What if you could experience a wedding day where you walk away feeling
instead of overwhelmed?
Wouldn’t that be an amazing way to start off your marriage?
Planning a wedding day is already stressful as it is, you’re here for a reason
and your solution is within reach right now.
Does eloping mean you have to ditch everything about a wedding?
No, but it does mean you have the freedom to ditch everything that doesn’t speak to your hearts and experience a wedding day that's impossible to rival.
By choosing to elope you choose to discover a form of peace & tranquility so rarely found in the world today.
Because The horizons for authentic wedding experiences are endless.
So, you can make the stars your chapel & the wind your first dance song.
The crevices of mountains and the edges of trees your decorations.
Measure your most precious moments with the closest people in your life.
Value the experience you walk away from at the end of your wedding day above all.
Because in the end, the way your wedding day makes the two of you feel, matter most.
However you dream your day to be, let me come alongside you & help you put every detail together, from scratch.
HEY! I'm Shanmari, the elopement photographer & crafter here at Avonture & I was in your shoes too.
I eloped about four years ago and won't change that decision for the world!
My passion for serving eloping couples, helping them navigate the world of elopements & experience a wedding day that is a true reflection of their relationship - drives from within.
I'm rooting for you!
why Choose Avonture?
Expert Elopement Planning Guidance
“We had nothing else planned (including no idea on part of the country). Shan got to know us as a couple, our wants for a location... She then went further and helped compile a list of potential vendors. She stayed in contact and offered helpful reminders leading up to the big day. Shan did what we wanted but also provided great guidance and voiced her expertise clearly.”
Handcrafted personalized experiences.
“I am a black queer bride and I was absolutely blown away by the artistry and humanity Shanmari shared with me and my fiancée, it started with her questionnaire to get to know us…”
documentary approach to photographing your day.
“Shanmari has this incredible skill of really capturing photos in the moment so you barely even know she’s there at times.”
“The photos she took will be ones we can always look back on and actually FEEL the emotion and love we have for each other.”
Your experience and memories are in caring hands.
“Shanmari is one of the most amazing people we have ever encountered!”
“She genuinely cares for her couples and works so hard to make sure they have an amazing experience.”
“Shan at Avonture is FANTASTIC!”
“She is a gem of a human being!”
Here's a peak at how a handcrafted elopement experience at Avonture comes together & how I help
Assisting with the legalities of getting married in the outdoors.
Finding & narrowing down the perfect location & date.
Finding unique vendors, even in the most remote locations.
Narrowing down exactly how you want to spend your day & with what activities.
Crafting a laid back, personalized timeline that's perfect for your day.
A beautiful gallery that not only tells your story, but is also authentically you.
My expertise at your disposal alongside extensive, exclusive planning guides & more.
Reach out with a general date & location & receive a free consultation call.
Avonture strives for inclusivity of all.
To provide a welcoming experience and a safe space for all couples.
Avonture is a LGBTQIA+ & BIPOC+ friendly brand, a brand that continues to open doors for those who feel they don't belong.
You belong, you're valued here.
All love is warmly welcomed here.
Avonture is environmentally conscious & takes care when adventuring
Elope For You, but also for
elopements care for
Elopements allow for us to enjoy the beauty earth presents to us but it is only up to us to take care of that beauty so it can last for centuries to come.
Did you know that the average traditional wedding produces 400 pounds of garbage and 63 tons of carbon dioxide? Mind blown right?
It is statistically proven that elopements have a very gentle ecological footprint - we should aim for that so we can give back to Mother Nature what she deserves.
"you’d only have regrets if you didn’t book her!"
"Working with Avonture Elopements was nothing short of a perfect experience, and when it comes to something as complex as an elopement, having someone as experienced as Shanmari will surely help your day go smoother. From the beautifully catered meal, spun ceramics to eat from, perfect locations and even more incredible photos to look at after our special day, I can’t think of any critique for her work, SHE’s A STAR!
Shanmari has this magical personality and a genuine desire to really get to know her couples before shooting with them. This was apparent throughout the entire process and especially the day off as she made small changes based on her observations throughout the shoot. I was worried that taking photos for a 7+ hour event would get tiring, but Shanmari has this incredible skill of really carping photos in the moment so you barely even know she’s there at times. That was truly her greatest strength throughout the entire process, and I know is something that you won’t find in a lot of photographers. On top of that, she was extremely flexible and so creatively navigated around any of the small obstacles we encountered on our day.
In addition to all the amazing skills and talent, Shanmari is a loving and super fun person that anyone would be so lucky to have plan and photograph their special day. She will make sure that you are getting everything you want, and I’m certain that you’d only have regrets if you didn’t book her!
If you haven’t thought about an Ohio elopement, now is definitely the time!"
- Garrett & Michael
"We had multiple guests comment on how great Shan was as a photographer before they even saw the pictures."
"Shanmari Shehaj of Avonture Elopements was not just an excellent wedding photographer but was amazing throughout the process! We found her online and reached out to her to be our photographer for a small wedding five weeks out and had nothing else planned (including no idea on part of the country). From the first conversation, her energy was contagious. Shan got to know us as a couple, our wants for a location and researched on her own prospective places. When we selected one from her suggestions, she then went further and helped compile a list of potential vendors. She stayed in contact and offered helpful reminders leading up to the big day. She traveled in early to scout the area for picturesque places and captured BEAUTIFUL pictures of us and the area. Not only did friends of ours say that our wedding photos looked like they should be in a magazine, but we had multiple guests comment on how great Shan was as a photographer before they even saw the pictures. Shan did what we wanted but also provided great guidance and voiced her expertise clearly so we could capture the best pictures. Would highly recommend!"
- Evanjelina & Bradley