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!
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.
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:
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:
“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!”
“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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