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I believe a couple’s wedding should be exactly what they desire, and what suits them best.  For couples that want a more private and low-key wedding, eloping is the perfect option!  These events are so intimate and beautiful, and typically really focus on the couple and their love for each other.  I love that, and I love capturing small and intimate elopements for couples that desire a more private wedding day.  The absolute best part of an elopement for me is having so much more time to capture my client’s at their destination, roaming around Paris or renting a scooter or Fiat to drive along the Amalfi Coast.  Can you imagine having photos of you and your spouse like this and looking at them years down the road?  What sweet memories.
If you are eloping or know someone who is, this guide of my top places to elope should definitely inspire you!
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AMALFI COAST
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If you’re looking for THE destination wedding location of locations…The Amalfi Coast in Italy is it!  Nestled south of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula, this coastline is one of the most breathtaking places in the entire world!  It’s where towering cliffs meet the sea, blue skies and sunshine dominate and the scent of lemons drifts through the air.  The sight of the hillsides in towns like Positano are a feast for the eyes, while the local fish & seafood are a feast for the stomach.  Whether you’re cruising along the sea to the island of Capri or you’re perched high above the entire coastline in Ravello, you’ll see beauty everywhere.  It is one of the perfect locations to elope or have a small destination wedding.

FAVORITE AMALFI COAST VENUES
Belmond Hotel Caruso – Ravello
Villa Cimbrone – Ravello
Hotel Palazzo Murat – Positano

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TUSCANY
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La mia bella Italia…  When I think about where I could see myself getting married, Tuscany is the place.  I remember my first time traveling through this area and I just fell in love – I mean, how can you not?  Rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards, historic villa’s – you absolutely can’t go wrong with a wedding in Tuscany.  You almost don’t even need that many details when the scenery is this gorgeous!
FAVORITE TUSCANY VENUES
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Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS
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I have probably photographed the most weddings in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.  This area is one of my favorite locations for weddings and some venues are as little as 2 hours from Atlanta, my home base.  These venues radiate mountain elegance out of every nook and cranny.  Tops on my list is Old Edwards Inn & Spa which is host to an amazing list of venues large and small, and also has some of the best service I have ever witnessed at a venue.  Many of my clients have a family tie of some sort to this area or grew up going to the mountains for vacation.  It’s truly a special place!  I have also had the pleasure to work in many of the smaller towns in this area including Highlands, Cashiers and Asheville and have listed my favorites.
FAVORITE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN VENUES
Old Edwards Inn & Spa – Highlands
Chattooga Club – Cashiers
Biltmore Estate – Asheville
Lonesome Valley – Cashiers
Claxton Farm – Asheville

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Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
PARIS
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Oooh-la-la!  One of the most romantic places in the world, is the city of Paris.  Its beautiful streets, boats floating along the Seine, French champagne and views of the Eiffel Tower at nearly every turn.  I bet anyone could fall in love here!  Paris is the perfect place to elope because there are so many beautiful and intimate spots throughout the city to say your vows, just the two of you.  So grab yourself a tuxedo and your passport and jet off to the city of light for your elopment!
 FAVORITE PARIS VENUES
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THE LOWCOUNTRY
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The south is one of the top wedding locations in the country, and when you see some of these venues you’ll know why.  This area is drenched in history, nature, mystery and lots of spanish moss.  It has some of the most beautiful venues in the country with a charm that you can only find in this area.  The hospitality can’t be beat and the low country seafood is amazing!  These beautiful venues scattered throughout the region are some of the best that I’ve photographed at, and oh so beautiful.
FAVORITE LOWCOUNTRY VENUES (Georgia, South Carolina, Florida)
The Gasparilla Inn – Gasparilla Island
Ca d’Zan – Sarasota
Lowndes Grove Plantation – Charleston
The Jekyll Island Club – Jekyll Island
Cloister at Sea Island – Sea Island
Oyster Bay Yacht Club – Amelia Island
Ribault Club – Amelia Island
The Ford Plantation – Savannah
Inn at Palmetto Bluff – Hilton Head
Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
If you are eloping soon or having a small, destination affair contact me today to learn about my special destination photography collections!  You can contact me through my website HERE to receive the full guide.
Ciao!
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For over 12 years I have been photographing destination weddings and events all over the US as well as internationally.  I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some pretty amazing destinations to capture my clients’ special day.  Traveling for destination weddings sounds glamorous, and I enjoy it and am pretty lucky to be able to do this job but it also takes experience, professionalism and an expert traveler to to navigate a new location, city, country and/or venue.

Contrary to most of my friends beliefs, being a destination wedding photographer is hard work and takes a lot of time, planning, and patience.  There’s extra steps to making the entire process a smooth one including packing the right gear, purchasing extra insurance, confirming travel itineraries, mapping out locations, special scouting sessions, guarding your bags & equipment on trains & busses and lots of searching on Google Maps!

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I personally enjoy destination events more than local one’s because it provides me with a challenge.  There’s nothing like seeing a city or place for the first time and my eyes are continuously inspired by new things, different textures, colors and light.  I also thoroughly enjoy traveling to new places, experiencing new cultures and exploring hidden vistas.  Most of my clients choose to have destination weddings because of these same reasons, which is why all but one of my weddings last year were destination.  These clients are my people and we both are drawn to travel and adventure.

I wanted to put together a list of some of the amazing locations that I’ve had the opportunity to work in.  I have photographed at many of these venues and have included a selection of my photos from these areas.  I hope these will inspire you to select a location that’s special to you and fits the vision for your day.

NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS

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I have probably photographed the most weddings in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.  This area is one of my favorite locations for weddings and some venues are as little as 2 hours from Atlanta, my home base.  These venues radiate mountain elegance out of every nook and cranny.

Top on my list is Old Edwards Inn & Spa which is host to an amazing list of venues large and small, and also has some of the best service I have ever witnessed at a venue.  Many of my clients have a family tie of some sort to this area or grew up going to the mountains for vacation.  It’s truly a special place!  I have also had the pleasure to work in many of the smaller towns in this area including Highlands, Cashiers and Asheville and have listed my favorites.

Old Edwards Inn & Spa
– Rockwood Lodge
– Piermont Cottage
– Spring House
– Hutchinson House
– Inn at Half Mile Farm
– Old Edwards Club

Chattooga Club
Claxton Farm
Biltmore Estate
Lake Toxaway
Lonesome Valley
High Hampton Inn
Vineyard at High Holly
The Orchard
The Ridge Asheville

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

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Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Considering a wedding in North Carolina?  Contact me today to learn about my Destination Packages and how I will capture your story.  Learn more by clicking HERE.

Ciao!

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Destination Wedding Photographer | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

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2016 is coming to a close and I can’t believe this year is over already.  It’s been a wild and crazy ride, filled with so many great clients and photography opportunities beyond what I could have dreamed.  Thank you to all of my clients, vendor partners and friends for making this year a huge success!

Happy Holidays!!!

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I absolutely thrive when I’m shooting at a new venue, seeing a place with fresh eyes for the first time.  I had been looking forward to Caitlin & Spencer’s wedding in Cashiers, North Carolina for some time.  I was intrigued when Caitlin told me that their venue, The Chattooga Club, only held 4 weddings per year.  I knew that it was going to be a very unique and stylish wedding, and it did not disappoint.  The couple’s family and friends were dressed to impress, and the club was designed to perfection by I Do Events.  You’ll just have to feast your eyes on the gorgeous imagesCashiers Wedding | Chattooga Club Wedding | www.msp-photography.com | Melissa Schollaert Photographymelissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-02melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-03melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-04melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-05melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-06melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-07melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-08melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-09melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-10melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-11melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-12melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-13melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-14melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-15melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-16melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-17melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-18melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-19melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-20melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-21melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-22melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-23melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-24melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-25melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-26melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-27melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-28melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-29melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-30melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-31melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-32melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-33melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-34melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-35melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-36melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-37melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-38melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-39melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-40melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-41melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-42melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-43melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-44melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-45melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-46melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-47melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-48melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-49melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-50melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-51melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-52melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-53melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-54melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-55melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-56melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-57melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-58melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-60melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-61melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-62melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-63melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-64melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-65melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-59melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-66melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-67melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-68melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-69melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-70melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-71melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-72melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-73melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-74melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-75melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-76melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-77melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-78melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-79melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-80melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-81melissaschollaert-caitlinspencersneakpeek-82below to see for yourself.

VENDORS:

Planning: I Do Events / Venue & Catering: The Chattooga Club / Photography: Melissa Schollaert Photography / Florals: Rooms in Bloom / Rentals: Professional Party Rentals / Cake: Artista Cakes Serena / Videography: Ink Spot Crow / Hair & Makeup: Tracy DeSimone / Bride’s First Gown: Oscar de la Renta from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon / Bride’s Second Gown: Lazaro from Bridals by Lori / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Bhlanik

Ciao!

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This fall has been a whirlwind that had me traveling all over the country and all over the world for destination weddings.  It was such a treat to capture Helen & John’s stunning wedding day in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Biltmore Hotel!  I studied architecture in college so it is always so fun shooting at this beautiful piece of architecture in Arizona.  Helen & John were so sweet and I knew when I “met” them on Skype that we immediately clicked and were a perfect match.  Here’s a little peek at their gorgeous day!

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VENDORS:

Planning: Victoria Canada Weddings / Photography: Melissa Schollaert Photography / Florals: Petal Pusher / Venue/Catering/Cake: The Arizona Biltmore / Band: Neon / Lighting: Karma Event Lighting / Photobooth: The Live Photobooth / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Tuxedo’s: Mr. Formal / Groom & Groomsmen Shoes: Bruno Magli / Bridal Salon: JJ Kelly Oklahoma City / Bride’s Reception Dress: Custom Design from Nardos Design Dallas, Texas / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids Gowns: Amsale / Stationery: No Regrets OKC / Calligraphy: LFW & Co

Ciao!

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Destination Wedding Photographer | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com