Inspiration Articles

A Spooky and Sparkly Barcade Christmas Elopement

A Spooky and Sparkly Barcade Christmas Elopement

When Sarah and Jake met for their first date, Sarah made sure to arrive early and to bring the one item she always brought on a first date – a book, The Poisoner’s Handbook. She nonchalantly placed it on the table without making mention of it, as she always did, to see how her date would react. It was her test, her way of knowing whether this person would take her as she is – in her full quirky, offbeat glory or whether it’d make them uncomfortable. 

Josiah and Lauren’s Intimate New Hill Wedding

Josiah and Lauren’s Intimate New Hill Wedding

Young, in love, and overjoyed are all great ways to describe Josiah and Lauren. They met young and in many ways grew up together (and are still growing up together). Josiah is in the military, and recently he and Lauren decided to have a small elopement a Monroe Camp and Retreat in New Hill! It was such a great place for them to have their intimate wedding with their close family and friends!

Intimate Christmas Wedding at Castle McCulloch

Intimate Christmas Wedding at Castle McCulloch

Pedro & Katie planned an incredibly romantic winter wedding for a week before Christmas, with an intimate guest list of 30. Although the couple didn’t select their date based on the holidays, it definitely educated their design choices. One thing we really enjoyed about their design aesthetic was that it gave the warm and welcoming Christmas/holiday atmosphere using crisp black linens with white overlays and a pop of metallic red with the charger plates, as well as incorporating evergreen and white berries into the floral design. This gave a festive feel without being over-the-top elves and candy canes.

Surprise Vow Renewal at a Disco Styled Shoot

Surprise Vow Renewal at a Disco Styled Shoot

Originally this was a styled shoot, but after meeting with the model couple Carrie & Justin, I discovered they had been married for 10 years but never actually had a wedding. So we turned the styled shoot into a surprise elopement for them! We even invited her children and close family to witness. Carrie and Justin were so thankful for this surprise, and you could see their love for one another in each and every photo taken.

Pampas Grass & Sea Glass @ Caswell Beach

Pampas Grass & Sea Glass @ Caswell Beach

When folks think about eloping on the beach, they picture gorgeous sunsets, a light breeze, and comfortable weather. Some days you get lucky and everything falls into place – but more often than not, you may be faced with high sun and burning sand, crazy winds that knock over decor and tangle hair, or the dreaded afternoon rainstorm. Beach elopements simplify so many details involved in big weddings, but there’s no controlling the weather, especially on the Carolina Coast.

Keeley & Daniel: A DIY, Vintage Elopement at Bridge Club in Raleigh

Keeley & Daniel: A DIY, Vintage Elopement at Bridge Club in Raleigh

After over a year of talking about COVID elopements, it almost feels cliché to do so: The couple postpone their big celebration but still commemorate their original wedding date. Their community can’t be there to witness and enjoy the moment, so they make it intimate, focus on themselves, their love and commitment. Whatever else it is, an elopement is unquestionably about the marriage—the coming together of hearts, speaking truths to one another, holding to one another despite the bleak, quasi-dystopian pandemicscape.