24 stunning photos that show why so many couples are choosing to elope

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Elopements can be beautiful.
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  • People often have preconceived notions about elopements, thinking they're rushed or somehow less valid than a traditional wedding.
  • But eloping can be just as meaningful as a larger wedding, as the small ceremony can be catered to a couple's interests.
  • Photos of elopements help capture why they're such special events.
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Eloping gives couples the opportunity to celebrate their love exactly the way they want to.

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The couple stood in a desert landscape.
Anni Style

This couple, photographed by , looked triumphant on their wedding day. The bride sat on the groom's shoulders in a two-piece outfit, raising her hands in the air in glee.

Destination weddings and elopements go hand-in-hand.

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The groom kissed his bride's head.
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A bride and groom embraced on a dock with a picturesque lake and mountains behind them. captured the moment.

Many couples look free on the days they say "I do," as they only have to focus on each other.

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The couple were surrounded by nature.
Cappy Phalen Photography

A couple danced on a hillside on their wedding day in photo. The bride laughed as the groom spun her around.

Elopements offer couples the chance to celebrate privately, which is difficult at a traditional wedding.

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The couple were totally absorbed by one another.
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Sweet kisses, like the one this couple shared in a photo taken by , are harder to share at a big wedding, as brides and grooms have to worry about their guests.

Elopements don't have to take place in Vegas or Niagara Falls either, as is commonly assumed.

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This bride and groom got married outdoors.
Carla Mitchell Photography

11选5精准杀号法Photographed by , this couple celebrated their marriage in a mountain range with a champagne toast.

Eloping also gives couples a chance to play when they get married.

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Elopements can be beautiful.
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A couple jumped on the street while sporting their wedding attire in this photo captured by . The bride wore sneakers under her dress.

Creative locations are easier — and cheaper — to come by for couples that elope.

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The desert was their venue.
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snapped a shot of a newlywed couple walking through a desert on their wedding day. 

Newlyweds can bring their personality to their wedding days when they elope.

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The couple embraced against a snowy backdrop.
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These brides, captured by , wore colorful dresses to their nuptials instead of traditional white.

Honeymoons and weddings can be a two-for-one deal if you elope.

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The couple kissed in front of the fountain.
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11选5精准杀号法 photographed a bride and groom who got married in front of Italy's Trevi Fountain. Tourists watched the moment they said their vows, according to Bailey.

Eloping takes the pressure off of a wedding day.

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The bride grinned as her groom kissed her head.
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11选5精准杀号法This couple appeared to be in their own world as they embraced on their wedding day. took the sweet photo.

Some of the most creative wedding photos come from elopements.

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The bride opened her mouth in excitement while the groom grinned.
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A bride and groom celebrated their marriage in a motorcycle and side-car in this picture taken by . The bride held up a blue smoke bomb for the shot.

Wedding photos can become much more memorable for couples who elope, too.

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Flurries of snow fell as the photo was taken.
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Captured by , a bride and groom posed in front of an ice castle on their wedding day, creating their own winter wonderland.

Some couples turn elopements into family affairs.

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A bride received wedding day kisses from her husband and daughter.
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Elopements have a reputation for being last-minute, solo events, but this bride and groom — photographed by — shared their wedding day with their daughter.

Elopements also offer spontaneity in a way traditional weddings often can't.

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The groom smiled at the bride as they posed under the sign.
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11选5精准杀号法Newlyweds stumbled upon a sign that spelled out "where the grass is green and the girls are pretty" on their wedding day, which turned out to be the perfect spot for a photo shoot.  captured the shot.

Photographers can capture more meaningful moments between couples since wedding parties aren't involved.

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The bride sported a cape that fanned out as she walked.
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This couple looked totally at ease as they walked hand-in-hand in this wedding photo taken by .

Eloping doesn't rob couples of any special moments.

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The bride appeared to laugh as the groom held her.
Kathleen Elizabeth Photography

In this photo taken by , a couple grinned at each other as they embraced on a mountain range on their wedding day. 

A couple stood on a cliff on their wedding day in this elopement shot.

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The couple looked out to a body of water from a cliff-side.
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The bride's dress flowed during the shoot. captured the moment.

But the most important aspect of elopements is that they put emphasis on the marriage rather than the wedding.

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The brides held matching bouquets.
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In this photo by , the love between this couple was the focus as they leaned in to kiss one another.

Personalities shine through in elopements.

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The couple kissed on a dock during their ceremony.
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A bride sported a fluffy jacket and hat over her wedding dress at this elopement, which was documented by .

Nature can become an integral part of elopements for many couples.

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The bride smiled back at the groom as they climbed.
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11选5精准杀号法A bride and groom climbed a rocky hill near a beach in this photo taken by .

Some couples use elopements as a chance to have an adventure.

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The bride clutched her dirty dress as she hiked.
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A bride and groom toted hiking packs and muddy clothes as they trekked up a mountain on their wedding day. This photo was taken by . 

The photos alone might make an elopement worth it for some people.

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The couple locked eyes as they held one another.
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and snapped this shot of a bride and groom perched on the edge of a cliff in their wedding attire. Few couples can say they have wedding photos like this one.

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