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Eloping During Covid-19

Elopement during covid-19

We’ve compiled a list of ways you can make Eloping during Covid-19 a breeze! First, go ahead and throw out any expectations that your dream day can not happen because of the current state of the world right now. You can have an incredible, out of this world Wedding still while also keeping those around you safe!

Eloping during Covid-19 does not mean you two will run away to some hidden place where no friends or family will witness your special day. I mean, unless that’s what you want, because if that’s the case Adventure Elopements are a dream. I’ll help you plan it! With most states right now the rule of thumb is 50 guests or less. To some, that may push their comfort levels and to others they feel they are eliminating a huge portion of their guests. Whether you have 10 guests or 50, a way to include those guests who are not able to attend is Live Streaming! You are able to stream on Facebook Live and even save the video for yourselves after. We have also seen couples have a relative record via Zoom or call friends and family on FaceTime during the ceremony so that they are still able to take part in the event. Another way you can include guests is a drive by cocktail hour, this way friends can drive by and say congratulations or drop a card off!

Next, you’ll want to plan a spot to take formal photos! If the location you are getting married at is say a backyard of a friend or a random park, maybe there isn’t a ton of picture perfect options. Working with your Photographer you can create a timeline that will allow you to find a special place that’s private to the two of you. Jasmine and James, the couple in the photos here, planned their photos to take place in downtown St. Louis! This was a perfect choice for them as they live in the heart of St. Louis and it’s where their relationship blossomed. Eloping during Covid-19 and a Pandemic, taking photos of the current state of the city around them was extremely important to them. Jasmine and James are a true reflection of how love always wins.

Keep it clean! If you are Eloping during Covid-19 the number one goal is keeping everything sanitized and safe for you and guests. Disposable utensils, pre packaged drinks and a few sanitize stations around the event and you are ready to roll! Skipping buffet style dinner and pre plating is also a huge way you can reduce risk for guests. To top it off, you could even throw the utensils, some sanitizer and a mask into a bag and count that as your wedding favor. Easy, practical and guests will thank you for thinking of them!

Incredible Portland Flowers shown above are from: https://www.instagram.com/wildflower_portland/

Last, there’s the huge question of venues needing to shut down again. If your venue is mandated to shut down but you do not want to wait several months to tie the knot, you have options! Exploring into a huge open meadow for a ceremony, finding a cute Airbnb to host your friends and family or reserving a local lot at a State Park are all amazing options for a last minute Elopement location.

See another Elopement here!

Spring Airbnb Wedding in Arizona

Spring Wedding in Arizona

For their Spring Airbnb Wedding in Arizona – Amarah and Egan knew exactly what they wanted to bring their dream day to life. Amarah and Egan stumbled upon this gorgeous modern Airbnb in the heart of Anthem and knew immediately this was it! Decorated with modern fixtures, black accent walls and spacious enough for an entire bridal party to get ready in, this Airbnb was an all around dream!

The day began peacefully as Amarah wrote her vows surrounded by her bridesmaids. Amarah and her bridesmaids wore the most gorgeous silk robes that looked incredible against the bold accent wall in the girls room. In the guest house next door, Amarah’s son got ready with the boys before his first look with mama. It was so special being able to watch Egan get him ready and see the special bond the two of them share through the photographs!

Amarah shared a tearful first look with her bridesmaids before walking down the aisle. Laughter and happy tears were flowing as the bridesmaids embraced her offering last minute words of encouragement and love. Dried pampas tied into their arch, draped florals, minimalistic signage and white rose petals lining the aisles provided the most exquisite setting for Amarah and Egan’s Spring Airbnb Wedding in Arizona. 

Egan and Amarah shared hand written vows in front of guests during their ceremony. Circling behind their arch, we were able to capture some of their family and friends reactions to their sweet promises as well. Hand written vows are always so special to witness at weddings. A little tip if you are getting married and stressed about vows – write them the day of! Some will say that it is crazy to wait or that it’s bad because it is last minute, but several couples have actually told us they prefer to write their vows the morning of! Writing your vows the day of your wedding is actually much easier because you are so in the moment already that words come easier than they normally would. Another bonus, you get cute photos of you writing your vows too if you wait until the big day!

After the ceremony, Egan and Amarah took advantage of the many incredible locations provided at their Airbnb. A personal favorite was their rooftop balcony that looked out over their reception and guests. Egan and Amarah’s reception was something straight out of your dreams. Elegant, Minimalistic, Modern, this Spring Airbnb Wedding in Arizona has it all. Lit only by the hanging string lights, they shared an intimate dinner surrounded by friends and family before moving inside for the real party!

VENDORS:

Planner: https://www.instagram.com/yourhappyweddinghelper/

Florals: https://www.instagram.com/anna_day_designs/

Pampas: https://www.instagram.com/houseofpampas/

Wedding Dress: https://www.instagram.com/kleinfeldbridal/

Grooms Suit: https://www.instagram.com/magroclothing/

Groomsmen Suits: https://www.instagram.com/theblacktux/

Bridesmaid Dresses: https://www.instagram.com/showmeyourmumu/

Hair: https://www.instagram.com/emilyy_finn/

Makeup: https://www.instagram.com/makeupbyjsouth/

If you loved Egan and Amarah’s Spring Airbnb Wedding in Arizona, check out a Winter Wedding here!

Winter Wedding at The Paseo | B + A

paseo wedding ceremony

Alan and Brittany’s Winter Wedding at the Paseo was everything you could dream of. Something about saying “I do” in front of Arizona’s incredible Superstition Mountains just can’t be beat. If you are looking for a venue that can completely captivate guests while portraying Arizona’s beauty, The Paseo is the venue for you! 

As soon as Brittany unzipped the dress bags, jaws dropped. They had chosen the most incredible deep green for the bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen ties, it was the perfect choice for their Winter Wedding at the Paseo! The green complimented the minimalistic colors they had chosen and totally popped on the bridesmaids leaving everyone in awe!

When it came to decorating their Winter Wedding at the Paseo, Alan and Brittany kept it simple but elegant. Opting for a more modern feel, the couples welcome signs were a gorgeous matte black with gold calligraphy, abundances of white rose petals lined the aisles and they even had a blanket bucket out filled with warm thermals for guests who were chilly during the ceremony.

Brittany got dressed with her mother and sister before a tearful first look with her son followed by bridesmaids. We really loved that Alan’s mother came in to help Brittany too, even putting the lucky wedding penny in her shoe for her! The lucky wedding penny has been a wedding tradition in their family for many years, being able to witness this was so special! Alan spent the afternoon with his groomsmen getting ready before reading a private note from his soon to be bride just minutes before walking down the aisle.

Alan and Brittany’s ceremony was every bit as magical as you’d think. Happy tears and laughter radiated from guests during the couples personal vows. Brittany and Alan made sure to include Brittany’s son in their ceremony wherever possible, it was so important for them to incorporate him anywhere they could! Jax’s sweet face during the ceremony said it all, you could definitely tell that he was feeling the love and so happy for his parents. 

Live music, caramel apples, delicious appetizers and cocktails flowed during cocktail hour. Guests mingled by the Paseo’s warm fireplace as the sun set over the Superstition Mountains. The sun setting over the mountains is incredible in itself, but it was the perfect finish to cocktail hour before inviting guests inside. Behind the Paseo’s large barn doors is pure magic. Hanging greenery, floating candles, fresh florals and a custom neon sign tied together the details of Brittany and Alan’s Winter Wedding at The Paseo.

Upon entering, guests were offered a glass of champagne before being directed to their hand selected seats with the sweetest favors waiting for them. Brittany and Alan had chosen a wood engraved magnet with the Superstition Mountains to share with their guests as favors! Toasts from loved ones, an intimate first dance and a snow send off was the perfect finish to Brittany and Alan’s Winter Wedding at The Paseo.

Check out another Arizona wedding here!

VENDORS:

Venue: https://www.instagram.com/thepaseovenue/

Chandelier & Seating Chart: https://www.instagram.com/laceandabarn/

Rentals/Décor: https://www.instagram.com/materialgirlsweddings/

Floral: https://www.instagram.com/gardengateflowers/

Video: https://www.instagram.com/myeventfilm/

Caramel Apples for cocktail hour: https://www.instagram.com/yo.apples/

Live music for cocktail hour: https://www.instagram.com/jacobmorrisofficial/

DJ: https://www.instagram.com/amanijaeent/

Bridal Boutique: https://www.instagram.com/schaffersbridalaz/

Hair: https://www.instagram.com/taylor_lamb_hair/

Makeup: https://www.instagram.com/createdbeautyco/

Alterations: https://www.instagram.com/tailoredinwhite/

Bar: https://www.instagram.com/ontherocksbartenders/

Flagstaff Engagement Photos | A + T

woodsy engagement photos

Tianna and Alec are high school sweethearts that describe themselves as laid back and all about the fun things in life! When we asked what scenery they envisioned for their session they said they wanted greenery but also LOVED the industrial look, hence why they chose to get married at the Ice House in Spring 2021! Ultimately a location that had both was preferred and dang did these Flagstaff Engagement Photos deliver. 

In Flagstaff you don’t have too look too far to find an open meadow or stretch of pines. We chose this location behind the San Fransisco Peaks because along with having pines that stretch for miles it is also is home to the most incredible little church. Originally, another client of ours had been there and shown us but seeing this hidden gem in person was a whole new level of surreal. As soon as we stepped in, we knew it was the perfect spot to bring Tianna and Alec for their Flagstaff Engagement Photos!

The church appears small outside, almost as though you couldn’t actually walk through the wooden door, but as soon as you open it you are greeted with a large wide open a-frame church looking out to the pines. Tianna and Alec began their session inside of the church, Tianna showing off her black “Mrs.” jean jacket paired with a bolder outfit choice for the couple. The bolder outfit worked so well with the different look we wanted to achieve shooting at the church! 

We took a short hike up the road to grab some dreamy sunset photos in the woods before grabbing the best photo prop ever known – puppies! After some sweet puppy love we ended our session in the meadow. The golden light from the sunset illuminating the long dried grass stems created the most beautiful backdrop to finish Tianna and Alec’s Flagstaff Engagement Photos!

Check out another Flagstaff Engagement Session here!

Oak Creek Canyon Engagement Photos

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Eric and Lexi, both outdoor enthusiasts, wanted to incorporate natural elements into their session – making Oak Creek Canyon the perfect destination for their engagement photos. Oak Creek Canyon is a river gorge tucked in between the cities of Flagstaff and Sedona. Filled with gorgeous pines, flowing creeks and red rocks at every turn, this location is beautiful every season. These photos took place in early spring but you can truly visit the canyon during any season, it’s magical year round!

Eric and Lexi opted for a sunrise session for their photos. We chose sunrise to have the canyon to ourselves as it’s known to get busier later in the afternoon with hikers. The gorgeous light given at sunrise was an an added bonus! Only a few short minutes into the hike we stumbled upon an abandoned shack surrounded by a meadow of dry grass. We snapped a few photos in front of the shack to get a variety of looks for their gallery before moving to the opposite side of the trail for a more scenic feel. The endless stretch of engraved red rock was the perfect backdrop for Lexi and Eric’s Oak Creek Canyon Engagement Photos. 

A short hike back and we began our descend into the canyon. Oak Creek Canyon is actually often known as The Grand Canyon’s cousin, as it is comparable in beauty but much smaller. Hiking through the canyon could take an entire day. Lexi and Eric opted for a shorter trail that would give us as many scenic options as possible without taking hours to navigate! Hiking back, we observed the remnants of snow from the last storm of the season and icicles hanging from carved edges of red rock providing another stunning photo backdrop. Sedona truly has it all. The sun rose through the staggering pine trees creating the most breathtaking light to conclude Eric and Lexi’s Oak Creek Canyon Engagement Photos. 

We can not wait to capture Eric and Lexi’s gorgeous wedding next fall!

Check out another one of our Northern Arizona Engagement Sessions here!

Summer Wedding at Lot 8 San Diego

first kiss lot 8 wedding

Lot 8 is one of San Diego’s best kept hidden gems when it comes to wedding venues. What was once a simple parking lot now holds the perfect DIY space for couples to curate their own dream wedding! Filled with live succulents, lush greenery, palms overhead and an open ceiling to allow California’s warm sunset’s to illuminate events – Summer weddings at Lot 8 are truly magical. 

Gabe and Sandee chose Lot 8 for their summer wedding for various reasons. Having eloped privately before the big day, they really wanted something that was going to be spacious enough to include all of their closest friends and family while also providing enough room for customization so that Sandee could put her creative mind to work. Sandee did just that and the outcome was incredible! Personal touches like a traveling wagon bar, photo booth and dessert spread were added to tie in their upbeat personalities!

The morning of the wedding was nothing short of perfect. Drinks were flowing, laughter filled the room, happy tears and everything in between. Sandee had a tender first look with her daughter and mother followed by her bridesmaids while Gabe, his son and groomsmen did final touches in the suite next door. A little side note, Sandee and Gabe’s family blended officially that day! We loved seeing how they included their children in their wedding day individually and together. Ps, if you take a peek at one of those first photos of Gabe, that is actually a tattoo of Sandee sending him a love letter!

Though Gabe and Sandee did have a traditional wedding at Lot 8, it was important to them to have a private first look to themselves as well. They chose to do their first look in Balboa Park surrounded by expansive palms and the sound of ocean waves. Gabe’s reaction to Sandee tugged at heart strings all over. Even though they had eloped previously and Gabe had already seen Sandee in her wedding dress before, he was overcome with emotion and looked at her like it was the first time he had ever seen her. On a side note, we have been around Sandee and Gabe several times and I can attest that he always looks at her with this love and adoration.

Since Lot 8 is a smaller wedding venue, Gabe and Sandee decided to travel off the venue to Old Town San Diego to do bridal party photos. Old Town San Diego provides gorgeous historical sites, bright pops of color with different architecture and a charisma that can’t be beat making it the perfect fit for bridal party photos! 

A simplistic arch decorated with large bundles of dried pampas against a wall of live succulents created the dreamiest ceremony setting. Gabe and Sandee shared sweet words and their first kiss before being escorted back down the aisle by the cutest veil assistants ever! After a short cocktail hour of mingling, the bridal party was brought in with a “welcome shot” in front of the traveling wagon bar and their Summer Wedding at Lot 8 was ready to really begin! 

Venue: http://www.instagram.com/lot8sd

Photographer: www.instagram.com/charlottefrancisphoto

Dress: http://www.instagram.com/grace_loves_lace

Tux: http://www.instagram.com/friartux

If you enjoyed this Summer Wedding at Lot 8, check out another San Diego session here!

The Meadow at Schnepf Farms Wedding

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Tucked in between a forest of 35 year old pine trees hides one of Arizona’s most incredible wedding venues. When it comes to wedding destinations, The Meadow at Schnepf Farms checks every box on the list. While providing a secluded and quaint space for a more intimate celebration, The Meadow also has enough land to be a perfect fit for larger events as well making it truly the best of both worlds. To top it off, you do not have to drive 2+ hours to get here. You would never guess, but it’s actually located in the East Valley!

John and Hilary’s wedding day could only be described as something straight out of a fairytale. With a healthy mix of Coachella vibes and all things Boho-Chic sprinkled in to tie in the perfect combination of their personalities. The rooms included for couples when getting married in The Meadow at Schnepf Farms were a personal favorite. Combined with woodsy features, it is a whimsical experience for couples who truly want to feel as if they are saying “I do” in an enchanted forest off-grid. Hilary’s suite was a tiny cabin where she and her bridesmaids sipped on rose and laughed off nerves where John had a tent pitched for he and his groomsmen to enjoy the open meadow.

Have you ever heard the phrase that rain on your wedding day is lucky? John and Hilary might as well have struck gold on their wedding day because dang did it pour! The down pour cleared just as the bridal party lined up to begin their walk down the aisle and the sun shined down on Hilary as she walked to her future groom. See what I mean about this wedding being an actual fairy tale? Hand written vows, happy tears and plenty of beautiful dried pampas and pine cones to enhance The Meadow at Schnepf Farms scenery.

After the ceremony, the couple stepped away to enjoy a quiet moment alone before being embraced by their friends and family. The Meadow at Schnepf Farms reception set up was any Boho-Chic lovers dream. Long wood tables with greenery, long stemmed lit candles, gold accents, macrame seating charts and hand written on name cards on leaves were the perfect addition to the couples Pinterest worthy wedding. John and Hilary went above and beyond for guests even offering a fresh pasta bar and a photo bus for guests to have a keepsake from the wedding.

Flowing booze, delicious desserts and a solo performance from the groom himself – John and Hilary’s reception was anything but basic. Priceless and heartfelt toasts kept everyone cheerful until the DJ brought out some late 90’s beats and the party got started. Dress now ombré from the mud and all, John whisked Hilary away with a sparkler send off. It was the perfect finish to their Meadow wedding at Schnepf Farms.

Check out this post about Turning your Wedding to Elopement!

VENDORS

Venue : @weddingsatschnepffarms

Cake : @cccakesbybrandi

Make up & Hair : @seventhavebeauty

Photo booth : @cruisinphotobus

Torrey Pines Engagement Session | T + T

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As desert dwellers with a soft spot for all things travel, Tyler  + Taylor decided to make the trek to California for their Torrey Pines Engagement Session. Located in San Diego, Torrey Pines is one of the wildest stretches of land on the Southern California coast. With it’s vast landscapes at every turn this made for the perfect location for a destination engagement session!

We began shooting as the sun fell over the coast line after a short hike through Guy Fleming Trail. Guy Fleming Trail is one of the most popular trails in Torrey Pines with it’s lush greenery, rocky terrain and expansive overlook of the Pacific Ocean. As we arrived at our first stop on the trail, the sun vanished behind thick clouds and created the most magical overcast lighting with sun rays only just peaking through into view. 

Taylor, with her attention to detail and fabulous style, pieced together their outfits herself to truly tie in a color palette that would enhance the natural beauty of the reserve. Tyler + Taylor brought two outfits along for their Torrey Pines Engagement Session. One, a little more dressed up and the second a more casual option that is easier to move around in. An outfit change is a must during any engagement session because we are then able to capture two entirely different looks. This is an incredible way to get such a nice variety for a guestbook, prints, save the dates or a nice album!  A perk offered to wedding clients when you are booked with us is a digital outfit guide emailed directly to you so that there is no second guessing what the heck you should even wear to achieve those “goals” worthy photos.

After spending time at the top of Guy Fleming Trail, we made our way down to the beach, taking in the view from below the cliffs and listening to the sounds of the waves crashing against the rocks. Regardless of the weather being overcast, we were graced with the most breathtaking sunset. A favorite during part two of your engagement session is getting that movement going. The salty ocean water was a perfect prop to splash, kick and dance around getting rid those pre-session nerves! Snuggling on the beach alone, (you heard me right, we really did have that ENTIRE beach to ourselves at the end) was a perfect final touch to wrap up Tyler + Taylor’s Torrey Pines Engagement Session. 

If you are engaged and planning your dream wedding, check out our blog on trending wedding favor ideas here!