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.


I want to share these beautiful photos with Elope NC to recognize such amazing vendors that put in their time and efforts to make this styled shoot AND elopement a 100% success!

Photo by Kelly Parnell
Photo by Kelly Parnell
Photo by Kelly Parnell
Photo by Kelly Parnell

 Location: Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach, NC

Photographer: Kelly Parnell @kellyparnellphotog

Planner: Wedding Planning NC @weddingplanningnc

Florist: Verzaal’s Florist & Events @verzaalsflorist

Officiant: Happily Ever Elopements @happilyeverelopements

Hair & Makeup: Brittany Shearin Beauty @brittanyshearinbeauty

Baker: One Belle Bakery @onebellebakery

Attire: Thornbury Brides @thornburybrides

Rentals: Wedding Rentals NC @weddingrentalsnc

Stationer: Cape Fear Invitations @capefearinvitations

Airstream Photobooth: The Ponderosa Photo Booth @theponderosaphotobooth