If you follow me on social media, you may know that my husband, Brian, got me a hot air balloon ride for Christmas. Now, this isn’t the hot air balloon ride he promised, but it was a taste of what’s to come. Plus, we got some experience blowing up the balloon! You guys, a hot air balloon ride would be PERFECT for an elopement. Let me explain…
There are several companies nationwide who run hot air balloon rides. I’m sure there’s at least one in your state or a neighboring state. Depending on their packages, they start at about $500 for the both of you for an hour ride. If you’re wanting to have guests, price increases accordingly, and lots of companies have packages for elopements and intimate weddings. And get this, they’re STILL usually cheaper than hosting a full blown reception.
Picture this, you, your loved one, and officiant, and balloon pilot taking you to the skies at sunrise. As a photographer, I can either be in the same balloon if the company has a larger basket, OR (and this would be a super awesome option) in a separate balloon so I can accurately capture how awesome your elopement is by incorporating the backdrop, you two, and the entire balloon in the frame.
Don’t want to have your ceremony in the air? Have it inside the balloon. I got to take a look and go inside while we were setting up on this day, and balloons have been used in the past for engagement photos and proposals (hint, hint for those of you struggling to find a way to best propose).
Part of what I provide my brides is some of the legwork that might be required – including making phone calls, checking availability, etc. for the venue of your choice. Does a hot air balloon elopement sound like the perfect adventure? Let’s go!
Check out some of our first hot air balloon adventures below: