Holy cow, where do I start? Last summer I found myself thinking about my business and where I wanted it to go. I wanted to give back to the community that I love, and knowing that I wanted to focus on elopements and intimate weddings, The Ultimate Elopement Giveaway was born.
We received SO MANY entries to this giveaway. Amazing couples that wanted to elope for both financial reasons and because they didn't want the "big show" of a larger traditional wedding. Couples that loved each other so much and shared their love stories with us. But there was one entry that left me feeling like they had taken a page out of my own hypothetical diary and delivered directly to my inbox, and that entry was for Erin and Nick.
Like, dang, girl. I shared this story with just about anyone who asked how the Giveaway was going. I told coworkers, creative friendors, my family... I read this entry over and over because I knew before we even got to the voting portion of the giveaway that this was the entry that would win. And it did.
Erin is one of those girls that has so much light within her, she can't hold it in. Always a smile on her face, quick to laugh at herself, and unashamedly excited about this journey we were embarking upon. Ever thankful, ever gracious. She trusted me completely and barely gave me any direction as to what she would want for their day. She said she trusted the amazing vendors in the giveaway and left it all up to us. DREAM CLIENT.
The date was set for March 19th. Nick's 30th birthday. We joked that Nick would be able to remember how many years they had been married as long as he remembered his age, and that Erin would actually remember his birthday (which she may or may not have mixed up with family and friends birthdays in the month of March).
Our trip to Spring Sweet to try on wedding gowns was probably one of my favorite evenings in recent history. Erin was giddy with excitement, her mother just as happy. We pawed through all the beautiful options, noting style and size because in this instance, we couldn't fall in love with a dress and have it ordered in her size only to have it arrive in 6 short months -- it needed to fit now. Spring Sweet's team (Alison --angel sent from heaven) made the experience easy and fun. We tried different shapes and styles until we found this set of separates in the Willowby collection by Watters that fit Erin perfectly! Pairing her gown with a petite brass head piece and long understated veil, this girl was ready to walk down the aisle.
The day came and the weather was perfect. Mid-40s and sunny. Though the ground was a bit squishy from the very recent thaw, nothing could wipe the smiles of the faces of everyone involved. It was wedding day! A picnic table was set with mini cheesecake cups, a tiny birthday cake, brassy bits, and some pine branches from around the park (along with the celebratory sparkling wine, of course). Eight mixed vintage chairs were set up just steps away for Erin and Nick's parents and grandparents to be seated at for the ceremony. We chose a spot right next to a creek and the soft babbling of the water left us with such a sweet ambiance. I could go on and on about how thrilled we all were with how everything turned out, but I think I'll just let the photos speak for themselves.
Hearts and flowers,
Planning/coordination: The Elopement Co. | floral design: Linnaea Floral & Event Design | photography: Alyssa McElheny Photography | wedding film: Sculpted Films | hair: Krystle Waivio Hair | makeup: Wonderfully Made Beauty | dress and bridal accessories: Spring Sweet | dress designer: Willowby by Watters | groom's suit: J.Crew | pocket square: Marbella Modern Boys Club | silk ribbon: Torn and Tied | dessert: Ginger Herman | Getting ready location: Lamb Bride | Ceremony venue: Warren Townsend Park