Hey there! We’re Maddie, Amber, and Tori, the team behind Adventure Instead! We are adventure elopement photographers who are passionately dedicated to helping couples embrace their brave and daring sides to create intimate, meaningful, and wildly different wedding experiences. We believe your wedding day should be a true reflection of your relationship and that you should enjoy every moment of your unique, adventurous day without anxiety, stress, or worry.
Marriage is one of the greatest adventures; that’s why we think your day should look, feel, and be the truest reflection of you and your partner. We’re here to do more than just document your love story; we’re here to be your adventure partner, your wedding planner, and your cheerleader.
No matter where, when, or how you want to commit your life to your partner- on top of a mountain, under a waterfall, sliding down sand dunes- we’ll be there every step of the way. We will travel to any epic location you choose and document every last detail of your unique love story.
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Kayla · Married on 07/27/2019
Adventure Instead and Maddie Mae are AMAZING!
Working with Maddie Mae of Adventure Instead was absolutely one of the best choices we could have made for our wedding. She brings an organizational skill, professionalism, resourcefulness and enthusiasm that is unparalleled and so necessary when planning a wedding! From reading the Adventure Instead website, blog, and IG posts, I could tell that we shared a common idea of what makes a wedding day special and great. Throughout the planning process, Maddie did so much to get to know us, understand our wants/needs, and take so much care in the planning process. She really thought of everything! She also made great recommendations for hair/makeup artist (didn't think ANYONE would come to our cabin at 1am, but she knew someone!) and helped the day go so smoothly. The day-of, she came to our cabin at 2:15am and brought an AMAZING energy to the day. My husband and I were immediately at ease. Our day could not have gone better, the hike was a BLAST, Maddie was so sweet to our dog and found such a great way to incorporate him, we got to our spot right as the sun was starting to come up and the photos were INCREDIBLE. She reminded us to be present, take in the moment, and gave us so many intimate moments to say our vows and do our ring exchange. It really was the perfect day and all of our family and friends are raving about the photos. Would love to work with Maddie again and again and again!Sent on 07/17/2019
Jesi Tassava · Married on 10/17/2018
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Maddie Mae Photography! I realized a few years ago that I did not want to have a big, traditional wedding and I stumbled upon Maddie Mae Photography's Instagram page. I immediately knew that I wanted to have an adventure elopement. When we began working with Amber, she helped us choose a location by getting to know us as a couple as well as our desires for our wedding day. She provided us with tons of information regarding what to wear, flower options, local makeup options, etc...They practically became our wedding planners! We are pretty shy individuals who had never had professionals photo of us taken before, so we were a bit nervous about spending our wedding day with a photographer we had never met before. However, Amber was so incredibly nice and genuine, that we had absolutely nothing to be worried about! She was amazing to work with and made us feel so comfortable. And the best part is, our wedding photos turned out better than we could have ever dreamed. They truly captured the essence of our wedding day. I would recommend Maddie Mae Photography to anyone and everyone who is thinking about eloping on their wedding day!Sent on 01/02/2019
Megan Larson · Married on 10/12/2018
Unique wedding day experience!
It's difficult to write a review that does Maddie's work justice. Hiring Maddie as our photographer was one of the best decisions we made! The day before our wedding the ferry running to the island we were supposed to say our vows was canceled due to weather. Last minute, she helped us find a secluded cave less than 2 minutes from our place for the ceremony, and a few "off the beaten path" waterfalls for photos. She went above and beyond to turn a stressful situation into a positive. She was instrumental in making the experience fun and stress free, and the results show that. Having her around for the day was like having an old friend around. Hire Maddie! You won't regret it!Sent on 01/16/2019