Welcome to my small space on the internet! I’m Marcia, a full-time elopement wedding photographer based in New Orleans. I’m here to help you navigate through all the overwhelming options of getting married in New Orleans. I know that you are not only expecting great photos, you also want your photographer to understand what’s most important to you! I hope the experience of working with me & my team allows you to solely focus on your love and what truly matters.
How did ElopeToNola become a thing? Let’s see….If you would have told me in college that I was going to be an elopement photographer, I would have said “No Way!” I grew up with a love/hate relationship with photography because both my father and brother studied photography in college and I was always their subject (Fun Fact: My dad and brother both have law degrees and neither practiced law – or photography, LOL). I learned to oblige, but said to myself, “Enough photos already!” Anyone who has a photographer parent knows what I’m talking about – just ask my daughter! However, I was always intrigued by the complexities of a camera and photography, learning the art of composition, lighting and editing, which was likely a foreshadowing for my future profession as an elopement photographer.
My introduction to elopement photography began when I started my hotel sales management career. After continuously turning down couples who weren’t having “traditional” weddings of 100 guests or more, I felt that an elopement and intimate wedding company was needed in New Orleans. Corporate flagship hotels with elegant ballrooms want to entertain only large weddings that bring in sizable revenue, and even if they have a small outdoor courtyard, many hotels demand a substantial F&B minimum to use the space. I asked myself, “What about couples who are interested in a small wedding or simply eloping in New Orleans? They shouldn’t have to resort to Las Vegas and an officiant dressed like Elvis.” It was at that time in 2014 that ElopeToNola was born. And, after capturing over 250+ weddings, I still love each and every day I’m blessed to meet another couple in LOVE! 💕
While I’m a born & raised proud New Orleanian 💜 💚 💛 who loves a good crawfish boil and an edge-of-your seat Saints game, traveling is in my blood. When I’m not capturing small weddings…I’m scoping for hidden B&B’s to experience, spending time with my 3 kids, taking the train to Memphis for BBQ or getting away at our property in Biloxi for some R&R. I also travel frequently with my daughter, who swims competitively. We are hoping to make the 2024 Olympics in France… Viva La France! But above all, my passion is to assist couples interested in eloping in New Orleans. I offer an all-inclusive, affordable elopement packages tailored for you and am dedicated to providing high-quality services to all of my clients. Because I’m an elopement photographer who loves to be on the go, I am available for destination weddings anywhere in the world. Please don’t hesitate to contact me, whether you are interested in finding an experienced wedding photographer in New Orleans or one who can travel to your destination wedding. Wherever you are in the world, I would be honored to work with you.
I’m also a photography business coach 📸 to other aspiring photographers looking to grow a thriving photography company and concentrate full time on their creative skills.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Lead Photographer, Marcia Ibay