When William and I got engaged, we talked about eloping (briefly). We weren't overly concerned with the wedding itself because we were just so happy to have found the person that we wanted to live life and grow old with. I was 31 and he was 36 when we got married, so by the time we tied the knot we'd both been in a lot of weddings and had attended even more. While eloping sounded like a fun idea, realistically we knew that we wanted to have a big party and celebrate with our friends and family. We were only engaged for 3 months before we got married, so I suppose that having a relatively short engagement was our way of eloping.

Here's a little photo journey of us for all you lovers of cheesiness :)

The real reason that I'm sharing our little love story, is that I've had the pleasure of providing flowers for lots of elopements lately and they have a special place in my heart. These couples have been so much fun to work with and I must say, the photos are some of the most spectacular that I have seen from 'wedding' days.

Its just a different vibe than a wedding day with lots of guests, planning and preparation - which I also obviously love! I suppose that I just adore celebrations of love in any form. Here are some favorite shots from this summer. We have so many special places  here in the mountains with amazing views to hold a small ceremony.

These are from an elopement at Craggy Gardens and the photos are by the talented Amelia Fletcher Photography

This Balsam Knob elopement was photographed by my amazingly talented friend Meghan Rolfe Photography. How beautiful and unique is the bride's dress?!

Meghan shoots for weddings, engagements, portraits, maternity and elopements. She also offers elopement packages for the ultimate one-stop-shop experience. She knows all the best places with those killer mountaintop (or waterfall) views. Check out Elope Outdoors for more details. 

This elopement took place at a scenic overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I just love the way the pink dahlias pop against the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

There are so many spectacular options for tying the knot here in Asheville. And the bottom line is that I just love being a very small part of helping people celebrate and declare their love. 

We know they’re right when they say we’re not ready
But all we care is how we feel right now
We’ll go ahead just the same
Prepare to take the blame
We’ll run away and get married anyhow
They warned us that we can’t live on love forever
But we just tell them we’ll get by somehow
Our problems will be greater
We’ll worry ‘bout them later
We’ll run away and get married anyhow
If other kids went through it
Then I know we can do it
If our love is that much stronger
It will last that much longer
— Beach Boys - We'll Run Away

xo Niki

 

 

 

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