This is the start of your best adventure yet - anywhere in the world
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Don't be pressured into spending your wedding day in a way that doesn’t inspire you! Here at Avonture, you have the freedom of choice.
the meaning of eloping reflects the ability to choose.
To choose to chase after what you value most.
To be fully aware of the fact that you do have a choice in everything.
To push aside the stress and anxiety, planning a large wedding brings.
To bring back the focus on what is most important to you two.
To invest into an experience that is impossible to rival.
You don’t want to regret the way you spent the most meaningful day of your life and wish that there was a different way.
your dream wedding day is out there.
here's The solution
Eloping, on YOUR terms.
Your experience with Avonture does not just include an epic gallery...
So here's a tip of the iceberg on what working with Avonture will bring to your table:
| Your Gallery
Yes, it does include your own online gallery where you can share, print & download your adventure easily with high quality, full resolution digital images & printing rights.
| Travel fees included
All photographer travel fees included to anywhere! You don't need to pay anything extra for my traveling, I also book everything for myself - no stress on you ;)
| Connecting with one another
I really value the connection I share with my couples and the friendships I am so honored to make so we will start off your experience with an in-depth questionnaire to get to know you both. This questionnaire will also help me help you when it comes to any customizing of your package, like location scouting specifically to your needs and vision for your day.
| Exclusive elopement planning guide only for Avonture couples
An Ultimate Elopement Planning Guide where my entire heart has been poured into. This is a guide that I have crafted from working with eloping couples and their questions and needs. This guide has everything you can possibly ask in order to plan a successful, amazing elopement day or days.
A planning timeline prior to your day:
Tips on brainstorming ideas that aligns with your values
Important decision making help and guidance:
Who - inviting guests or not and more tips.
What - deciding on activities and details.
Where - choosing the perfect location.
Why - making sure everything lines up with what is important to you two.
Booking travel and lodging tips
Tips on hiring vendors
Helpful info on seasons and logistics for outdoor elopements
More ideas on activities, ceremonies and timelines
Guidance on attire and gear needed
Preparing and packing lists
Detailed vow writing guide
Personalized vendor recommendations.
Custom personalized elopement day timeline for the best experience.
Custom personalized location idea list.
Me to help you with anything else you'll need a helping hand with and so much more!
"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
Meet Shan - Your elopement expert in experiencing a wedding day that is completely yours.
Why do I offer all this planning help?
Because when I eloped myself, I had so many questions unanswered.
If way back then I knew what I know now my elopement day would be even more memorable than it already is.
I am here to be an honest friend that will help you through every step of the elopement planning process. I am sure I have already mentioned things you haven't even thought of and that might scare you in planning your elopement, rest assure that I go above and beyond when it comes to being there for you.
Your experience truly matters to me.
I will be your
adventure friend :)
Why choose Avonture?
Highly rated for the personalized experience and storytelling photography.
Value all communities, LGBTQIA+ & BIPOC+ friendly.
Experiences are carefully handcrafted uniquely for you.
Respectfully caring of the environment.
Stress-free, documentary approach to photographing and preserving the memories of your day.
Determined to continue educating and learning to provide the best art and experience to every couple.
The experience from start to finish of every Avonture couple deeply matters, all work truly comes from the heart.
Don't just take my word for it...
"She was so down to earth, professional and let us be our complete organic selves around her."
- Derrick & Stephanie
"From day one she kept my fiance and I informed of the whole process and later provided us with a detailed itinerary, packing list and more!"
- Jordan & B-J
"Shanmari was there to not only 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!"
- Ashley & Joe
"Shanmari has such a passion for photographing couples - it really shines through in her work and she is a gem of a human being!"
- Remy & Jacqui
"Shanmari has this incredible skill of really capturing photos in the moment so you barely even know she’s there at times!"
- Garrett & Michael
"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 capturing 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
So What exactly is an all day elopement experience?
It’s an experience you can walk away from feeling like you made the absolute best out of it instead of feeling like you rushed every second.
So it turn out to be a whole day spent celebrating & adventuring with your partner & have the time to stop and embrace those oh-so-sweet in-between intimate moments.
As stress free, slow paced, laid back, fun, detailed and adventurous as YOU want it to be.
Walk away with a day like that and a timeless
gallery that tells YOUR story.
Detailed Elopement Story-line
A Frozen Waterfall & Lake Side Cabin, Snowstorm Elopement Example
12 Hour All Day Elopement
Intimate Breakfast & Details
About 1 to 2 hours worth of an experience, being able to take your time throughout the day really calls for more time with every 'section' of the day. For morning centric days I recommend 3 to 4 hours for these moments.
Getting Ready Together & Writing Vows
Also another 1 to 2 hours to get dressed, touch up your appearance, use the restroom and not rush those moments of writing your vows over to your vow books.
Waterfall Adventuring - Vows Ceremony & Portraits
Depending on the length of your hike this can vary tremendously. Rule of thumb for elopements is 1 mile = 1 hour plus the time spent at the final destination. We spent 4 hours here but with a very short hike. Don't forget driving time to and from locations - we also had to dig out the cars since it was a heavy snow storm which in return meant slower driving. Always be prepared!
Lake Side Portraits
Many couples love to visit more than one location throughout their day. The same hiking rule will apply, so there's a lot of planning logistics that will factor in here. The lake for these two were right outside the cabin, it was far below freezing temps with high winds so we spent just about 10 minutes here.
Candlelit Picnic, Portraits & First Dance in the Cabin
Always make sure to put aside enough time to enjoy your meal, no less than 2 hours is key here. We spent about 4 hours in these slow paced moments.
Every Elopement day is unique and different - so this is just to show you how your day *could look like if you allow for space and time to simply be and for those unforeseen moments!
Elopement Packages & prices
More than a package, it's the start of
your best adventure yet, a priceless experience.
ALL DAY PHOTOGRAPHY COVERAGE
Full day photo coverage ranging from 8 hours to 2+ days to tell the whole story of your experience. Customization of packages are available.
PERSONAL CLIENT PORTAL
Epic personal client portal to keep everything organized and make the planning of your elopement day seamless and stress free.
EXCLUSIVE ELOPEMENT PLANNING GUIDE
In-depth questionnaires to get to know you both.
Customizable planning timeline and checklist in the client portal.
Carefully crafted personalized location idea list.
Vendor recommendations that aligns with your values.
Personalized elopement day timeline for the best experience.
Expert tips, tricks and planning tools like packing lists.
HOW TO LEAVE NO TRACE GUIDE WHILE GETTING MARRIED OUTSIDE
Unique ways to minimize your impact and take care of the beautiful location you’ll elope in!
VOW WRITING GUIDE
When the time comes this guide can help you find the right words with some tips to personalizing vows and making it extra special.
Your own online gallery where you can share, print & download your adventure easily with high quality, full resolution digital images & printing rights.
NO EXTRA TRAVEL OR HIDDEN FEES!
All photographer travel fees included to anywhere in the world, you don’t have to worry about me at all, I even bring my own snacks and extra!
FREE OFFICIANT SERVICES
As an add on where applicable and feasible.
There's not a place too far to elope at and the options are
endless if you're willing to pack your bags
and travel a bit further out!
South African & Namibian Elopements
As a South African myself, I know my country I grew up
in very well - from hidden gems to incredible luxurious accommodations
and unique activities, just hit me up and we can talk about it more!
United States Elopements
From the East to the West, the US offers endless beautiful
locations to elope - check out my travel schedule to see where
I'll be throughout the year!
Ohio Elopement Packages
For elopements within Ohio, from Lake Erie to
Hocking Hills and other hidden gems!
For hikes that are longer than average (more than 10 miles round trip) and camping, backpacking or more adventurous activities related!
Inquire For Custom Quote
Base package starts at $4800
Don't see what you are looking for?
"Unlike any other" Elopements
When it comes to something as unique as elopements, I always want to give my couples the opportunity to think beyond any limitations -
If you can think it up, I can help you plan it!
Inquire For Custom Quote
Base package starts at $4800
"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
Packages & prices
Perfect for engagements, proposals & anniversaries.
Adventurous Couple Sessions
Your adventurous session anywhere in the United States.
*not for 2 hour elopements or wedding attire sessions - you deserve so much more than that.
2 hour coverage by Shanmari
In-depth questionnaire to get to know you both.
2 hours of adventuring together.
Custom personalized location idea list.
Tips, tricks and guidance to planning the best adventure.
**Perfect for engagements, proposals & anniversaries.
High Quality, full resolution digital images & printing rights
Your own online gallery where you can share, print & download your adventure easily