This floral focused shoot was adorned with hot saturated colors in a breakaway from the contrasting New Mexico desert. The hand selected flowers were very feminine and fun with bold splashes of red, pink, orange, and chartreuse. The armature is a kinetic and industrial form that added movement and energy to the florals.

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THE STYLE TEAM

Photographer: Jamie Jauriqui Photography
Second Photographer: Shayla Edenfield Photography
Flowers: Hong-Elder Floral Workroom and Floral Farm
Custom Artistry, Hair and Makeup: Katie Baca-“Fiery Ones
Models: David Baca and Katie Baca


 

Tori and Jon planned their elopement on Black Balsam Knob near Asheville, North Carolina.  The couple followed a traditional wedding day, but with just the two of them to enjoy it all, privately. After saying their vows, Tori and Jon had a first dance, all to themselves on the mountaintop, before popping their champagne and enjoying their doughnuts as a gorgeous mist turned the summit into something reminiscent of Scotland.

The Elopement Team

Photography: Carolyn Marie Photography  |  Planning and Syling: Lucky Penny Creative  |  Bride’s Dress: Lulus  |  Hair: Hair by Jenna Wilson |  Makeup: Powder Me Pretty  |  Florals: Flora  |  Doughnuts: Vortex  |  Champagne: Biltmore  |  Officiant: DiAnna Ritola

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From the couple, Sarah & Chris: Our wedding was focused on joining our families together, since we have kids from prior relationships, we wanted an intimate and personal ceremony. We wanted the day focused on our small family rather than trying to entertain guests.

THE LOCATION

We live in Colorado and wanted a setting that represented the beauty of Colorado. Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park had the mountain views we wanted. The National Park Service was very helpful and easy to work with. They were able to recommend times and dates and we highly recommend a National Park as a venue option.

The Photographer

Nathan with Dreamtime Images was an outstanding photographer. He knew the area very well and helped recommend best day of the week/time of day to avoid the spring showers and crowds. We are extremely glad we were able to book him and highly recommend him. We look back at our pictures and are able to remember a wonderful day as it happened.

LOOKING BACK

We are glad we did the wedding we wanted instead of trying to meet other people’s expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed the process of planning since we focused on what fit our personalities and what we wanted. It will be different for every couple, but we do think it is important to see your wedding as a celebration of your marriage and an enjoyable beginning rather than an event focused on guests.

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From the bride: More than anything Joshua and I just wanted the day to be about us. We wanted to be focused and not stressed out about the tiny details that come with planning your traditional wedding. We wanted to savor every moment and be able to look back and remember our wedding like it was yesterday. I can honestly say that we can. It was perfect!

 

Advice

Elope! Take the money you would spend on a wedding and put it as a down payment on a house. Our family knew about our plans to elope so instead of inviting everyone to our wedding, we took pictures along the way (picking up our rental car, signing our marriage license, picking up our flowers, etc.) and posted them on Facebook so they could be a part of it.

 

RECOMMENDED VENDOR

 Meghan Rolfe Photography. Meghan took care of all the details and her photography is phenomenal.

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From the couple, Paul & Jamie: We decided to elope because we lived out of state (Minnesota) and this was our second marriage. We wanted a simple, yet personal wedding. We still wanted to have some traditional elements (dress, photographer, officiant), but more personal in that it was just the two of us saying our vows to each other in a beautiful location without a lot of extra opinions, fan fare and hoopla. It was a great decision!

 

The Dress

Jamie’s dress was made out of a vintage tablecloth from Dame & Maiden.

 

The Location

While in route to Steamboat last year, we were detoured due to an accident and ended up driving by Twin Lakes. We realized it was no accident. We consider ourselves “Twin Flames,” so getting married in “Twin Lakes” seemed perfect. When we came back in October for our actual wedding, we went out to find the perfect spot in Twin Lakes. We drove through Red Rooster campground because we wanted the magical backdrop of both the mountains and the twin lakes. We came upon the perfect “tree” in the “praying angel” overlook parking lot of Twin Lakes. We knew we found our spot.

 

Our Advice

Figure out what’s most important to you and then spend the money on that. Don’t feel like you need to listen to what everyone else says. This is your day…. one day. You’re celebrating the union between the two of you and you alone know what is important on your special day. We wanted to spend the money on pictures and transportation to a beautiful scenic spot that was personal to us with a story behind it.

 

OUR RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: Autumn Twilight Photography |  Officiant: Phil Gallagher

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From the photographer, Dreamtime Images:  Brittany and Ben showed up in Estes Park for their elopement at Della Terra Mountain Chateau and were greeted with a beautiful winter wonderland. The town was digging out from beneath one of the most intense spring storms. After a brief ceremony, Brittany and Ben cut a wedding cake, drank some hot chocolate, and the three of us ventured into Rocky Mountain National Park for a snowy but beautiful couples portrait session.

 

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From the photographer, Melissa Holland Photography:  Shana and Chris came down from Phoenix last October for their small, elopement-style wedding with their parents at Windy Point on Mt. Lemmon and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Chris is a climber and they have both spent lots of time exploring all the nooks and crannies of this mountain. And boy did he find the ideal/intimate spot for their ceremony. Tucson is known for it’s beautiful, sunny, cloud-free weather, but on this day, we had clouds, wind, and even rain. That didn’t stop this couple from having the most beautiful, thoughtful, gorgeous celebration on this mountain EVER! The sun was setting through the dark clouds as they said their “I Do’s” and cast a warm glow on everything. We escaped the rain for the ceremony and had just enough time for a few shots of the newlyweds before the rain came.

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Oyuki and Nico recited their vows on a mountaintop at Glacier Point overlooking the Yosemite Valley as Lisa Marie Photographie captured the surrounding beauty that encompassed the happy couple.

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