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Quincy + Tyler’s elopement at Craggy Garden was one of those days where nothing went to plan. They had their heart set on mountain views for their ceremony, especially after driving all the way from Ohio to elope. We woke up to thick fog on the parkway, which obscured the scenery at our original location.

Then, we lost the officiant.

I’ve photographed many crazy elopement stories, but this took the cake. Even though we had caravanned and had emailed directions to everyone involved, the officiant never made it to Craggy. As most people know, the cell service is terrible on the parkway, so finding a lost car is not an easy feat. We all just laughed and chatted about how great this story would be weeks later. I was incredibly grateful for their flexibility and humor when so many things were out of our control. Even with a positive attitude, we all knew that they couldn’t get legally married without her.  My mind was racing of all the other ways we could get them hitched before the end of the day, including signing up online to be an officiant myself or running down to the courthouse later in the day.

Instead, we decided to hike and take a few photos, in hopes that the officiant would make it to the trail.

She never did.

We drove up and down the parkway looking for her, and we eventually had enough cell service to get a text through. After two hours, we finally connected at an overlook where the mountains peeked through the fog. It wasn’t the private location that they had envisioned, but for goodness sakes, they were going to freaking GET MARRIED! With cars honking and tourists cheering, Quincy + Tyler were able to say I do and officially tie the knot.

It was one of the craziest elopements I’ve ever been a part of, but it was truly one of the best stories.

 

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Lindsay and Brent hosted their wedding at her grandmother’s house, a very sentimental place to their families. All of their guests flew in from Florida to celebrate with them in front of her beautiful Victorian home that is housed on a large farm in Huntersville, NC. A few of my favorite memories:

// The officiant accidentally tried to give away Lindsay’s mom at the beginning of the ceremony instead of Lindsay! It had everyone laughing, especially when  Lindsay’s dad said, “She’s already taken.” :)

// Their spring day had the craziest weather forecast. One hour it would be sunny. The next, rain. As we were setting up for the ceremony, a huge cloud passed over and brought precipitation as Lindsay was walking down the aisle. It actually made the processional magical, as guests huddled together to stay dry with raindrops falling. Thankfully, the rain let up five minutes later, and everyone had relief under the canopy of trees.

// Lindsay and Brent did not have a bridal party, but their dog acted as the ring bearer. He loyally brought up the rings, but then he proceeded to sit in between them for most of the remainder of the ceremony. It was comical and adorable.

Thanks to Emma for helping me out! A couple of her images are in this batch.

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I’m so, so, so excited to see Abbie + Mark’s wedding on Green Wedding Shoes this morning! GWS is my favorite wedding blog because of the unique weddings and artists they feature. Abbie + Mark have crazy awesome style, but I loved most that their details were intentionally sentimental and reflected their families’ heritage + culture. I’ll eventually share a longer post about their day, but for now, check out the feature here.

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Alana and Elliott chose the Duke Mansion, one of most iconic and historic venues in Charlotte, to host their wedding. It was the perfect choice for their taste and style. I’ve loved getting to know these two throughout the past year (and even being their neighbor while we still lived in Charlotte!). I was so happy to finally have the opportunity to work with Katrina of Come Together Events. She made the day feel effortless and relaxed. I also want to thank Emma for helping me out. A few of her photos are scattered in this batch. A few of my favorite moments:

// There is always a lot of energy and champagne in the bridal suite. I loved that Alana took a quiet moment with just her mom to get into her dress and savor a few moments before she saw Elliott for their first look.

// I adore when my couples take the time to have a first look. Alana + Elliott’s was emotional and also full of excitement. We had so much time to explore the grounds and spend time with their bridal party. When she eventually walked down the aisle, they both shed tears, taking in another momentous part of their day.

// I’ve seen lots of choreographed first dances of the years…but never anything like this. There were lifts and spins and dips in their routine. Alana + Elliott should be on dancing with the stars. For real.

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  • Kiyah - The crispness in your images is unreal! What a beautiful day!!ReplyCancel