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When I started this business, from day one I knew I wanted to be a Destination Wedding Photographer. It calls to me, traveling the world and photographing gorgeous weddings at the same time. Every time I travel somewhere I always find myself wishing I had a bride and groom with me to photograph in these new, beautiful settings. My very first wedding I ever photographed was a destination wedding, which I forget sometimes. I know that sounds weird, but I had literally NO idea what I was doing, so it almost seems wrong to count it! But since then I’ve had the opportunity to photography many destination weddings, and I’ve loved each one.

Since being a destination wedding photographer is something that I feel so strongly about, I’ve decided to re-think my pricing structure to make hiring me as your destination wedding photographer easier and hassle free. It’s always been my goal to make working with me as stress free as possible for my couples. I want your experience with me to be easy, fun, and something you look back on with a smile. I firmly believe that wedding planning can be fun, and I make it my goal to do just that for you. So, with that being said I’ve decided to charge no travel fees for destination weddings.

You read that right.

No travel fees for destination weddings.

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If you’re asking yourself why I would do something like that, the answer is simple. I don’t want  you to have to stress over the costs of my flights, hotel room, and whatever else there might be, all while stressing about your own travel costs. I had a destination wedding myself, so I know what that feels like! I don’t want you to have to worry about anything with me! So all you do is pick your photography collection and you’re done. Put a big check mark next to “Find a photographer” on your to do list.

So whether you’re getting married in Mexico, Hawaii, Paris, or Bali you can rest easy knowing your destination wedding photography is taken care of. My bags are packed and my passport is ready, let’s go!

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Destination Wedding FAQ’s

What do you consider a Destination wedding?

Every photographer has a different definition of a destination wedding, but for me it’s any wedding outside my home state of Colorado.

Do you have a 2nd photographer for Destination weddings?

We definitely can! That’s all up to you! I have wedding collections with one or two photographers, and as always, my wedding collections can be customized in any way to fit your needs.

When will you fly out to my destination wedding?

I prefer to depart for the destination a day in advance for domestic locations and 2 days for international. This gives me time to scout your wedding venue as well as give us a buffer in case     flights are delayed or cancelled.

Do I need to book the flights?

Nope! Leave all of that up to me!

Do you book your own hotel?

Yes, I handle all of this so you don’t have to! If you’re working with a travel agent or have a group rate set up I am more than happy to work with them. For international destinations I try to stay at the same resort as you to make coordinating easier.

The resort said we could use their photographer, wouldn’t that be easier?

Not necessarily. Typically hiring photographers from your wedding location is not only more expensive but also riskier. Correspondence can be difficult and time consuming (especially if there is a language barrier) and I’ve heard many horror stories of brides whose images were not what they expected or they never received their images.
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Melissa Sue Photography is a Colorado and Destination wedding photographer who specializes in wedding and engagement photography. Melissa is based in Colorado, but travels worldwide, capturing local and destination weddings all over.

To learn more about me, my photography, and how I can best serve you on your wedding day click here or send me an email to set up a consultation.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

  • IDOWED - I think of destination weddings as weddings outside of Boise. :) I love the mountains of Idaho and think of a destination wedding as just taking the event to the hills :)ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Wow, such a deal. Someday I’d love to be in a position to do something like this!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - No travel fees for destination weddings? Wow! What an incredible deal by a super talented destination wedding photographer!ReplyCancel

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Brookside Gardens has got to be one of my favorite wedding venues! The flowers everywhere, that beautiful trellis wrapping around the entire ceremony location, and their versatile grounds make it a dream venue for this Colorado Wedding Photographer. And it’s all put together in one easy to navigate location! It was the perfect spot for Kaitlyn and Michael’s June wedding! It also turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far, but these two didn’t let that spoil their amazing day.

My dear friend Corrie Kraft invited me along to photograph wedding with her, and I was so grateful she did! It was a wonderful day watching these two people who were so in love commit their lies to each other. That is probably the best thing about being a Colorado Wedding Photographer, getting to witness that commitment over and over, by couples you just know are going to make it.

My favorite things about this day have to got to be:

Kaitlyn’s stunning dress. LOVE that high illusion neckline and back. It fit her perfectly!

The flower girl. Too cute for words.

How incredibly happy these two were to finally be married.

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Melissa Sue Photography is an award winning photographer who specializes in wedding and engagement photography. Melissa is based in Colorado, but travels worldwide, capturing local and destination weddings all over.

To learn more about me, my photography, and how I can best serve you on your wedding day click here or send me an email to set up a consultation.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Alekandra - This is a beautiful Colorado wedding. I especially like the images of their dog.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - I LOVE brookside gardens! And this is so beautiful! Love their little dog and it’s floral collar/leash!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - I love every details of this wedding! The photos are stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Tiara - Oh my goodness. SWOOOON! You capture this couple’s beautiful day, so perfectly! I love your tones. <3ReplyCancel

  • Valerie - Such a beautiful bride!!!ReplyCancel

  • EJ - Hey gorgeous Denver wedding! You did a fabulous job for this couple, they will treasure these photos forever!ReplyCancel

  • Kerlyn Van Gelder - I love all the pop of color from the flowers! Such a beautiful Denver wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - What a gorgeous Denver wedding! I am in love with every single shot from the first look. They are so lucky to have you as their Colorado Wedding Photographer.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - What a beautiful day for a Denver wedding! Beautiful photos and loved those amazing floral colors. This time of year is perfection!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany Slaughter - This Denver wedding is an absolute stunner! Love those golden hour portaits!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie - Oh my goodness this Denver wedding is STUNNING! I love her shoes so much! You were the perfect photographer for this wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Those bride and groom portraits are beautiful! Great job! They’re lucky to have you as their Denver wedding photographerReplyCancel

  • Brittney - How is being a Colorado wedding photographer?! I am in love with these images.ReplyCancel

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There’s nothing quite like a fall wedding in the mountains! This Beaver Creek Wedding was just the perfect day! The weather was exactly what you’d hope for, even though it was late October in Colorado, which can always be tricky. But Amy and Terry lucked out for their Beaver Creek Wedding. They got married in the gorgeous Beaver Creek Chapel with their reception to follow at Saddle Ridge. I came along with Elevate Photography, who I love working with, to photograph this day. I was so glad I was able to, it really was beautiful!

I loved the neutral color pallet that Amy chose for her Beaver Creek. Her white and green bouquet was so stunning, and I loved the tiny pops of pink in her bridesmaid’s bouquets. They looked so great against their black bridesmaid dresses!

My favorite thing about this day would have to be the cakes!! Yes, cakes plural! Amy and Terry did a cake walk instead of cutting the cake at their reception. I’d never seen it before and it was so much fun! They had a variety of small cakes that their bridal party carried around the reception to music. When the song ended they gave the cake to the table they were closest to. There was only a little bribery and cake trading afterwards! So much fun and I just love these new twists on old traditions!

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Melissa Sue Photography is an award winning Colorado and Destination wedding photographer who specializes in wedding and engagement photography. Melissa is based in Denver, Colorado but travels worldwide, capturing local and destination weddings all over.

To learn more about me, my photography, and how I can best serve you on your wedding day click here or send me an email to set up a consultation.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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