INTIMATE WEDDING & ADVENTUROUS ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Servicing Western North Carolina + Travel Destinations!

ASHEVILLE'S PREMIER ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

Eloping provides the ultimate freedom. The freedom to get married exactly how you want, at the venue you want. The freedom to create an experience that is relaxed, fun, and represents your relationship. The freedom from worrying about pleasing guests and following traditions.

You’ve chosen who you will spend the rest of your life with. Now you get to choose how to celebrate with the elopement experience of your dreams and breathtaking photographs that capture your true love.

MY PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE

Your photographer’s style should match the occasion, so I don’t just take standard posed shots. I practice photojournalism, which captures images to tell a story.
YOUR STORY

I’ll reproduce the smiles, laugh, and tears of this emotional day through photographs you can cherish for a lifetime.

I’m not here to just take photos. I’m also here to relieve stress so you can have fun and feel comfortable in front of the camera. You can rest easy knowing my lens will catch all the organic, intimate moments between you and your partner, freezing them in time for you to relive for the rest of your lives.

OUTDOOR ELOPEMENTS IN ASHEVILLE

Much of my life has been spent traveling through the Western North Carolina mountains, so it’s a privilege and an honor to photograph elopements in a place that means so much to me. The mountains provide an opportunity to have an elopement that is truly stunning.

Bride and groom walking through tall wild grass in Asheville NC

Want to have the sunrise in the background for a dramatic skyline shot?

I’ll bring the coffee.

Prefer to hike to the top of a snow-covered mountain for a striking winter landscape?

I know the trails.

Fancy being surrounded by the burning colors of Autumn with trees covered in red, yellow, and orange?

We’ll go to an epic grove for just the shot.

Whether you want your adventure to include mountaintops or waterfalls, stars or sunset and sunrise…
…your elopement photos should represent your journey finding true love.

And that’s exactly the story I’ll photograph. No conventional, canned, unremarkable photos. As you look at your portraits for years to come, I want them to help you relive the experience. The feel of the wind, the aroma of the pine trees, your partner’s embrace – That is what I provide – not just photos, but a moment frozen in time.

HOW TO GET STARTED

To make the photos custom and special, I need to connect with my clients, so we’ll get to know each other well before the big day. By the time I show up for your elopement, it’ll feel like you’re seeing an old friend!

YOUR ASHEVILLE VISION & VENUE

To plan and execute your perfect elopement photos, we’ll need to talk about what that looks like to you. By getting to know you and your inspiration, I’ll create photos that showcase your authentic love story.

If you have a venue or location picked out that’s great! But if you’re unsure and would like to ask about different venues or outdoor location ideas, I’m here to help. I’ve gathered some of the most popular venues and locations and grouped them by theme. You can also rent out an Airbnb or cabin for an intimate elopement without having to leave the house!

Max Patch

Table Rock

Black Balsam Knob

Craggy Gardens

Waterrock Knob

Graveyard Fields

Carvers Gap

Craggy Pinnacle

Hawksbill

Rough Ridge

Buck Spring Gap Overlook

Looking Glass Falls

Crabtree Falls

Skinny Dip Falls

Dill Falls

Elk Mountain Falls

Moor Cove Falls

Biltmore Estate

NC Arboretum

WNC Nature Center

Asheville Botanical Gardens

Reverie Asheville

Crest Center

Homewood

YOUR ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHS

My photography style is photojournalism – which means I don’t do “bland.” I’m drawn to all the raw, emotional, candid moments that tell a great story. On the day of your elopement, my mission is to capture all those moments as I see them and freeze your elopement in time, so you can relive the day for years to come.

THE PROCESS AND WHAT TO EXPECT

One on One Consultation

First and foremost, capturing what makes your relationship so special is all about getting to know who you are as a couple. We’ll have a complimentary video consultation so we can talk about your vision for your big day. I want to hear about your ideas, preferences, concerns, and why you’re excited! I can answer any questions you may have about locations, venues, and other details so you can plan things out exactly the way you want.

The Day of Your Elopement

This is the fun part! By the time your big day arrives, we will have had so many exchanges everything will be planned out. There won’t be any surprises and things run smoothly. Your elopement in the Western North Carolina Mountains will be everything you dreamt of, with your amazing portraits to immortalize the experience.

Receiving Your Elopement Photos

After editing and curating a gorgeous collection of photos that perfectly capture the highlights of the day, all will be available online so that you can have them printed wherever and however you like.

Here are some of the Asheville Elopements I've Photographed over the years...

ADVENTUROUS PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WILD HEARTS

Couple slow dance at wedding in Asheville, North Carolina.

ELOPEMENT TESTIMONIALS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

The image count is completely dependent on the unique proceedings of each elopement. My goal is always to represent your elopement as authentically as possible through dynamic imagery. On average, assuming you plan to engage in all the traditional customs, I typically deliver around 60-80 images every hour I cover your wedding.

I aim to get all your images edited and delivered to you as quickly as possible while sticking to the gold standard my clients expect from me. Two weeks after we say goodbye we’ll have Sneak Peeks ready for you to look over. We strive to have all your images available in a curated gallery online 45 days after the wedding at the latest.

All of your images are YOURS to keep as soon as I deliver them to you at no charge! After receiving your images in gallery form, you can download them and have them printed by whoever you like! Your gallery will also include a few printing lab recommendations as well.

Couple Near Small Lake In Asheville, North Carolina

SAY I DO

We’ll start with talking about you and what you want as a couple. I want to hear it all. The good the bad, what you are worried about, and what you are hoping for when you look at your wedding photos 25 years from now. I’ll give you ideas on locations, logistics, what to expect and some insider tips on the islands. On the day, I’m your photographer, your tour guide, your reminder-to-hydrate guy, and I’m ready to roll with anything. And I do mean anything.
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LET'S MAKE YOUR WEDDING A LASTING MEMORY

Local Elopement Package (Local Ceremonies with less than 10 Guests):

For couples preferring an adventurous, full-day experience to say their vows on a sandbar, a beach, or in a tropical forest of the Florida Keys & Key West.

This package includes:

  • Up to 4 hours of wedding coverage
  • Online Gallery with 200+ Images and print shop
  • Planning assistance + personalized location scouting
  • Print Release
  • Album Add-On available

Destination Elopement Package (Outside of the Florida Keys):

For couples preferring an adventurous, full-day experience to say their vows on a beach, a mountaintop, in a forest, or along a hike in the great outdoors.

This package includes:

  • Up to 4 hours of wedding coverage
  • Online Gallery with 200+ Images and Print Shop
  • Planning assistance + personalized location scouting
  • Print Release
  • Album Add-On available
  • Travel cost anywhere in the US included

CONTACT US

LOVE ADVENTURES? CRAVING AN INTIMATE WEDDING DAY DESIGNED AROUND GIVING YOU THE MOST MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE?

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YOU CAN CONTACT ME DIRECTLY AT
info@michaelfreas.com or (305) 896-6314

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