This elopement was one for the books. I connected with Kelsey a while back when I was doing a photo session giveaway, and when we chatted for the first time, I KNEW that she and Austin were a special couple. They’re not humans who do things traditionally, and even though there is absolutely nothing wrong with the traditional, I felt as if we were kindred spirits who just so happened to have a point in time to journey together.
Kelsey and Austin chose to exchange their vows in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Northeast Ohio. They both have a deep love for the outdoors, animals (they were SO excited when chipmunks joined us), and most importantly, each other. I’m a pretty dang emotional person, but can normally hold it together during weddings. Their intimate ceremony and then exchange of written vows had me having a hard time keeping it together.
What I love is how simple they chose to keep everything, even with their details. Kelsey is quite the creative craft gal and designed her own silk flowers, Austin’s boutonniere and her shawl. Their main focus was each other, and isn’t that the point? At the end of the day you’re marrying the person your heart is closest to, and you’re choosing to be the best partner you can absolutely be.
Maybe that’s why I adore intimate weddings and elopements so much–because they strip away all the other things that can distract, and get down to the main purpose of the day: committing to your best friend for life.
P.S. There is nothing wrong with having a detailed, big wedding! Each couple is beautifully unique, and capturing what is YOU is what I do!