When preparing for this elopement, I was inspired by two styles:
1. Romantic, older grainy film photos of elopements and
2. Modern zero-fcks-given-let’s-go-to-Vegas-and-get-married-by-Elvis vibes.
We had a worldwide pandemic, a local ice storm and a last minute courthouse closure up against us but these 2 were getting married, no matter what! The date was set, the flowers were ordered and that's how Miranda and Alex got married at the Buncombe County Jail in February 2021. Miranda’s brother later described it as very rock ‘n’ roll when he found out the next option for them was to get married at the jail by the magistrate. I agreed and it was.
The day was fun, relaxed and super romantic. But let's back up first!
As locals, you have the option to get ready at home for the big day or rent a place to feel a little removed for your daily life. Miranda found the coolest cabin where they brought their pup, Rose, and enjoyed a week together as a mini honeymoon! Planning in the time of COVID creates a lot of barriers but you can always find a way to make an occasions special. I met up with them at the cabin in the afternoon before heading downtown.
Jewelry by The East Western
Flowers by Flora
Boots by FRYE
Crown by DECCOANGEL
Ring is vintage
Private vow exchange at the cabin.
After a whirlwind of an afternoon, Miranda and Alex wanted to have a private moment at their cabin to exchange vows. The air was getting chilly, the sun was setting quickly so a cozy fire kept them warm (and set the vibe).
During these moments, my goal is to disappear into the background so they can focus on each other. This means I skipped a flash and only used the fading sunlight. The vows were heartwarming and they had as much time as needed to share and be present.
May your elopement be uniquely you, unabashedly full of love and documented to revisit often.