This intimate Big Sky elopement was such a special day. Elly and Nathan had never been to Montana before their wedding day, but their adventurous spirits brought them from Seattle to Big Sky and the 320 Ranch to elope. It was an elopement in the original meaning of the word – neither of their families knew about it, and it was just them, their officiant, and us. It was incredibly special. Reid and I photographed and witnessed their beautiful ceremony, and we even had the privilege of signing their marriage license. They even did the traditional cake cutting and first dance, both of which were made even more romantic because of the intimacy of the occasion. For anyone else considering eloping, we highly recommend it. There is nothing quite as romantic as traveling far away with your other half to get married. We ran off to Wales ourselves to get married, and it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. If the thought of a big wedding stresses you out, you should definitely think about eloping or having an intimate destination wedding. Focus can be where it should be – the fact that you’re getting married to your soul mate. Everything that could go wrong (and often does) with timing on a wedding day is mitigated because the only ones you really have to be on time for is yourselves. You can splurge a little (for us it was definitely photograph) because you’re not paying for 100+, but you can also have a party later on to celebrate with everyone if that’s important to you! To us, it’s the best of both worlds.