Sjoerd Booij
Sjoerd Booij
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Elopement Couple sitting on bench in Amsterdam


Elopement Photographer in Amsterdam

If you are thinking about an elopement in Amsterdam you might have found the right intimate elopement photographer for you. The sheer size of a wedding day might be overwhelming for some or maybe the idea of sneaking off with your loved one and getting married on your own terms just sounds more appealing.

I love capturing small and intimate wedding stories.
The access to the couple I get as an elopement photographer is priceless and ensures some real and raw photography.

Although small in size, there is definitely a lot of power in elopements.
Being together with few people ensures true connections and room for big emotions. Reading your vows without feeling the eyes of many people might feel liberating and give space for deeper thoughts to share.

I would love to be your elopement photographer. Below I’ve captured some information that you might find useful in planning your Amsterdam Elopement.

Film strip from photo booth
Elopement Amsterdam Bride Groom Walking Street

Amsterdam History

Amsterdam is definitely the perfect place for an elopement. Since 2010 part of the Amsterdam inner city is placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. That is some great architecture as a backdrop to your elopement. Of course we ride bikes a lot here and so should you on your big day right!? Or maybe take a boat ride through more than 60 miles of canals and take a whole new view on the city? One thing is for sure, with over 1500 bars and cafes you’ll definitely have the option to celebrate after your ceremony.

Information on Getting Married in Amsterdam

In order to legally get married in Amsterdam, there are a couple of things that need to be arranged besides an elopement photographer. All of the information below is only necessary if you want your wedding to be officially acknowledged in the Netherlands. Of course you can still elope in Amsterdam and have the legal wedding ceremony in your own country.

Declaration of Marriage

  1. You have to announce your intention to get married at least six weeks before the actual ceremony. This is called a ‘Declaration of Marriage’. Once you have done this, the declaration is valid for one year. You can submit your ‘Declaration of Marriage’ online to the municipality of Amsterdam.

    • There are some criteria that need to be met in order to have a legal wedding ceremony in the Netherlands.

      • You must both be aged 18 years or older.

      • You may not be married or in a registered partnership with someone else.

      • You may not be directly related to each other. Brothers and sisters cannot marry or (grand)parent/(grand)child.

      • One of you must be Dutch or officially living in the Netherlands.

  2. You need to pick out a date and location for the wedding elopement ceremony at an official Amsterdam City Office. In order to do this you need to contact a City Office and make an appointment.

  3. Recording at least two witnesses and a maximum of four for the wedding elopement ceremony.

    • All witnesses must be 18 years or older.

    • Witnesses do not have to hold Dutch nationality, nor do they have to be residents of the Netherlands.

For more information on making your elopement legal in the Netherlands, visit the website of the municipality of Amsterdam.

Elopement Couple taking photos at photo booth
Amsterdam Elopement Adventure Photography

Mike & Jody

Amsterdam Elopement Mike & Jody

Mike and Jody decided Amsterdam was their place to get married. With just the two of them we went on a small adventure in Amsterdam while walking passed the Vondelpark, the “nine streets”, Dam Square, Rijksmuseum, the canals themselves of course… Having written their own vows we explored the city to find a good place to voice them. We eventually found a huge door close to the Vondelpark which felt like the right place. Oh yes… I can cry if I want to.

View their story —> Mike & Jody Elopement Amsterdam

AC & Kevin

AC & Kevin

Elopement Adventure AC & Kevin

AC & Kevin were looking for an elopement photographer that could not only document their story, but also show them around town. I LOVE doing that. Amsterdam has been my hometown for almost 30 years. As an elopement photographer I get to show this beautiful place to people from around the world!

View their story —> Canadian Elopement Adventure AC & Kevin

Bride Groom crossing street in Amsterdam Elopement


Elopement Tips & Tricks

  • Find a place that is special to you. Without the hassle of a big wedding day you are free to do whatever you want. Vondelpark, Hortus Botanicus and so many other beautiful places that you can visit.

  • If you want to ride a bike in Amsterdam, think about what kind of wedding dress would work best. Probably something that allows you to move around, hop on and off the bike easily and doesn’t get in the way of your adventure together.

  • You will probably need at least one witness. I have signed before and I’ll happily do it again if you want me to.

  • With a big summer wedding you are probably stuck with a Friday or Saturday for your wedding location. Elopements are different, in that you can pick ANY day you like.

  • Find a hotel in the city center like The Hoxton Hotel. It might be a little more expensive, but you will definitely get the true Amsterdam experience and can go anywhere by bike.

  • Definitely make sure to visit the “Negen Straatjes”. Located in the center of Amsterdam are nine little streets that house some of the loveliest and quirkiest shops around.

Amsterdam Elopement Ceremony Groom Crying

I can cry if I want to


Elopement Photography Tips

  • Schedule your day around good light. Typically this means planning your ceremony in the morning or during dusk. Of course we can also find good spots with overhead cover during mid-day, but the light tends to be more harsh around that time.

  • I will create the best version of your story when you don’t hold back, but rather be yourselves. No picture perfect version, but the real you. That’s all I need.

Great Vendors

Wedding Officiant

Stanley Doorn

Wedding Planner

With Lotte

Wedding Florist

Judith Slagter

Your Elopement Photographer

I would love to document your elopement story and hear all about your plans / ideas.
Get in touch and we’ll get the story started!

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