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Seattle-based wedding photographer Lessie Blue is embracing the growing runaway trend

Lessie Blue is the founder of Lessie Blue Photography LLC.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA, Sept. 30, 2022 / — Once upon a time, a Western wedding meant a straight couple said “yes” in a church surrounded by loved ones. Over time, the barriers have widened to include beaches and hotels instead of churches, and couples of all genders. Now there’s a new mega-trend: runaways. Seattle-based photographer Lessie Blue (founder of Lessie Blue Photography LLC) has seen their popularity firsthand after seeing an increase in requests for runaway photography, and she’s not alone.

Let’s look at the increase in elopements and what anyone planning to do should expect photography at the event.

The rise of the elopements –
Official figures on the number of elopements are limited, but you just need to google to see if there has been an uptick in interest.

As you can see in the Google Trends graph, the number of people looking for runaways has increased during the pandemic. That’s no surprise given that health and safety restrictions have made traditional weddings out of the question for most countries around the world.

More intriguingly, interest didn’t slow when the pandemic ended – instead a second peak appeared in late 2021 (just as Covid restrictions were being phased out)

A study conducted by Helzberg Diamonds found that 91% of American millennials would at least consider elopement. Celebrities like David Harbor from Stranger Things and Sophie Turner from Game of Thrones are fueling the trend, both of whom have opted for Elvis impersonator runaways over the typical flashy celebrity weddings.

For Seattle-based photographer Lessie Blue, the trend was impossible to ignore: “There’s been a tremendous increase in runaways,” she says. “I started offering elopements during the pandemic. Lots of couples were cancelling, but I had couples who still wanted to get married. They didn’t care too much about having the big wedding party at the time – they just wanted to be married to their soul mate.

Other photographers have noted the same trend, with one seeing his benefit ratio drop to 65% elopements following the pandemic.

Elopements and photography –
Some couples considering an elopement may be concerned that it will be difficult to capture the same “magic” through images for these unconventional weddings, or that the photographers will not be able to adapt to their needs, but there is little likely to be the case. For her part, Blue is a big fan of elopements, going so far as to say she would have one herself if she were to get married a second time.

As for what to expect from the experience, Blue notes that the process is roughly similar to weddings. Her typical elopement package includes three hours of photography with a maximum of 20 people (though she also has micro-packages). However, elopements offer great flexibility, which can often be fantastic for photography.

“When a couple runs away, you can choose an epic location – chasing waterfalls, climbing mountains. You can make it an adventure and just go with the flow and figure things out along the way! She notes that they have also tend to be more subdued and cold, which can make for more playful and fun photos.

Not all photographers offer elopement-specific packages, but if the number continues to grow, that’s something to expect in the future.

The future is personal –
People are no longer expected to follow the mold when they marry, and elopements offer a whole new set of beautiful possibilities. As photography and other wedding-related service providers continue to adapt to the needs of these new ideas, more engaged couples may be tempted to take the plunge.

Lessie Blue
Lessie Blue Photography LLC
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