Intentional elopements that focus on experiences and connection. 

First off, let me say I am so excited to work with a couple like you. You know what you want and are willing to step outside the norm. 

You want to have a special day that fits who you are as a couple, focusing on the connection that you have. You aren’t into tradition for tradition sake and you aren’t stoked thinking about being stuck as statues forcing smiles for the camera. There will be plenty of throw your head back laughs through the experience of your day together. I offer constant direction and guidance throughout the day, focusing on your connections and experiences together, with photos being the documentation, not the other way around! 

I am here to guide you from the early planning process and take you from feeling overwhelmed to confident in your decision to elope. I provide customized planning assistance to each of my couples, with curated timelines and activities to make your dream elopement vision come to life.  And once your elopement is over, you'll continue dreaming and talking about it for years to come knowing it was the perfect decision for you. 

i work with couples who want to go against the grain and celebrate intentionally. 

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i will help you find the perfect location

Picking out the the most perfect location for your elopement does matter. This is why I spend so much time scouting for the perfect spot for each of my couples. Whether you want an off the beaten path offering privacy or a beach side cliff with the waves crashing below (and bathrooms nearby), I will find the perfect spot for you. 

I love getting to know my couples through Zoom calls and if time and location permits, a coffee date or cocktail hour. I'll send you local vendor recommendations, help you find accommodations that fit all of your needs, help acquire permits-if necessary, and work with you to plan the perfect timeline along with a few backup plans. I always want my couples to experience the best day possible that reflects who they are, so my elopement planning is always customized to each couple. 

One of the most common phrases I hear from my couples is that they are awkward and don't know what to do when they are having their photo taken. I get it! And I love being your third wheel! Maybe you are not into PDAs and/or aren't sure to put your hands. Putting you at ease is a huge part of my job. I talk...a lot. And some of the time I am talking is directing you and guiding you on where to put your hand. And other times it is just me talking so you don't have time to think too hard. Sometimes you'll have lots of space away from me and sometimes I will be more hands on. Once you get into the groove, you'll forget the camera is even there. 

Your day will be fun and full of big moments and small ones, and I am here to capture them and everything in between. You’ll be able to look back at your images and remember exactly how the day felt. Each gallery I deliver is curated to tell the story of your entire day, from start to finish. 
When you look at your photos in 10 years, I want you to relive all of the same emotions you felt during your elopement. I want you to remember how you couldn't stop laughing or how you always found a way to be touching. Because let's face it, the moments where you feel most connected are the ones worth photographing. 

Plan out the logistics and curate an experience just for you

And importantly, I am here to document your adventure.  

make you feel comfortable and at ease in front of the camera  

LET'S start planning

"From the start of our planning process, she was such a support through helping us with suggestions, timelines, and emotional supports." 

   Pricing + offerings

The Sunrise to Sunset
For couples looking to plan a day full of adventure, activities, and want city and nature as their backdrop during their elopement.
10-12 hours
Starting at $5400

Please reach out for my full pricing guides by filling out the contact form below. 

The Full Day
For couples looking to experience a slow and intentional elopement day doing several different activities in a few different places.
Up to 8 hours
Starting at $4200

Palm Springs/Joshua Tree
2 elopement spots available

Mammoth Lakes, CA 
2 elopement spots available

1 elopement spot available

Philadelphia/New York
1 elopement spot available

2 elopement spots available

Big Sur
2 elopement spots available

Joshua Tree

Open to inquiries

I truly believe you should be getting married in a way and in a place that feels special to you. Whether it's a beautiful coastline you've always wanted to visit or where you took your first trip together, I believe location does matter when it comes to your elopement. 
My travel schedule revolves around the best time of year to be in these destinations; the summer in the Sierras, the winter in the desert, and the coast year round.
No matter what corner of California you're scoping out for your elopement, I will jump in my car or on a plane to help you celebrate.

The Mini
For couples looking to have coverage of their ceremony and portraits in 2 close-together locations. 
Up to 4 hours
Starting at $3200

For couples who want to have meaningful connections on their elopement day

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let's adventure

“Emma is not only an incredible photographer, but an incredible person. From the start of our planning process, she was such a support through helping us with suggestions, timelines, and emotional supports. We knew we didn't want a huge traditional wedding, and it's so clear from her work that she knows how to get those quiet, special moments. Her calming presence was so appreciated, she jumped in and helped with little things throughout the day, was able to direct us (who are, what you might say, goofy on camera), laughed with us, and just perfectly nailed every shot. She so seamlessly captured our intimate backyard wedding, and we are forever grateful to her for doing so. Please do yourself a favor and book her for literally every event, shoot, etc. It will be the best decision you could make! We love you, Emma. Thank you for everything!!” -Amanda + Kevin-


How many images do we receive in our gallery?

How many images do we receive in our gallery?

The number of photos you receive depend on a few factors, such as coverage booked, whether there are guests, location(s), etc. I curate all of my galleries to include all of the best images. Therefore, I always strive for quantity over quality. While I don't give a guaranteed a minimum or maximum number of images per  elopement, you can expect 50-75 images per hour of coverage. I'm also happy to send over sample galleries for you to look at so you can get an idea of what a full gallery looks like.  

How do you deliver photos?

How do you deliver photos?

I deliver the final gallery via an online digital gallery. I send you a private link and download code for you to be able to print, share, and download in high resolution and save in at least 2 different places. 

What happens if there is inclement weather?

What happens if there is inclement weather?

If there is a little bit of rain on your elopement day, that is no big deal! It can add a little bit of moodiness to your photos. In the case that there is a big weather event or natural disaster, I always have back up plans. I also never plan full day elopements back to back, so there is a buffer zone in case we do actually need to reschedule.

How do we book you?

How do we book with you?

To book with me, I need a date and general location that you wish to elope. This can be submitted via a contact form found in the navigation bar.  Then I'll send over a contract and invoice with a non-refundable retainer fee of 50% of the total. From there we will begin planning your epic elopement.

How much coverage should we book?

How much coverage should we book?

This really depends on what you have in mind for your elopement day. Get in touch with me so we can figure out exactly what you're looking for. I have created different packages for different types of elopements, so i can recommend the best fit for what you're envisioning. My most popular package is the 8 hour package. 

How many guests can we invite?

How many guests can we invite?

Depending on where you want to get married, the number of guests will vary. Some parks will limit the guest list for you, while a venue might have a higher capacity.  Something to consider is that the more guests, the more restrictions you'll find when picking a location. If you're flexible, you can definitely have as many guests as you want. 

Ready to become adventure buddies for life?

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emma dalessandro photography

Intimate wedding + elopement photographer for couples who want to follow their hearts and celebrate in a way that feels true to them