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Start your marriage with an adventure.

elopement photographer kate hampson
elopement photographer kate hampson

After all, the journey is more

important than the destination.

Meet your California elopement photographer

elopement photographer kate hampson

Hello you! I'm Kate. I'm a British award-winning elopement and wedding photographer in Southern California, where I have been proud to call home for seven years.

I've been photographing weddings and elopements for over five years and know photography, elopements and weddings inside out. My couples love my boundless enthusiasm and passion for everything I do.

Getting to meet amazing people and memorialise their day forever really is my dream job. If you want to elope just the two of you, I'm also an ordained minister and have had the great honor to marry a few of my couples.

You don't even need to have a date or a location yet. With Covid scuppering so many wedding plans I'm going full-on with the flow. Together we will find somewhere (if you need my help), and I will help you through the entire planning process.

Get in touch and we'll have the most fabulous adventure together!

elopement photographer kate hampson
elopement photographer kate hampson

I'm ordained!

elopement photographer kate hampson


That's handy then! Yes, I can marry you wherever you desire AND take your photos. We can work together to plan the ceremony and any readings, or you can leave it to me. If it helps, I have a killer London accent. You bring the marriage license, I take care of the rest.

What exactly IS an elopement??

Although the definition of elopement is to run off and marry in secret, more couples are choosing to elope or have intimate weddings than ever before. An elopement is an intimate and non-traditional way to get married, where the focus is on the couple as opposed to the guest experience.

Also, 2020 happened and people started finding more and more creative ways to get married. Many of my couples in 2020 had originally planned larger weddings. All of them LOVED their elopements.

Where can I elope?

click each wedding to see the gallery on the blog

How do I elope?





Plan your perfect day

Choose your location

Get that marriage license!

Find amazing vendors

You've already found your photographer! Just kidding. We may not click (no pun intended).

It is so important though to get on well with your photographer as you will be spending most of your elopement day with them.

Get in touch to schedule a video call with me to see if we have that magic. The cats usually make an appearance by sitting on the laptop. I get no say in the matter!

I can recommend fabulous vendors for you such as hair & makeup, florals, cakes, musicians, rentals, pilots and officiants.

As soon as you decide to elope, make an appointment with the County Clerk for a marriage license.

Once issued it is valid for 90 days. Your officiant/minister is responsible for signing it and returning back to the court within ten days.

Gone are the days of feeling pressured into a big white wedding or a local hotel ballroom!

Get married on a cliff watching the sun set over the ocean; say 'I do' in a Vegas chapel (there are many!); Read your vows in the desert with no guests but the birds in the trees; Tie the knot on a boat, a horse, a surfboard! The possibilities are endless.

It's your elopement, and you can do it pretty much however you want. Below are just some of the places my couples have chosen to elope in 2020 alone:

- parents' backyard

- on the beach at sunset

- paddleboarding in Lake Tahoe

- sunset at Joshua Tree

- sunrise at Yosemite

- cliffside overlooking the ocean

- Big Sur at sunset

- Sequoia National Park in snow

- Las Vegas, both in a chapel and at the Neon Museum

- in the woods at Lake Arrowhead

- In the redwoods followed by
In-n-Out Burger

neon museum wedding photo

How long do I need an elopement photographer for?

Sample timeline - half day

Sample timeline - full day

Elopement in las vegas, nevada

Elopement in joshua tree, california

3.00pm | Kate arrives at the hotel for some getting ready photos

3.30pm | First look and couples portraits

4.00pm | Drive to the chapel for a unique ceremony

5.00pm | Family and friends portraits

5.30pm | Head to the Neon Museum for couples photos

7.00pm | Say goodbye to Kate and enjoy a night out in Vegas with friends

1.00pm | Kate arrives at the AirBnB for some getting ready photos

2.00pm | First look and couples portraits

2.45pm | Drive into National Park to pre-arranged ceremony location

3.30pm | Start a unique and intimate ceremony

4.00pm | Family and friends portraits

4.30pm | Hike to one of my secret locations for some photos and a picnic

6.00pm | Drive to second location to meet the horses

6.30pm | Sunset photos and a sweeping view of the valley from horseback

8.00pm | Head out for an intimate dinner with friends and family

Some really helpful links

California Adventure Elopement Packages

all packages include:

Starting at $1400 for three hours

So tell me what you want (what you really, really want)