Letting go of the expectations of others--or even your own expectations--is challenging at best, but on the other side of it, is home.
Eloping is a coming home to yourself and your love. And, you deserve a wedding experience that feels safe, present, and entirely you.
Let me come alongside you, and help you plan your biggest adventure yet.
You always search for the deeper meaning in life, do things a little differently, and feel deeply at home in nature.
So naturally, the traditional wedding scene doesn't feel quite right to you, and you know what? That's okay. You want a different kind of wedding experience, one that is a true and bold representation of your love story--one that sings to your soul.
Well, wanderer, look no further. I want to empower you to have the best day ever and connect with your truest self. Are you ready?
Eloping with my love in Yosemite changed my life.
We said our vows in the morning with a granite sea as our background. With 11 of our closest friends and family to witness it, we all shared happy tears, and awed at the majesty of Mother Earth.
That day felt like a dream and entirely us, and that's exactly what it was. We sat in a meadow, hiked, and watched the most spectacular sunrise and sunset we ever laid eyes on.
Since that experience, it's my passion and mission to empower other couples like you to make the dauntless decision to elope in nature, and to help you realize a wedding day that represents the two of you fully.
Your North Georgia
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To you, eloping no longer means getting married on a whim or in secret. It's not frivolous, quick, or shameful. Instead, you're making a choice to elope out of self-awareness because you want a day true to your love story and a day good for our amazing Earth. Eloping is a way to live your life out with intention, and avoid the set of expectations of how you should "settle down."
After all, I eloped too, and can empathize with planning stress, and have years of experience helping other couples through this process!
Words cannot express how amazing Kayla is as a person and a photographer. She put so much time and effort into our elopement and it made the day more perfect than I could have ever imagined. She immediately started scouting hikes and locations that would accommodate Ryan’s grandmothers for the ceremony and us for our private hike. I’m a naturally stressed person all the time over schedules and details and I have never stressed from start to finish with her. With Kayla, there was never a reason to worry. She had itineraries, back up plans, back up plans to the back up plans. She packed everything we would have possibly needed in her hiking pack to ensure our day was perfect. Thank you so much for such a perfect wedding!!
Kayla is an incredible photographer and an even more incredible person! Kayla surpassed our expectations as far as getting to know us, her expert-level knowledge about the areas we were interested in visiting/taking photos, and her kindness every step of the way. She placed special emphasis on making sure the day was authentic to us as a couple, and her energy on our special day was super peaceful and made us feel comfortable as we took photos throughout the day (she was with us for 8 hours)! We would 1000% recommend Kayla to anyone seeking a photographer who really cares what your wedding day is about - and that's love. Thank you Kayla!
"Kayla is the absolute best! She is so considerate and helpful and knowledgeable. She went out of her way to make sure we had the best day— she double checked our location and provided a backup when we needed it, built our fire when our fire starter didn’t work, and ran back and forth to our cars when we forgot things. She’s a joy to work with, easy to talk to, and worth every penny. Not to mention our photos are INCREDIBLE. Love love love. 10/10."
"Kayla was absolutely amazing from start to finish!! She planned out everything and was super involved every step of the way! From walking us through every moment of our elopement to scouting the perfect destinations for us! We truly couldn’t have had anyone better for our perfect day, and because of her it was just that PERFECT!! We got a sneak peak of the photos just a couple days later and they were absolutely amazing! Upon receiving the rest of our pictures we were absolutely blown away by Kaylas perfect eye and ability to be so in the moment with us as she captured the most intimate parts of our ceremony, we would highly recommend her to any and everyone looking to elope and to have that special day be more than perfect!"
Kayla was a dream to work with. From the initial planning stage all the way through our special day she was there guiding us every step of the way. Our day was magical and perfect - and Kayla was a huge part in making our dream elopement a reality. Our family came with a crew (including a baby and kiddos!) and Kayla was inclusive and kind with them all and able to comfortably capture everything and everyone as well as we could have hoped. We had unexpected weather and she was flexible and prepared and turned what could have been a stressful part of our day into a fun memory. Our photos are absolutely incredible (Kayla is so talented), but more importantly our day and our memories we made as a family will forever be cherished.
Kayla did a phenomenal job with our entire elopement! The attention to detail and the amount of effort that she put in to the entire experience just blew us away. She made it completely stress free and planned everything down to the minutes. She was very knowledgeable about what we would need and provided us with packing lists and helpful advice to ensure our day went so smoothly. I can't even adequately express how BEAUTIFUL our pictures were. It truly felt like we were in a fairy tale. We look so natural and there was such a variety of looks and views. We will cherish them forever! We also ordered some prints from her and the quality is just fantastic. We cannot recommend Kayla enough!
I wish you COULD'VE HEARD the scream we both let out when the pictures came in! Anytime we thought we had a favorite photo, the next photo would be the new favorite. Words can’t describe how happy we are with the photos and the experience itself. As we looked through the photos we kept talking about what a great and easy day it was. It was better than we imagined and the photos are better than we dreamed. We have looked at them for hours at this point and everyone who’s face I’ve shoved into my phone loves them just as much. I can’t thank Kayla enough for capturing our day so perfectly. Our family who we shared the photos with said they loved that they could see our entire day like they were there. They also loved that the photos felt real and felt like us. Getting the photos back is a great and bittersweet end to our elopement but we are so grateful to have met and gotten to work with Kayla!Thank you thank you thank you! (x a million more)
Kayla is an absolute treasure. We traveled to North Carolina for our pictures and she was so accommodating! Especially when we ran into some unexpected weather. She cares so much about her couples and made sure we were comfortable at all times and was flexible with adjusting the days schedule. She is so well prepared and even had an extra bare of hiking boots that happened to fit my fiancé when he forgot his! She brought us to such a beautiful place. She practices “no trace left behind” and cares about the environment and location you end up in, which I appreciate. She made us feel comfortable and cared for and our photos so far are amazing. I hate myself in pictures, but Kayla made me feel amazing and I can see true love and joy in our photos. If you’re looking for an authentic experience filled with love, care, and adventure, Kayla is a no brainer!
We hired Kayla to photograph our wedding in April and if you’re thinking about doing the same….DO IT! She was absolutely amazing to work with from day one. We got married states away and had no idea where to begin with planning but Kayla made it a BREEZE! Not only does she provide you with multiple vendor lists and an out of this world location guide to help you find your favorite spot, she even gives you a step by step guide to not forget the details. I really don’t know how we would’ve planned it all without her! Even with hiccups that happened out of our control she handled every situation with professionalism and kindness. She went out of her way every chance she could to make our day more special than we could’ve ever dreamed of. She even made sure to let us focus on all of the emotions of the day and slow down to soak them all in! Not once did we ever feel rushed or on edge with her around which speaks volumes as my husband is a pretty quiet and private person. I feel like we made the best possible choice to pick her as our photographer to capture our special moments throughout our big day because not only did we find the BEST vendor, but we also made a new amazing friend! If you’re thinking about hiring Kayla….DO IT I promise you won’t regret the friendship or photographs to come (:
Kayla goes above and beyond in every way. Not only was I completely blown away by her final product, but she is a caring and conscientious individual that my husband and I were comfortably able to be our true selves with — our goofiest, most emotional, sometimes chaotic selves. She provided us with a safe, fun-loving space and captured us perfectly in our element. If you’re looking for a genuine human being to accompany you on the best day of your life — she is your girl. Her work is stunning and her words are always backed up by her actions.
"When my love and I decided to get married in just three short weeks, we were overwhelmed with trying to plan everything. We got in contact with Kayla and she was absolutely amazing from the start! I didn’t realize how little I had thought about my wedding day until Kayla, and she went above and beyond the normal duty of a photographer! She helped me plan out the day and visualize what it would look like."
If you need any more reason to elope, elope because it’s kinder to our beautiful planet.
Big, traditional weddings produce hundreds of pounds of garbage, and produce TONS of carbon emissions.
Thankfully, you don’t have to be a part of that. With proper planning, you can have an earth-friendly, low-waste wedding without sacrificing what you value most on your wedding day, and that’s because you’re investing in an experience over STUFF!
My job goes beyond capturing beautiful photographs of your special day. As your elopement photographer, I’m also your planner, your location scouter, your dress fluff-er, your adventure buddy, and friend.
A photographer should capture beautiful photos, but they should also give you a stress-free, genuine experience; they should help you create a relaxing timeline of your day so you can feel present and connected. They should be a source of inspiration, knowledge, and encouragement so that you can create a celebration of love centered entirely on the two of you.
When you know that my excitement, and passion for your day matches yours, you can feel at-ease knowing that you'll be taken care of.
This means I passed an assessment given by the Leave No Trace Center for my knowledge and commitment to preserving and protecting our natural spaces in North Georgia and beyond!