Sam Starns | Elope Your Life®️

Sam Starns | Elope Your Life®️

Based In: Anchorage, AK
Business Attributes: Woman Owned
Photographer: Sam Starns | Elope Your Life®️

Sam Starns | Elope Your Life®️

Based In: Anchorage, AK
Business Attributes: Woman Owned

I’m Sam, a TEDx speaker, author and adventure elopement expert for Alaska.

And I regret my wedding. Oooof, right?

I cried on my wedding day. They weren’t happy tears, either. Let me tell you my story.

 

I had a day that wasn’t really about the connection I had with my husband. It wasn’t about who we were as people and about the things we loved.

It wasn’t “us”.

Imagine having an adventure elopement day that includes whatever floats your boat. Whether it’s adrenaline-packed, laughter-filled, chill vibes, or a combo of all of the above. Then add in a kickass connection between you and your partner that’s enabled by dedicating that day TO YOU.

I, along with my “Elope Your Life” team, help fun & free spirited couples create bold wedding days in dramatic places like our home turfs of:
Alaska 🌌 (see my ultimate guide to eloping in Alaska)
The PNW 🌲

But also capturing adventures in places like:
Glacier National Park 🏔
California Redwoods 🌲
Adirondacks 🌅
Switzerland 🇨🇭
Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
and beyond.

Then my couples use that empowerment to transform the rest of their lives.

Let’s do this, shall we? If you have any questions, submit the contact form below, our reach out via my website: samstarns.com

Sam cares SO deeply about every couple she meets. From the first conversation we had, the first thing she did was get to know us as people and what we wanted, past the epic images. – Katherin & Clay

 

ELOPEMENT COLLECTIONS INCLUDE

  • Custom client portal
  • The ultimate elopement guide (including all resources from my book “Elope Your Life”)
  • Extensive planning consultation/assistance
    • Planning Zoom calls
    • Your own custom day-of timeline
    • Custom vendor referrals
    • Vetted location recommendations and stats on each
    • Getting to Know You Questionnaire and Zoom calls
    • Marriage license resources
    • Permitting information
  • All hi-res edited digital images
  • Heirloom album to display in your home
  • Photographer travel included

Starting pricing and more info about the Elope Your Life experience is available at samstarns.com/experience!

 

ABOUT SAM AND “ELOPE YOUR LIFE

Sam Starns is a TEDx speaker, author, elopement expert and movement leader in adventure elopement photography. After regretting her own traditional wedding, she began her mission to empower individuals to become unapologetically themselves by creating a wedding day and life that they can be uniquely proud of.

With nearly a decade of wedding experience, Starns has traveled to numerous states (The PNW, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and beyond) and countries for elopements to jumpstart the transformation for real change to encourage anyone to become their authentic self.

With a passion for protecting our public lands and love for the outdoors, Starns donates a percentage of services including photography packages and book sales to a nonprofit dedicated to helping preserve public lands.

Sam Starns’ debut book, Elope Your Life is available for on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop and more.–

 

She knows what she’s doing, a true professional, but it was also so genuine. She wrote a book. She even did a TEDx Talk on eloping!! We were both like whaaaaat!!! Yes, woman, kill it! Seriously, hire Sam, great pics are sooo important, but it was more than pictures, it was an experience. It was worth every penny. I honestly cannot recommend her enough. – Nikki & Evan

 

FEATURED IN:

TEDxRoseburg
NBC King 5 Seattle
CBS Good Day Sacramento
ABC AM Northwest
NBC WFLA Bloom Talk Show
Kleinfeld
Gay Weddings Magazine

Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Oregon Coast
Oregon Coast
Oregon Desert
Oregon Desert
Oregon Coast
Oregon Coast
Scotland, In collaboration with Raini Rowell Photography
Scotland, In collaboration with Raini Rowell Photography
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Let’s start off with the fact that the whole week we were in Alaska felt like a blur, because it was truly more awe-inspiring than anything we could’ve imagined, making it SO hard to go back to reality after this fantasy adventure that Sam helped us cook up. There were helicopters, tons of different sights, glaciers, and MOOSE! One thing we loved about working with Sam was that it never really felt like we took posed photos; there were prompts and directions, but it really was genuine, she captured us just being weirdly us. Jeff complained about getting his photos taken in the months leading up to our elopement, but the experience was way better than expected (he grew up despising cameras) and all of our photos are so full of life, taking us back to that exact time and place. Also, Sam suggested thinking about our day as an adventure first and a wedding second, and it really helped us realize the potential and plan a day that was way more badass and memorable than any traditional wedding! We certainly don’t feel like we missed out on anything by eloping; in fact, we feel the experience was more meaningful and intentional because we got to experience all of these new adventures together that were uniquely us. I’ve already had friends and colleagues come up to me asking how to elope like we did. My advice is, “Here’s Sam’s contact info – you need to call her.”

Shelby & Jeff

Our elopement in Alaska with Sam was so epic. Our friends kept saying that our elopement announcement photo should be used for Alaska’s tourism! The whole elopement experience was completely worth it. The mine, glacier, and reindeer farm were all perfect additions to the day where we climbed a mountain and said “I do”. It felt good to do what we wanted. It wasn’t like we were trying to exclude anyone, but an Alaska elopement was just what we felt more comfortable doing. Sam’s communication was on point (I love a quick response and she was on it) and she gave us so many location/activity recommendations that were so helpful, whether she’d been there already or not. And the whole Elope Your Life aspect? It was present in our day, with trying new things and getting outside our comfort zone. It was also a great reminder to continue that bravery and exploration in our lives. With Sam there to capture it, we forded a glacial stream, hiked a mountain, were surrounded by reindeer, kissed a moose, and explored an old mine in the mountains of Alaska. To anyone wanting to elope – do it. We now have so many friends and family who wish they did what we did.

Andy & Ashland W.

Sam will give you the most exciting, adventurous, unique, grounded, and joyful wedding experience. The long version: Sam is one of the coolest chicks in the country, hands down. It becomes clear that she works hard, cares hard, and loves hard from the minute you begin working with her. Our first phone conversation with Sam felt like meeting our new best friend, but it was also exciting to find out what a strong listener, savvy adventurer, and thorough photographer she would be! No detail went unaddressed, no stone unturned as we decided what to do and where to go on our big day. We settled on a jam-packed schedule up and down the Oregon-California coastline with everything from first looks to beers to surprise sea lion sightings and the whole time, Sam had us cracking up and we had hours of amazing conversation. My husband and I are naturally a bit camera-awkward, but that’s no match for Sam’s expertise! Our album is full of the most meaningful, powerful, and artistic photos, and honestly the day was everything we could have asked for and more. We can not recommend Sam enough. Read her book. Book her for your engagement or elopement/small ceremony photos. You simply will not be sorry!

Whitney Adams

Sam is the absolute best! She is a stellar photographer, communicator, planner, and overall human. She gave us the best day ever at our Oregon coast/ redwoods elopement. Words really can’t describe how much of a dream the day was and the entire process of planning the day. From the moment we hired Sam I didn’t have to worry about a thing, and our day went flawlessly. We met Sam in 2018 and still keep in contact with her on a regular basis. I tell every friend and relative to elope, and specifically to elope Sam!

Brooke Lewis

We loved our Glacier National Park elopement with Sam! She took the time to really get to know us through phone and video chats before we met up. The first time we got together in person was for our adventure session a few days before the wedding. We scheduled the adventure session at the end of a 2-day hiking experience totaling almost 20 miles, so we were pretty exhausted at the time. Sam's vibrant personality immediately perked us up and put us at ease. Her prompts were hilarious and we ended up having a fantastic time laughing together while taking portraits. The fun was genuine and it absolutely shows in the photos! Sam had the knowledge and experience to take us to the right places at the right times to optimize our experience of Glacier's jaw-dropping settings. She was our unofficial guide about the park, sharing knowledge and tidbits along the way. She has such an eye for beauty and light, and was able to capture our special memories in the most beautiful way. Our small group of friends all had a great time with her and her husband, Brian. Our elopement day was full of fun, laughs, Goldfish crackers (Sam and both of us love them), adventure, and authenticity. We even got to go paddle-boarding in our wedding gear; how many people can say that? Afterward, Sam and Brian joined us at our place for dinner! It was great hanging out with two new friends after experiencing one of the best days.

Shan Tang

Choosing a great photographer is the most important wedding decision to make, second only to choosing your spouse. We could not be happier in choosing Sam as our adventure elopement photographer. It was the best decision we made for our day. I went to do some research on Reddit when my (now) husband and I started to consider eloping. The very first post on the Eloping subreddit that day, someone mentioned her and linked to her Wandering Weddings page, where I then found her website. We were immediately sold, and this choice went on to shape the best day of our life. Sam really helped curate the day and make our vision come alive, just like we imagined. Even better, really. Our day was light, fun, romantic, and we felt so ALIVE. Sam’s direction was fantastic, and we loved her games like, “The Floor is Lava” (if you know, you know). It didn’t even feel like “direction”. We now recommend Sam before anyone can even ask. We’re always looking at our pictures all googly eyed, and it’s great to have tangible memories that we can share with our family and friends. There were so many intimate moments captured together, so many smiles, so many laughs. It was an incredible experience. It was an unimaginably perfect, PERFECT day. She knows what she’s doing, a true professional, but it was also so genuine. She wrote a book. She even did a TEDx Talk on eloping!! We were both like whaaaaat!!! Yes, woman, kill it! Seriously, hire Sam, great pics are sooo important, but it was more than pictures, it was an experience. It was worth every penny. I honestly cannot recommend her enough. Break from tradition and do something for YOU that you can share with each other.

Nikki & Evan

Due to COVID, we decided to forgo the traditional wedding and plan the adventure elopement of our dreams. But also due to COVID, we changed our elopement location 3 times! Not only were we impressed with Sam’s flexibility, but with each step, she had an incredible repository of recommended vendors and location suggestions that fit the bill for exactly what we wanted. How can we put into a short paragraph how amazing our 2-day elopement was across the island of Maui? We got married at 10,000ft at Haleakala National Park, explored a red sand beach with a DRONE, hiked a bamboo forest, and so much more. Sam doing what she does gave us a super solid foundation and empowerment to make our experience exactly what we wanted: spontaneous, candid, and fun. She made it so comfortable, so 2 days flew by! Her direction in front of the camera was also a great balance of serious and funny moments. We’re still laughing at, “Every guy has a condition. It’s called ‘dead hand’.” On top of all that, she knew things about the planning process (like when Google was lying about drive time 👀, or how we’d fit our day together perfectly) that made our life so much easier. Her timeline questionnaire and timeline she crafted from it just put our minds at ease. Sam cares SO deeply about every couple she meets. From the first conversation we had, the first thing she did was get to know us as people and what we wanted, past the epic images. Since we were all free, we met up the night before our elopement to just have dinner and talk (and share dog photos) and that really stood out to us about Sam’s process too. The whole elopement experience surpassed what we ever could have imagined.

Katherin & Clay
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