Sun rays cut through the pines as we made our way down a skinny dirt road for this magical Manistee Forest elopement. We met Amy and Ted in the parking lot by the trailhead and got to work shooting the prettiest details. From there we set up the cutest picnic, complete with mini champagne grapes, gouda, and sparkling peach wine! (Shoutout to Trader Joes for having the best picnic foods)
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.*
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.