Business Attributes: Woman Owned
Photographer: Avonture


Business Attributes: Woman Owned

How does it feel to take life by the reigns and do what feels right for the two of you?

As a person who also chose to elope I know how good that feels, and I can tell you that eloping has a guaranteed no regret policy 😉

I’m Shanmari – the Elopement Photographer & Crafter at Avonture – my passion for serving eloping couples, helping them navigate the world of elopements seamlessly & experience a wedding day that makes sense to them – drives from within.

I’m rooting for YOU!

No matter how you want to spend your day or what unique elements you want to bring along – I’m here to help you all the way from the foundation of planning your elopement day from scratch to walking away feeling fulfilled & with a seriously amazing gallery that tells the true story of your day.

Here’s a small view into how an elopement at Avonture comes together & how I help:

  • LEGALITIES OF GETTING MARRIED OUTDOORS – from understanding marriage licenses to researching & applying for those tricky event permits at parks, I’ll walk you through it all.
  • FINDING THE PERFECT ELOPEMENT LOCATION THAT SPEAKS TO YOU – I can help find & narrow down the perfect elopement location that is legal, safe & ideal for your day.
  • FINDING VENDORS – even in the most remote locations, I love suggesting great vendors from florists to musicians and even adventure guides like helicopter tours, mountain guides & more.
  • HANDCRAFTED TIMELINE – Putting together a timeline that takes in consideration hiking time, driving time and best time of day for certain activities is a huge (& fun) part of the planning that I assist with.
  • MY EXPERTISE AT YOUR DISPOSAL – alongside extensive, exclusive planning guides, checklists, packing lists & SO much more that will be all yours.
  • AMAZING PHOTOS – In the end you will walk away with a remarkable photo gallery that not only tells your story, but is also authentically you.

But as much as I am present and love to help with the planning of your elopement – on your day off, I also step back because you deserve an intentionally intimate wedding day – I don’t make your wedding day into a huge photoshoot, I give you and your partner space to relax and enjoy the moments you share on such a meaningful day while I capture those seemingly fleeting moments to last forever.

How does eloping on YOUR TERMS sound?

If you’re ready to get in touch and chat about your day simply click here to fill out my contact form.

If you want to read more about Avonture or get to know me better, navigate to my website & read more there, including what Avonture couples have to say about their experience!

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I don’t even know where to begin to express our wonderful experience with Shanmari! Our day began with a major snowstorm, which led to our car getting stuck to the point we never thought we were going to get out! Shan spent 20 minutes in the freezing cold helping us dig it out so we could make it to the most beautiful waterfall, and take the most gorgeous photos. Anything we needed, Shan had our back and went above and beyond in creating the perfect day. She gave us plenty of time to just be the two of us, while somehow capturing more moments than we ever could have imagined. From the sweeter moments like us reading our vows to the unforgettable memories of us using the hand warmers she (thankfully) provided, our favorite part of the gallery she sent as was the story it tells of us <3. The entire day was laid back, there were no strict timelines and she definitely centered the day on us and how we were feeling - which we so appreciated. it was slow-paced and couldn't have been more romantic thanks to the environment she curated for us. We were able to have a slow, relaxing morning getting ready together and eating breakfast (also brought to us by Shan) while still having plenty of time to get the outdoor pictures that we wanted. Basically, this review is a long-minded way of saying, if you're not RUNNING to book Shan for your elopement, what are you even doing?! She's simply the BEST and her genuine desire to make the day all you want it to be and more is so evident. There’s truly not enough amazing things to say about her and our experience working with her! <3 <3 <3

KristiAnn & Jarron

There aren’t enough words to describe how amazing Shanmari and Avonture Elopements was in making our day as special as it was. Going into the process was a bit scary at first just because you worry about how can someone else envision what you and your significant other have been planning for so long and in many cases what you’ve been thinking about your entire life. But from the very beginning through talking to Shanmari and filling out a questionnaire for her to get to know us and what we want, it was clear that we had nothing to worry about and she would do everything that she could to make our day as perfect as we could have imagined. In the day of our elopement, as I’m sure many people are, we were very nervous, we woke up at 4am in order to climb a peak before sunrise, and we also forgotten some things at home that we needed. But without a doubt Shanmari was there to not only to make us feel comfortable but also made sure we had everything we need. Even things we didn’t know we needed, she had ready and made the experience so easy for us so we didn’t have to worry about anything. She also made sure it was FUN, through her stories, her jokes, and just amazing personality, she made a usually exhausting day, so enjoyable and stress free. Even though we were tired, we couldn’t help but have so many laughs and create so many memories. And if that wasn’t enough, the pictures were absolutely amazing. Truly, no exaggeration, they turned out amazing and easily the best pictures I have not only of my wife and I but also of myself probably in my whole life. It seems like every single day I’m going back and looking through them and I just can’t help but smile because they capture just every emotion I feel about my wife that I’ve never been able to put into words. The pictures make we feel so much pride in that day and my wife. The day of our wedding, Shanmari, my wife and I went in as strangers but I can truly say that the day ended with us as friends. So for anyone even considering eloping, please do yourself a favor, and just contact Avonture Elopement’s. I promise you will not regret it. She will make your day one to remember for the rest of your life.

Ashley & Joe

Shanmari Shehaj of Avonture Elopements was not just an excellent wedding photographer but was amazing throughout the process! We found her online and reached out to her to be our photographer for a small wedding five weeks out and had nothing else planned (including no idea on part of the country). From the first conversation, her energy was contagious. Shan got to know us as a couple, our wants for a location and researched on her own prospective places. When we selected one from her suggestions, she then went further and helped compile a list of potential vendors. She stayed in contact and offered helpful reminders leading up to the big day. She traveled in early to scout the area for picturesque places and captured BEAUTIFUL pictures of us and the area. Not only did friends of ours say that our wedding photos looked like they should be in a magazine, but we had multiple guests comment on how great Shan was as a photographer before they even saw the pictures. Shan did what we wanted but also provided great guidance and voiced her expertise clearly so we could capture the best pictures. Would highly recommend!

Bradley & Evanjelina

I'm not sure where to start or how I can concisely write what an amazing time it was to be photographed by Shanmari. From day one she kept my fiance and I informed of the whole process and later provided us with a detailed itinerary, packing list and more - which for someone like me, is VERY important ;). Our day with Shanmari was beautiful. From the moment we met, it was like meeting up with an old friend. She made us feel extremely comfortable, she let us do our thing and she captured some of the most beautiful moments I've ever shared with my now, husband. We will forever remember that day. The photos she took will be ones we can always look back on and actually FEEL the emotion and love we have for each other. If you are trying to decide whether or not Shanmari is the one to photograph your special day, she is. She is incredible at what she does and I know you will be as grateful as I am that I took the leap and chose to go with her!

Jordan & B-J

Working with Avonture Elopements was nothing short of a perfect experience, having someone as experienced as Shanmari will surely help your day go smoother. She has this incredible skill of really capturing photos in the moment so you barely even know she's there at times. On top of that, she was extremely flexible and so creatively navigated around any of the small obstacles we encountered on our day. In addition to all the amazing skills and talent, Shanmari is a loving and super fun person that anyone would be so lucky to have plan and photograph their special day. She will make sure that you are getting everything you want, and I'm certain that you'd only have regrets if you didn't book her!

Garrett & Michael

I am a black queer bride and I was absolutely blown away by the artistry and humanity Shanmari shared with me and my fiancée leading up to and during our engagement shoot. It started with her questionnaire to get to know us—we got the chance to talk about our relationship and introduce ourselves to Shanmari while spending some time together—it was a built in date! Shanmari was patient welcoming and understanding and made the day and absolute blast. Her suggestions for attire and location were spot on and she even helped me orchestrate my proposal! I appreciated her ability to make us feel safe and beautiful during the shoot and then present us (right on time btw) with photos that are nothing short than magical. I would recommend Shanmari’s talents to any couple just wanting to be themselves, be ethereal and have a great time! It was an absolute pleasure. 10s across the board!

Chennelle & Chelsea

Shanmari was absolutely an integral part of our wedding, and we were so thrilled she was able to share it with us! I love looking at our wedding pictures because Shan captured so many incredible, authentic moments. Nothing felt staged, and the love and joy just radiate through the pictures. Shan was super easy to work with and just did a phenomenal job. She also was great in making sure that our guests felt affirmed and comfortable at our wedding. Absolutely hire her.

Kate & Ben
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Hocking Hills Elopement

This is OHIO!

Helping eloping couples create memorable experiences and documenting those memories is the best part about my life, every time no matter where we create those memories!

I want my couples to be able to look at their images and feel everything again. The smells, the love, the adventure, the at awe of nature and the touch of your partners’ hand in yours. And truly, that’s what my photography is about. But at the end of the day I also want you to walk away from a wedding experience that's completely yours.

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