Megan & TJ  | June 14th

 

From the photographers, Adam and Priscilla:

Megan and TJ had taken their time looking for a perfect spot to say “I do”. Even though they live in the desert, their favorite place to be is among the pines in the high country of Northern Arizona. There are so many amazing places but The Arboretum at Flagstaff was the perfect venue for their Flagstaff wedding in the woods. Their fur babies, Henry and Diego joined in on the festivities. These two pups were just as excited for Megan and TJ’s big day as the rest of their gracious family and friends!

 

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THE CEREMONY

TJ stood at the edge of a Ponderosa Pine Forest with the majestic Mount Humphreys in the background. Even though we were at altitude, it was Megan who took TJ’s breath away. With each step closer, he held his breath and fought the tears back, this glowing bride was to be his partner in life. This is what life is about, living in the moment with the person you love.

 

An emotional groom watching his bride-to-be walk down the aisle.

 

They stood beneath the arch draped with fresh roses, eucalyptus, anemones, and thistle blooms. Megan held her hand out softly and TJ took it into his own and once together the world is serene. The focus between the two was unbreakable; you can just tell that they know how each other was feeling and thinking without even saying a word. The love between them is all they need.

 

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The Arboretum at Flagstaff grounds were full of life from the spring rains; lush greenery that didn’t even look like Arizona, the flowers, trees, and grasses were abundant with new growth. As we made our way out of the pine forest chasing the beautiful golden hour with the newlyweds we spoke of craft beer, good music, food, and our common love of the forest and nature.

 

 

A newly married couple running at the edge of a Ponderosa Pine Forest with the majestic Mount Humphreys in the background in Flagstaff, Arizona

 

Friendly horny toads wandered the paths alongside us and birds filled the air with their songs. The peaks of Mount Humphreys were aglow in the early evening light. It was a perfect June day for a wedding in Arizona.

 

A Flagstaff Arizona Wedding In The Woods

 

Both Megan and TJ are kind and thoughtful with a love for artisanship. It came through in every detail of their intimate wedding; from the beautiful florals, the Arboretum, his blue suit with a sage green tie that perfectly matched TJ’s eyes. Even their honeymoon to the Oregon coast where they could go enjoy nature and good craftsmanship.

 

 

A Flagstaff Arizona Wedding In The Woods 

THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Adam and Priscilla  //  Venue: The Arboretum at Flagstaff  // Hair Stylist: Northern Arizona Glam Squad // Officiant: Sedona Minister

 

A mountain field in North Carolina blends organic textures with a rose gold and champagne color palette creating a dreamy romance surrounded by nature.  

 

Rose gold & champagne wedding color palette

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THE STYLE TEAM

Photographer: Broad River Photography  //  Invitation Designer: Oh My Designs by Steph  //  Makeup Artist: Southern Belle by Summer   // Dress Store: Lulus

 

Isis & Nick  |  Alberta, Canada

 

From the bride…

We hadn’t really even considered a traditional wedding. We were planning a trip to Canada and thought about how epic it would be if we just eloped while we were there and then had a party to celebrate with our loved ones back home. A beautiful lady that I work with had shown me photos from her recent trip to Moraine Lake and told me about how it was the most beautiful place she had ever seen. When I told Nick about it, it was almost decided instantly that it was exactly the kind of scenery we were looking for.

 

Wedding bouquet by Willow Flower Company

 

THE FLOWERS

I knew from the get-go that I wanted a flower crown and a HUGE bouquet of florals in dusty pink and maroon.  

 

Wedding bouquet by Willow Flower Company

 

THE VISION

We wanted our day to be really relaxed and stress-free and it couldn’t have been more perfect!  Our ceremony was planned for 6 pm so we slept in, had a nice breakfast, went for a hike and even had a nap before we had to get ready. So many of our friends had told us how stressed they felt on their wedding day and how they felt as though they couldn’t really enjoy it or that they wished they had eloped and we didn’t want to look back on such a special memory wishing that we had changed things or spent less money or whatever. I think we nailed it!

 

 

Boutonnière by Willow Flower Company

 

THE DRESS

I just really didn’t want to wear white! I had always pictured a pink dress, but not too Barbie-like and not too pale.  As much as I love dressing up and being girly, I also LOVE being comfortable. I knew I was going to be scrambling over rocks so I couldn’t really have a long train, and I didn’t want a veil but wanted something flowy that was also removable, so we decided on a cape instead and I chose a pair of black and white Vans with some pink ribbon.

 

Bride in pink dress at Moraine Lake by ENV Photography

 

THE DAY OF

It was so surreal standing at that lake the morning of our wedding, taking it all in and realizing we made it! We traveled for 21 hours and were so tired but we did it! We only told our family and close friends, and it made our announcement feel even more special and made us feel like our wedding was ours, and that we were doing it for us and not for anyone else. I was a pretty lazy bride and all I cared about was marrying the man of my dreams. I thought that planning our wedding from Australia would be difficult but it was actually such a breeze.

 

 

Wedding Ceremony at Moraine Lake

 

THE VOWS

I couldn’t wait to hear Nick’s vows and to call him my husband and Nick says his favorite part was seeing me in my dress for the first time which I think is pretty cute! 

 

 

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Bride and groom kissing at Moraine Lake

 

LOOKING BACK


Everything was so easy and went so smooth, I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. Eloping definitely took a lot of the guesswork out of planning, we didn’t have to think about decorations and we also didn’t have to worry about impressing other people, we could focus on just us and that was the main thing for the both of us when we were planning our day. Luckily, Mother Nature put on a show with the most spectacular weather. It had been raining pretty much since we landed in Canada and cleared up right before our ceremony began.

 

 

Bride and groom dancing in wildflower field.

 

ADVICE

Do what you want to do! Don’t let other people make it about them or change your mind, or make you feel like what you want doesn’t matter. I mean this with my whole heart – you don’t get to get to marry the love of your life every day!

 

 

Bride and groom kissing in wildflower field.

 

Before we left for Canada, we had a sign made that read, “We Eloped – Moraine Lake, Canada, 13th August 2019.” This date is my G’ma’s birthday, and although she is no longer with us, I wanted her to be part of our special day. She would have loved Nick.

 

Bride & groom in canoes at Moraine Lake.

THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: ENV Photography

Floral Designer: Willow Flower Co.

From the photographer, Suzanne Rothmeyer Photography

 

Stephanie and Justin rolled up to the Thunder Knob Trail trailhead with their little trailer they had been camping in for the last week as they traveled through the Cascade Mountains. We did their first look overlooking Diablo Lake with stunning weather and views. I gasped when Stephanie stepped out of the loo in her dress…I adore brides who go with something other than the traditional and really embrace their personality when choosing their wedding dress!

 

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One of the sweetest things about this elopement was their sharing of memories of their 10 years of knowing each other, first as friends, on the climb up to the summit, and then sharing their hopes, dreams, and plans for the future on the way down.

 

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Reading ceremony vows in the mountains

 

They read their vows against the backdrop of a layered mountain landscape, with the sun disappearing with a twinkle over the tallest peak as they embraced. Then wrapping up the moment toasting with cider before we headed back down. It was truly the perfect day – and not another soul at the top.

 

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Kaytlin & Nick  | Glacier National Park

 

From the bride…

 

Nick and I had our first date in Glacier a few years ago. We hiked to Iceberg Lake and then had dinner at the restaurant in the Many Glacier Hotel. After that, we had many adventures in Glacier National Park, including getting engaged! We knew that we wanted to also get married in Glacier, so Many Glacier seemed like the perfect idea to bring our story full circle! Nick and I decided that we wanted our ceremony to be intimate, so we decided to elope with only our immediate families in attendance. Nick is one of seven children, so we still had a decently large group!

 

 

THE ATTIRE

I went home to Missouri to visit my parents shortly after getting engaged and on a whim, decided to go to a bridal shop to see if I could get an idea of what I generally wanted to wear on my wedding day. I fell in love with a high neck, gorgeous lace gown and bought it that same day! I also wore a fur shawl that I borrowed from my grandmother. Thank goodness for this since it was so cold (40 degrees in June!).

Nick was more deliberate than I in his wedding day attire planning. He got his gray wool suit custom made in Montana. The lining was a light blue and brown print with his monogram inside.

 

 

THE VENUE

We thought that the deck of the Many Glacier Hotel would be the perfect venue for our big day, but the weather that day had other ideas. It was hailing and the wind was so strong that the hail was going sideways! Thankfully, we have a great family who was willing to hike a little bit into the woods where we found a quiet spot by the lake that was protected from the weather.

 

 

THE CEREMONY

It was very special to have Nick’s brother, Ethan be both the best man and officiant because he was able to personalize our ceremony just for us!  My brother, Kayne, and his friend, Anthony, played their guitars and sung during our ceremony. A recording of this is on our wedding video, so we can completely relive the day anytime we want!

 

 

The most anticipated moment of our wedding day was hearing each other read our vows. We decided to write our own and didn’t let each other know anything about them beforehand. Our vows are now framed in our bedroom so we can remind ourselves of them every day!

 

 

 

BOAT RIDE

After the ceremony, we chartered a boat and cruised around the lake for an hour while we enjoyed everyone’s company, popped champagne, and ate snacks.

 

LOOKING BACK

One of my favorite parts of our wedding was everyone being so flexible with us because of the weather. Our families were down to go anywhere we asked them to–even a mile into the woods in dresses and heels in 40-degree weather!

 

 

ADVICE

Pick one or two things that are important to each of you and focus on those things. Let the other details work themselves out and don’t stress. Your best memories won’t be your decor or makeup, but enjoying the time with your new spouse and celebrating with friends and family! Be sure to take a few intimate moments with just your spouse and soak up the day.

 

 

CREDITS:

Photographer: Marianne Wiest Photography

Location: Glacier National Park

 

This editorial shoot was styled to catch the eye of brides that want a modern and organic wedding style. Earthy tones and muddy textures were used to evoke the raw, honest style of the shoot, while simple placements of earth and floral were used to incorporate Mother Nature into the setting.

 

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THE STYLE TEAM

Photographer: Branson Maxwell Photo & Video
Event & Floral Designer: Amber Reverie
Invitation Designer: Plume Calligraphy
Venue: River Bottoms Ranch
Veils and headpieces: Emily Riggs Bridal

Sara & Isaac | Vancouver, Canada | Photographer: Karizma Photography

 

Isaac and Sara’s romance started at a New Year’s Eve party. After failing to get her number, Isaac asked 7 people to help him find a way to reach her. Once he finally got her number, he asked her on a date and Sara just couldn’t say no.

 

Mountain Elopement details

 

THE PROPOSAL

While walking in a snowy park near their apartment, Sara was mesmerized by the small lights decorating a gazebo nearby. Isaac then got down on one knee and popped the question, offering her a wooden ring he had made himself.

 

 

Mountain Elopement in Vancouver

 

WHY ELOPE

Initially from Pittsburg, USA, the two decided to elope in Vancouver. They both have a love of the outdoors and were struck by the beautiful scenery easily available around Vancouver. Their decision to elope came after trying to plan a traditional wedding with a guest list of over 100. They began to wonder if it was really worth the expense. When Isaac’s mom suggested eloping, they never looked back.

 

Mountain Elopement in Vancouver

 

THE DAY OF

On the day of their mountain elopement, Sara’s hair and make-up by AX Art Makeup began at 3 am. Then, the drive on a bumpy forest service road to the beginning of the trail. They hiked to the spot where they wanted to say their vows. They changed into their wedding attire and said “I DO” on a picturesque rock overlooking the valley with jaw-dropping views of the mountains.

 

 

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This styled shoot was inspired by the location, BLM land in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Although the location was sparse in vegetation, the sweeping snow-capped mountains and larger than life boulders provided plenty of inspiration. Vintage elements gave the setting a special wanderlust flair while the cowhide rug and skull added a little southwest style without being over the top. The triangle arch was a powerful design element. The flowers reflected the vegetation and incorporated plants you would actually find in the high desert.

 

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THE STYLE TEAM

Photographer: Love Wildly
Event Planner: Rosie Event Designer
Floral Designer: Sweet Lilacs
Apparel: Addictions Boutique 
Dress Store: Sonora Bridal Loft
Makeup Artist: Heather Andrea Makeup & Hair Artist
Calligrapher: Lauren G London