Capturing beautiful photos for you is a passion of mine, but it’s not all that I’m about, and it's not what gets me teary-eyed behind my camera.
Beautiful photos are by-products of the connection we’re going to build together, and the deep connection that you already have with your love. So, my mission is to help you realize a day all about the two of you; for you to have a day that 100% epitomizes your love story all the while doing good for the earth. A day without a set of distracting expectations. Are you ready?
I know it may sound odd or strange, but listen:
It wasn’t that I didn’t care about our love or want us to grow old together. It was that I didn’t care about all the STUFF; the decorations, the traditions, the production. I didn’t want to spend three thousand dollars on a tent for the reception, make seating charts, or pick out colors for dresses or suits.
None of that mattered, or had anything to do with our love or us at all.
We didn’t want to just ACCEPT our wedding day. We wanted to get excited about it.
Once we started accepting eloping—an adventure all about us—as a possibility, that’s when we got STOKED about our day. I want you to have the same opportunity.
If we weren’t empowered to elope by our loved-ones, it would’ve been much harder for my love and I to make the decision to elope, and live out our day the way WE wanted to. I want this website and the words written here to be a letter of encouragement and empowerment to live out your truth. I'm your advocate. I'll be your friend, cheering you on.
I’m the MOST awkward person that I know—not joking. I’ve always been a black sheep, and done things a little differently. I want you to know that you are welcomed here, and your story is worthy of being captured however you decide to elope.
Your elopement day is NOT about me taking beautiful photos; it’s about you two. Your love is the only reason why I'm even here. I'll be your fly-on-the-wall, anticipating the beautiful moments of connection that make up your day; I want you two to focus more on resting and being present on the most amazing day ever because you only get this day once, and it goes by so fast!
I hope that by being my quirky, awkward, passionate, fiery, and honest self with you, you’ll feel inspired and safe to share some of yourself with me too. I can’t expect my couples to open up in front of me if I don’t open up in front of them. I believe our mutual vulnerability cultivates true connection, and I care about getting to know YOU, and photographing the two of you as you are naturally. I want my couples to feel safe, seen, and entirely themselves, so whatever you’re feeling/whoever you are, I’m ready/would be honored to know you and to capture your story (I'm an enneagram 4, if this tells you anything).
I love nature (chances are high that you do, too), and over time, that love transitioned into activism, and a deep desire to protect the beautiful spaces that have played such a big role in my life. The amount of people on this planet is growing at an infinite rate, but our natural spaces are finite, and need help and attention. This is why I follow Leave No Trace principles in all that I do, donate with each booking, and am zero-waste/vegetarian (transitioning towards veganism)!
I do not tolerate hate, discrimination or racism in any way here at Wentzek Photo, and I will not offer my services to anyone that exemplifies such behavior. I believe love is love, and I want anyone and everyone to feel safe here.
For over 20 years, I lived in Blairsville, and lived literally four miles away from the Appalachian Trail. I can offer a lot of insight and local knowledge for your elopement because I've adventured all over North Georgia.
Behind the beautiful dresses or the suits, behind the enchanting florals and the hiking boots, you’re a human being first and foremost. I want to know about how you both met, your favorite movies or hikes. Your fears and your anxieties. I don’t want to just photograph your day, leave, and never speak again. I believe this work runs deeper than that.
I know what it feels like to plan your day, and how overwhelming all of it can be! However simple or more complex of an elopement you might have, I’ll be here from the start to help you plan by providing location inspiration and scouting, local knowledge, unlimited consultation, timeline help, and so much more.
Nestled in the mountains of Blairsville, GA
My adventure doggy Kamots
His name is Robert. (: We met while rock climbing in college.
To empower others to connect with their truest selves so that they can focus on what really matters to them. This just so happens to translate really well into empowering others to elope in nature!
Everything bagels, the connection in everything, meditation, Linguistics, The 1975, elves, backpacking and rock climbing
Wow, where do I begin? Using Kayla as our small wedding photographer was the best decision my husband and I made (besides getting married to each other). She is so incredibly knowledgeable and talented. We always knew that we wanted a small wedding, but even then, the planning can be confusing and stressful at times. We didn’t even know where to begin. After we hired Kayla, she was readily available to talk to and suggest ideas. It took so much pressure off of us and made everything so much easier! Seriously, we would have been lost without the itinerary/schedule she made for us. It was a life saver!! She is so fun to work with. She made us feel so relaxed and comfortable through all of the wedding day jitters. I always get nervous for pictures, but WOW, all of the pictures she took for our wedding were STUNNING. I love and treasure every single one. She was so creative and full of amazing suggestions for us. I especially love that so much nature was incorporated, because my husband and I love the outdoors. Even with it being a small wedding, it went by in a blur. I am so thankful I have Kayla’s photos to be able to relive that day. She is such an amazing, wonderful person and talented photographer. You won’t go wrong choosing her to photograph your small wedding or elopement!
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!