Debbie Elisa is a mini adventure elopement and wedding photographer based in VIrginia, traveling worldwide for lovers who want a little something different.

Hey Friends!

I'm Debbie Elisa

Like you, I believe your love deserves to be documented just as beautiful as any other wedding photo you spend hours admiring. With golden glows and atmospheric vibes filled with emotion and depth, I want to give you that all-inclusive experience no matter your journey. I want to give you that stunning gallery, but I also want you to get more than just that. I want you to be included in the experience. I want you to spend your day doing whatever it is that reflects you and your partner’s personalities – no judgements. And I want to make this all accessible for you so that you don’t have to make any more compromises when it comes to planning your wedding day. Because you can have it all, the location, the experience and the photography that has you saying, ‘Dayum Debbie!’ 

Unique Self-Expression
Collaborative Approach

My photos speak for themselves, so let me touch on the unspoken.   

Not just a photographer, a visual storyteller for loved-up souls.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting something different. It can be scary that’s for sure. But at the end of the day, you need to make the choice that feels right for you and that’s where I come in.


● Average doesn’t fit you
● Following the expectations of others isn’t your life’s calling
● You can’t see yourself settling into somebody else’s way of living
● And you want this day to be whatever the fuck you make it to be (excuse my cussing)

That’s your story and I’m here to simply help couples like you say yes to what we both know you truly want.

Ready to create this day together?

The day you get married is a big deal – so let’s do it right

Warm moods, nostalgic vibes, big emotions. 

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Adventure Elopement Photographer in Virginia

What Inspires Me

I get so inspired when I am able to take a peek into the lives of a uniquely special couple, get to watch as they draw up their own plans to customize and make their day special, and witness their glorious celebration! Having the opportunity to travel with them and simply document and immortalize one grand chapter of their life story in a naturally beautiful way is an absolute pleasure for me.

Imagery to me is about capturing the soul of an atmosphere, and my approach is based around certain aspects - connecting with the environment, being close to nature, staying true to the colors, embracing a timeless look, and striving to capture all the special details. Is this what you're in search of? If so, please consider me as your go-to photographer and let's create some gorgeous memories together!

In every celebration, I see the world through a whole new lens that let's me capture your true life story. Each story deserves to be told in its own unique way. I am here to make sure your story is being told authentically, genuinely, and with a realness that embodies all of who you are.

My Favourite Things

Mini Adventure Elopement Photographer, Behavior Specialist, Boy Mom, Retired U.S. Navy Wife, Cancer Sign, INTP, and ENNEAGRAM 5

Outside of photography you can catch me literally at home doing absolutely nothing! Living the life in our newly bought, with no sense of how to decorate so everything is just bare. Our three over grown boys are gamers can imagine my world. 

I love and grew-up on music from the 60's - the mid 2000's. I love watching old movies such as Oklahoma, Gone with the Wind, any Shirley Temple movies or Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis flick...have you ever watched "Who's On First"? If you haven't, it's a must! Love coffee, Gilmore Girls, NCIS, SVU, mystery movies, fantasy, sci fi, comedy, and Bailey Sarian, if you don't know, get to know! I mean as long as it's good and not boring or story like isn't crap, I will watch anything. 

My all-time favorite for life in general is anything that has to do with being at the beach. Mountains are fun and exciting, but the beach gives me a whole set of vibes that calms my sprit on a whole different level.

Behind The Lens

My day starts off with a great cup of coffee, checking my gear for the 100th millionth, time. And setting off on my journey to meet up with you. I arrive 15 - 20 minutes early because that is the Marine Corps training in me as a kid. I will survey the area just a bit before coming to check on you. Right off the bat my caring and nurturing nature comes out. One of the best days of your life can be stressful at times so I bring in my ABA background to keep things calm and relaxed. I literally will check on everyone, or my assistant will, to make sure we aren't delayed in anyway. 

Capturing this day means the same to me, if not more, that it does for you. The last touch ups on the makeup, the zip-up of the dress, the first look with your love, and getting all the fun, zany and special moments of the day. Your partners antics will also be caught on camera so you can see how much fun they are having. The insanity of people's dancing skills turning it up with no shame! Lots of fun and amazing memories to put smiles on your face every time you see them.

Rain, hail or shine, I won't miss a beat

My Philosophy

You have to have some kind of love and devotion to what you do in life. Choosing to be a photographer for the money is a fools dream. Understanding your talent, your eye for things, the way you want to express what you see in the world, people, and moments around you is where it's all at. 

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”— Karl Lagerfeld

My mission is simple: to give your photos the timeless, effortless, and intentional touch so you can show off your real, unique you—because why settle for anything less? So let's create the photos of your dreams — with style that doesn't just stand the test of time, but truly, undeniably stands out as you!

What it all boils down too


behind the lens



What inspires me




A little insight...

...Into my world

“Having Debbie as our photographer was such a great experience! She’s fun – a little sassy – and has such a creative eye. Throughout our time together, she was extremely accommodating and made us feel comfortable and relaxed the entire time. She goes above and beyond in all aspects and truly makes your day look and feel like a fairytale.” 

— Caroline + Kyle, 2022

WE WERE                 WITH OUR IMAGES — THEY WERE UTTERLY,                      


uniquely us.

—  GREY, 2020 Groom

Two souls, one story

No story is one and the same. Yours will be finessed to share your unique journey.


Let’s start planning the elopement experience you never knew existed