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DANI VALLANT //
ELOPEMENT & WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
AUSTRIA & EUROPE
Hi, I’m Dani!
I'm based in Austria and the Dolomites documenting fun, real and crazy love stories.
Guess what? I never thought I’d be photographing elopements someday.
But that was before I discovered you don’t have to have a big wedding event to “make it count”, you can ditch traditions that don’t make you happy and plan your wedding in a contemporary, personal and meaningful way to YOU.
I have found my sweet spot in the wonderful world of outdoor elopements, destination adventures with couples and small, love-soaked weddings where every guest is an important part of my couples lives.
I live for couples who dare to break the rules to make their own, to celebrate their wedding day exactly the way it feels right to THEM.
Cheers to you!
what I'm doing
WHEN I DON'T PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS
Everyone needs to charge their batteries once in a while.
I love being outdoors, traveling or spending time with family.
MEET MY SIDEKICKS
Did you know that wedding photography is only a side gig?
In real life I work as a butler for my two cats. They sometimes help me edit (= sit on the keyboard and demand attention).
I live on the foothills of this gorgeous mountain in Southern Austria and have spent countless hours of hiking and snowboarding up there.
And before you ask: yes, this spot is amazing for elopements!
I experienced peak existence while solo cycling through New Zealand for three months - a dream come true.
What would life be without friends and family to enjoy it.
I love sunrises! Always pays off to get up in the middle of the night.
In winter you can find me skitouring or carrying a board up the mountain - this helps me stay sane when inversion sticks around for days.
2020 literally was the year of growth! I spent many hours in the garden and developed a crush on houseplants. #indoorjungleiscomingalongnicely
Figs, citrus, apple trees and pomegranates growing outside.
WHY I CARE ABOUT YOUR WEDDING
You don’t want to get married in an impersonal town hall with a cookie-cutter ceremony? Get outside and have a symbolic wedding in place that’s special to you instead!
Don’t want to throw a big wedding with distant relatives or +1s you barely know? Only invite the closest people in your life or even elope!
Don’t want to be traditional and rather make your own new traditions and game plan?Holy heck, do it!
Don’t want to follow stupid trends?
Be your own trend!
Weddings are so much more than signing a piece of paper in a town hall. It’s about two people who have decided to spend the rest of their lives together and it has never been easier to be bold about the “how”. In the past, during planning their wedding, I’ve often heard couples say “I wish we could…”, “I wish it was possible to… but we can’t, because that’s not how it’s supposed to be done."
After having been part of many incredible weddings and elopements of couples who exactly did what they wanted to, I can truly say:
You are allowed to.
And: You deserve it.
Your vision and your experience matters.
I’m saying this because I know it can be done.
And it’s pretty epic when everything comes together the way you’ve always imagined it.
Only if your wedding is a true reflection of your personality, you are going to have the best day of your lives!
How it all started
What feels like a million years ago is the first wedding I've ever photographed: My dear friend Angelika asked me to travel to Antibes, France, to photograph her big day - and the rest, as they say, is history. Ever since that I've grown every year into the wedding photographer that I am today. Thank you Angie for believing in me!