Authentic wedding photography for those who love recklessly

Julie Wilmes is an Elopement and Intimate Wedding Photographer for those who live their lives to the fullest, love emotion, and believe in the power of marriage.

Based in New York City - Julie specializes in documentary, photo-journalistic Elopement and Intimate Wedding Photography, her couples are focused on the power of marriage and living a simplistic life.

Julie Wilmes is an Elopement and Intimate Wedding Photographer for those who live their lives to the fullest, love emotion, and believe in the power of marriage. For those who don't always follow tradition but want to forge their own path and tell their love story in a way that completely captures who they are. For those who are honest, raw, vibrant and fearless. If that's you, let's be reckless together.

Based in New York City and Texas - Julie Wilmes specializes in documentary and photojournalistic Elopement and Intimate Wedding Photography, her couples are focused on the power of marriage and living a simplistic life. Also, they're obsessed with damn good wine.

I am a fierce believer in the power of a good story; in telling the tales of beautiful elopements, intimate weddings and the story of those who are unabashedly chasing the dream of a fulfilled life. I'm a left brained dreamer who believes in holding the hand of the one you love, in painting stars in the sky together, and in setting the world on fire. 

About julie

While there are photographers who love the glitz and glam of a wedding day, I live for simplicity, for telling your love story with authenticity and capturing the mishaps along with the great moments, always as a documentarian; true to who you are as a couple, and who I am as an artist. 

I specialize in elopements and intimate weddings in New York City, and all throughout the tri-state area, as well as in Texas, where I live with my high-school sweetheart, Dustin.. I document each emotional love story with the same passion as if it were my own. You can also find me planning my next trip, reading Harry Potter (as if I've never read it before) and playing with my three dogs - all in all, we have a beautiful life and I want to share with you! 


Cody & Jessica

We are so beyond thankful for Julie, she goes above and beyond for you, and it's because she loves what she does and she loves the couples that she works with. Basically, she's the bomb!

Julie was more than a photographer, she made it personal and got to know us, and it shows through the beauty of our pictures!

Savannah & Walker

Julie did a TON more than I ever expected out of a photographer. The pictures she took are so beautiful and mean the world to us!

Rebecca & William

If you don't want a photographer who centers everything around boring poses, then choose Julie! Almost all of our pictures are candid and our friends and families loved the result.

Shirley & Alex

Our photos captured our wedding perfectly and I am so glad Julie was a part of our big day! Here’s to a new friendship!

Morgan & Oliver

There are not enough words for how wonderful Julie and Dustin are! She truly was a god send for our wedding and we were so blessed to have them.

Brittany & Kane

The beauty of photography is that it captures moments, snatches of time that won’t ever happen again. We live in an age where everything moves quickly, and on a wedding day especially, it would be impossible to take in every laugh, absorb every tear, cement every cherished moment into everlasting memory; that's where I come in. 

With elopements and intimate weddings, it’s even more important to document each one of these moments. You’ve already decided what’s important: each other, the select group of people who are with you, and the memories you’ll make together. 

What couples find is that my unique photo-journalistic style, (emphasizing candid moments), fits perfectly with their wedding vision. Of course, you also want the timeless, classic portraits, and I’ll get those during your formal portrait time, both with family, and with just you and your partner. Then, during your romantic portraits, I will give you direction to ensure your bodies are placed in a flattering way, and I get to step back to capture the natural moments that happen when you and your partner are left to your own devices. These are the images most true to the essence of who you are and, hopefully, the ones you’ll cherish most in fifty years.


Some like the glitter, some like the gold, but I like the simplicity that’s found in elopements and intimate weddings. The couples who choose to keep things effortless and uncomplicated on their wedding day are often the ones who most appreciate the unscripted moments that best complement our photojournalistic style. 

I specialize in elopements and intimate weddings because we love working with couples who are focused on marriage, each other, and their closest loved ones. 

If you are planning an elopement or intimate wedding, I have the resources to help you find great locations and vendors, and would love to ensure that you have the very best for your day. While I am based in New York City, I travel worldwide to capture elopements and intimate weddings, and would love to be there to document your special day.

Elopements and intimate weddings

Elopements are near and dear to me, not just because my favorite kinds of couples crave simplicity, but also because my husband and I wanted that for our wedding, as well. With all the stressful decisions that go into planning a big bash, the family drama, and feeling torn between doing things to make everyone else happy and making you, as a couple, happy, planning a wedding can take over the excitement of getting married. 

My husband and I knew we wanted time away from all the external pressures of wedding planning, so an elopement was perfect for us. When we finally did throw a big party for our family and friends, we’d had six months to settle into life together and focus on our marriage. 

For so many reasons, eloping can be the right choice for you. Many of our elopement couples want to escape from the stress of wedding planning; others are drawn to the privacy of eloping. Whatever your reasons are, we’d love to talk with you about how to plan the right elopement for you and your partner. We’ve been in your shoes and are here to help every step of the way.

thinking of eloping?

Maybe eloping just isn’t your jam, but you’re equally sure that having 400 guests at your wedding isn’t for you. I see intimate weddings as the best of both worlds: a way to keep stresses to a minimum while still being surrounded by your loved ones. 

Most of my couples who plan an intimate wedding have a guest count between 20 and 100 people. By limiting the guest count, they are choosing to focus on each other and the start of a marriage, along with a limited number of guests whose presence is truly meaningful on their wedding day. 

If planning an intimate wedding sounds like it’s right up your alley, I’d love to help! I have a great network of vendors who also value and appreciate the simplicity of intimate weddings.

let's talk about an intimate wedding

I don't have packages, because I feel you should be able to choose exactly the right amount of coverage you need on your wedding day, therefore I offer an hourly rate, which allows you to book me for the exact amount of time you need! Please don't be afraid to contact me to find out more information and get a quote for your specific needs.

This rate includes edited digital files and a downloadable online gallery.
(As a note, I recommend 2-3 hours for elopements and 6-8 hours for intimate weddings.)

Engagement Session – $400
Bridal Session – $400
Heirloom Album – $750
Second Photographer - $250

Our couple is having a wedding with 60 guests and would like 6 hours of coverage, an engagement session, and a second photographer.

Their cost is $3650 (6 hours with an engagement session and the second photographer.

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