On a beautiful Friday afternoon Whitney got ready for her wedding day. There was a timeline, but it was flexible. There was a location, it was a large rock off the path near the woods of John’s house. There was a dress that she would get to wear a total of three times – once for the pictures for their secret announcement, today for the wedding, and later at the backyard reception. Today she and John would elope.
Since the time John proposed, they decided to keep it a secret and plan a woodland elopement. With their parent’s blessing and plan for a day as unique as the two of them they were married by their pastor and I was privileged to be the photographer and only witness. A few days after the ceremony family and friends would receive an invitation in the mail to join them – today – for a reception to celebrate. It was all of the love and excitement a wedding day should have with a fraction of the stress. It was simple, and beautiful and so completely right.
While many consider eloping at some stage in their wedding planning, few make it a reality. For John and Whitney it was the perfect way to keep their day intimate and meaningful without getting lost in the sea of wedding dates and decision making. It’s not for everyone, but as I spent the afternoon with these two I was convinced that it was something more people should consider… or should I say I’d love photograph more of them. Take a look at the intimate ceremony and thoughtful portraits we were able to capture of this gorgeous day and congratulations once again Whitney + John – thank you for inviting me to join you!