Bill and Megan had a beautiful, intimate elopement in the forest. They were so kind to share their story with us. Enjoy!
How did you meet?
What was your proposal like?
There was not an official proposal because we had been together for over 6 years and knew we eventually would get married. It was very organic and natural and we just started planning our elopement one day.
What was your favorite moment of the wedding day (if you had to pick just one)?
Saying our own vows to each other surrounded by nature with the sound of a stream in the background. We are obviously nature lovers! It was private, peaceful, and simply an amazing moment.
What was your favorite design detail?
Definitely the bouquet and boutonniere. Megan did not want a traditional style bouquet and likes wild flowers a lot more. That’s more her style. Sarah, from Allium, was able to create something really beautiful that made the botanist happy! I liked my boutonniere because it felt like my style and had mint in it. Did I mention I love mint?
What was going through your mind when you saw your significant other for the first time that day?
Everything else in our minds stopped and we could only see and think about each other and how amazing of a day it was going to be.
What moment was most important for you to have captured by the photographer?
There wasn’t so much of a singular moment to be captured but the sense of who WE are in environments that really speak to us. Capturing our connection and how we interact with each other.
What was most helpful in the planning process?
The fact that I’m a wedding photographer myself allowed us to plan pretty quickly and easily. If I had no experience with weddings I know it would have been a very different story. We knew what vendors we wanted to work with and narrowed down a photographer pretty quickly. Planning a wedding usually becomes it’s own full time job so it was nice to have that experience during the planning.
What was most helpful on the day of the wedding?
Megan and I kept it simple and there really wasn’t any pressure on either one of us. I think that was the most helpful.
What was something unique that you did?
We had our elopement in the middle of the woods away from everything. We had a spot near a stream and could hear the stream flowing during our ceremony. Our reception was at a log cabin with a fireplace and an outdoor hot tub. It was really relaxing and peaceful.
What made you laugh? Did you have an unforgettable funny moment?
A lot of things make us laugh and we just often have that kind of energy around one another. Our elopement was very laid back for us. We played “our song”, the Proclaimers “I Would Walk 500 Miles” and quickly started to bust out some dance moves in the middle of the woods. That’s a very fast way to get us both laughing! Megan has some nice moves but I certainly can’t say the same thing for myself. I, however, make up for it with enthusiasm 😉
What surprised you?
Having such a small elopement, I can’t say that anything really surprised us during our ceremony and portrait session. Afterwards we went to our “reception” (aka a cabin in the woods) and saw a bear just a few feet from the cabin. Megan is very much an animal lover and was excited to see it! She wanted to give it a hug but I mentioned that it might not be a good idea.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? I am sure it was nice to relax after all your planning!
A log cabin in the woods. It was especially nice to relax in front of the fire and enjoy the hot tub.
What advice would you give to couples who are currently in the planning process?
Although we didn’t have to spend too much time for our elopement, most couples are not aware of how much time it can really take to plan a wedding. Again, I had the advantage because I’m a wedding photographer but most people do not have that perspective. The one piece of advice I would give is TIME. Give yourself more time than you think you would ever need. Some vendors/venues book up well in advance so I would recommend that you start planning more than a year out and 2 years would be even better, especially if you are having a fall wedding at a popular venue. They can book up years in advance! Also talk to all of your friends/family/coworkers that have been married and ask them about their wedding planning experience.