If you’re looking for a complete wedding day shot list to ensure you capture every single beautiful moment- then this is for you! Say goodbye to missed moments! This comprehensive wedding day shot list covers it all. Create memories that last a lifetime, a long with some bonus tips for the best wedding day ever. Let’s dive right in!

A Complete Wedding Day Shot List

Champagne spray of bride and bridesmaids in matching robes

If you’re considering getting married at the Oak Glen Golf Club in Stillwater, look no further! This venue is absolutely beautiful! I had the honor of photographing Jordan and Isabella’s wedding there and I cannot recommend this place enough!

Oak Glen Golf Club Wedding in Stillwater

Stillwater wedding party walking over the Mississippi bridge in Minnesota

Interested in Eloping in South Africa but not sure how? I’m from South Africa and I’ve created this helpful guide to show you exactly what you need to elope and exactly how to do it!

How to Elope in South Africa

Safari Elopement in Kruger National Park South Africa

If you want to know how to elope in Glacier National Park in the beautiful mountains of Montana, you’ve come to the right place! Montana is probably one of my absolute favorite places for elopements! In this guide, I will show you exactly how to elope in this gorgeous place!

How to Elope in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park elopement couple standing in the water at Lake MacDonald with the Mountains in the background

If you’re a Bride or future Bride-to-be and you’re wondering what to include in your wedding day timeline, this is the guide for you! Having a wedding day timeline is SO important! I’ve photographed countless weddings in all different seasons and places with so many different timelines. There are some things that just STAND OUT that are worth mentioning! So here are a few tips from a professional wedding photographer that I’d love to give you to help you plan your perfect wedding day timeline!

What to Include in Your Wedding Day Timeline?

Fall Bridal Party reveal in North Dakota

Welcome to the ultimate guide on how to elope at Zion National Park in Utah! Zion is one of my absolute favorite National Parks in the whole United States! I absolutely love the red, rocky canyons and the exhilarating hikes throughout the park! If you’re excited for an intimate adventure wedding with beautiful, warm scenery – then Zion is the elopement spot for you! Let’s dive right in!

How to Elope at Zion National Park

Utah Elopement couple sitting on a cliff on top of Angel's landing in Zion, overlooking the stunning views.

If you’re wondering how to elope at Horseshoe Bend in Arizona with the gorgeous red and orange canyons in the background, you’ve come to the right spot! Horseshoe bend is one of the easiest spots to elope! Let me guide you through exactly how you can elope here!

How to Elope at Horseshoe Bend in Arizona

If you’ve ever been to The Grand Canyon, you know it’s absolutely magnificent and almost impossible for our minds to grasp! It is simply out of this world for lack of better words! I was lucky enough to capture Jaydon and Kelsee’s beautiful Elopement at the Navajo Point outlook in the Grand Canyon. As these two said their vows to each other, overlooking the valleys of the Grand Canyon, taking in the slight breeze as the sun went down, I couldn’t imagine a more perfect day! Here are some tips to help you plan your Grand Canyon Wedding!

How to Elope at The Grand Canyon

Elopement couple walking on the edge of a cliff in The Grand Canyon

If you’re wondering how to elope on the North Shore in Minnesota, look no further! I have created the ultimate guide on eloping on Minnesota’s North Shore! There are so many gorgeous spots along the North Shore with so many amazing things to do and places to see! Let’s dive in!

How to Elope on the North Shore in Minnesota

Elopement couple getting married at Silver Bay Beach in Minnesota on the North Shore

If you’re looking for all inclusive elopement packages in South Africa that will completely blow your mind, then this is for you! Explore amazing deals in the most beautiful parts of South Africa! From Safari’s and wild animals to gorgeous beaches and luxurious wineries- let’s dive right in!

All Inclusive Elopement Packages- South Africa

Cape Town Elopement Couple on Lion's Head in South Africa

If you’re wondering how to lose weight before your wedding day, then this is for you! Many Brides feel the need to tone up and lose weight for their big day and can be tempted to try any and everything. There are so many diets out there like Keto, Paleo, Weigh-less, Intermittent Fasting, The Zone Diet and more! Not even to mention all the health drinks, shakes and pills! The question is, which one of these “diets” actually work? What is the best for lasting results? After reading through this blog post, I am absolutely confident that you’ll know exactly what to do next to start feeling and looking your absolute best for your wedding day!

How to Lose Weight Before Your Wedding Day

cape town elopement couple on table mountain

Planning the best wedding day timeline for your big day can be so intimidating and stressful! As a professional wedding and elopement photographer with countless weddings under my belt, I can assure you that I have the perfect schedule for your wedding day! Let’s get right to it!

The Best Wedding Day Timeline

Bride and Groom dip kissing at the end of the aisle while guests throw confetti

If you’re planning on hiking in your elopement dress, but you’re not exactly sure how to navigate this, then this is the post for YOU! Many girls dream about their wedding dress their whole life and your elopement dress should be no different! I’ve photographed many elopements in beautiful places! All with different types of […]

Hiking in Your Elopement Dress

Elopement couple dancing in Arizona during sunset

Many couples have been on the fence lately trying to decide between having a Wedding vs an Elopement. For some couples it’s a no brainer- whereas others have some questions…What is the difference? Which one is better to do? Which one is more affordable? How does one decide, etc. While both have pro’s and cons, I’m here to help you decide which one is a better fit for YOU! Let’s dive in!

Wedding vs Elopement

Stunning pearl veil shot of wedding couple during sunset in Minneapolis

The term “Elopement” has become extremely popular since covid. What is an elopement? Why do people do it? What are some of the best places to elope and how do you even pack for it? These are only some of the many questions that come up when you mention the term elopement! I’m Heidi and I’m a destination wedding and elopement photographer based in Minnesota. I am passionate about elopements and documenting love stories all over the world! I’ve created this post to help answer some of these questions. So let’s dive right in!

Elopement

Elopement couple standing on a cliff on top of Angel's Landing in Zion National Park

If you’re a future bride looking for the perfect wedding venue to have your special day at – look no further! Ahavah Cottage is a cozy, modern wedding venue located only an hour from the Twin Cities in Elysian, Minnesota! Enjoy this overview of an Ahavah Cottage Wedding by Heidi Straus Photography.

Ahavah Cottage Wedding – by Heidi Straus Photography

Wedding Party in Black and White at the Ahavah Cottage Wedding Venue in Minnesota

Wondering what activities to do on your elopement day? Look no further! I’ve created this guide to share The Top 10 Elopement Day Activities to make your experience an absolute epic one!

Top 10 Elopement Day Activities

Destination Wedding in Italy

If you’re wondering where to elope in South Dakota, I’ve created the perfect guide for you! South Dakota is one of the most underrated places to elope in the US! It’s absolutely beautiful and has so much to offer! Let’s dive right in!

Where to Elope in South Dakota

Destination Wedding in the Black Hills National Forrest in South Dakota