Maryland Elopement Photographer
Shelby and Austin’s backyard elopement was straight out of boho dreams. Just because they were eloping instead of planning a big wedding, it didn’t mean that it couldn’t feel extraordinary. Shelby created a day that was heartfelt, intentional and designed with so much love. Bride’s mom texted me the day after the elopement to say she feels the day was even more special than had it been a bigger celebration with many guests.
Even though they were eloping, they dedicated a whole day to celebration. They started their day by getting ready at their home together. He braided her hair as they got ready together under dogwood trees in their backyard. She pinned his boutonniere on his suit for him. They were both giddy and giggly. Afterwards we took a stroll around the house and they showed me all the charming corners of their property – an old stone bench overgrown with ivy, new plants in their garden, mini grove just beyond their azalea bushes. We took their pictures in each of those spots and I imagined how nice it would be for them to reminisce about their wedding day for many years that they will spend in their house.
The ceremony took place in their poolside gazebo. It was transformed through bride’s vision and abundance of flowers into a whimsical jewel-toned temple. Only immediate family members were there to witness the magic. Bride’s aunt played violin as bride and groom led each other to the altar. They exchanged vows and tied a chord around their wrists to seal their union. The newlyweds got to hug every single person in attendance after they were pronounced husband and wife.
Afterwards, we took a stroll in the woods just blocks away from their home, while father of the bride prepared a home cooked meal for their celebratory dinner.
Florals: Petals by the Shore
Photography: Maryland Elopement Photographer – 1001 Angles