During the 2022 Green Elopement Challenge at Old Lystra Inn in Chapel Hill, NC, Green Wedding Guild and ElopeNC members collaborated to create elopement inspiration with a focus on sustainable practices and personalized details. Green Wedding Guild Co-Founder Maria Karagiannis of KaraMia Events partnered with ElopeNC photographer MKM Photography to create a glamorous vintage Hollywood-inspired design with a touch of springtime strawberries, along with some of Maria’s favorite vendor friends. Learn more about this Hollywood love story.
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A black-tie wedding is considered a classic evening event with a formal dress count, and oftentimes, it comes at a high financial cost. Wedding prices increase quickly based on your guest count, especially when it comes to providing food and drink for guests. If you love the elegance and attire of a black-tie wedding but don’t have the budget to go all out, an intimate guest count may be the perfect balance to create the right aesthetic for your special day.
Our goal with this Vintage Black Tie & Pearl styled shoot was to show that elopements can be any formality, and this cocktail-style black-tie experience is a great way to get fancy without feeding steak to 100+ guests. The ceremony and cocktail reception were set in an upscale garden setting, with black and white details accented by pearls and gold for a simple, elegant look. Along with a sweetheart table, cocktail tables, and a dance floor, traditional details such as a cake cutting and first dance were included.
A perfect wedding is a day when you commit your life to your partner while feeling like the best and most perfect version of yourself, surrounded by people who make you happy, in a setting that feels comfortable, with decor that reflects your relationship. It was with this experience in mind that we designed this intimate Magical Vineyard Vow Renewal at Davesté Vineyards for a couple who is shy but loves to get dressed up. All details focus on white, silver, gold, champagne, and crystal to let the beauty of the greenery and vines pop, and to bring in the couple’s love of magic, subtle gold Harry Potter details were included.
This simple yet stylish elopement at the beautiful Goldsboro Courthouse in North Carolina is great inspiration if you’re thinking of going to the courthouse in the city! The short dress gives me Las Vegas runaway to the chapel vibes while the veil is that perfect “bridal” addition! The green bouquet is unique, original, and great on a budget.
This styled elopement, photographed by Cirque91 Photography, was designed by The Gathering Co, a wedding planner based in North Carolina and known to travel everywhere. Above all else, they pride themselves on intentionality! They want the events they’re involved in to be an experience that reflects the passion of all parties involved.
ElopeNC & Green Wedding Guild love co-sponsoring the annual Green Elopements Challenge because it’s incredible to see how different vendors can infuse a design with their brand styles, ideal clients’ vibes, and eco-conscious wedding details. Two Hearts, One Song: A Musical Elopement was filled with vibrant, warm colors and incorporated vintage details with a love of music and Asian cuisine.
ElopeNC and Green Wedding Guild partnered to sponsor a Green Elopements styled shoot challenge in April 2022, and each team of vendors put their heads together to create a design full of inspiration for couples wanting an intimate wedding.
“I worked with an amazing team to put together our Red Rose Romance Elopement,” Brenda of Con Amor by Sucetty said. “I helped plan & coordinate the event, ensuring we have a cohesive experience for our couple while always staying true to everyone’s talent. I particularly really enjoyed the opportunity of bringing in some fairly new (to the industry) vendors to work on this with me. It was just awesome seeing it all come together, and everyone’s joy in learning together and building our community.”
Vibrant colors, non-traditional attire, and an eclectic reception table were seamlessly combined for this Whimsical Tea Party Elopement designed by Eva of Emily Katherine Events, along with Brennan of Cirque91 Photography.
There’s something exciting about exploring a city, whether it’s a first visit or a stroll down memory lane. Every corner contains something new to discover, the bustle in the streets infuses passersby with a communal energy, and the shared experience with your forever person creates a memory that won’t soon be forgotten. If you immediately flashed back to a wonderful trip you took or can’t wait to plan your next city excursion, this Spring City-Walk Elopement in Downtown Asheville is for you.
For our shoot, Vibrant Modern Spring at The Maxwell, Jillian and I wanted to create something that would represent us while working with vendors who had our same values. We also wanted to try and encourage brides to go bold with their colors while still staying traditional. We knew we wanted a real couple and were lucky enough to find Nick & Chrissy who currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.