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…”
“Thank you for giving us a perfect experience from breakfast to our last dance together we are obsessed!”
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.”
“You are a photography goddess and we cannot believe the magic you captured.”
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!”
“If you're not RUNNING to book Shan for your elopement, what are you even doing?! She's simply the BEST!”
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.
"She did everything that she could to make our day as perfect as we could have imagined."
"There aren’t enough words to describe how amazing Shanmari and Avonture Elopements was in making our day as special as it was. Going into the process was a bit scary at first just because you worry about how can someone else envision what you and your significant other have been planning for so long and in many cases what you’ve been thinking about your entire life. But from the very beginning through talking to Shanmari and filling out a questionnaire for her to get to know us and what we want, it was clear that we had nothing to worry about and she would do everything that she could to make our day as perfect as we could have imagined. In the day of our elopement, as I’m sure many people are, we were very nervous, we woke up at 4am in order to climb a peak before sunrise, and we also forgotten some things at home that we needed. But without a doubt Shanmari was there to not only to make us feel comfortable but also made sure we had everything we need. Even things we didn’t know we needed, she had ready and made the experience so easy for us so we didn’t have to worry about anything.
She also made sure it was FUN, through her stories, her jokes, and just amazing personality, she made a usually exhausting day, so enjoyable and stress free. Even though we were tired, we couldn’t help but have so many laughs and create so many memories. And if that wasn’t enough, the pictures were absolutely amazing. Truly, no exaggeration, they turned out amazing and easily the best pictures I have not only of my wife and I but also of myself probably in my whole life. It seems like every single day I’m going back and looking through them and I just can’t help but smile because they capture just every emotion I feel about my wife that I’ve never been able to put into words. The pictures make we feel so much pride in that day and my wife. The day of our wedding, Shanmari, my wife and I went in as strangers but I can truly say that the day ended with us as friends. So for anyone even considering eloping, please do yourself a favor, and just contact Avonture Elopement’s. I promise you will not regret it. She will make your day one to remember for the rest of your life."
- Ashley & Joe
"Basically, this review is a long-minded way of saying, if you're not RUNNING to book Shan for your elopement, what are you even doing?! She's simply the BEST and her genuine desire to make the day all you want it to be and more is so evident."
"I don’t even know where to begin to express our wonderful experience with Shanmari! Our day began with a major snowstorm, which led to our car getting stuck to the point we never thought we were going to get out! Shan spent 20 minutes in the freezing cold helping us dig it out so we could make it to the most beautiful waterfall, and take the most gorgeous photos. Anything we needed, Shan had our back and went above and beyond in creating the perfect day. She gave us plenty of time to just be the two of us, while somehow capturing more moments than we ever could have imagined. From the sweeter moments like us reading our vows to the unforgettable memories of us using the hand warmers she (thankfully) provided, our favorite part of the gallery she sent as was the story it tells of us <3. The entire day was laid back, there were no strict timelines and she definitely centered the day on us and how we were feeling - which we so appreciated. it was slow-paced and couldn't have been more romantic thanks to the environment she curated for us. We were able to have a slow, relaxing morning getting ready together and eating breakfast (also brought to us by Shan) while still having plenty of time to get the outdoor pictures that we wanted. Basically, this review is a long-minded way of saying, if you're not RUNNING to book Shan for your elopement, what are you even doing?! She's simply the BEST and her genuine desire to make the day all you want it to be and more is so evident. There’s truly not enough amazing things to say about her and our experience working with her! <3 <3 <3"
- KristiAnn & Jarron
"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