Elope in Amsterdam The Ultimate Guide

Thinking about how to elope in Amsterdam? You have found the right intimate elopement photographer!

Why elope in Amsterdam

Bike in front of typical Amsterdam canal houseThe 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.

Whatever the reason might be for you to elope, Amsterdam definitely is a great place to do it!

Known for it’s olive-green canals and beautiful canal houses, Amsterdam has wowed many before you. But above all, the vibe of a creative and small village feeling is what people love most.

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.

Elopement couple looking in shop window in Amsterdam

If you choose to elope in Amsterdam, I would love to be your photographer.

I’ve lived in this magical place for over 30 years. I know how to get you around the tourist traps and make you experience the real Amsterdam.

Below I’ve captured some information that you might find useful if you want to elope in Amsterdam.


Adventurous Elopement Photographer in Amsterdam focussed on telling your love story in an artistic way.

History of Amsterdam

Typical Amsterdam canal housesAmsterdam is definitely the perfect place for your 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 in Amsterdam 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 elopement ceremony.

The history of Amsterdam is long and eventful. The city has build a lot of character throughout the years that will match your city elopement very well.

Breathe, smile & make it legal

Legally getting married in Amsterdam

Of course you can elope in Amsterdam and have the legal wedding ceremony in your own country, but 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.

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.

Real Couples

Real Amsterdam Elopements

To give you an impression what your elopement in Amsterdam could look like, I have selected two lovely couples that eloped in Amsterdam.

Check out the tips & tricks if you want tips for planning your own elopement.

Albert Cuyp Market Adventure

Canadian couple AC & Kevin were looking for an elopement photographer that could not only document their story, but also guide them around. 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 and help them experience everything it has to offer.

With AC & Kevin we visited the Albert Cuyp market, Hortus Botanicus, the canals, rode some bikes and strolled through the “Nine Little Streets”.

Vondelpark Vows

Elopement couple looking at canals of Amsterdam while holding each other

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 Little 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.

Destination Elopement Photographer shooting intimate Weddings & Adventure Elopements

Smiles & Laughter

Tips & Tricks

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.

Photography tips to get THE shot

  • 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.

More Information & Booking

I would love to photograph your elopement in Amsterdam. Fill in the form below for more information and check my availability for your elopement.

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Popular Questions

Yes totally! I love to meet new people and I believe it’s a great idea to connect and get to know each other. It helps in understanding your story and capture something that is unique to you.

All my meetings take place at my home in Haarlem, the Netherlands or we can do a Skype / FaceTime call. I prefer meeting in person, but sometimes that’s difficult. Get in touch to setup a meeting!

I started out as a full time photographer in the beginning of 2011. Before that I was already very interested in photography and always shooting pictures while traveling for example. Since 2011 everything changed to being a professional and taking on actual paid jobs as a photographer.

I will typically shoot no more than 20 weddings each year.

When I first started out in 2011 I shot a lot more per year, but I feel the need to connect with my couples to create something amazing together. In order for me to do this I time to really invest in my couples. Help you out where needed, guide you through all the planning and more. I can’t do that with over 20 weddings per year.

I am happy to hear you are thinking about booking me! 🙂

To make sure we get everything sorted, I need a signed contract and a 50% retainer to book your date. Get in touch and I’ll send you all the details.

I am based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and shooting weddings worldwide. If you have any questions about quotes for a particular destination, make sure to get in touch and we’ll get the talk started!

No weird directed posing. I will focus on storytelling and being a fly on the wall. I will help with some natural direction whenever called for, but most of all I wanna make sure you actually enjoy your day.

I want to capture what your day feels like in the most real way, since that is what brings you back in the moment when you watch the images afterwards.

I always take formal family portraits. I know those matter. Maybe not now, but they sure will in the future. Trust me on that. If planned for in the right way, family formals won’t have to take long.

When we’re out shooting just the two of you, I’ll give you natural direction, bringing out the true YOU. I’m pretty good at getting people out of that awkward zone and capture those natural responses. It’s all about asking the right questions, enjoying the moment and not putting on too much pressure.

For the biggest part of the day I will shoot documentary style. Capturing real moments that happen in front of me and tell the story of your wedding day. You just have to make sure to enjoy everything and get in the moment, let me do the rest.

Relaxed, happy humans enjoying life to the fullest.

If you care more about candid, honest photos, than perfectly staged portraits with every hair in place, then I’d love to shoot you.

If you don’t want your wedding to feel like a big production, and just want a chill photographer who might be barefoot at your reception, then we’ll be great together.

If you trust me to do my thing, we’ll definitely be able to create some cool things together.

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Elopement couple sitting on bench in lightbeam in Amsterdam
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