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Best of Zola 2023

Why shouldn't your wedding day be one?

Let's start dreaming of your ACTUAL perfect wedding day, with no limits and no boundaries outside your beautiful imaginations!


And it's YOUR wedding day, so why shouldn't you??

You'd actually be excited about planning your wedding together — and know you're going to create an experience and memories to last you a lifetime!

Trust me...my husband and I "redid" our wedding after 10 years of marriage so we could be more intentional and true to ourselves. You don't need to do that!

You want a wedding day that is all about you.

forget everyone else's expectations

You've already thought eloping is the thing for you.

You believe your wedding day is for and about you. Hands down.

You're not interested in the fanfare and performance of a traditional wedding, or being the center of attention.

You're more interested in sharing an experience on your wedding day than spending money on material things. 

You care about the environment, and you know eloping means less waste and impact on our planet!





aNd here are some reasons why.

And just focus on creating magic together. A wedding day with

  • Only the people and things you really want with you.
  • No drama or performance.
  • A new adventure that is intentional and intimate.

Throw out the rule book, the stress, the expectations...

Add in someone by your side to help you create such a day, and you've got a plan!


The First Annual North Shore Elopement Week


After helping couples in the Twin Cities plan amazing, unique and intimate weddings, it's time to take it to Minnesota's North Shore!

Explore the Black Sand Beach in Silver Bay, say your vows at hidden waterfalls, or dance around a beach bonfire. The possibilities are truly endless!

AUGUST 14-20

I'm Jess (in the flowers), your key to the wedding adventure of your dreams!

Join me and my friend, colleague, and amazing photographer in her own right, Anna (like in Frozen), as we bring your wedding vision to life, even if you're not sure what that is right now ;)

Both of us believe that you deserve to celebrate your wedding in a way that is authentic to you, and in a way where you will feel pure joy and bliss through it all.

I run Jessica Knighton Photography with the values of sustainability and inclusion in mind at all times. In my non-work life, I love going on new adventures with my husband of 14 years and snuggling with our Tabby, Teddy in Saint Louis Park!

Anna, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, strives to provide a safe and caring environment, fostering connection and kindness wherever she goes. Outside of photography, Anna is learning to navigate homeownership with her girlfriend, Angie, and going on long walks with their pup, Zuul!

Together, Anna and I are ready to provide you with the adventure wedding experience of a lifetime! 

OH! And we're both certified officiants in the State of Minnesota!

We can't wait to get started!

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Reach out to get the process started! I'll send you full pricing and package details along with some helpful tips on getting started! 

Dates are limited though, so don't wait!

After we meet and find that we are a good fit, and you are stoked about getting married at the North Shore, I'll send you a quote! 

A signed contract and 30% non-refundable retainer will be required to officially book your date.


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Book your day

STEP one

STEP two

We made it!! We're going to get you married, have a freaking amazing time, and you're going to go home energized and refreshed! 

I'll send you sneak peeks of your photos to hang on to while I complete your final gallery!

Experience your day!

STEP four

Let's get ready! I will send you a guide with considerations and recommendations for other vendors and parts of your wedding day. 

AND! I will be here for your every step of the way — I'm always just an email or text away for anything you need!

Plan your day

STEP Three


— BILLIE & audrey

“Jess was an incredible photographer to work with! She was flexible in creating just the experience my wife and I wanted for our small elopement ceremony.”

A stress-free wedding experience, just for you.

How does this sound?

The freedom to be yourselves on your own wedding day.



here's what you'll get:

Photographers by your side who will help you feel cool and comfortable.


A unique and personal day, filled with intention and meaning.


KILLER photos, so you can relive your day over and over and over again!


“We felt so supported by Jess before, during, and after our wedding. She was right there with us every step of the way!”

martha + Matt


“Jess's easygoing personality and her commitments to sustainability, community, and celebrating diversity set her apart and made her a natural fit for us.”




Literally anything and everything you want! Consider what you would do on your very most perfect day or vacation together and start there! 

Here are just a few things to consider on the North Shore, specifically:
  • Sunrise on the lake
  • Hike to a hidden waterfall and say your vows
  • Tandem sea kayaking
  • Celebratory meal with any guests
  • Dance with the flames of a beach bonfire
  • Star photos
  • Anything else you love at the North Shore!

Jess! What the heck are we supposed to do for a whole day, let alone two??

are you starting to see it? that's your elopement day coming to life!

i hear you...

“This is your day. This is the time to go after it all.”



“We knew that Jess was going to be amazing when she was just as excited about our wedding as we were. She listened to what we had envisioned for our wedding day, and helped us create the most perfect timeline to document each special moment.”

— taylor & dylan

“My now husband and I came to Jess without much direction and she really helped our vision become reality for our entire wedding day.”

You don't need to have all the answers right now.

I've curated and created a comprehensive North Shore Elopement Guide with everything you need to make your day a success, including:
  • Leave No Trace Education
  • Lodging
  • Getting Your Marriage License
  • Outfits & Shoes
  • Food & Bakery
  • Floral
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Activities
  • Officiant
  • Support Info

THis isn't an all inclusive deal, because you deserve choice when it comes to your wedding.

so go ahead! Make it your own!


This is for you if:

you want a "just us" wedding day

you want more than 10 guests at your wedding

you're ready for an adventure

the outdoors are not your thing, or you don't want to get your outfits dirty

you want to capture the full story of your wedding day

It's probably not for you if...

you're looking for an all-inclusive package

Let's Do This Thing!


Have you planned a North Shore elopement before?

I'm not going to BS you, I haven't. But I have planned quite a few in the Twin Cities, and am ready to take it to the next level! Rest assured, I have an amazing support network around me, so we'll make sure we are super prepared and ready to go!

Frequently Asked Questions

We love this plan! When should we book?

Yay!! Let's set up a meeting ASAP to talk about your day! Dates will be held for a maximum of one week, and will be held on a first come, first serve basis.

Are there additional travel fees?

Nope! Anna and I both ship for free with your package! 

How many photos can we expect, and when?

I will send you sneak peeks within a few days of your wedding day, and will deliver your final gallery within 4-6 weeks!

I don't promise a specific number of images, but you can expect 60-80 per hour of coverage, on average.

Why is there a guest limit?

Limiting the number of guests will help you maintain the "just us" experience, and keep the stress down. 

Want to still include loved ones that won't be there? I am happy to help you come up with a meaningful plan that's right for you!

How do we know how much photo coverage we need?

We will talk about this on our very first meeting — before you even book anything with me. 

It's important to me that you feel ultra-comfortable and confident with all of your decisions, so don't worry! I've got you!

Eloping sounds cool, but we're not interested in August and/or the North Shore. Can we still work with you?

Of course! I am a full-time wedding photographer and love helping couples create their dream day — whatever that looks like! 

Reach out here to get in touch and start planning!

How do we book?

Booking is super easy and can all be done online!

After we meet and make sure we're a good fit for each other, and eloping on the North Shore is right for you, I'll send you a quote! 

A signed contract and 30% non-refundable retainer will be required to officially book your date. 

What if the weather is bad on our day?

Actually...your photos will be extra cool! And what a freaking story!

For real though, we'll have a backup plan and be ready to shift! Safety will always be top of mind for you and any guests.

Can you help us infuse cultural/family traditions in our elopement day?

Yes, absolutely! Bringing some tradition into your wedding day can be so special, and I would be honored to help you incorporate anything that is meaningful to you!

Get in touch!


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I 100% understand. Shoot me an email with your questions or hesitations, and we can talk about some options for you!