#1 Key West Elopement Photographer | Michael Freas | Florida Keys

Elopement Wedding Photographer

Intimate Wedding & Adventurous Elopement Photography

Servicing South Florida + Travel Destinations!

Easy, Personal, and Professional.

Welcome and Congratulations!

I believe that wedding planning shouldn't be overwhelming. Too many couples feel stressed with the planning stage of their wedding, and truly don't enjoy the experience. My mission is to plan the elopement of your dreams which saving you time and money. Let me do the work so you can have the best elopement experience possible!

Love is an Adventure.

Where Do You Want to Explore?

  • Sandbar
  • Fort Zachary Taylor
  • Bahia Honda State Park
  • Fort Jefferson
  • State parks
  • Small venue locations throughout the Florida Keys
  • Colorado Mountains
  • North Carolina Mountains
  • Hudson Valley of New York
  • Major City Destinations and International

ADVENTUROUS PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WILD HEARTS

Unique Celebrations of Love & New Adventure!

South Florida + Destination Elopements

THE ELOPEMENT PROCESS:

Step One
Initial Contact
We will start off by having a conversation to make sure I can capture your vision. We will also start the initial management of expectations and make sure the date you have in mind is available.
Step Two
Reserving and Booking the Date
We will go over logistics to make sure the dates work, get ideas for the engagement locations, and BOOK THE DATE!
Step Three
Meetings and planning
We will use the time from the booking date till 2 weeks prior to the date to go over locations, ideas, but most importantly get to know each other. I get to know your relationship which includes what inspires you both and who you are as a couple.
Step Four
Elopement Day
The goal is to kill it and have the best day possible!
Step Five
Editing and Delivery
You will get a sneak peek just two days after the elopement. The sneak peek includes up to 10 images. The rest of your images are delivered in a slide show 6 weeks after, while the album design is fully completed in 7 weeks, and then the full delivery of the gallery in 8 weeks.

MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE CAMERA

My name is Michael Freas. I’m the guest you didn’t invite to your wedding, but you’re so glad that I came.

I’m North Carolina born and bred, but I’ve spent the last 15 years living and traveling all over Florida. I’m now thrilled to call the Florida Keys & Key West home, but I still love to travel, both throughout this great state and the world at large.

Nature, light, and music have always drawn me in and quieted me. I don’t run from chaos, I dive in head first… that’s where the beauty is!

When I first put a camera to my eye, so many years ago, it unlocked something inside of me. I’d always been the funny one, the loud one, the athletic one, but never the CREATIVE one. Turns out, that creativity was in me all along, it just took a dusty old Kodak Ektra 100 camera from my grandpa to even know to start looking for it. Well, I found it and I’m never letting it go.

First and foremost, I’m a photojournalist and a storyteller. But I’ve never found a story I prefer telling then the story of two people committing to each other for the rest of their lives.

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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 elopement 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 THE GREATEST EVER TOLD

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

WEDDING PLANNING SIMPLIFIED

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ELOPING

Frequently Asked Questions

Why elope?


Eloping adds more focus to the couple and less on the grand party. Couples are embracing a minimalist perspective and opting for a simpler ceremony nowadays. Use an elopement as a beautiful way to celebrate your love through a simplistic adventure.

How do you plan an elopement?


For every elopement, there are a few things that you will need to decide on. The first location, second the guest list, third the officiator, fourth the photographer/videographer, and finally any other details you may choose to add such as flowers or props.

Can you help me find an officiant?


I have access to many officiants all over the country. We will talk about what type of ceremony you want and I will give you a few options. You also have the option to have a friend or family member perform your marriage if they get ordained online.

How do I find my vendors?


I make it easy for you! I recommend them via a preferred vendor sheet that I will send to you.

What vendors do I need to elope?


Typically you’ll need a dress, suit, hair & make-up, florist. If there’s anything else you need, just ask me and I’ll help you arrange it.

HEAR WHAT OTHERS HAD TO SAY

"Mike was absolutely the most fun, pleasant, and talented person we have ever worked with. We had an elopement planned in May and had to change our wedding location to the keys last minute. As in, 1 month last minute. We live 8 hours away from the Keys and had zero ideas about good areas for the ceremony, other vendors, and officiant, with zero time to meet beforehand we would've had to go off of just reviews. Not only did he go above and beyond by helping me completely with that (which by the way LOVED out officiant and location) he also did a custom package for us, which fit our budget completely.He even met with us the day before when we got down there, spent his own time showing us around helping us pick a ceremony spot, even picked me up the next day from our hotel way across town, so my fiance wouldn't see me before the wedding. He is just phenomenal and made our day so enjoyable. He went above and beyond his agreements and we couldn't have possibly been happier."

-Kelsey & Jarrod

"When we first began looking for a photographer for our elopement we didn't quite know what we wanted, but after looking at Michael's website we knew he was the person we wanted to work with. I hate super posed photos and wanted our portraits to really be "us," not cookie-cutter or look like stock photos. After speaking with him we definitely knew we made the right choice. Since we were coming in from out of town Michael offered to meet up with us the day before our wedding and scout the perfect locations for our ceremony and photos in the Key West Garden Club.

He was funny and very down to earth, making us feel very comfortable. The day of our wedding he timed our final photos perfectly and caught the incredible Key West sunset I had hoped and dreamed would be the backdrop of our portraits. To say we are happy with our photos is an understatement. We absolutely love them! "

-Erin & Michael

"I cannot keep count of how many times someone has told me that our photos are the best wedding photos they've ever seen. Just yesterday I was looking at the photos in a public place, and a complete stranger said, "Those are the best wedding photos I've ever seen. Seriously, I feel like I have to say that to everyone, but I really mean it this time."

My husband and I had a private ceremony in Key West with no family or friends, so we were nervous about having a photographer be the only person with us on our special day. Mike was the best! There were no awkward moments.

It was like hanging out with an old friend who happens to be an amazing photographer. Mike went above and beyond to help secure the ceremony location, find an officiant, and find great locations for photos. He took our ideas and made them better than we imagined."

-Ashley & Taylor

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Love adventures? Craving an intimate wedding day designed around giving you the most meaningful experience possible?

Fill out the form so I can schedule a time to speak with you further about your dream elopement.

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You can contact me directly at

info@michaelfreas.com or (305) 896-6314