Sam Starns | Empowered Elopements

Sam Starns | Empowered Elopements

Based In: Oregon
Photographer: Sam Starns | Empowered Elopements
Sam Starns | Empowered Elopements
Wandering Since 2018
Sam Starns | Empowered Elopements

Sam Starns | Empowered Elopements

Based In: Oregon

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

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 help fun & free spirited couples create bold wedding days in dramatic places like the Oregon Coast, Redwoods, Alaska, Glacier National Park, Hawaii, Scotland, Greece 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 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 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.–

Kauai, HI
Kauai, HI
Scotland, In collaboration with Raini Rowell Photography
Scotland, In collaboration with Raini Rowell Photography
Oregon Coast
Oregon Coast
Alaska
Alaska
Oregon
Oregon
Oregon Desert
Oregon Desert
Kauai, HI
Kauai, HI
Oregon Coast
Oregon Coast
Crater Lake
Crater Lake
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park
Oregon Coast
Oregon Coast
California Redwoods
California Redwoods
Oregon Coast
Oregon Coast
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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

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.

When anyone asks me how our Kauai elopement was, my words are 'it was perfect' and it truly felt perfect! We combined in that day what we truly love to do. And having Sam there was amazing; the fact that she was so accommodating, willing to do whatever (props for being a great rider), taking awesome photos and on top of that, marrying us in a very personal ceremony with that beautiful scenery. We truly couldn't ask for a better day, and now having these amazing photos, it makes me want to go back to Hawaii.

Deidra & Juan P.
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