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The sweetest first look at this Indiana summer wedding

Indiana Summer Wedding // Hannah & Corbin // Indiana Wedding Photographer

nd a lovely forecast of showers. But a little wind couldn’t damper their spirits. We braved the wind and they had the sweetest intimate first look, and then read heartfelt letters to each other *cue the photographer tears.*

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It was a year later than they were expecting as Natalie and Cody stood hand in hand under the string lights of Bergstaff Place. It wasn’t what they had originally planned, after rescheduling due to COVID, their love still strengthened through all of the trials 2020 threw their way.

Bergstaff Place Spring Wedding // Natalie & Cody // Fort Wayne Wedding Photographer

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Elopement Activities for a Unique Experience - Picnic

Elopement Activities for a Unique Experience

Eloping gives you the freedom to do whatever you want and create your dream day. After all, this is the start of your marriage, so of course it should be all about you two! Often couples will ask, “can we do XYZ?” and the answer is always of course! The best part of elopements is that there are no rules!

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A golden hour Sedona Elopement near Thunder Mountain

It was the most perfect afternoon for a Sedona elopement. The wind playfully tickled our necks and the sun smiled down as we made our way through the red rock trails. After a sweet first look these two shared vows overlooking Sedona and the iconic Bell Rock. After shooting for a while we headed to a different trailhead near Thunder Mountain.

Sunset Sedona Elopement

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Indiana Dunes Elopement

It was a brisk 40 degrees when I met Celine and Jonah at Indiana Dunes for this elopement style shoot, but the sun was still shining in all her brilliance. We bundled up and made our way along the beach braving the wind that blew hard enough to offend, but not enough to hurt. In the comfort of the golden sunlight they ran and danced along the sandy trails of Indiana Dunes, with the seagrass tickling our ankles.

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Elopements and traditional weddings are vastly different, with most people thinking eloping means just running off to the courthouse to get legally married. But elopements in today’s age have evolved rapidly and are steadily gaining popularity and favor over traditional weddings. So what are the biggest differences? We’ll tell you six of ’em.

Elopements vs. Weddings: 6 Major Differences

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Muncie Fall Engagement Session // Michaela & Jay // Indiana Wedding Photographer

It was a perfect October evening for this Muncie fall engagement session with Michaela and Jay. I met them at a trailhead near their house, and we were blessed with the most incredible golden hour. Amid the chaos of COVID and the state of the world, it was wonderful for these two to spend an evening laughing and snuggling with each other and take a step back from everything else.

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A wedding reception at Union 12 during a summer sunset.

Let’s be honest, venue shopping for an intimate wedding is harder than it looks. No one wants to pay thousands for a venue that holds 400 people, for a 30 person affair. And some of the unique and gorgeous small wedding venues get buried amongst the hundreds of large traditional wedding venues, so it can quickly become overwhelming trying to find the perfect location.

Indiana Venues that are Perfect for an Intimate Wedding

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How to have a Micro Wedding

If you don’t want a big traditional wedding, but also don’t want to elope just the two of you, then a micro wedding is perfect for you. Micro weddings are infinitely flexible and unique. You can craft a day that fits your relationship perfectly.

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Indiana is so much more than cornfields, I promise. You can absolutely elope in Indiana and have an epic, beautiful location. We actually have a lot more waterfalls than you would expect! Maybe you want to elope or share an intimate wedding with close friends and family, but don’t want to go too far from home. These locations below can give you the adventurous experience while staying within the state and not hurting your budget.

Where to Elope in Indiana

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