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Based in Redlands, California, Alan and Heidi Elopements specializes in planning intimate weddings. This husband-and-wife duo is passionate about producing the perfect celebration of love for you and your partner. They take pride in accounting for every detail so that you can focus on making lasting memories.

Experience

Having been married for nearly two decades, Alan and Heidi understand that your union is one of the most important moments of your life. For your special day, Alan uses his experience in photography to capture your authentic love story. As an experienced TV and radio voice actor and professional writer, Heidi specializes in crafting unique ceremonies. Together, these friendly planners aim to organize an elopement that celebrates your values, backgrounds, and personalities.

Services Offered

Alan and Heidi are delighted to manage a wide range of elements for your joyous occasion, including venue selection, photography, and officiant services. Leading up to the event, they can also provide ideas for your food, flower arrangements, and do-it-yourself decorations. On your big day, their mission is to create a comfortable, fun, and memorable environment for you to say “I do.” Alan and Heidi Elopements have experience in a wide range of celebration styles, including religious, non-religious, and interfaith ceremonies and vow renewals.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the typical price for your wedding services?

$1,195

What is the starting price for your wedding services?

$1,195

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$175

What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)?

$150

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Non-religious
Interfaith
Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
Earth-Based
No Denomination
Pagan
Unitarian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

In which states are you licensed?

AL
AK
AZ
CA
CO
DE
FL
GA
ID
IL
IN
IA
ME
MD
MI
MT
NE
NM
NC
OR
RI
TX
UT
WA
WI
WY

What languages do you speak?

English
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Reviews of Alan and Heidi Elopements

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Couples highly praise Alan and Heidi for their exceptional services in officiating ceremonies and capturing photographs. They are commended for their flexibility, personalized approach, communication, and attention to detail in planning various wedding styles, including elopements and intimate events. Reviewers appreciate Heidi\'s heartfelt ceremonies and Alan\'s skill in creating stunning, emotional photographs, making their special day unforgettable despite challenges or last-minute changes. The pair\'s dedication and personal touch shine through, earning them high recommendations for weddings and elopements.

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Couples highly praise Alan and Heidi for their exceptional services in officiating ceremonies and capturing photographs. They are commended for their flexibility, personalized approach, communication, and attention to detail in planning various wedding styles, including elopements and intimate events. Reviewers appreciate Heidi\'s heartfelt ceremonies and Alan\'s skill in creating stunning, emotional photographs, making their special day unforgettable despite challenges or last-minute changes. The pair\'s dedication and personal touch shine through, earning them high recommendations for weddings and elopements.

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Caroline K. Sent on 07/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Alan and Heidi made our elopement so special!

Alan and Heidi were awesome to work with! Super organized and helpful with great communication in the planning stages. So much fun and positive energy. Our elopement to Joshua Tree was so special thanks to them. The ceremony was beautiful and the photography amazing! 100% would recommend.
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Kristen B. Sent on 08/27/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our perfect day

My wife and I couldn’t be happier with Heidi and Alan! Sadly, our Maui ceremony (for 8/12/23) didn’t go as planned due to the wildfires on the island. We had two days to pivot and re-create a new ceremony location and every detail that entailed. From our first conversation with them we knew it was meant to be! They made the process so easy, so fun, and we felt right at home. Heidi was an amazing officiant. Within a day, she formulated a real ceremony, wrote our love story, and personally made our flower bouquets. Alan made us feel like our authentic selves behind the camera. There’s no hiding how passionate he is about capturing the perfect moments. They went above and beyond- they drove to our hotel so that we could have our first look, provided us with a personalized wedding cake, champagne and flutes right on the beach in Palos Verdes! We could go on and on about these amazing humans but just know we are forever grateful to have met both of them. They made our special day perfect and we will remember it for the rest of our lives!
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Wend Sent on 05/21/2023
5 out of 5 rating

So grateful for Alan & Heidi!!

My husband and I had a small time frame on when we could elope. We knew we wanted an intimate ceremony, but we didn’t really know how to achieve it. Upon countless internet searches we finally found Alan & Heidi! They were everything we wanted and more. From the moment we got in touch, they made our wedding planning fun, easy & stress free. Heidi was very attentive and provided tons of options for our ceremony that really made it especially custom to us. We loved the unique options she provided, such as handfasting & cleansing ritual. You can tell that she really cares about you and sets out to make the ceremony as special as it can be. We also appreciated that they found a spot for us that didn’t have much crowds! Alan really set the bar when it comes to photography. He knew exactly what he was looking for and the pictures turned out absolutely amazing. It’s been hard trying to choose a “favorite” because we have such a variety of awesome photos to choose from. My husband and I will forever cherish our wedding photos & day.
We highly recommend this vibrant, down to earth duo for your ceremony & photography! Our wedding was the perfect day, and we couldn’t thank Alan & Heidi enough for being there for us.
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Team

Alan Merrigan
Alan Merrigan
Owner and Professional Wedding Photographer

Alan has been photographing weddings throughout Southern California and the US for more than 15 years. He is creative, easy-going, and he’ll feel like a part of your family almost instantly. One of the biggest advantages of having him with you on your wedding day is his ability to be ready before the photo happens, to see the emotions form and capture the happiness of the day – from many different viewpoints.

He’ll be your guide to an amazing experience using beautiful lighting and the scenery to showcase your love. Warm, bright “golden hour” lighting is his favorite and blends perfectly with his light & open style. Alan will let you be you, and let the real moments happen with just a little sprinkling of creativity and direction to make a good picture great!

Heidi Merrigan
Heidi Merrigan
Owner and Wedding Officiant/Celebrant

Heidi will feel like your “cool” aunt and will craft a wonderful, unique, custom ceremony that is not long and boring but fun, romantic and fits the two of you. Heidi was born here in Southern California, she has lived all over the country growing up, and worked in Australia for a while. Fun fact – she has never met an animal she didn’t instantly love! She has been in theatre since she was 14 and has done voiceovers for radio and TV, in addition to being a professional writer. Heidi's wedding ceremonies range from romantic, spiritual, interfaith ceremonies, non-religious to mildly religious, vow renewals, and more. You can see more about her at LoveStoryVows.com. She won't do a long and boring ceremony, she will create a ceremony you both love!

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