You and your partner are dreaming of a day full of adventure and connection, a safe space where you two can be your authentic selves and do whatever the f**k makes you both happy. You want a day full of meaningful things to the both of you, while being able to truly savor quality time together.

so you're CRAVING an elopement experience that's all about celebrating exactly who you two are...

AND YOU'RE READY TO THROW CAUTION TO THE WIND AND EMBRACE YOUR OWN DEFINITION OF LOVE, EVEN IF IT DEFIES TRADITION...

Let's cut to the chase: you both DESERVE an elopement experience that's going to make you feel like you're in a dream you never want to wake up from—one so captivating that you never want it to end. Crafting such an incredible experience can be daunting, especially finding the perfect guide to help you in this journey... 

and that's where I come in boo ;)

"Where do I even begin?? Samantha was a dream come true for our wedding. On top of being extremely talented; she was attentive, energetic and caring - exactly what we were looking for in a photographer! She was extremely flexible with us through many date changes due to the pandemic and made the planning process very smooth. She took the time to get to know us and made us feel comfortable every step of the way. Our photos were a dream come true and even more!! RUN, don't walk to book Sam as your photographer!"
- Marena + Alex

 She was so fun to work with and had so many great ideas. We shot when it was very cold and snowy, and she was so positive and was willing to trudge through the snow with us and even brought a sled and some hand warmers for us!
- Casey & Mack

"Sam makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera (especially because we are in the shy side) and she makes the day fun. She even busted some moves on the dance floor with us 💃🏼 "
- Kady & Zach

HEYY HEYY! I'M SAM, YOUR MINNESOTA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER THAT'S OBSESSED WITH smutty books, CONCERTS, AND DOCUMENTING THE ART OF OF YOUR LOVE.

"Sam was perfect for our Madeline Island elopement! Our elopement was a bit more of a mini wedding and she stayed with us until we felt like we had every shot we could think of, meaning extra time she by no means needed to, and was great about getting us out of our shells! The prompts were great in getting natural laughs and smiles. The photos are stunning and capture the day beautifully. We’re so lucky to have found such a wonderful photographer, who puts the couple first and can really capture all the emotions we’re having on such a big day! We are so happy she was available to work with us!"

"WE'RE SO LUCKY TO HAVE FOUND SUCH A WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHER, WHO PUTS THE COUPLE FIRST!"

- jordyn & miranda

"Sam was perfect for our Madeline Island elopement! Our elopement was a bit more of a mini wedding and she stayed with us until we felt like we had every shot we could think of, meaning extra time she by no means needed to, and was great about getting us out of our shells! The prompts were great in getting natural laughs and smiles. The photos are stunning and capture the day beautifully. We’re so lucky to have found such a wonderful photographer, who puts the couple first and can really capture all the emotions we’re having on such a big day! We are so happy she was available to work with us!"

"WE'RE SO LUCKY TO HAVE FOUND SUCH A WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHER, WHO PUTS THE COUPLE FIRST!"

- jordyn & miranda

"Sam was perfect for our Madeline Island elopement! Our elopement was a bit more of a mini wedding and she stayed with us until we felt like we had every shot we could think of, meaning extra time she by no means needed to, and was great about getting us out of our shells! The prompts were great in getting natural laughs and smiles. The photos are stunning and capture the day beautifully. We’re so lucky to have found such a wonderful photographer, who puts the couple first and can really capture all the emotions we’re having on such a big day! We are so happy she was available to work with us!"

"WE'RE SO LUCKY TO HAVE FOUND SUCH A WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHER, WHO PUTS THE COUPLE FIRST!"

- jordyn & miranda

"Sam was perfect for our Madeline Island elopement! Our elopement was a bit more of a mini wedding and she stayed with us until we felt like we had every shot we could think of, meaning extra time she by no means needed to, and was great about getting us out of our shells! The prompts were great in getting natural laughs and smiles. The photos are stunning and capture the day beautifully. We’re so lucky to have found such a wonderful photographer, who puts the couple first and can really capture all the emotions we’re having on such a big day! We are so happy she was available to work with us!"

"WE'RE SO LUCKY TO HAVE FOUND SUCH A WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHER, WHO PUTS THE COUPLE FIRST!"

- jordyn & miranda

"Sam was such a dream to work with! The photos she took of our elopement were absolutely incredible. She captured the exact feel we were hoping for. Plus, not only was she maybe the most positive and upbeat person I have ever met (and prepared when weather threatens to be uncooperative!), she was so helpful in planning the details of our elopement from 500 miles away! Highly recommend Sam for your elopement adventure!"

- Allison + Eric

 She was so fun to work with and had so many great ideas. We shot when it was very cold and snowy, and she was so positive and was willing to trudge through the snow with us and even brought a sled and some hand warmers for us!
- Casey & Mack

"Sam makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera (especially because we are in the shy side) and she makes the day fun. She even busted some moves on the dance floor with us 💃🏼 "
- Kady & Zach

When it comes to hiring me as your elopement photographer, you don't just get someone that takes pretty photos. You're hiring an elopement expert and experience creator that will help you with so much more than just capturing all the emotions of your big day and crafting photographs that tell your unique story.

I'm also going to help you with...

How do we go beyond the pretty photos and create an experience that's all about connection + intention + adventure?

Scouting for locations:

I'll find some locations that are off the beaten path with gorgeous backdrops that'll not only take your breath away but also speak to your heart.

permit assistance:

Many locations require permits, but don't worry! I'll help you get all the information you need to obtain the right permits, so you don't have to spend hours down the google rabbit hole!

personalized vendor recs:

I've worked with many elopement vendors, and will be able to give you personalized vendor recs that won't only match your vibe, but that will serve you alongside me.

personalized lodging recs:

I'll give you personalized airbnb, vrbo, and hotel recommendation lists so you can find a place to stay that'll match your vibe & enhance your experience! 

timeline creation:

Your unique elopement experience deserves a UNIQUE timeline! I'll help you create a timeline that is tailored to your vision, so you can sit back and enjoy your day while I include all the things you dream of.

personalized packing list:

So you don't feel like you're forgetting anything while packing for your big day. I got chu, boo!

backup plans:

Don't worry, I got all the backup plans just in case mother nature decides to add a little bit of spice to your day... but she doesn't stand a chance ;) 

hyping you the hell up:

Because you deserve someone who's in your corner, hyping you up in the decisions you make, and celebrating your love alongside you! 

AS AN ADDED BONUS, YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE:

  • a sneak peek of 20+ images within 72 hours of your elopement day
  • a complimentary slideshow to tell the story of your day when your full gallery is delivered

get in touch!

and a little extra something just for you....

There's nothing like the excitement you feel after your elopement day, eagerly awaiting to get your photos back! That's why it's important to me that I deliver a sneak peek of 20+ images to you within 72 hours -- so you can relive your day and share that excitement with those closest to you! 

It's also so important to me that when you see your elopement gallery for the first time, you are able to be transported back to your day and relive the full story of your adventure -- and this is exactly what the slideshow will do when you open your gallery for the first time ;)

"Don’t even think about hesitating to book Sam as your photographer! She is AMAZING. Highly communicative, open to adventures big or small, and just a joy to be around. She’s also pretty bomb at taking amazing photos. We felt comfortable the entire time and got so many great pictures. She also had a ton of amazing vendors to recommend, all of whom were equally fantastic to work with. This is definitely a run, do not walk situation."

- Abby + Chris

 She was so fun to work with and had so many great ideas. We shot when it was very cold and snowy, and she was so positive and was willing to trudge through the snow with us and even brought a sled and some hand warmers for us!
- Casey & Mack

"Sam makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera (especially because we are in the shy side) and she makes the day fun. She even busted some moves on the dance floor with us 💃🏼 "
- Kady & Zach

the full day experience

- up to 12 hours of coverage (can split into 2 days)
- 72 hour sneak peek
- MY TRAVEL EXPENSES INCLUDED
- Complimentary 10x10 linen photo album

THIS PACKAGE IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF YOU:

  • want a seperate adventure before/after your elopement day
  • looking to book multiple activities (helicopter tour, boat ride, etc)
  • want to have a chill day with no rushing & natural moments
  • can't decide between sunrise or sunset!

the full day experience starting at: $6,000

I'M READY!

Elopement Packages

the intimate elopement experience with samantha burke

- DAY ONE: up to 12 hours of coverage 
- DAY TWO: up to 12 hours of coverage
- 72 hour sneak peek
- ALL TRAVEL EXPENSES INCLUDED
- Complimentary 10x10 linen photo album

the full day adventure experience

THIS PACKAGE IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF YOU:

  • can't decide on sunrise or sunset (why not have both?!)
  • want multiple locations
  • want to book and include one or two activities

the full day experience starting at: $6,000

I'M READY!

- up to 12 hours of coverage (can split into 2 days)
- 72 hour sneak peek
- Complimentary 10x10 linen photo album
- MY TRAVEL EXPENSES INCLUDED 

the half day adventure experience

THIS PACKAGE IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF YOU:

  • want details from getting ready to sunset portraits captured
  • want to include a couple of guests & have your own adventure by yourselves
  • want to book and include one or two activities

the half day experience starting at: $4,200

I'M IN!

- up to 8 hours of photography coverage
- 72 hour sneak peek
- MY TRAVEL EXPENSES INCLUDED
- $200 print credit

the half day experience

- up to 8 hours of coverage
- MY TRAVEL EXPENSES INCLUDED
- 72 hour sneak peek
- $200 print credit

THIS PACKAGE IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF YOU:

  • are including guests but want your own moments too
  • want to have a chill day with no rushing & natural moments
  • want to go to multiple locations

the half day experience starting at: $4,200

get in touch!

the mini experience

- up to 4 hours of coverage
- MY TRAVEL EXPENSES INCLUDED
- 72 hour sneak peek

THIS PACKAGE IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF YOU:

  • want a simple experience with just a ceremony and portraits
  • one location with minimal hiking/walking

the mini experience starting at: $3,200

LET'S ELOPE!

the mini adventure experience

THIS PACKAGE IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF YOU:

  • want a simple experience with just portraits and a ceremony
  • want one location with minimal hiking/walking

the mini experience starting at: $3,200

LETS DO THIS!

- up to 4 hours of coverage
- 72 hour sneak peek
- ALL TRAVEL EXPENSES INCLUDED

** most popular **

Filling out that contact form + scheduling your free consultation call! We will get to know each other better and chat about what your vision is for your dream elopement day! (What activities you could see yourselves doing, etc)!

does this sound exactly like what you're looking for?! perfect, here are the next steps!

1: contact me

IT'S TIME TO BOOK!!! Once we have your date finalized and you're ready to book me, I will send over a contract and your invoice! A flat fee retainer of $1,800 is due to reserve your date, and the remainder will be split into two payments. The final payment is due no later than 1 month before your elopement!

2: book me + reserve your date

Once your retainer is paid and the contract is signed, YOU'RE OFFICIALLY BOOKED!! WHOOP WHOOP!! As soon as you're officially booked, you'll receive an elopement planning questionnaire from me! This questionnaire asks questions about your vision for your elopement day and will help me give you the best experience imaginable!

3: you're booked baby!

For the months leading up to your elopement, you will have unlimited zoom calls and planning assistance. During this step, we will narrow down your locations, lodging, get your permits, create your timeline, and ALL the things! About one month after you fill out the questionnaire, you'll receive access to your own personalized client hub with your lodging recommendations, location recommendations, vendor recommendations, checklist, and more! 

4: IT'S PLANNING TIME!

A couple weeks out from your elopement, we will finalize all the details of your elopement and make sure we are all set for your big day!! This includes finalizing your timeline and packing list, making sure we have all the addresses we need, and getting freaking excited for your elopement! (oh... and schedule in some naps so you're well rested for your adventure!)

5: Finalize the details

IT'S YOUR DAY BOO!!! Let's get you two fucking married and go on an epic adventure that you'll be dreaming about for the rest of your lives. Don't worry, this isn't a photo shoot ;) We will spend your day adventuring together and I'll be there to capture every moment and memory so you can relive one of the best days of your lives. Oh, and I promise that we'll share TONS of laughs together!

6: GET FUCKING MARRIED!

"Sam did our photos for our elopement, and they were all absolutely STUNNING! She really made our wedding special. She had such excitable energy, that just added to our day. It made us feel extra joyful, and shines as one of the highlights of our day. I would recommend her to anyone for their wedding day, as I think she will add the extra magic that you need. She has very kind and adorable energy, I am not sure how else to put it, but her natural aura/soul just shines through. Made us feel comfortable right off the bat. My husband and I typically shy away from attention, so had some nerves going into the whole day, but she took that all away. She is also really communicative and caring. To be honest, before even the big day, opening up emails from her--and her natural excitement for YOU, would get me all hyped up! I really appreciated her openness to doing whichever type of photo you wanted, as I had seen a 'walking blur' like photo on social media, that I wanted to remake--as it represented a really important moment in our relationship. She didn't even hesitate, just had me send the video on it! I can't say enough wonderful things! You won't regret hiring her!"

"Her natural aura/soul just shines through!"

- amra + joe

"Sam did our photos for our elopement, and they were all absolutely STUNNING! She really made our wedding special. She had such excitable energy, that just added to our day. It made us feel extra joyful, and shines as one of the highlights of our day. I would recommend her to anyone for their wedding day, as I think she will add the extra magic that you need. She has very kind and adorable energy, I am not sure how else to put it, but her natural aura/soul just shines through. Made us feel comfortable right off the bat. My husband and I typically shy away from attention, so had some nerves going into the whole day, but she took that all away. She is also really communicative and caring. To be honest, before even the big day, opening up emails from her--and her natural excitement for YOU, would get me all hyped up! I really appreciated her openness to doing whichever type of photo you wanted, as I had seen a 'walking blur' like photo on social media, that I wanted to remake--as it represented a really important moment in our relationship. She didn't even hesitate, just had me send the video on it! I can't say enough wonderful things! You won't regret hiring her!"

"Her natural aura/soul just shines through!"

- amra + joe

"Sam did our photos for our elopement, and they were all absolutely STUNNING! She really made our wedding special. She had such excitable energy, that just added to our day. It made us feel extra joyful, and shines as one of the highlights of our day. I would recommend her to anyone for their wedding day, as I think she will add the extra magic that you need. She has very kind and adorable energy, I am not sure how else to put it, but her natural aura/soul just shines through. Made us feel comfortable right off the bat. My husband and I typically shy away from attention, so had some nerves going into the whole day, but she took that all away. She is also really communicative and caring. To be honest, before even the big day, opening up emails from her--and her natural excitement for YOU, would get me all hyped up! I really appreciated her openness to doing whichever type of photo you wanted, as I had seen a 'walking blur' like photo on social media, that I wanted to remake--as it represented a really important moment in our relationship. She didn't even hesitate, just had me send the video on it! I can't say enough wonderful things! You won't regret hiring her!"

"Her natural aura/soul just shines through!"

- amra + joe

"Sam did our photos for our elopement, and they were all absolutely STUNNING! She really made our wedding special. She had such excitable energy, that just added to our day. It made us feel extra joyful, and shines as one of the highlights of our day. I would recommend her to anyone for their wedding day, as I think she will add the extra magic that you need. She has very kind and adorable energy, I am not sure how else to put it, but her natural aura/soul just shines through. Made us feel comfortable right off the bat. My husband and I typically shy away from attention, so had some nerves going into the whole day, but she took that all away. She is also really communicative and caring. To be honest, before even the big day, opening up emails from her--and her natural excitement for YOU, would get me all hyped up! I really appreciated her openness to doing whichever type of photo you wanted, as I had seen a 'walking blur' like photo on social media, that I wanted to remake--as it represented a really important moment in our relationship. She didn't even hesitate, just had me send the video on it! I can't say enough wonderful things! You won't regret hiring her!"

"Her natural aura/soul just shines through!"

- amra + joe

Can we book you for an adventure outside of Minnesota?

JANUARY
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NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
JANUARY
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minnesota + southern california
nevada + mexico 
mexico + minnesota
minnesota + southern california
utah + arizona
hawaii
puerto rico
puerto rico
mexico

YES!! There are no travel fees for any elopements or couples sessions that are booked in these locations during the corresponding months!!

please note: even if my schedule shows that I'm traveling, I usually have room for other locations as well! So just send me an email and let's get this party started ;)

Most of my couples book either the 8 or 12 hour package to document the full story of their adventure! On your complimentary consult call, we can discuss what coverage works best for your vision and dream!

Heck to the no!! You don't need to have all the details of your elopement planned out to inquire/book with me!! I actually help 90% of my couples help find a location that speaks to their hearts after they book with me! 

It just adds a little extra spice to your magical day ;) In all honesty, I will have back-up plans just in case the weather is bad! If it's not endangering anyone, you can totally just own it and get married in a downpour! 

We will totally go with the flow and make the most out of your big day, no matter what!

Not at all! That's actually one of the BIGGEST myths when it comes to eloping. Your elopement can be anything you want it to be! For some couples, that looks like going on an adventurous hike! For other couples, that looks like going to the beach and going swimming or maybe binging Star Wars movies in a cute Airbnb!

If having your closest friends and family members attend your elopement matches your dream vision, then absolutely!

However, I specialize in intimate elopement experiences with 10 guests or less!

Yes, yes, and yes!! I'm not just your elopement photographer, but also your very-own elopement expert!! I'm here to make the whole planning process as fun and stress-free as possible! That includes making sure we have all the right permits for your big day!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you ready to create an elopement experience of your wildest dreams?

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