I wish I had these resources when I was planning my wedding. I likely would have felt more empowered to do what I truly wanted, which was elope.

If I can help you figure out what you really want out of your day, then I consider my job a success.

It's YOUR Day.

Your wedding day is about you and your partner, no one else. Want to have a simple picnic in the Redwoods or crack open a brewski on the Oregon Coast? Or would you rather take to the skies in a helicopter ride, go whale watching, or hike to a glacier? The sky is the limit.

I always wanted to elope and caved to the pressure of having something more conventional, and I totally regretted it. As a wedding photographer and someone who wishes they eloped, I have a deep personal and professional connection to elopements.

I hope you find the resources and inspiration below helpful. Got any questions? Don’t be afraid to reach out. Hope to hear from you soon!

Chloe & Dylan

"Sam took so much stress off our shoulders, and we loved her fun personality. She helped create an amazing experience on our elopement day. Our elopement experience totally exceeded our expectations. We feel like we've gained a friend who we can visit and spend time outdoors together."

My Peeps And Their Elopement Day
Leah & Mike
We'd have had an awesome wedding day in any way we that did it but, with Sam helping out, it was perfect.Sam did more than I ever imagined a photographer would. We gave her a big, empty circle (elopement in Glacier National park) and she helped work out all of the details. From information on locations, to links for permits, to scouting the area days before, she removed any piece that could have seemed overwhelming.On top of all of that, she’s a fantastic photographer and a phenomenal person. Our wedding day was a group of friends, trudging through the woods (hot tea in hand, thanks to her and her husband), laughing, talking, and getting pictures along the way. The photographs beautifully represent every moment of the day; her style will always amaze me.The day was still totally about us and we were able to spend it doing what we love. We were lucky to have Sam with us.
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My Peeps And Their Elopement Day
Kendal & Mike
When we first came up with the idea to elope to Glacier National Park we talked to about 17 different photographers and weren't really sure what we wanted...until we talked to Sam. As soon as I spoke to her on the phone we connected and I knew there was no one else I would rather have in my corner to pull off the magical adventurous wedding I had in mind! Sam was super communicative, crazy knowledgeable, and just so much fun to work with! You can obviously see from her portfolio that her photos are incredible keepsakes, but what I wasn't expecting was what a sweet and fun experience she crafted for us with the combination of her effervescent personality and wilderness guile! In hindsight, I can't imagine anyone else standing by our side (or climbing a rocky waterfall with us as it were). Do yourself a solid and cancel your wedding, hire Sam, and run away and marry your sweetie like you really want to!
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My Peeps And Their Elopement Day
Samuel H. Boardman Oregon Coast Elopement Intimate Wedding S Photography Adventure Photography
Hope & RJ
Ya'll, Sam is incredible! I found Sam all the way from Georgia and she did not disappoint! She did an adventure session with me and my now husband in the Redwoods. I will forever count that day as one of my favorite days with my husband. We had the best time and did not even feel like we were on camera. Not to mention, Sam knew what she was doing! The images were so perfect and completely captured who we are! Our pup was even involved! I knew then that Sam would not only photograph my wedding day but be a forever friend. I contacted her to tell her I wanted her to capture my special day, something fast and perfect. I cannot rave enough about how she took every ounce of stress off of me! She picked a perfect location and had a timeline sent to me in no time! I seriously just had to be there. Actually, she picked me up. I just had to get dressed! There was not one single thing I had to worry about that day. She truly made it intimate and about us two. I would not pick any other way to have that day. I would not pick any other person to capture that day. Sam knows what she's doing and also lets you know how important you are. She thinks of all the small details. She practically planned my wedding from the other side of the country. She is a phenomenal photographer and even better friend. I'm just trying to figure out how to get to her more often for laughter, wineries and her impeccable photographs!
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