First off I just want to say, YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!!! From the moment B and I announced our elopement, the amount of love we received virtually and personally was incredibly heartwarming and it continues to be. I’ve thought a long time about writing a blog on our elopement simply because its my wedding day and I LOVE TALKING ABOUT IT, (i mean come on, who doesn’t love talking about their big day?!) But now, the purpose has changed. Since transitioning into photography full time after our big move, every one of my brides has brought up eloping. They say “ I saw your elopement, and it was amazing!! We would love to do something like but..” And then a list of why they can’t elope start to spill out. And I always say WHY CANT YOU, and of course that gets followed up with a “Well how did you do it, how did you pull it off without people being upset?!”And this, this is why this blog post is being published, not to re-live my big day or brag about it, but to help serve you, to help you see the ups and downs of eloping from someone who did it.
Ill let you in on a little secret, WE WEREN'T ALWAYS GOING TO ELOPE!
Yep, you read that right! Eloping on the west coast was not always our first choice. We actually always had it in our hearts to have a huge wedding right here in North Carolina. So much so, that I had already reached out to rental companies, our photographer, calligrapher and other wedding vendors in the area to start nailing things down. We even had a date picked out.
What changed our decision you ask? Well for me, Im in the wedding industry. So I know the ups and downs of a wedding day, what goes into planning one and how stressful the tiniest things can be during that time, so I was always fine with having a smaller and more laid back wedding. Brandon on the other hand, he wanted a big wedding, with dancing, and a DJ, with the groomsmen and open bar, a bouquet toss, and that whole shoving cake in each others face thing. So I agreed, first rule of Marriage— COMPROMISE! Then one day a shining ray of light came down from the sky and showed Brandon this thing called THE COST OF A WEDDING, thats right you know it, I know it, we all know it. && i’m not downing the cost of wedding, so lets shut that theory down real quick. I mean hello, i’m a wedding photographer and I think that everybody who Is in the the wedding industry deserves EVERY PENNY that they charge. I just always knew deep down in my heart, a big lavish wedding wasn’t for me, through personal experiences and family past.
Fast forward a few months, we kind of left the topic of getting married behind and just focused on us for the time being and then all of a sudden, one day it hit us, we said Lets do it. Lets just get married here. Washington was the first place we ever lived together, its where Brandon proposed to me, and in our opinion it was the first place that ever really meant something to us as a couple. From there we started to really think of where we wanted to say our “i do’s” We narrowed it down to two amazing places, Cape Flattery and Ruby Beach. Two of our FAVORITE places in Washington. In the end Cape Flattery was just too far and we couldn’t find a place to stay for the weekend, but we could In Forks, so thats why we picked Ruby Beach.
Next thing to do was reach out to all those vendors I had already promised a wedding to in NC. That is where our amazing photographer Kayla Coleman, said she would fly out to Washington to capture our vows. And thats when we knew we NEEDED an amazing video to capture this day for everyone. I mean if were getting eloped 3,000 miles away from everyone and keeping it a secret, well, we better have some bomb ass stuff to show them. Thats where my wheels started turning and I began thinking of everything we would need to make this happen; photos, a video, website to announce it and show everyone, an amazing dress and the best beach side details I could think of, all while keeping in mind that we would be getting married in January..
Thats where I tuned to social media, I searched, videographers, calligraphers, make up artist, and bakers ALL THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA. I got really lucky when our photographer said she would travel for our wedding, and I got even luckier being in the wedding industry, I had attended a meeting for fellow creatives in my area and that is where I met our officiant and wedding planner. Yes, you read that right, even our elopement had a wedding planner. ( THATS HOW IMPORTANT THEY ARE!)
Now, Sunday ill be sharing all the really fun details of our big day, and I know your going to hate that you read all of this and I didn't even share all of the good stuff, but seriously look at how long it already is…. You would stop reading ( if you haven’t already) if I wrote any more.. And I cant just tell you about the big day without telling you the whole process, because believe me. ITS A PROCESS! So be sure to check back THIS SUNDAY for the rest fo the goodies on Elopement process
Until then here are a few images of us before our big day <3