mini elopements

have you been thinking about going to the San Diego courthouse but want something more...


✓ Stylish




✓ Personalized




✓ Outdoorsy




✓ Beautiful




✓ Emotional




✓ & Epic?

join me for a mini elopement in

san diego!

Just like the San Diego courthouse, I’m offering weekday bookings to have a beautiful outdoor ceremony in the most epic of spots!

What does a mini elopement look like?

Your 1.5 hour mini elopement will look like this:


▶︎▶︎ 20 minutes of amazing photos to get you two warmed up to the camera. I'll give you fun games & silly prompts to bring out natural laughter and help you feel comfortable in no time!


▶︎▶︎ 20 Minute self uniting ceremony. It's just the two of you among an incredible San Diego backdrop, ready to commit yourselves to each other for life. You'll lead yourselves through your personalized vows, exchange of rings, and your first kiss.


All your tears, giggles, and special moments will be captured.


▶︎▶︎ 20 minutes of group photos of all those you brought along. Get big group shots but also cuddle-y one-on-one photos with your closest people.


▶︎▶︎ 30 minutes of “just married” photos! Emotions are high and the excitement is very real! This is a great time to get dreamy photos of you two laughing, cuddling up, and enjoying the captivating scenery.


▶︎▶︎ Closing & official paperwork. I sign your marriage license as the officiant (I’m ordained!) to make it all legal. We part ways and you two enjoy the rest of your day as newlyweds!


Why Mini Elopements?

Mini Elopements were created under the belief that every couple deserves gorgeous photos of their day!


The best part: your Wild & Free Mini Elopement will include the PERFECT mixture of pre-planned details (WAY less stress on you) while giving you a ton of personalization options to make it your own.

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where & when?

Dates available Monday-Thursday all year round in San Diego County! Get in touch to chat potential dates for your mini elopement!


Upon booking, you'll receive a list of my favorite San Diego locations to choose your elopement spot from. Here are a few example locations:

Sunset Cliffs

Balboa Park

Carlsbad Eucalyptus Forest

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The Mini Elopement Package


  • Photography for 1.5 hours
  • A pre-planned elopement for your ease, including:
    • A list of my favorite San Diego locations to choose your elopement spot
    • Recommendations of the best florists and HMU teams
    • A timeline to maximize your 1.5 hour photo time
    • Planning guide with tips on how to customize your mini elopement
    • Officiant signature for self-uniting ceremonies
  • Personal gallery of your edited, high-resolution images for you to download, print, and share
  • Available only in the San Diego area and Monday-Thursday
  • Book your date today then meet your assigned Wild & Free Photographer (Joni or associate) 1 month before eloping via zoom or phone call




How long will Mini Elopements be offered?

Mini Elopements are only around for a short time! Don't wait because bookings will be accepted through the end of 2021.


After the new year, only Full Day Elopement Packages will be offered!



Are you LGBTQ+ friendly?

Absolutely! You are welcome and celebrated here!





The State of California requires one witness and someone who is ordained to sign your marriage license.

  1. As soon as you book your Mini Elopement, schedule your appointment with the county office to pick up your marriage license and bring it to your Mini Elopement
  2. You will perform a self-uniting ceremony (or have a friend read), exchange rings, and share your personal vows with one another.
  3. After, I can sign as your officiant as I’m ordained with the Universal Life Church.
  4. The State of California also requires one witness signature. If you bring any guests, they can serve as witnesses. If you do not have a witness present, please let us know so we can arrange one.
  5. Mail your marriage license back to the county within 10 days of your elopement to make it all official!



Can I book more than one mini elopement session back to back?


Sounds to me like you’re looking for one of my Full-Day Adventure Elopement experiences! While my Mini Elopements are a wonderful courthouse alternative, I truly love creating and capturing custom full-day adventures for eloping couples! We can visit your favorite locations and fill the day with fun + meaningful activities. Check out the Full Day Elopement Experience!



What all do we need?


While you only truly need yourselves, here is a list of ideas to help you prepare: wedding outfits + accessories, rings, vow books, marriage license, and water + snacks. You’ll have access to a curated guide to help you prepare for your day and give you fun ideas!


Feel free to make this your own!



Can we bring guests?


Yes! Guests can stand around your ceremony site (or bring chairs of their own) and witness your union. They will also be invited in for photos after the ceremony!



How do we book our mini Elopement?


  1. Get in touch with the month or date you're looking to elope (contact form below)
  2. Once a date is selected, we will send you a booking link that will guide you through signing your contract electronically and paying your 50% retainer. The last 50% will be due 1 week after your Wild & Free Mini Elopement date. Payment plans can be arranged upon request.
  3. Enjoy planning your beautiful day with the help of your Wild & Free Mini Elopement Guide!



What if I'm not ready to book right now?


I'd highly recommend joining my Mini Elopement email list below as mini elopements bookings are closing soon!!

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"You blew me away with your ability to capture the love, anticipation and the sheer joy that Ben and I felt."


Hi, I'm Joni

I'm known for my constant laughter, flowy dresses, and free-spirited travel habits. As an ENFP, spontaneity, surprises, and meeting new people makes me feel the most alive--I think I've landed in the right job! My warm, bubbly personality is guaranteed to make you feel relaxed and confident on your wedding day!


I'm passionate about the environment, veganism, having experiences over things, and ordering dessert. I love classic rock (The Doors, Janis Joplin, Fleetwood Mac), zero waste living, and music festivals. I'm covered in fluff in July, think hand-me-downs are the best, and dig a slow day in the sun.

"Joni was a breath of fresh air during my search for the right photographer."


Get in touch about your Mini Elopement:


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