Adventure Wedding & Elopement Photographer
Specializing in the Alps and European Destinations

Make your dream wedding into an epic reality

Have you thought about planning your wedding and then suddenly felt insanely overwhelmed, like where the heck do you even start?! If you feel pressured to have your wedding a certain way, stop. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Exhale slowly. Where do you see yourself while you’re tying the knot? What’s behind you? What can you smell while you take another deep breath? 

Do you hear the wind blowing through towering trees, and does the invigorating scent of pine fill your lungs? Maybe you turn around and see tall, jagged peaks, glittered with snow. Perhaps you can see your reflection in a pristine, glacial lake, or you hear crashing waves and taste the salty, ocean breeze. You look down at your perfect wedding dress or suit, possibly some hiking shoes, and then up the love of your life standing before you. You smile.

I want to help you have that dream-come-true wedding, equip with lasting, smile-inducing memories, doing whatever it is that you want to do. THIS IS YOUR CHOICE; march down that isle, up that hill, or through that river to the beat of your own drum!

Whether it's in the Swiss Alps, the Italian Dolomites, or in a small town in the Austrian mountains, go do it. Pack your bags, get your tickets, and don't forget an extra pair of socks. To make everyone else happy and feel like they didn't miss out, have a big reception when you get back home. But get married however you want to!

a traditional wedding wasn't for you.

What is a modern day elopement?

What is a small intimate wedding?

you're not alone

All about the 2(+) of you, instead of being all about the party you throw and your guests.

A full day adventure spent however you want (the sky is the limit!), instead of being stuck to chatting with your drunk uncle all night.

A stress free day without obligations, instead of nail-biting over whether or not the cake is going to arrive on time and if everyone is having fun.

Sharing your vows just between you and your partner(s), without the anxiety of having to do it in front of an audience.

All about the 2(+) of you and the closest people you keep dear to your heart, instead of being all about the party you throw and your guests.

A full day adventure spent however you want (the sky is the limit!), instead of being stuck to chatting with your drunk uncle all night.

A stress free day without obligations, instead of nail-biting over whether or not the cake is going to arrive on time and if everyone is having fun.

Sharing your vows just between you and your partner(s), with a small audience of those amazing individuals you just can't live without.

Planning made easy

The long story short: I'M HERE FOR YOU. I GOTCHU. There's no better third wheel out there to bum along on your wedding day because I will be there to capture every moment of your eternal epicness.

It's true- I'm Canadian. Not even a real European. But since I've moved here, I now know Europe like the back of my head. Location and activity ideas? I have them all.

I'm not here to guide your wedding through posed photos, I'm here to join you on your adventure and take pictures along the way. As in, don't look at me as hired help, look at me as the friend you invited along because you know she's been stuck behind her computer for far too long (probs true since most of my job is editing and admin).

Ready to grab your wedding by the bells and exercise your right to do things according to your wildest fantasies?

Imagine your best-day-ever with you and your partner, from the moment your get out of bed until the sun sets- that's where we will start.

the wellness day

9am- You start the day by saluting the sun with some morning yoga and a view of the Swiss alps. I'm there to take pictures.

11am- We've started a brisk walk through a gorgeous forest, climbing gear in hand. We're heading towards an epic craig, ready to trust each other with our lives.

12pm- Climbing commences!

3pm- Cute picnic in the woods. You've brought your favourite plaid blanket, a thermos of tea, and little cakes from that 5 start patisserie you googled.

4pm- We're all cleaned up and ready to push on to an epic peak.

6pm- We've reached the peak just in time for an epic sunset! The two of you pop open a bottle of champagne, give a toast to each other, and say your spill your hearts out to one another with the most beautiful vows ever written. I am now crying.

7pm- We head down the mountain with headlamps, if possible take a few star gazing photos, and conclude the night.

the overnighter

1pm- We start our journey to a hut in the Dolomites. I've got my camera ready for the entire epic journey.

4pm- We've reached the hut- time to take off those big backpacks and change into wedding attire.

5pm- 2-3 hour photo session, spent doing shorter side trails with your wedding attire, perhaps a bouquet, a cute "just married" sign, and a bottle of champagne. Vows are exchanged, and again, I'm crying.

8pm- The sun has set, and the stars are out! We spend some time playing with different lights (sparklers, headlamps, lanterns) and take some unforgettable photos that will make your friends jealous.

10pm- Lights out, preparing for the next day.

6am- Yep, we're getting all the goodies here, both sunrise AND sunset photos!

9am- After some tasty mountain hut breakfast, we start on our journey downward.

11am- We take it easy today and road trip around ON VESPAS, stopping at all the viewpoints.

12pm- We stop at an adorable Italian restaurant and order the best margarita pizza we've ever had (food is important, we're in Italy!) We sit outside because it's a beautiful day, and bask at the glory of the mountain view.

2pm- We finish up our adventure. I take one last photo of the two of you riding off on your vespas, a "JUST MARRIED" sign and a trail of tin cans following in your path.

the let's take it easy

10am- You've been absolutely DYING to do this- so you've finally booked a helicopter to go to a glacier in private to say your vows.

12pm- Your vows had the best view in all of Austria, you will never forget the words you said to each other with such an incredible backdrop. We're now heading towards a ski lift.

1pm- We spend the next few hours going up and down the slopes, taking it really easy since you're wearing wedding gear and I'm wearing camera gear. The odd mandatory hot chocolate stop is made in the cute chalet.

5pm- The setting sun is upon us, and at the top of the lift we take the most epic sunset photos with a gorgeous view.

7pm- The alpine glow comes out, and we just keep shooting. The sky turns all sorts of pinks and purples, it's breathtaking. The two of you huddle up to keep warm with that cute plaid blanket of yours and another hot chocolate in hand (perhaps with a bit of amaretto, we're done skiing for the day)

8pm- What a day! We probably grab a meal together and chat about how excited we are to see the photos, then you guys anxiously wait for a 24 hour sneak peek.

Thanks for the message, I will get back to you ASAP!

shawnaraephotos@gmail.com

Send me an email or fill out the form below!

Are you interested in going on a well-documented adventure with me? Then fill out the form with any questions you have or send me an email. I do my best to reply within 48 hours, although I could be out shooting a session or hiking in the mountains with no reception, so I do apologize for potential delays in my response. The best way to get in contact is definitely here or via direct email!

but do you shoot other things though?

Yes! Click HERE to see my other work and feast your eyes on my muti-photography talent.

approximate travel dates

Home base- Belgium
January 2023- Portugal
February 2023- Patagonia
March 2023- Bolivia and Peru
April 2023- Portugal
September 2023- Vancouver

Hey Beautiful! have a wonderful day <3

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REACH FOR THOSE STARS, DAMN IT! AND BE WEIRD, IT'S MORE FUN.

SHAWNA RAE photography

for the brave, adventurous, and bold. And everyone else.