This romantic elopement styled shoot at Devil’s Punchbowl with Emma and Rob was such a dream! We ran around the beach during sunset and I got to learn all about how Emma and Rob got involved in modeling for styled shoots!
How Emma and Rob Met
Rob and Emma are such an adorable couple! These two first met in college at cross-country and track & field practice. Rob was running sprints back and forth and Emma was completely frozen because she COULD NOT STOP staring at him! Rob walked over to say “hi” and two days later, while volunteering at a football game together, Rob invited Emma and her friend to go to the beach with him and some other friends. Emma agreed to go and that night they talked and got to know each other more. After that evening they saw each other every day for the next several months and the rest, as they say, is history!
How Modeling for Elopement Styled Shoots helped Emma & Rob Realize What They Wanted for Their Own Wedding
Emma and Rob are models and I mean that literally! Two years ago they planned a couples photoshoot for their 2-year anniversary. After that shoot, they planned another one when Emma saw a local photographer ask for volunteers to model. During the session, after seeing how much fun Emma was having, the photographer suggested that Emma and Rob make a modeling account. Later that night, Emma created an account and she and Rob have been getting new bookings every week!
Emma’s favorite part of the styled shoots is getting to meet other photographers and seeing the photos afterward. She loves hearing about how each photographer got started and learning more about their gear. She’s even picked up some skills along the way such as how to make floral bouquets! She has learned a lot about the floral industry and what goes into creating florals for an elopement, something that really came in handy when planning her own wedding.
Finding the right dress for her own elopement was also much easier as a result of modeling for styled shoots. All the dresses she’s worn have really helped her narrow down what style of dress she wanted for her own wedding.
Possibly the biggest perk of volunteering for styled shoots was helping Emma and Rob realize what was important to them when it came to planning their own wedding. By being involved in lots of styled wedding shoots, they learned what they liked, what they didn’t like, and what was truly important to them.
Tips for Deciding Between an Elopement vs. Big Wedding
When planning their wedding, Emma and Rob had slightly different visions for their day. Emma wanted to plan an elopement, but Rob wanted a wedding. In the end, they decided to plan a wedding. By modeling for the styled shoots though, Emma gets the experience of an elopement over and over. Not a bad compromise if you ask me!
Deciding between an elopement or a big wedding can sometimes be a hard decision for couples. At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong choice so long as it’s something you both decide together. Take time together to talk about what’s important to each of you and listen to and honor each other throughout the wedding planning process. Prioritizing what you want as a couple versus living up to societal or family expectations is always what’s most important!
Emma and Rob’s advice to other couples planning a wedding or elopement. “Choose something (wedding or elopement) that reflects who you are as a couple, be it being surrounded by huge amounts of friends and family or just you two having a picnic or at the top of a mountain saying your vows to each other or you running along the beach as the wind and waves lift up your hair. Make your day unique to you; whether that looks like a big wedding or an intimate elopement.”
This romantic elopement styled shoot at Devil’s Punchbowl was so fun and inspiring! For more Oregon Coast elopement and couples photoshoot inspiration, click here!
Shout out to the amazing vendors for this shoot:
Flowers: Sola Wood Flowers
Wedding Dress: Baltic Born