About Eugene

For Nature Loving Couples

Why we do what we do

A Couple walking along the coastline
A Couple walking on the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes of Death Valley National Park

We’re unique & should celebrate.

Elopements, particularly the adventurous ones, remain a niche within the vast realm of the wedding industry. But I felt a strong connection to it when I learnt about it.

Ten years ago, my wife and I had a big wedding with over 300 guests. Among them, only about 40 were our close friends.
Picture this: walking down the aisle amidst a sea of strangers, applause filling the air, not so much for us but out of curiosity about the son or daughter of their friends.
Even during the ceremony, I can’t remember much; it all feels like a blur. It could be because it’s been a few years, or didn’t mean much to us. The only thing we remember from that day is how relieved we were when it was over.

Whether you’re considering an adventure elopement or a traditional wedding, I understand that choosing one over the other is not easy. This website and my services are meant for people like you. So, explore, and I will see you on the other side.

A couple standing inside a oreum in Jeju island

You want to elope, BUT

  • You don’t quite know where to start gathering more information?
  • Not sure where to elope?
  • I don’t know what questions to ask me, Eugene, your photographer.
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About Eugene Kim Photography

I Love being in Nature

I grew up in the idyllic town of Saffron Walden, nestled in Essex, UK, just a brief 15-minute journey from Cambridge. In this quaint town, I revelled in the abundant natural beauty surrounding me. Vast fields stretched out, trees soared skyward, and a botanical garden graced the landscape, offering plenty of open spaces. This upbringing likely explains why I find serenity and tranquillity in nature, providing a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life that I have had since moving to the U.S. in San Francisco and Las Vegas. The presence of ample fields fueled my fascination with destinations like the majestic Dolomites, the awe-inspiring Yosemite, and the serene Redwood National Parks.

  • My photography skill is neither dark and moody nor light and airy
  • I photograph to tell the story as true as possible
What we do

Protecting Mother Nature

My love for nature also led me to meet someone who shares that love. As a result, our soon-to-be-seven-year-old son also loves being in nature. His favourite memories are waking up to the sounds of birds while camping in the woods. I want to protect nature so our son and others can enjoy it like I do now. Here are three things we do to preserve nature as much as possible.

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The ocean Clean up

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Three easy steps to feel Right

If you’re like me, I encourage you to trust your instincts.
You are probably thinking hard and trying to make a logical decision. According to a book by Simon Sinek called “Start with Why,” our gut feelings come from a part of our brain that doesn’t use words or reasoning. That’s why we say “feels right” instead of “thinks right.” Even if things don’t make sense logically, your decisions on the wedding are emotionally driven, so you should do what feels right for you both. You will hear me say the word “feel” a lot. In the world of elopement, where many things can be customizable and past information is not widely available, it is normal not to know exactly what you want, so it is vital to find what you want. Here are three steps to guide you better:

01.

Questionnaire

I have created a questionnaire template that asks the best questions to brainstorm the type of day you want together.

02.

Consultation Call

During the consultation call, we will go through the questionnaire together. You both can ask questions and share concerns, if any.

03.

Planning

Throughout the planning, we will go back and forth to check if you both feel good about everything we are doing.

packages & Pricing

Travel Fee is Always Included

We believe adventuring is what makes us alive. We learn from travels, relax in nature, and get a dopamine rush from adventures.


A couple having an intimate moments by the Lake Minnewanka, near Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada
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What are steps to elope overseas?


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A couple standing in the rain with an umbrellla during an engagement session in Jeju, Korea
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What does a typical elopement day look like?


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A couple kissing in front of the famous Big Sur's Bixby Bridge in a gloomy day.
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Sunrise vs sunset


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Contact Eugene

I am excited you are here
You don’t have to be ready to book an elopement, even if you have a couple of questions, fill this out. That way you are in my loop and will reach out with travel dates and information from time to time.

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city or country so that I have a better understanding of where you are from
Month/Day/Year, if you don't have a specific date, a season or even depends on the elopement location is good too
If there's no specific venue or place and want to explore more options, please include your favourite type of scenery such as forest, ocean or even a region, such as "We really enjoyed Yosemite National Park"
What is it about elopement compared to other forms of wedding draws you and your partner?

As I Promised…

Adventure Elopement + Traditional Wedding
A Couple kissing at Wayfarer Chapel after their elopement in Rancho Palos Verdes, California

If you read to this point and not quite sure if the elopement is for you; here is the solution for you.

Do Both.

Before photographing elopements, I photographed engagement sessions in nature as well as the wedding for a lot of my couples. This way, the couple was able to have their moments during their adventure elopement like engagement session and enjoy the wedding day with friends and family.

I’m interested