro weddings which allows you plenty of time for multiple locations, additional guest photos & moments.


$3,500

includes 6 hours of coverage

little country

Perfect for couples who are ready for an adventure. For elopements this will give time to adventure and enjoy our planned activities celebrating your love. For weddings this is perfect for wedding stories that can be told with six hours of coverage.

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the process

step one - vision

When you inquire you will receive a questionnaire to start the planning process, get your ideas on paper and most importantly to tell me more about you and your babe so we can customize and make your day perfect for you two!

step two - discovery

Once you fill out the questionnaire, we'll  schedule a online or in-person meeting to discuss any outstanding questions and logistics for your wedding day. We will go over the timeline, packages, and what it's like working with me and geek out on any wedding ideas you have! Most importantly, we'll see if we're the perfect match and make sure the vibe is right.

step three - balance

To confirm and secure your date, a 50% retainer is due upon signing the contract. The remainder balance is due one month before your project date. I offer payment plans that can be customized to your needs. A thank you gift is on it's way.

step four - timing

It's time to start planning the timeline and shot list. I'll send you a detailed questionnaire to get the outline for the timeline and shot list. We'll work together to make sure everything is set for your wedding day. 

step five - connection

Having a positive relationship with the photographer is a key component to capturing the best photos. Let's grab coffee or drinks at a local spot of your choosing, and go over the timeline. If you're not in the same state, we can always grab a glass of wine and meet on Zoom. I want to get to know my couples so we can set ourselves up for success on your wedding day. 

step six - love

It's your day!I will become your go-to person, providing weather updates and confirming our meeting time and location. In my good morning text, I will ask if you would like me to bring you coffee or tea. Your day will be seamless and stress-free. If any issues arise, I will have a solution. Remember to enjoy the moment and fall in love with your partner all over again! 

step seven - cherish

Within 48 hours, you will receive a sneak peek of your wedding day in your digital online gallery. With Polaroids in your hands, you won't have to wait for a photo - your wedding day will be full of love and memories.

step eight - REMEMBER

Enjoy the magical memories and flip through your photos for years to come.

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click on the moon phase 

It's simple! I believed in elopements before they were trendy. Beating to my own drum and following my heart comes naturally to me, and I want to help other couples experience the magic of making their own rules for their wedding day. With Light Rae (me!), you get my expertise and passion for always chasing sunsets, sunrises, beautiful views, and fun adventures all over Colorado, as well as all the other states and countries I have explored. I have been in business since 2011 and have helped over 500+ couples create and capture the day of their dreams with my craft. I am the ultimate third wheel and hype lady, adding to the experience for you and your love.

I am with you every step of the way. The first half of the package involves me helping you put everything together and getting your ideas onto paper and moving them forward. This includes location scouting, vendor suggestions, permits, and timelines. The second half of the package includes your photography coverage, editing, and full gallery. I put everything into making your photos epic!

A high percentage of my elopements have family members. Again, the whole point of an elopement is that you make the rules! It's completely normal for couples to want their family to witness their wedding. A lot of my couples will break the day into two parts where they do something by themselves followed by something with family afterwards. This is the best of both worlds, as you don't have to skip out on an adventure, and your family still gets to be involved. We can discuss further what it looks like based on the location and your wants and needs for the day and how to include your family members!

You don't have to hike to have a memorable elopement! There are plenty of other activities to incorporate into your big day that can make it fun and adventurous. My questionnaire and elopement guide will help narrow down the options for you!

This is completely up to you! I book about half of my elopements 6-9+ months out, and the other half is anywhere from 3-6 months to 7 days out! Elopements come together super quickly compared to a traditional wedding.

I have a checklist for you, and I customize it based on your location and season. Don't worry. I've got you covered! You will see this checklist multiple times before your wedding day so that you understand the importance of it and can plan and pack accordingly.
After you book your date, I'll hold your hand through the entire process. Elopements are supposed to be stress-free and require minimal planning on your part, while still achieving the perfect wedding day! Note that dates might be limited the closer you book.

Yes! To book your date, you need 50% down, and the balance is due a month before your project date. We can break the payments up any way you like. I am flexible and understand that everyone has different needs. Just communicate with me, and we will work it out. I am here for you!

Every couple and session I have ever had has always said that I make them feel comfortable in front of the camera. I love to meet my couples in person or for another Zoom call to continue to break the ice, and so you see me more as a friend you can let your guard down with. Building connections is what I am here for! You don't have to worry about what to do with your hands because I will direct you where to put them when it is needed. Be yourself, and I will direct you in action-based prompts so you and your love can act naturally together. I will capture those little moments that you don't realize you look so cute in that your lover already noticed, and those little things that made them fall for you in the first place! That's the sweet spot where captivating, natural photos happen. I've found it helps to incorporate some of your favorite activities: paddleboarding, rock climbing, hiking, cliff jumping, bringing your pet, or even spraying champagne (hey, that can be your favorite activity). You'll forget my camera is even there!

My style is adventure storytelling with romantic and editorial photos that you can feel. Getting married in some of the most stunning spots on the planet has to be properly documented! I focus on the couple while highlighting the amazing landscape. I edit with a wide contrast of colors but will leave some muted to keep the dramatic, moody, romantic feel.

get in touch

Marissa Rae
marissa@lightrae.net
720-899-8944
9878 W. Belleview Ave PMB 3024 
Denver, CO 80123