Bride and groom holding each other smile at their elopement at the bonneville salt flats in utah

elopements, weddings, &

unforgettable adventures

eloping is everything you want it to be– and nothing you don't.

and the best part? I'm here to support you every step of the way!

don't get me wrong, eloping isn't for everyone.

but if you can't imagine sharing the most important day of your life with 300 of your closest friends...

if you dream of unforgettable adventures in beautiful places...

if you don't mind breaking the mold...

if you want a wedding day that's about nothing but you, your love, and your vows....

...then you're in the right place.

what do you get when you book with me?

Zion National Park elopement with bride and groom

all the support you need

for your big day

Need advice or vendor recommendations? Not sure how to navigate permits, or timelines, or even where to begin? I'm your girl! I love guiding you through this process so that your wedding day is as stress-free and magical as possible!

A man and woman hold hands on their elopement day

a comfortable and enjoyable experience

Worried that you won't look good in your wedding pictures, or worse, that you won't enjoy taking them?? Take a breath, relax! I'm going to help you look and feel your best so that our time spent together is one of the highlights of your day!

little sahara elopement in utah with a groom's fist in the air

intimate photos that will never fall out of style

Your love is timeless, and your wedding photos should be, too! That's why I edit in a way that stays true to the colors of your day, in a bright style that emulates film. You'll look like you, and your love will jump out of each photo. Like your marriage, they'll stand the test of time. 

more about me...

I'm Marla! My love of photography began early– as a little girl on my family's summer road trips I'd beg for the camera, wanting desperately to be able to look back and remember the beauty that I was seeing.

I'm a memory hoarder, I have 90,000 photos on my phone's camera roll, and I truly believe there's no greater magic than the power of a great photo. 

Now, there are a few things you should know about me:

- I'm a values-based business. I infuse my passion for environmental sustainability, inclusivity, and social justice into everything that I do.

– I'm a traveler at heart, and after exploring 30 countries and 46 states, you can bet I'm used to unexpected challenges being thrown my way. Obstacles and roadblocks don't faze me anymore!

- I will do everything in my power to make you feel comfortable during our time together and give you amazing photos, no matter the color of your skin, your gender identity, your sexual preferences, religion, or size.

okay but really– wondering what I actually help you with?

you've probably never eloped before, but don't worry– I know what I'm doing.

I can...

  • Help you pick the perfect location

  • Walk you through obtaining any necessary permits

  • Advise you on what kind of clothing will look & function best for your elopement

  • Recommend reputable vendors that I trust and you'll love

  • Decide what activities to include

  • Create a timeline for your day

  • Curate a list of Airbnbs, resorts, or campsites for your stay

  • Give you resources to help narrow down your invite list

  • Provide you with a packing list + other prep guides

  • Sign your marriage documents

  • Calm your nerves

  • Fluff your dress, straighten your tie, or smooth your hair

  • Document the entire story of your day, from your very favorite moments to the ones you didn't even witness yourself (like what your partner looked like getting ready)

  • And make you feel valued and supported throughout your entire day, because you deserve a stress-free, unforgettable experience!

Utah Elopement Photographer captures bride and groom amongst red rocks in Snow Canyon

"what does it even mean to elope?"

Oh, I'm so glad you asked! An elopement is absolutely whatever you want it to be. If you're curious about my personal definition...

 

An elopement is an intimate wedding day designed intentionally to celebrate a couple's commitment to

one another.

The elopements I photograph have fewer than 25 guests and typically aren't in traditional wedding venues. I'm often found in the mountains, in forests, in National Parks; in grandparents' backyards, in breweries, on rooftops.. anywhere your romantic heart desires!

every package includes

Utah Elopement at the Bonneville Salt Flats with bride and groom

unlimited consultations

and communication

I'm available through text, email, FaceTime, and one day, even in-person meetings ahead of your elopement to ensure you feel comfortable and prepared, every step of the way. I got you!

elopement bouquet on the bonneville salt flats

photographs that tell a story

Your day isn't full of me telling you what to do and how to pose– it's you enjoying yourselves and me documenting your best memories as they happen. I promise to take more than just pretty pictures.

Bride and groom with sun flare bewteen them taken by natural light elopement photographer

all of your pictures for you to keep and cherish

I don't set a maximum number of images for you to receive (though you can expect a number in the hundreds). If I capture the moment, it's yours to keep, forever. Printing rights, too– you can do as you please!

Marla Manes Photography WW Portfolio-8.j

looking for a more custom option?

 You got me– I'm interested.

If you're considering a multi-day elopement,

designing a whole trip doubling as a honeymoon,

or planning a destination extravaganza for your guests, let's talk about it! I'd love to help you imagine

~literally the coolest event ever~ and draw you up a custom quote for whatever it is you're dreaming up!

I'm not here to place limitations on you. I'm here to capture your memories from your best day, no matter what on Earth that looks like.

not eloping, but still looking for an adventure?

I do those, too. Because you don't need to be getting married to run around with your love, documenting this time in your lives. Read that again– you deserve beautiful photos, no matter the occasion!

Seattle engagement session on a rooftop

Not your average portrait session.

Seattle engagement photos at golden gardens park

adventure session pricing

Not your average portrait session.

• 2+ hours of photo coverage

Depending on our activities, I'll spend 2-3 hours exploring with you two. We can hike to a waterfall, go on an urban adventure, a scenic drive, a picnic date. You can paddle board, kayak, take a surfing lesson, cook a meal, paint something together. Let's think a little outside of the box!

• A full gallery of photos delivered online for you to keep and enjoy (no maximum!)

I don't put a limit on the number of photos you'll receive! You get to keep each and every memory delivered to you that tells the story of our adventure.

• Location scouting & recommendations 

Whether you'd like to return to a favorite spot of yours or explore someplace you've never been, I'd love to help you choose the perfect spot for your adventure. 

• Personalized planning resources

I'm happy to help you decide what to do, what to wear, what to bring, and what you can expect! If you know what you feel best in, fantastic– wear that! If you need some help knowing what will photograph best, I am more than happy to help style your session to help you feel confident coming into it.

• All travel + photography permit fees included!

Anywhere I can get to in my car or with a plane ticket is included. I cover photography permits, as well! 

Nationwide: $2200      |      Seattle area: $1000

Not your average portrait session.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"Seriously where to begin with how incredible Marla is as an incredible and artistic photographer, professional and organized business owner, and welcoming and beautiful person. She immediately makes you feel comfortable talking with her and she puts a ton of effort into getting to know you and your story. She cares so deeply about her couples and goes above and beyond with client experience before, during, and after your session with her. You spend a ton of time with your photographer, and this is who you want as your cheerleader, your confidant, and your friend on wedding/elopement day. Her eye for light is inspiring and you never again will say "I'm so awkward in front of the camera" because her posing is effortless and genuine. She brings out the best in you and your partner and your connection. Candid moments, deep emotion, and joyful forever memories! Marla is the photographer you've been looking for!"

- LAURA

HERE FOR SOMETHING ELSE?

While elopements + adventures are my "bread and butter", I do all other kinds of photography, as well. If you're looking for a classic portrait session, a maternity shoot, product photography, branding photos or headshots, or even a photographer for your traditional wedding, please reach out. I have a select number of openings in my annual calendar for all of these kinds of projects and more, and would love to talk to you to see if we're the right fit ❤

portrait pricing begins at $600
Couples engagement photo session interracial couple inspiration
 

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