Small weddings, elopements & adventure sessions in Alaska

The Alaska elopement you've been dreaming of.

Alaska is the perfect place to elope if you are the kind of couple that prioritizes adventure, and experiences, over things. With vast open landscapes, blue glaciers carving through the mountains, lush vegetation, and turquoise blue lakes, Alaska truly makes the perfect backdrop for a ceremony.

Not only is it a beautiful place to say your vows, but there is also SO much to do. Seriously, you could never see it all. From taking boating excursions out to the Kenai Fjords National Park, spotting wild orcas, and seals resting on icebergs, to trekking on the Matanuska Glacier (one of the most incredible experiences of my life), or kayaking through lagoons filled with ice caves, and icebergs, you could never get bored in Alaska!

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Hey, I'm Carissa! Alaska Elopement Photographer

I’m so excited that you are dreaming up an elopement in Alaska. Alaska is one of my favorite places in the world, and one of the best places for an elopement.

With ancient glaciers, wildlife everywhere you look, and wild landscapes, Alaska truly is an absolute wonder of a place.

Planning an elopement can feel overwhelming, but that’s what I’m here for! Think of me as your guide - I’ll help you find the incredible secret spot to say your vows, awesome local vendors to bring your dreams to life, and provide assistance with all the logistics and details that go into planning an unforgettable experience. I’ve helped plan elopements all over the world, and have a lot of experience crafting meaningful, intentional elopement days.

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I work with couples that want something a little deeper than the traditional.

Couples who would rather follow hiking trails than trends, and would rather have a wedding day full of adventure, than a wedding day full of “stuff.” I’m guessing you probably feel the same way, that’s why you’re here.

You want to do things differently.

I’m here to help make that happen. Every couple that reaches out to me is at the very beginning of the planning process, just like you. I take them from feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to begin, to a fully planned, unique elopement day.

I provide customized assistance tailored to your unique elopement vision, from scouting the most incredible secret spot where you will say your vows, to helping you book the private helicopter tour that will get you there.

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I'll help you find the perfect location

My work is timeless, emotional and inspired by adventure. I take a unique approach to every wedding day, and while you might even forget the camera is there, you can rest assured I'll be creating art out of your adventure. My goal is to craft a gallery of images that tells your story, so you can look back on these photos 20 years from now, and feel all of the emotions of your adventure all over again.

Beyond location scouting, I'm here to help with every step of the planning process. I love hopping on Zoom with my couples to drink beers and plan together. I'll also send you amazing local vendor recommendations, help you find unique accommodations, and work with you to plan a timeline for the day. My goal is always to help you plan an intentional experience that reflects YOU.

I have lists on lists of incredible spots that I have scouted over the years, that would be perfect for an elopement. Whether you want a boat tour through the fjords, a lagoon filled with icebergs, or a remote glacier, I've got a spot in mind. My standards are high, and almost all of my favorite spots are usually empty, so rest assured you'll get some incredible recommendations from me.

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Sadie + Dani

Tara + Cody

"After seeing only one certain picture Carissa had taken, we instantly knew she was the one. From the moment we inquired to the moment we had to say goodbye, Carissa made this process an actual dream. Wedding planning can be overwhelming, but Carissa was on board every step going out of her way answering questions, providing advice and recommendations, and meeting with us to ensure all our of our needs and wants were met. The time spent with Carissa were truly lifechanging, and not only will that day and the astonishing pictures be forever ingrained in our hearts, but the intentionality and charisma Carissa adds was the cherry on top."

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Best time of year to elope in Alaska

One of the most amazing things about Alaska is the incredible diverse seasons you can experience throughout the year!

In the summer months you'll find warmer temps, foggy weather, meadows full of gorgeous Fireweed everywhere you look, walkable glaciers and long daylight hours.

By September, you'll start to see the leaves begin to turn! The weather will start to get a little more chilly, and you might even get a dusting of snow! Fall in Alaska is vibrant and gorgeous, although it doesn't last very long!

Winter is the longest season in Alaska, and although the window of daylight hours is short, there is still so much you can do! This is the perfect time of year to elope in a winter wonderland, with fun winter activities such as snowmobile safaris, and husky sledding. Of course you also might spot the northern lights!

Where to elope in Alaska

This will probably be one of the hardest parts about this whole process! Alaska is huge, with such a diversity in landscapes, ranging from ancient glaciers, to coastal fjords. Here are a few of my favorite options to help you get started:

Glaciers:

Did you know you could actually get married while you stand on a 20,000 year old glacier? Imagine saying your vows, with the sounds of the glacier calving under your own feet.

Mountains:

Alaska has so many incredible hikes, and mountain passes that would be perfect for an elopement. Hatcher's Pass is one of my favorite spots I explored. Imagine vast, lush green valleys, wildflowers everywhere, and pristine mountain air.

Helicopter Tour:

This is probably the single coolest way to get married. Imagine taking a helicopter out to the most remote, otherwise completely inaccessible locations in all of Alaska, and saying your vows while you stand in a spot that no one else has ever been.

Best places to stay for your Alaska elopement

Alaska might be rugged and off the grid, but there are still tons of incredible lodging options throughout the state. Here are a few of my favorite options:

Salted Roots Cabins - Seward, Alaska

Aurora Villa - Fairbanks, Alaska

Hatcher's Pass Cabins - Palmer, Alaska

Air-Bnb with a sauna - Anchorage, Alaska

Alpenglow Luxury Camping - Glacier View, Alaska

Sheldon Chalet - Denali National Park, Alaska

Alaska Elopement Packages

FULL Day Coverage - $6,500

Up to 8 hours of photography coverage - a day full of adventure and exploring multiple locations.

+ Custom location scouting
+ Timeline creation

+ Permit assistance
+ Vendor recommendations
+ Online gallery of high resolution images

Sunrise + Sunset COVERAGE - $8,500

Up to 10 hours of photography coverage - for couples that want to experience both sunrise and sunset (the best times for photos) in their day.

+ Custom location scouting
+ Timeline creation

+ Permit assistance
+ Vendor recommendations
+ Online gallery of high resolution images

Ready to Start Planning your Alaska Elopement?

Just fill out the form below, and I'll get back to you within 48 hours. I’ll send you a detailed guide that includes all of my elopement packages, then we can set up a time to chat over the phone to discuss all the possibilities for your day.

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