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That's right - in 2014 I eloped. It was not special or memorable, we didn't write our own vows or have photos taken or do any of the things we had dreamed of doing. We wore jeans, went to city hall and then went home. To be fair, we were new parents and a bit overwhelmed. We weren't excited about planning a wedding - it felt like a performance and just wasn't us. We didn't know there was another option outside of a traditional large wedding or quick city hall elopement. Now that I know


I eloped and it was not dreamy.

about me

Hey! I'm Jess.

She/her
I'm a Virginia intimate wedding and elopement photographer. I help adventurous and adventure-ish, nature loving couples plan an epic, intentional marriage experience that is completely about them. How you choose to get married is a such personal choice. It's the next step in the story of the two of you and I believe you should stay true to yourself, what ever that may be! I believe that love is love and the outdoors are for everyone.  All couples are welcome here!                                    - Jessica Parry










My couples are laid back, not afraid to get a little dirty and don't mind getting caught in the rain. If you're looking for a unique experience that is environmentally sustainable, if you love sunrise hikes and care about the ride more than the destination - you're probably in the right place. 




Don't worry about being awkward in front of the camera, I have years of experience and a few tried and true tricks to put you completely at ease and ensure you look incredible! 

you can get married any way you want,

I am here to help others have the elopement of their dreams. I'm excited to share what I've learned in my 5 years photographing weddings big and small. I love being able to use my passion for location scouting to help couples find the perfect spot off the beaten path to exchange vows. I want to help capture this chapter of your story and curate an experience you could have only dreamed of. How you choose to get married is matters. My elopement was treated more like an errand than a special moment in our story. I will not let that happen to you! Your day will be filled with gorgeous views, authentic moments, and pure joy. 

dreamer.
pisces.

about ME

Incase you couldn't tell, I'm a total dreamer. Though my head may sometimes be up in the clouds, I'm usually pretty grounded and love being able to put my creative pisces dreamer energy into planning and creating incredible experiences for my clients. 










How can you help your clients have their dream elopement? What are three concrete tangible things you will do for couples and how you will help them achieve that dreamy elopement. 

I want you to look back at your elopement  photos and remember what it felt like saying your vows. To remember the way you and your partner looked at each other on your wedding day. 


Creating a timeline unique to your day, with any places or activities you want to incorporate. I start out by getting to know the two of you and what you're thinking about - locations, activities,


You've always been outdoorsy, a traditional catering hall is so not you. Same! I've been there and I'm here to make planning your elopement day a piece of cake, pun intended. 


I get sad when I think back about that day and how we deserved more in the moments we promised our lives to each other. 


It's okay not to be comfortable with tradition. It’s okay not to want to deal with family obligations. It’s okay to not like the spectacle of big weddings. It’s okay to value a more eco-friendly option to a big party. It’s okay to not care about stuff. It’s okay to enjoy your privacy. It’s okay to appreciate experiences rather than things. It’s okay to save your money. It’s okay to not spend absorbent amounts of money on your wedding. It’s okay to live a minimalist life. It’s okay to choose what you both want. It’s okay to do things your way. It’s okay to elope.

My goal as your photographer and guide is to enhance the experience of your day. 
I aim to help couples be true to themselves on their wedding day by providing an exciting alternative to the traditional and mundane. To empower couples to promise their lives to each other in a way they feel comfortable. To help couples plan and celebrate their day with intention and meaning that is free from performance. 

sempreverde (Italian)


ADJECTIVE
/SEMPRE’VERDE/
EVERGREEN

The word 'Sempreverde' means evergreen in Italian. I believe no matter how much time passes and despite things changing in your lives, the love you have for your partner is evergreen. 

sempreverde (Italian)
adjective
 /sempre’verde/
evergreen

sempreverde.
evergreen.

about me

I'm a total vagabond and love just getting in the car and going. Driving back roads where ever I happen to be is one of my favorite things and I love stumbling upon any forgotten buildings. I'm always down to explore and can usually be found in an abandoned farm house or decaying hospital documenting nature reclaiming what man has forgotten. I collect vintage and historic clothing that I sometimes use to create a conceptual narrative in my photos. 

I'm also a wife and mama to a spunky 6 year old boy and three cats. 


random facts about me.

about me

your day deserves to be about the two of you, what ever that looks like.

my VALUES + WHAT I STAND FOR

Leave No Trace 
I am committed to educating my clients and vendors I collaborate with on LNT Principles so that we can continue to enjoy the outdoors for generations to come.  

All Are Welcome
I strongly believe that love is love and that the outdoors are for everyone.  I am committed to making sure you're able to say your vows in a safe space as privately (or publicly) as you want.

Experiences + Relationships 
Your experience and your day matters. I value the experience of your elopement day and your experience working with me above all else. I will do all that I can to make sure it is stress free. I promise to be more than just a wedding photographer.

Transparency
I promise to always be transparent during our time working together. If anything in our planning changes or needs to be adjusted for any reason I will let you know immediately and provide additional well researched options. Don't worry, I have your back!  

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Leave No Trace

The 7 principles of lnt 

Principles of LNT paragraph 

why is lnt important?

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Your day deserves to be about the two of you, what ever that looks like.

Your experience matters and this is more than just a "photoshoot". This is curating the most beautiful, magical, adventure filled (or adventure-ish) day of your lives. One you will always remember and be able to look back on with deep affection. 

                                           your day together, to read each other your vows and make the promise to be with each other for the rest of your lives. A greener alternative to a traditional wedding. A more minimalistic way to tie the knot.  Just the two of you - or an intimate gathering of family and friends. Completely customizable and creative. An honest celebration of your love and commitment to each other. A day to remember for the rest of your lives. Whatever you want it to be.  

                                                 running away to get married because others don't “approve”. Having Elvis marry you and your partner in a little white chapel, unless you’re really excited about the idea of Elvis. A secretive way to tie the knot that is seen as shameful. Getting married legally at town hall because you are rushed or can’t afford a big wedding reception. 

WHAT IS AN ELOPEMENT?

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an elopement IS

an elopement is NOT

I define an elopement as just the couple or the couple and up to 6 people. An elopement is ideal if you're a more private person. There are no obligations to bring a witness with you when you elope in Virginia, West Virginia, or Maryland (areas I specialize in). Though it may be just the two of you, there are still tons of ways to include your family and friends. 


An intimate wedding or micro-wedding has up to 25 people (not including vendors). This is a great option if you can't imagine getting married without your close friends and family. The best part about having a smaller headcount is that you get to intentionally choose your most important people to be there. No matter how you choose to get married you are in control. You can incorporate any traditions that are important to you, or make up your own! 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ELOPEMENT AND AN INTIMATE WEDDING OR MICRO WEDDING?

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IS ELOPING RIGHT FOR US?

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Do you value experiences over things?

Are you looking for a sustainable way to get married? 

Do you want your wedding day to be memorable, happy, and authentically you? 

Do you want someone to take the lead on doing the research for most of the planning?

Is nature your happy place? 

Are you down for an adventure? 

If you answered yes to most of the questions above, eloping may be a great option for you and your partner!




Let's chat about your dream elopement!

SO YOU PLAN, GUIDE AND PHOTOGRAPH OUR ELOPEMENT DAY!? TELL ME MORE...

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Photography is so important to me because of its ability to encapsulate a memory and the feelings you had in those moments. Though taking photos is an important part of your day - your day is not based around it, nor is it a long photoshoot. I'm there documenting your day, the two of you as you are in those moments. A lot of the time you might forget I'm even around. You and your partner will have plenty of time where it is just the two of you. Your experience is the most important part of your day to me. 

From the beginning, I take the lead on researching and presenting you with several options for your day based on a questionnaire you'll fill out for me. We'll also talk either via phone or video chat (your preference) and we can discuss your ideas and details first hand. 

From there I make it super easy. I have a few different options laid out (every couple and couples day is different - this will be completely customized for the two of you). We'll review them together and tweak as needed. If you'd like to have flowers, a cake or favorite dessert, or anything additional I can provide a list of awesome vendors based on location.

One of the many things included in this will be a list of what to pack and how to prep for the day. I'm also always over prepared the day of. In my pack not only do I have my camera gear but I'll be there with snacks, water, hand warmers, extra layers, a first aid kit, GPS, head lamps, sewing kit, hair pins, mirror, and a few other helpful items based on the season and activity. 

i curate the entire experience for you and handle the logistics. all you need to do is enjoy your elopement day.

I LOVE THE IDEA OF AN ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO ME TO HAVE MY FAMILY + FRIENDS THERE, CAN I INCLUDE OTHERS IN OUR ELOPEMENT DAY? 

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Heck yes! Your day can be whatever you want it to be. You can include anyone important to you both in your day. An elopement will have less people so you get to be really intentional with who gets to be there. 

WE WOULD LOVE TO GET MARRIED SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL SCENERY BUT I'M NOT SURE WE'RE UP FOR A LONG HIKE...

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Not all of my couples are adventurous, they are sometimes adventure-ish. There are many reasons why an adventure elopement might not be the right choice for you two. That's okay! I'm here to let you know that I can absolutely find you the dreamy spot you're hoping for with minimal to no hiking based on your preferences and abilities. I wholeheartedly believe the outdoors is for everyone and no matter what your circumstance, if you want to enjoy the outdoors, I'm here to guide you!

This type of ceremony might be perfect for the couple who is dreaming of eloping on a mountain top or overlooking a lake and wants to have guests who might not be able to be super active. Great-grandma can totally be there to see you exchange vows in a way that is safe and comfortable, and then a bit later, just the two of you can have some time together to hike (or any outdoor activity of your choice). 

DO YOU ALSO PHOTOGRAPH TRADITIONAL WEDDINGS?

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I do also photograph traditional weddings, in fact that's where I started out! Whatever way you choose to get married, I'm honored to be able to tell your story.

Traditional weddings with over 25 people are a bit different from planning an elopement. Please reach out to me to inquire about pricing. 

Contact me

how does it work?

Fill out the form below to get in touch. Answer a few simple questions to help me get to know you and what you are looking for. 


I'll have a few location suggestions for based on your questionnaire, unless you already know where you'd like to elope! I help you choose the perfect spot to get married.



A few months out I'll help guide you on everything from accommodations, to personal chef, local florist, and anything else that you would like to have.


We finalize your itinerary two weeks out.


Your epic wedding day is here!

1. inquire




2. we chat on the phone or over video





3. plan




4. finalize


5. best day ever

read more details in my free client guide 

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SAM + DREW

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KELLY + ALEX 

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-christina h.

"Jessica took gorgeous photos at our wedding and really captured the essence of the day, not to mention us as a couple. I have received tons of compliments on our photos. Jessica kept things simple and relaxed and delivered the quality that she so sincerely promised."

-tiffany s.

"jessica is a magic maker. not only were the photos she took more beautiful than I had hoped for, they were breathtaking sun soaked artistry."

Starting at

FULL DAY ELOPEMENT

$2200

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Up to 10 hours of coverage within 3 hours of travel from Herndon, Virginia. 
Includes:
-Elopement or intimate wedding up to 25 people, micro wedding, or vow renewal
-Detailed client guide
-A list of well researched locations that are off the beaten path so you wont have to deal with crowds on your special day
-Custom timeline 
-Helpful vendor suggestions 
-Detailed information on how to prep, pack, and dress for your day
-A $50 print credit to go towards prints or an album

starting at

Scenic

$1800

HALF DAY ELOPEMENT

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Up to 6 hours of coverage within 3 hours of travel from Herndon, Virginia. 
Includes:
-Elopement or intimate wedding up to 25 people, micro wedding, or vow renewal
-Detailed client guide
-A list of well researched locations that are off the beaten path so you wont have to deal with crowds on your special day
-Custom timeline 
-Helpful vendor suggestions 
-Detailed information on how to prep, pack, and dress for your day

STARTING AT

Team pics

$700

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adventure session

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Up to 4 hours of coverage within 3 hours of Herndon, VA. An adventure session is a great option for couples photos. It can be used for your engagement, proposal or anniversary. It cannot be used for an elopement, micro wedding, or vow renewal. 

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