Today we’re excited to introduce you to Rose Groves. Rose is an Adventure Elopement Photographer and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Rose below.
Hi Rose, thank you so much for sitting down with us again. For folks who might have missed our initial interview, can you start by briefly introducing yourself?
Hi! My name is Rose Groves and I am an adventure elopement and intimate wedding photographer.
I have always loved stories. Since I was little I have found them constantly compelling and full of joy. After picking up a camera 15 years or so ago, I started to play with how imagery can tell a story, however small, of a persons life.
After traveling and living abroad for the better part of my adulthood, I now focus my storytelling on couples who are interested in pursuing an authentic, purposeful experience in their wedding. Whether that be on a glacier in Alaska, on the coast in the Caribbean ocean or right here at home in the Rockies, I love being able to tell these stories in my work.
How do you work with your clients to build relationships?
As somewhat of an introvert, I am never interested in small talk. Quite frankly, it stresses me out. So instead I build my client relationship up to a level where we both feel comfortable and able to build trust. This can manifest in happy hour beers, texting about those weird decisions like what shoes should I wear, and ultimately creating an environment that is open, communicative and safe. My clients trust me with the knowledge to guide them in this process of eloping, and in turn friendships are formed.
Why adventure elopements?
Oh man, because they’re awesome!!
The world of adventure elopements appeals to a certain kind of couple. I should add that when I sad adventure, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go on a 10 mile hike in order to achieve it. Adventure can be pizza in the back of your 4runner watching the sunset in Crested Butte, or it can be running off to Iceland and getting married standing next to a massive glacier. It means different things to different people.
Elopements in general appeal to some version of the following person:
A Love of the Outdoors
‘A Less is More’ mentality
A Financial investment that is geared more towards a personal experience over material things
I know this is true because I too eloped, and it was such a satisfying and fulfilling choice. We did it for us, and celebrated in a meaningful way that was a manifestation of our values. I think in the modern world, the freedom to make those choices is really empowering, and couples especially shouldn’t feel like they have to order china and have a 100 person seating chart – unless they really want to.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Definitely the big day! SO much of my time and energy go into planning, guiding and building towards the elopement day itself. Its part of the process, and it is where the trust is built but far and away my favorite part of the job is showing up on game day and being present. Often times I am up waaaay too late the night after an elopement going through pictures and picking out the sneak peeks. Its so much fun to send couples a handful from their day, and see their reactions.
Thank you so much again for sharing all of this with us. Before we go, can you share with our readers how they can connect with you, learn more or show support?
That would be awesome!
- Website: www.matlaiphotography.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MatlaiPhotography