Forget the script. Elope & write your own story.


stacey vandas photography

Hi, friend! I'm Stacey. I'm a film & digital photographer and I help creative couples craft an artful, alternative wedding in historic cities like London and Paris, so you can dream big for the most romantic day of your life. I'm all about candid, filmy photos that perfectly reflect your vibe, and creating a completely customized experience for you with a French-speaking former expat and European travel expert.

My degrees in French and English literature, my years living in Paris and London, and my unique skill for recreating a the nostalgia of film photography allow me to specialize in alternative urban elopements in the US and Europe for couples who want their photos to be artful, cinematic, one-of-a-kind, and tell a visual story of their journey.

Your wedding can be whatever you want it to be, and I'm here to help make sure it totally fits you. I can't wait to get to know you!

xo, stacey

I'm so glad you're here!


First things first,

Let's get into it.

My approach

relaxed // intentional // Personal

My approach is to first get to know you. I believe the best art is created with depth, so I want to know all about your story, your vision, and your goals. I'm intentional about the work I do and the way I do it—with me you are never just another photography client, and I care deeply that you feel comfortable with me and trust me to tell your story in a beautiful way. I'll use my expert knowledge of getting around Europe to plan your perfect elopement, whether that's in Paris or London (my second homes), Amsterdam or the Cliffs of Moher.

Each & Every Package includes:

bespoke planning curated for your needs & values,  every step of the way

unique & artful photography focused on emotion and authenticity

professionally edited online gallery

full image ownership + printing rights

custom timeline creation so that you can all have the experiences you want and none you don't

- holley + Matt

"Stacey did an incredible job taking our pictures. She captured our relationship beautifully, and we were so thrilled with the results. Highly recommend!

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Let's get acquainted! We'll start with a friendly chat, either in person or virtually. This is where we'll discuss your vision, preferences, and any questions you may have, to make sure that working together is a perfect fit!

Once you're all in, I'll send you over a contract and a retainer invoice to hold your date on my calendar, and we'll start planning timelines and logistics with my expert guidance and vendor resources.




Now comes the fun part - the elopement itself! I'm there with you to capture every tender moment, belly laugh, and incredible experience that will make up your day.


After the shoot, I'll carefully curate and edit the images to perfection. Once they're ready, I'll deliver them to you in within 4-6 weeks in an online gallery for you to share and enjoy forever.


services & Pricing

I passionately believe that an elopement is just as much of a celebration as a traditional wedding, and your elopement should be as unique and personal as your love story. Whether you're exchanging vows in a bustling cityscape or a quiet, scenic location, my candid, film aesthetic captures the real emotion and intimate moments that make your day special. My US elopement packages are designed to fit your vision and give you the exact experience you want and nothing you don't on your day.

Imagine eloping in the enchanting streets of Paris or the historic landmarks of London. I specialize in capturing the essence of your destination elopement with a refined, documentary style that highlights the unique charm of each location. My destination packages are crafted to provide a seamless, completely personalized experience, allowing you to focus on your love and your adventure. From the romance of European cities to other urban gems across the globe, I want to ensure your elopement is a beautifully told story that reflects and celebrates you, with none of the fluff or stress you don't want!

US Elopements Starting at $4300

destination elopements starting at $6900

You want a different kind of wedding day. You're not about the same old wedding planning stressors. You want an intimate and customized wedding experience that reflects your personality and can truly be the best day ever for you.
You're adventurous and love Europe.
You've always dreamed of getting married in the most romantic city in the world, but you don't need or want all the luxury trappings.
You've seen other kinds of photography and it just doesn't feel like you.
You want something creative that stands out from the crowd.
You're not after something boring and simple, you want something that captures attention and inspires emotion.
You love both candid moments and cinematic scenes.
You want images that evoke everything you were feeling in that moment.
You don't want pictures that sit on a hard drive somewhere and are never looked at again.
You want beautiful pictures, but you also want to have some fun, too!

If any of that resonates with you, I got you! I'm the same way, and my photography style reflects that. I aim to capture all the slice-of-life moments as well as the true emotions, so that years later, when you're looking back at the pages of your well-worn photo album, your cheeks hurt from smiling and your heart feels all the feelings as if it were yesterday. I work one-to-one with my clients to plan their perfect day, designed specifically for their values and aligned to what's important to them for their wedding.

It's the honor of my life to get to photograph your unique moment in time with my camera, and I can't wait to get to be a tiny part of your story! I offer various pricing options and session lengths, so you can get amazing photos that fit your budget and are truly worth the investment. Contact me to get more information on pricing packages and add-ons.

Why work with me? If this sounds like you...

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Her eye for aesthetics, storytelling, and creativity are evident within every shot she delivers. On top of her skill with the camera, her warmth and friendliness will set anyone at ease. We are so pleased with how our shoot went and the photos we received!

-Brittany + Steve

Stacey is a delight to work with!

Frequently asked questions  

Where are you based? Do you travel?

I'm based in St. Louis, Missouri. I have lived abroad several times and consider London & Paris my second homes. I'm a pro at navigating European cities and finding great travel deals. When you book me as your elopement/destination photographer, you're in good hands with an American who knows how to navigate international travel and can speak French fluently, as well. Travel fees are included in your package price if you opt for a destination elopement.

How far in advance do we need to book you?

The earlier the better! It will help you lock in your date, especially for the busy season from March-October. I usually recommend giving yourself a minimum of 6 months to plan your elopement, so we can lock in travel, lodging, and activity logistics before things book up. Get in touch with me via my contact form to start the process and get more info!

Do you shoot film?

I looooove to shoot film! It's the aesthetic I aim for in my digital work, but there's nothing quite like real film photos! I primarily shoot 35mm film, either black and white or color (typically Kodak Portra 400). I can shoot film in addition to your digital images for $100/roll. This includes fees for the roll itself and developing. I can't wait to create some truly one-of-a-kind pictures with you!

Can we meet with you before we book you?

Totally! I'm happy to set up a consultation call with you over FaceTime, Zoom, or phone to make sure that working together will be an awesome fit for everyone! Just fill out my contact form or email me at to request a consultation. I'm also happy to meet over coffee if you're local to STL.

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