couple has elopement ceremony on sandbar in florida keys at little palm island with calm water in foreground


You’ve taken the plunge and you want your elopement to be photographed with style! As it's likely your first time finding a photographer for this special occasion, make sure that you find someone whose aesthetic matches yours - capturing all of those treasured moments in an elegant and creative way.


Your wedding day is meant to be the best day of your life, and you don't want it passing in a blur! When all's said and done, your wedding photos are what'll take you right back - with candid moments featuring loved ones that’ll stay close to your heart. Nothing beats making memories while having an awesome time. IF you want posed photos, this isnt your type of photography!



I’ve worked as a wedding photog with hundreds of couples, helping them to capture all the moments that matter on their special day. Check out what a few of those couples had to say about our time working together:
A couple embracing in front of a fence, captured by an elopement photographer.

“We randomly found about Michael online and noticed that he creates very unusual and unique wedding photos. The photos he created for our elopement ceremony completely exceeded our expectations. He made us feel very special on our elopement wedding day and made the photoshoot very memorable. Neither me nor my husband enjoys in general posing for photos but Michael made the whole experience super enjoyable and fun. It was actually one of our favorite parts of our wedding day – hanging out around Palm Beach with Michael taking photos. He was also absolutely amazing at finding spots and locations for our wedding photoshoot and did all the research for that. After we shared our wedding photos, we got tons of compliments and many of our friends said these were the best-made wedding photos they have seen so far. Michael didn’t just take our pictures but he created a relationship with us and became a friend that was part of the wedding. We would 100% recommend working with Michael!”


An elopement photographer capturing a bride and groom on a pier at sunset.

“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

A man and woman are getting married by the ocean, captured by an elopement photographer.

“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


Your destination elopement day is full of precious moments: secret smiles, tears, laughs and glints that will forever represent your unique love story. At Michael Freas Photography, we are passionate about capturing those intimate moments and offer endless heartfelt creativity to tell your story through photos.

We understand that your destination elopement is a unique celebration of your love. It’s more than just white dresses and flowers, it’s about capturing all the organic material that makes it so memorable. That’s why our photography approach is built on getting to know you and your story. We’re with you through every step of the process, providing endless inspiration and care to make your day unforgettable.

Our focus is on capturing the essence of your day to give you beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. We pride ourselves on capturing all the intimate details and essential elements of your day in a timeless and compelling way. From your romantic walk down the aisle to your dreamy sunset kisses, we’re there to tell your story in a natural, elegant style.

The Florida Keys are the perfect destination for an elopement wedding. Imagine saying your vows at a historic Civil War-era fort, the Southernmost Point, or aboard a restored antique African Queen vessel. The opportunities for breathtaking wedding photos are endless. We are one of the top Florida Keys & Key West wedding photographers for a reason: we provide tailored care and expertise to capture your vision and leave you with awe-inspiring memories.

Don’t just take our word for it, scroll through our gallery to see some of Florida’s most romantic and unique elopement settings. From planning to execution, we work tirelessly to make your destination elopement one of a kind.

Let us help you celebrate your love in Florida’s paradise: the Florida Keys.

9 Year Professional

Top 100 Photographers WPJA

Published Rolling Stone 2019, 2021

Masters Top 10 North America 2020, 2022

bride and groom kissing as they stand on top of the brick moat at dry tortugas national park

Starting at $3200 and includes online viewing gallery, couples session hi-resolution photos and a custom designed album

An open book with a photograph of a blue sky.
Three books on a wooden floor in front of a door.
A wedding photo album in a box on a wooden table.


Contemporary design with clean, crisp lines. This is the essence of simple modern luxury. Featuring seamless spreads and meticulously hand-crafted premium pages made with layers of cloth and latex. The pages are stronger and more durable, resulting in a superior luxury with durability and elegance.  

Albums are custom designed in collaboration with each other until the layout is exactly as you envisioned.

Can hold up to 80 pages. Discounts available for parent albums.

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Bring a photo ID (passport/driver’s license).
Pay a fee of $93.50.
If you’re a non-resident, there’s no waiting period. Residents must wait three days.
Both parties need to be at least 18 years old.
If applicable, be ready to share the date of a divorce or death of a spouse.
No blood test is required.
You can get your marriage license from any county in Florida.
Remember: there might be additional restrictions or requirements. Contact the Monroe County Government office if you have questions: 305-292-3550.

When you’re planning your wedding, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is who to hire as your photographer. If you’re looking for someone who can capture the spirit of your day, then a documentary photographer (hey, that’s me!) is there to capture the entire feeling of the wedding day.

While of course there are some posed photos (because there’s no way I’m not doing some killer portraits at sunset) the focus is on you and your family and all the love and emotion of the day.

If you’re planning a wedding in the Florida Keys, I would love to hear about your day and what you are looking for in a wedding photographer.

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