Hey I’m Shanmari – the Elopement Photographer & Crafter here at Avonture, based out of Cleveland Ohio but I serve couples worldwide with a focus on Ohio, Utah and South Africa. I value the LGBTQ+ and the BIPOC+ community, all love is warmly welcomed here.
I’m sure you’re curious to know what “avonture” means?
The word, “Avonture” is the Afrikaans word for adventures!
I was born and raised in South Africa, so, Afrikaans is my native language – it’s only one of the 11 languages in South Africa. Avonture represents the start of a lifetime of adventures. Usually when a couple gets married someone would congratulate them and say “I wish you a lifetime full of avonture” i.e a lifetime full of adventures.
That’s what I wish for you, that this adventure into marriage is only the start of a lifetime full of meaningful adventures together.
I believe the value and horizons of elopement experiences are absolutely endless and that when you look back at your wedding photographs years later, you should still hear the sounds of laughter and feel the excitement in your heart. Every couple should experience a wedding day that allows for freedom of vulnerability, an adventure you will remember & treasure for the rest of your life. I am here to open up that safe space, to allow you to be fully you and to plan a day for you and your partner like never before.
You deserve an adventure impossible to rival and that’s what eloping on your terms is. As an eloping bride myself with a passionate love for the outdoors – I want every couple out there to know that your dream adventurous wedding day is POSSIBLE.
Here’s a tip of the iceberg on how I can help you plan and prepare for your elopement, besides documenting those precious memories, I also help craft and put together a day that truly represents you two as a couple.
I hold nothing back when it comes to tips and tricks to help you experience a relaxing elopement, I can even show you how to pack your wedding attire safely into your hiking backpack or even how to hike safely with your attire on! I love to help with filling out the correct permits and sharing the correct information on any legalities to get married out in nature and in any country. Oh and I am an ordained officiant, for those couples that want absolute intimacy. By booking me you will receive a very detailed planning guide – here’s the deets:
Your own planning guide of 70+ pages that walks hand in hand with:
In-depth questionnaire to get to know you both.
Customizable timeline for planning prior to your day.
Custom personalized location idea list.
Personalized vendor recommendations.
Custom personalized elopement day timeline for the best experience.
A very thorough vow writing guide.
Tips, tricks and more planning tools like packing lists.
And so much more! But as much as I am present and love to help, I also step back, 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 the seemingly fleeting to last forever.
If you’re very unsure where to start here’s a few great elopement resources to help you out while you’re here.