After 17 years coordinating and photographing elopements at numerous venues throughout the Orlando area, we realized that our glamour photography studio was the perfect location for couples who want a unique, private, and relaxed elopement ceremony with beautiful portrait photos, for a lot less money than having an elopement at a traditional venue.
With this unique service, we wanted to bring together the elements that we truly enjoy about our elopements and studio work, including the intimacy of working one-on-one with a couple, the timeless portraits we like to create in our studio, and an indoor and private ceremony location without having to worry about the weather.
At this time, these elopements are available for couples alone without any guests or additional attendees. You will have access to a separate room to get ready, followed by a cozy ceremony inside the studio where we'll have a nice backdrop setup for you. After the ceremony, we'll take a few portrait photos throughout the studio. You are welcome to bring or add a small cake and toast to complete the celebration!
Couples who love the idea of eloping to a unique location like no other
Couples who don’t want to be concerned about Florida’s heat, humidity, and common rain showers on their wedding day
Couples who love and appreciate professional portraits
Couples who prefer a personal, private, and relaxed elopement experience instead of a courthouse or chapel wedding.
Couples who want full privacy without strangers around or taking photos
Our location provides a level of comfort you will not find with many traditional venues when you book an elopement. The day of your wedding you will have access to a separate room to get ready, followed by a cozy indoor ceremony at a beautiful indoor location. After the ceremony, we’ll take your portrait photos throughout the different studio sets. We will wrap up your celebration with a fun cake cutting and toasting experience. Our goal is to keep it simple but also relaxed and fun. We don’t have to worry about the weather and you don’t need to settle for a Courthouse wedding! Check out the beautiful gallery below to know what to expect.
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Because our studio offers luxurious glamour portraits, our location is dramatic, glamorous, and different from what you would expect from an indoor venue or a wedding chapel. We have three beautiful rooms divided between a makeover suite, the ceremony, and the photography areas. You will have access to the makeover suite one hour before your ceremony to get dressed. After the ceremony, we will take beautiful wedding portraits followed by a cake and toast celebration.
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YOUR ALL INCLUSIVE ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:
Access to a private room to change into your wardrobe before the ceremony.
A cozy private indoor location for your ceremony and photos.
Your choice of unique backdrop for the ceremony
Ceremony Officiant Notary
Optional complimentary Marriage License by Mail service
We can help you arrange your Florida marriage license via postal mail ahead of time so you don't have to visit the Clerk's Office in person during a weekday.
Professional Studio Portraits with the final high resolution digital images of your shoot (approximately 50+ photos).
A fresh rose OR tropical bouquet and a matching boutonniere
A small cake and a bubbly toast
Complimentary Wifi to stream your ceremony
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We are located in Groveland, Florida. Groveland is an Orlando suburb in South Lake County, right next to Clermont. We are approximately 45 minutes West from the Orlando Metro Area and the Disney area. This area is like no other in Florida with beautiful rolling hills, dozens of lakes, and a wonderful scene at nearby Downtown Clermont, where you will find two amazing local breweries and a large selection of shops and cafes perfect for a casual and fun after-ceremony celebration.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I HAVE?
May and June elopements are available for couples only without guests or additional attendees. Elopements ceremonies performed after July 1st can have up to 20 people total including the couple.
CAN I GET MARRIED ANY DAY OF THE WEEK?
Ceremonies are available Monday through Saturday. We have two time slots to choose from: a 10:00am ceremony (with 9am arrival for the dressing room) and 2:00pm ceremony (with a 1:00pm arrival).
CAN WE RENEW OUR VOWS?
DO YOU PERFORM SAME-SEX CEREMONIES?
Yes, we do!
HOW LONG WOULD EVERYTHING TAKE?
The entire experience, including arrival, getting dressed, the ceremony, photos, and cake and bubbly, will take approximately two hours.
WHO WILL GET ME MARRIED?
Mya and Hector, owners of Dark Moon Studios, are licensed Notaries and either one of them will perform your ceremony.
IS THERE A PLACE TO CHANGE INTO MY GOWN AT THE VENUE?
Yes. You will have access to the studio's makeover suite one hour before the ceremony where you can change into your wedding gown and touch up your hair and makeup if needed. We can arrange for a hair and makeup stylist on site for an additional fee. Contact us for details.
WE ARE COMING FROM OUT TOWN. IS THERE A NEARBY PLACE TO STAY?
TELL ME ABOUT THE PHOTOS!
Photography is our speciality! Unlike the photography you will find included with similar services, we are professional photographers with a portrait studio and years of experience. We will start taking photos when you are getting ready, followed by the ceremony. After the ceremony, we’ll take beautiful portraits of the two of your throughout the different studio sets. We’ll wrap up your event with a small cake and bubbly toast! You will receive ALL the final photos of your event. On average you can expect approximately 50 professional photos.
WHERE DO I GET A FLORIDA MARRIAGE LICENSE?
You can get a Florida marriage license at any Florida Clerk of the Courts office during the week or we can help you obtain one ahead of time via mail with a few weeks notice. Please be aware that Florida residents have a three-day waiting period. This means, if you live in Florida, your license will be valid three days after you get it and you need to wait until then to get married.
WHY THE NAME “DARK MOON”?
Mya loves the woo woo stuff.🤷🏻♂️ Joking aside, a dark🌑 moon is a New moon, which represents A NEW beginning! We believe that our services, both studio portraits and elopements, mark the beginning of a new life adventure hence the name of Dark Moon Elopements (also Mya loves woo woo stuff).
HOW FAR OUT CAN I BOOK MY ELOPEMENT?
At this time, we are booking elopements for 2022 only. Contact us now to be placed on the wait list for 2023. We should be opening our 2023 calendar in July of 2022.