HOW TO PLAN YOUR WEDDING

PLAN OUT THE DETAILS

Once you've figured out the big picture decisions for your day: who you're inviting, where you're going, and how long your trip is going to be -- the next step of your wedding planning process is to plan out the details.

You're going to need to book your travel, book a place to stay (either for just the two of you or also for your guests), choose what vendors to hire, what activities you two want to include in your experience, pick out your wedding day attire, and gather any extra gear you may need.

I'll be honest, this step can feel a bit overwhelming and lengthy and yeah, there's a lot going on. Just remember that your wedding day is all about what you want, so if your vision doesn't include some of the things I go over here, don't sweat it!

What matters most is that you two are planning the day that speaks to you!

Take your time with all of these decisions and most of all, have fun with it! I'm here for you every step of the way, so if you have any questions or want more ideas or suggestions, feel free to reach out with questions. I've got your back.

BOOK YOUR TRAVEL

TRAVEL BOOKING PRO TIPS

TIP 1: SCHEDULE SO YOU CAN GET TO YOUR LOCATION EARLY

One thing I've learned by traveling is to not fly in the day before a big activity -- so if at all possible, I highly suggest getting to your wedding location as early as your schedule allows. If there's a time change from your home to your destination, giving yourself a few days to get adjusted really helps. If you're going to a high-elevation location, it's extremely helpful to have at least 48-72 hours to acclimate to the altitude before doing anything strenuous to best avoid altitude sickness. No matter how far you're headed, giving yourself time to get settled and gather all of your day-of details without any stress (flowers, marriage licenses, wedding cake, etc) is a much more relaxing experience.

TIP 2: CHECK FLIGHT SALES & USE REWARDS (if you have them)

If you have been collecting travel rewards with credit cards, this could be a great reason to redeem them and splurge on your travel experience! Oftentimes, business class or first class flights are a really good value to redeem with points. If you haven't explored credit card rewards for travel yet, exploring these two sites is a great place to start!

thepointsguy.com

millionmilessecrets.com

Flight sales may make more sense than using points. You can us the following to set flight alerts for sales from your local airport, to monitor sales for particular routes you are interested in, or to use their explore or map functions to find the best flight deals:

google.com/flights

kayak.com

scottscheapflights.com

airfarewatchdog.com

BOOK YOUR LODGING

When it comes to planning your wedding, picking where you'll stay is almost as fun as choosing your ceremony spot. It's the place you'll wake up on your wedding day and where you'll come back to after you're married!

I personally suggest viewing your lodging as part of your whole wedding experience. Think outside the box and give yourself permission to consider fun rentals like cute AirBnbs, A-frames in the woods, treehouses, yurts, oceanside villas, or any kind of place that you think is aesthetically appealing, super enjoyable, and fits the vibe for the rest of your day. Pick somewhere that you two will thoroughly love spending time together.

ACCOMMODATION BOOKING PRO TIPS

TIP 1: THINK ABOUT NATURAL LIGHT & AESTHETICS

Are there good windows in your space? Does the decor vibe with the vision you have for the day? You might want some getting ready or other photos where you're staying and good lighting and decor can make a huge difference in your photos.

TIP 2: CHECK REVIEWS

Especially when it comes to lodging, it's important to read listing descriptions and reviews thoroughly before booking to avoid any unwanted surprises.

TIP 3: HOW FAR IS IT FROM YOUR CEREMONY SPOT?

Map your route on Google Maps between your ceremony spot and where you plan to stay. I suggest trying to find lodging as close as possible (within a 60-minute drive, if you can) so that you don't have to spend too much of your day driving. Some more remote areas may require more travel, but the closer you can stay to your ceremony location, the smoother your timeline will be.

TIP 4: GET SOME PRIVACY

If you're having a wedding with guests, think about booking your own space the night before and after your wedding so you can get plenty of rest and enjoy even more time together, just the two of you.

NEED SOME ACCOMMODATION 

INSPIRATION?

I'M HERE FOR YOU.

Where you stay for your wedding will absolutely affect your experience, so find a place that makes you happy! Here are a few resources I like to scope out when I'm looking for fun, unique places to stay:

1) AirBnb

2) VRBO

3) Glamping Hub

4) Boutique Homes

5) Under Canvas

6) InvitedHome

7) Book a Treehouse

8) Castle Rentals

CHOOSE YOUR VENDORS & DETAILS

While it's not required to hire any particular vendors (hair & make-up artist, florist, etc) for your day, partnering with a few high-quality, amazing vendors who are on board with helping you create your dream wedding can absolutely elevate your experience and shows your unique style.

Hiring vendors isn't necessarily about turning your day into a big production, but about getting some help so you don't have to do everything yourself. High-quality vendors means you can relax, knowing some of the big day-of "to do's" are in the hands of the professionals, and you can just sit back and enjoy the experience.

The most common vendors that couples hire for elopements & weddings are florists, hair & make-up artists, officiants, chefs & caterers, and videographers. If you have an idea and aren't sure who to hire to help, just ask.

Here's my best advice on how to pick the best high-quality vendors:

1

Before you hire any vendor, read lots of reviews to make sure they not only have the professional skills required but also fit with the vibe and experience you're looking for.

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Read contracts carefully and make sure everything you've agreed upon is in writing.

2

If a vendor is going to be physically present on your day, see if you can talk to them on the phone or a video call to get a feel for their personality and make sure you enjoy being around them.

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If you're not sure where to start when it comes to looking for vendors, don't worry, there are plenty of resources to search through, like: The Knot, Wedding Wire, Google, Junebug Weddings, Green Wedding Shoes, Pinterest, Instagram hashtags, & more.

Remember, I have a lot of suggestions for talented vendors based in or around the locations I shoot in frequently --

I'd be more than happy to share them all with you! Just ask me!

THING TO CONSIDER WHEN HIRING THESE VENDORS...

HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTIST

I've gotten a lot of feedback from couples that they were happiest with their photos when they looked closer to their everyday selves. For example, if you typically wear your hair down, a fancy updo might not be the best option for you on your wedding day. Similarly, if you don't wear a lot of make-up on a daily basis, you might not feel comfortable with a heavy make-up style on your wedding day. 

It even happened to me for my own wedding day! After spending hundreds of dollars on my wedding day make-up, I ended up returning to the venue and washing it all off so I could make myself look well, more like myself!

To keep your skin look true to life, it's best to avoid mineral sunscreens, spray tans, and self-tanner on or before your elopement day.

FLORIST

Professionally designed florals can add so much color and romantic "wedding vibes" to your day in a way that can be totally customized to your style. The floral arrangements I've seen that work the best for weddings need to hold up to transport well (especially if we're hiking!) and also potential outdoor elements such as hot or cold temperatures or wind. Ask your florist for hearty blooms that aren't super fragile and look for things like dried flowers, grasses, plants with woody stems, sustainably sourced feathers, and materials that don't produce seed. Depending on your location, you may need to go with native, non-invasive species.

When talking with your florist:

  • Let them know your budget, color schemes, season location, and vision for your day.
     

  • Tell them if you are hiking or expect the flowers to be jostled around a lot. If so, communicate that you're looking for a hearty bouquet that will last.
     

  • Send photos and inspiration of what you're looking for. Are you looking for a more "wild" bouquet, or something more round and traditional?
     

  • Would you like any floral hair pieces? Boutonnieres? Corsages? Additional florals for decorating? Loose stems to use for photos of your details?
     

  • Be sure to trust in the professional and let them guide you through color theory and the creative process. Do your best to remain open to the ideas -- a collaborative process always results in the most wonderful outcomes!

OFFICIANT

Marriage laws vary greatly throughout countries and the states. For example, in some U.S. states you can legally self-solemnize (marry yourselves), while others may require an officiant and/or witness(es). In some states, you can even have a friend or family member get ordained easily and for free through an organization like the Universal Life Church, which is recognized in most U.S. states. If you do choose to have an officiant, they will play an important role in your ceremony, so it's important to make sure you find someone you really click and connect with.

VIDEOGRAPHER

Video can be a great additional way to document your wedding story! When considering adding video to your day, it's key to find a videographer with a similar shooting approach to your photographer. I personally prefer collaborating with non-intrusive, documentary-style videographers who don't turn your day into a production. To keep an intimate and private feel to your wedding day, consider hiring a solo videographer rather than an entire team.

CATERING & PRIVATE CHEFS

It's super important to stay well fed and hydrated during your day, and one of the easiest things to forget about is food! Hiring a private chef to create you a stunning and delicious one-of-a-kind meal is a well-worth-the-indulgence experience that you'll never forget. Don't be afraid to treat yourself and remember that this is your wedding day, and while hiring your top-choice chef or caterer might cost more per person than someone would typically spend on a plate of food for a big wedding, with less guests (or just the two of you!), it's something definitely worth considering splurging on!

MUSICIAN

A musician can be a great touch to your wedding day. Having live music can really amplify your wedding day experience, whether you plan to invite someone to play softly during your ceremony or you hire your favorite local band to perform a private concert as you enjoy dinner and dancing.

Some considerations:

  • Not all locations allow amplified music, especially in National Parks and public spaces, so a live musician can be a great alternative.
     

  • Your lodging can offer a great private space for your wedding concert, especially if amplified music is not permitted at your ceremony site.
     

  • Consider the mood you're setting. Are you looking for something mellow and acoustic? Or something more upbeat for dancing and celebrations?
     

  • Will you be doing a first dance? Are there specific songs you'd like played?
     

  • Remember, music can be a great source of entertainment for all, especially if there will be some "down time" for guests while you're out taking portraits. 

PLANNERS

While I love helping couples find amazing outdoor locations for wedding ceremonies & portraits and giving all the advice I have, I'm not a full-service wedding planner who will book vendors for you. If you need in-depth assistance with booking lodging and catering, would like to have someone do all the coordination with your vendors, or are looking for a day-of coordinator who could help with set up and tear down, I'd suggest reaching out to a full-service planner who specializes in elopement and wedding planning.

OUT OF THE BOX VENDOR IDEAS

DESSERTS & WEDDING CAKES

Many eloping couples choose to indulge in some sort of sweets on their wedding day and hey, why not!? Traditionally the dessert of choice is wedding cake, but you could absolutely think outside of the box and choose any favorite dessert -- pies, cookies, cupcakes, ice cream, donuts, etc! Your baker will be able to guide you with portion sizes for the number of guests and will work with you to create the perfect design. Pinterest is a great place to gather some inspiration ahead of time too!

If this isn't an area you'd like to splurge on, but you'd still like to enjoy a nice treat, consider going to a nearby bakery or organic grocery store and purchasing a pre-made dessert. You can easily transfer it to a beautiful plate, add some floral decorations around the edges, and have a professional-looking dessert in no time!

Some unique ideas to infuse into your wedding day:

  • A jeweler who will let you make your own rings
     

  • A tattoo artist who will give you wedding day tattoos
     

  • A hot air balloon, helicopter, or bush-plane pilot
     

  • A professional 4x4 or vintage vehicle driver
     

  • A rock-climbing, canyoneering, or mountaineering guide

VENDOR RECOMMENDATIONS

These are a few (local-to-the-Adirondack) vendors I recommend!

However, these are ideas and suggestions only. I do my best to vet everyone who is on this list but ultimately it's your responsibility to do your own research, contact vendors directly, and to make your own decision on who you feel is best to hire.

This is a constantly evolving list so if you have a personal experience with a vendor that you'd like to share, I'm all ears!

 

HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTISTS

FLORISTS

WEDDING PLANNERS

DJS & BANDS

CATERERS, BAKERS, & BARS

RENTALS & DESIGNERS

VIDEOGRAPHERS

COOL PLACES TO STAY

*WHILE YOU MAY BE ABLE TO HOST

A SMALL WEDDING AT ANY OF THESE

LOCATIONS, I KNOW FOR A FACT YOU CAN HERE.

UPSTATE NY VENUES

VENUES IN KEENE

VENUES IN LAKE GEORGE

VENUES IN THE CATSKILLS

VENUES IN INLET/OLD FORGE/ EAGLE BAY

VENUES IN LAKE PLACID

VENUES IN SARANAC LAKE

VENUES IN NORTH RIVER

VENUES IN CHESTERTOWN

VENUES IN WILLSBORO

CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITIES

While big traditional weddings have a pretty set plan of events they tend to follow, when you elope or plan a smaller, more intimate wedding, the activities you can do during your day aren't limited to just a ceremony and a reception. Open your mind to your wedding day being a lot more than saying vows and taking a few portraits -- this is your chance to craft an entire day together, from start to finish, that is as much fun and representative of who you two actually are as a couple.

The best place to start this process? With a few questions. Ask yourselves things like:

1

What are our favorite activities to

do together?

2

What do we do for fun on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis?

3

How can we incorporate what we love to do on our wedding day?

4

Is there a new activity that we want to try together on our wedding day?

Think outside the box! Get creative and don't be afraid to splurge -- it's your wedding day, after all!

ACTIVITY IDEAS

Links in orange are specifically for the upstate NY region.

HIKING

ADRENALINE PUMPING ACTIVITIES

From a 2-mile hike to a 2-day trek, nothing says badass wedding like a hiking adventure to your ceremony spot. Whether you love a casual jaunt in the woods to connect with nature or absolutely love tackling a tough hike together, there are so many trails out there I'd be happy to show you!

4X4 ROADS

If your ideal spot is on a 4x4 road, consider renting a jeep or hiring a driver so you can access it (and relax and enjoy the ride). You can also access 4x4 locations by renting ATV or UTV vehicles.

HELICOPTERS & PLANE RIDES

Not a hiking fan? You don't have to be! Easily access amazing places in the backcountry with total privacy be helicopter or plane! Get dropped off on a mountain, a glacier, a remote island -- this is basically a cheat code for seeing multiple landscapes without hiking or driving. Taking a hot air balloon ride is another magical transportation experience where you can see the world from above!

For weddings in the Adirondacks, check out:

Adirondack Flying Service

Payne's Air Service

Helm's Aero Service

ADK Balloon Flights

WATER ACTIVITIES

Feel alive on the water? There are so many water activities you can do on your wedding day!

Unless you're a certified professional, you're going to want to hire a guide for some of these activities!

RELAXING ACTIVITES

  • Sightseeing

  • Relaxing on a beach

  • Going on a safari

  • Taking a motorcycle ride

  • Riding bikes

  • Horseback riding

  • Soaking in a hot tub

  • Relaxing in a hammock together

  • Doing yoga together

  • Drawing or painting

  • Hanging out in a treehouse

  • Having a picnic

  • Wine tasting

  • Drinking tea or coffee

  • Fishing

SNOW ACTIVITIES

Getting married in the winter or late spring in the mountains? There are so many snow activities you can do on your wedding day!

CAMPING, GLAMPING, & BACKPACKING

NIGHT ACTIVITIES

Just because the sun sets doesn't mean the fun is over. There are so many night activities you can still include in your day!

  • Stargazing

  • Cozying up next to a campfire

  • Making s'mores and cooking over a campfire

  • First dance by firelight

  • Night hiking

ACTIVITIES WITH GUESTS, KIDS, & DOGS

Want to involve your friends, family, kiddos, or your fur babies in some activities on your day? Here are a few ideas!

  • Go on a walk with your dog

  • Play yard games

  • Play card games

  • Have a dance party

  • Pinatas

  • Photo or video booth

  • Karaoke

If you think it would be fun to camp the night before or after your wedding, you can pitch a tent yourself or rent a glamping experience. You could take a few days to backpack on a trail you've always wanted to explore -- or book a guided overnight where your stuff is carried for you and camp is all set up!

PLAN OUT YOUR ACTIVITIES

Some of these ideas don't require a lot of planning to incorporate them into your wedding day, while others you're going to want to book in advance or hire a professional guide. Make sure you schedule enough time for these in your day (or days) so that you can enjoy them fully without feeling rushed.

PURCHASING YOUR ATTIRE & GEAR

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO WEAR ON YOUR WEDDING DAY?

I'm going to hit you with another disclaimer here before we dive right in. If it hasn't sunk in yet, your wedding day is all about doing exactly what you want to do -- so your attire is no different.

Ultimately, you should feel 100% comfortable, happy, beautiful, and wonderful in whatever you wear, so please don't feel any pressure to wear something that doesn't speak to you.

My best advice in the beginning stages of picking our your wedding attire is to keep an open mind. Many couples have told me that they started shopping for one particular style in mind and ended up choosing something completely different. It happens often!

It's helpful if you can find a local shop or boutique to try on a few styles in person. Even if you're planning to eventually make your purchase online, it's nice to see how different styles look and feel on you in person so you are confident that you have a good idea what you're looking for before making an online purchase.

When picking out attire, remember that you're likely going to be wearing it all day, so consider how heavy it is, how comfortable it is, how easily you can move in it. Think about what activities you plan to do in your attire, and what kind of attire would work best without holding you back from having tons of fun.

Your perfect wedding attire is the one that best "fits" you. If you're happy, comfortable, and feel amazing, you're doing it right! There are no rules, pick what you love the most!

TIPS FOR PICKING THE BEST DRESS OR SKIRT

TIP 1

Your dress doesn't have to be white -- it can be any color you want! Black, blue, yellow, patterned, multi-colored, whatever you want, go for it! 

TIP 2

If you're having an outdoor wedding, it's likely there will be a natural breeze. Pick up the bottom fabric and mimic wind -- twirl and spin to see how flowy it is. A simple skirt can look epic if it's moved the right way, so sometimes the best "windblown" looks come from a dress that might seem a little boring on the hanger.

TIP 3

If you plan to do a longer hike on your wedding day, it's a great idea to pack your dress in a backpack and then change when you get to the ceremony spot. Consider avoiding heavier materials like corsets, boning, tulle, and super puffy skirts. Go for something lightweight!

TIP 4

Even if you're not hiking, you'll likely want to be able to move around freely. Are you able to take a big upward step in the dress? Will you be able to climb up on a rock or tree stump for an epic photo? Raise both arms up, dance, skip, run, swish it! Make sure it has the movement you love.

FAVORITE DESIGNERS
& DRESS SHOPS

TIP 5

Is the dress lightweight enough for all day wear? Leave it on for an extended period of time and make sure it remains comfortable.

TIP 6

Can you sit down in a chair comfortably in the dress? Can you sit comfortably on the ground?

TIP 7

Do some jumping jacks and dance around! How does it feel? Does the dress bounce back into place or does it need a lot of adjusting after movement?

TIP 8

Are you interested in any accessories? Veils, capes, and shoulder shawls can add extra movement and add tons of drama to your photos.

TIP 9

Consider layering options that will go with the dress. If your wedding might have colder temperatures, find some cozy shawls or jackets that coordinate with your dress and that you would be excited about being photographed in.

TIP 10

Not looking for a dress but still want something sort of flowy? Try looking for skirts and sweaters! Maybe even a jumpsuit!

TIP 11

Think about who will be joining you while shopping and doing fittings (if anyone!). I recommend only inviting people who are supportive of your vision, are totally on your team, and who can give you kind and honest feedback when asked.

TIP 12

Keep in mind that some dress shops can take up to 6 months to actually get a gown in, then you'll also want to leave yourself with additional time for any necessary alterations.

TIP 13

Never feel rushed or pressured into making a decision! It's okay to leave a shop having not found the perfect dress. You will find the one!

TIPS FOR PICKING THE BEST SUIT OR TUX

TIP 1

Your suit doesn't have to be black and the top doesn't have to match the bottom! Mixing and matching colors and materials for jackets and pants can be a fun way to add personality to your attire. Don't be afraid to think outside the traditional box.

TIP 2

Consider fun patterns and materials in your ensemble. It's okay to go for corduroy pants, a leather jacket, a shirt with penguins on it, or a knitted cardigan. Not everything has to be black tie formal or traditional linen.

TIP 3

TIP 4

Don't forget about accessories! Adding unique details like suspenders, vests, bolo ties, bow ties, neckerchiefs, scarves, hats, belts, belt-buckles, pocket watches, cufflinks, and pocket squares can be another way to add more interest, detail and personality into your attire.

Make sure your choices are easy to move around in and don't fall off too easily. Try taking big strides, squatting down, sitting in a chair, sitting on the ground, stretching, and jumping around. See how easy it is to move in the attire, and make sure it'd be comfortable enough to adventure in! Do this when trying outfits on and during alterations. If you encounter issues with your attire staying in place, suspenders or a belt could help.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT YOUR WEDDING ATTIRE IS HOW IT MAKES YOU FEEL.

 

BE AUTHENTIC TO THAT.

TIP 5

Consider bringing along a few trusted people to help you make your selection and give you kind feedback on what works best for you.

TIP 4

Consider leaving some additional room to add a base layer underneath your suit if you'll be in a cold environment on your wedding day.

TIPS FOR PICKING THE BEST FOOTWEAR

TIP 1

Consider the environment that you're getting married in. Make sure your footwear is appropriate for where you're going and will enable you to have the most enjoyable time. I usually recommend going for function over form for shoes as they don't tend to be the most important focal point of your photos, but uncomfortable footwear can really hinder your experience.

TIP 2

If you're getting married outdoors, good, solid footwear with actual tread is important when walking or hiking on natural surfaces. There could be great photo spots on top of rocks, boulders, etc. that require stable footing -- so unless you plan to spend 100% of your day on flat pavement or a manicured lawn, you're likely going to want supportive shoes with good grip.

TIP 3

TIP 4

For most locations, I personally recommend against wearing heels or dress shoes that are completely smooth on the bottom. Good tread and support means more options for exploring and moving around freely without worrying about tripping, falling, sliding, tripping, or twisting an ankle.

FUNCTIONAL FOOTWEAR RECOMMENDATIONS

If your location is cold, you might want to leave extra room in your boots for thick socks and toe warmers. Make sure to get a great pair (and extra pair) of wool socks, which will wick moisture away from your skin and provide better insulation (even when wet). Toe warmers can also be a lifesaver for cold environments. Your extremities are the first to get cold, so I definitely suggest stuffing a few in your boots.

TIP 5

If your location has the potential to be snowy or icy, get a pair of traction spikes that fit over your shoes to make sure you won't slip or fall.

TIP 6

If your location is warm,  you can consider a supportive open-toed sandal, and if you're getting married on warm sand, you may even want to consider going barefoot (or wearing barefoot sandals only) for part of the day unless the sand is too hot.

TIP 7

TIP 8

For hiking weddings, I recommend wearing the best pair of hiking boots you can find. You can choose to either keep them on for your ceremony and photos or change out of them -- it's totally up to you! Just remember, if you opt to switch shoes, they'll still need good tread if you want to explore around freely for your photos.

If you purchase a new pair of hiking boots or shoes for your day, make sure you break them in ahead of time to avoid blisters or finding out day-of that they aren't comfortable for all-day wear.

DON'T FORGET TO LAYER UP

Weather can be very unpredictable in the great outdoors, so if you're getting married somewhere that could be chilly, cold, or windy, layers are going to be your best friend! In high elevations in mountainous areas, it can snow as late as June and as early as September, and snow can last year-round in some spots. Even if it's just a chilly morning, cloudy, or a bit windier than expected on your day, having an extra layer to put on can make all the difference in the world to how much fun you're having. 

Knowing how to layer and which layers to choose is going to be hugely important to ensure your wedding experience is comfortable and full of excitement. There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear! (Okay, sometimes there is bad weather, but gear is going to make all the difference).

  • Base layers. I highly suggest wearing fleece or wool leggings or yoga pants underneath. More than one layer can be beneficial, too (depending on the time of year and location). If your baselayer matches your skin color, it will blend in well for photos!
     

  • Mid layers. Bring something warm like a sweater, shawl, fleece, or down jacket depending on your environment. Consider bringing an option to keep you warm that you won't mind being photographed in.
     

  • Outer layer. This is your primary defense against the elements! A rain shell will protect you from rain, snow, and wind.

  • Accessories. Keep those extremities warm! Gloves, mittens, a beanie, ear warmers, a scarf, a buff, etc.
     

  • Blankets. This is a great option for warming between exploring and makes for great, cuddly photos, too!
     

  • Hand & body warmers. Total lifesavers. I swear by these! I highly recommend having some to stash in your pockets, gloves, mittens, and to pass out to any guests!

ADVENTURE GEAR PRO TIPS

BACKPACKS

Some adventures call for a bit more gear -- don't worry, I've got you covered! You might need a few of these things to make your wedding experience even more epic:

If you're hiking or even just exploring one area, you may want to consider a backpack to hold your extra layers, water, snacks, vow books, etc. If you are carrying quite a bit of weight and/or hiking far, you will want to get one with sturdy hip straps to help take the weight off of your shoulders.

HEADLAMPS

A must-have if you're hiking in the dark! And so great for star photos, too. If you're hiking or exploring in time to catch a sunrise or after sunset, you each need one of these!

WATER

Drink plenty of water! Staying hydrated will also help keep you from getting altitude sickness if you're getting married at a high elevation. Bring it along in a hydration pack or water bottle. For longer hikes and overnight backpacking, I recommend bringing along a water filtration system.

FOOD/SNACKS

Don't forget to pack tons of snacks to keep your energy up. I find for early morning hikes when I don't have much appetite, runner's gels or energy chews are great options to get quick calories and energy. Also consider packing a picnic to enjoy and celebrate after saying your vows.

THERMOS

Warming up from the inside out in cold conditions is always a treat! Consider bringing along some hot soup or a warm drink like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, a hot toddy, etc. in a thermos.

BACKPACKING STOVE

This is a great option for doing some light cooking in the backcountry (which includes more remote areas that are not heavily trafficked by tourists and other guests). Bring water for a hot cup of tea or coffee, or cook up some oatmeal, scrambled eggs, or a backpacker's meal!

TREKKING POLES

Recommended for long and particularly steep hikes to give your knees a break. they can also help if you are hiking through any snow and need some extra stability.

SKIN PROTECTION

Sunscreen is so important to wear every day, but especially when at high altitudes and on sunny days when in the snow. Depending on your location, bug spray may be a lifesaver as well. 

CAMP BATHROOM

When outdoors, it's important to be prepared if you need to relieve yourself in the woods. I recommend always following Leave No Trace Principles and using Wag Bags to dispose of waste when in an are with no bathroom facilities.

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