Isabel + Andres emailed me two weeks before they were planning to elope. When we chatted more, they told me that they liked to plan spontaneous trips similar to this…hopping in the car and driving without a plan. Asheville was a meaningful place to their relationship, and they knew they didn’t want to have a traditional wedding.  Isabel told me they were open to an adventure; they just wanted to make sure their dog could attend :)

They eloped in the woods at Black Balsam, and then we climbed the first bald with their sweet pup leading the way. These photos don’t show how cold it was on this day. It was sunny, yes, but the windchill must have been in the low-40s. I think a muddy hike in a red dress is always worth it, especially if you have a great story to tell and beautiful photos to show for it in the end.

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The leaves that clung on the the branches after the heavy October rains revealed beautiful bits of color on Laura + Wyatt’s day. It was a small wedding, with each person chosen intentionally to be a part of their DIY celebration at Lake Eden Events. A few of my favorite moments:

// Watching Laura and her dad laugh while walking down the aisle. It was such a joyful moment.

// Laura + Wyatt chose to wash each other’s feet as a beautiful symbol of serving each other in their marriage. Brendan and I did the same ceremony for our wedding, and it was a wonderful reminder of that promise we made.

// Even with their small guest list, they had a rocking dance party. I loved that everyone stayed until the very end to sing and dance with Laura + Wyatt. Afterward, they cuddled by a campfire and ate s’mores.

Special thanks to Ashley for helping me out! The photo of the ceremony set-up is hers :)

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