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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Elopement

Shana and her fiance were madly in love but didn't want a giant wedding. So they decided to elope to North Carolina...
They brought along a wreath and fresh flowers.
They said their vows in a teeny chapboard church.
Their witnesses were Bobbi and Elbert from Mississippi. "We found them in the campsite restrooms where we got dressed," says Shana. "They LOVED getting to sit in the back row as we were married."
Wishing them a happily ever after. Isn't that romantic? See more on Frolic.

(Photos by Honour Mann of HH Fine Arts. Via Frolic)

78 comments:

cocopuff1212 said...

This brought tears to my eyes. Simple, yet beautiful. Simply beautiful.

shaunna said...

this made me smile. no fuss, just love-

Jessie Leigh said...

I now want to fall madly in love for no reason other than so I can do exactly this.

chelsea said...

I love that they still had a few pretty details, the perfect setting and a fantastic photographer- but they didn't let any of those details get in the way of the real meaning. It's just smashingly perfect and I love the way you wrote up the post.

Kimberly Julie said...

I love the simplicity of this. It's not about the flowers or the guest list or the caterer or the aisle runner... 100% love. Absolutely wonderful.

Dionne said...

I like the simplicity of it, but then again, I love a big party too. I know that if we eloped for our wedding, my husbo and I would be in a LOT of trouble, hehehehe.

Angeles Almuna Design said...

The last picture is so lovely and a lot of love!!!! :)

Jasmine said...

i LOVE the idea of eloping.

and having an older, married couple (who you don't know) be the only witnesses to your wedding is so darn romantic.

Ace said...

Oh that's beautiful, it really makes you reconsider the whole big production. I would love to elope, but I think my mother would hunt me down and kill me.

C said...

Sigh, the simplist smallest weddings can be the most intimate and romantic...no bridezilla issues, just the sincerest declaration of their love. Gorgeous.

leni said...

so sweet and cute!

hippie soul said...

THIS is exactly how I would want to get married... Wonderful.

The Lil Bee said...

Could they be any cuter?! The witnesses are the best part...imagine the story they got to tell when they went home!

ana said...

Oh my god! how romantic! It make me smile...

Jeremy and Kathleen said...

This is so sweet and how I envisioned Jeremy and I getting married. I'm still happy with the way we did it, though. When are you going to reveal you and Alex eloped to Paris?! ;) Or when are you going to post about Paris at all!?

Joanna Goddard said...

ha, i know!!! i have to post about paris. it feels overwhelming to choose photos...but i will soon!!! :)

Melissa said...

Those are beautiful photographs! It makes me want to re-think having a big wedding someday. :)

Michelle "Lady Bug" said...

Very romantic! So beautiful and yet so simple.

rachel said...

Whooooa!!! I love Bobbi and Elbert from Mississippi.

cassi rash said...

I love the pictures! So sweet!

paula said...

I originally wanted to elope, but my husband did not so we had a huge wedding. In the end I loved it, but these images make me dream "what if?".

sending postcards said...

this is perfect! i love this little story.

Alex said...

But then you'd miss the fun part--the planning:)

TheBeautyFile said...

They are an adorable couple & I love all of their photos! The first one is especially beautiful.

betsy and iya said...

Okay, I'm seriously jealous of that precious couple right now...so beautiful and simple--seems full of love.

(W and I just wrote out our no holds barred guest list and it was over 3 HUNDRED AND FIFTY...WHAT!?!! not really sure how we're gonna whittle THAT one down. but we're definitely going to need folks for our "rehearsal dinner" talent show, the night before. I wouldn't be able to give that one up!)

-betsy

Jillian said...

That is LOVELY! Makes me want to elope. :)

anna said...
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anna said...

Now I want to elope. My parents did and it really is tempting.

Kate Arends said...

I JUST got back from looking at the reception all for 275 guests... and this just made me want to throw it all away and honor what our wedding is really about. If only our parents felt the same way... they want everyone to be there to witness it. Which I love too.

Has anyone had a simple ceremony before the reception? I really want to keep things as intimate for my fiance and I as I can when we say our vows.

Gina @ A bit of whimsy! said...

reminds me of my own wedding. simple and beautiful.

a acorn said...

ok, but if they eloped, who was taking the pictures?

copperoranges said...

i wonder too - who photographed the wedding?

Toni said...

Love that first one! Sweet! The last one is really nice. They should recreate that one in 10, 25 or 50 years!

Lori Plyler said...

Absolutely perfect.

Anonymous said...

So lovely. But I would want my family to be there.

iheartkiwi said...

i wish i was gutsy enough to elope! i worry too much that i would regret not having all my loved ones there on the big day... sigh. the photos are so so sweet.

jlc said...

Andddd now I'm crying.... wow I'm weak.

Or just absolutely swept off my feet by these!

{The Perfect Palette} said...

how romantic!! such a cute story :)

Jessica Dotter said...
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Katie said...

Gasp...I know exactly where that wedding took place! Cataloochee Valley in Haywood County, NC. It is a magical place indeed. They chose well -- it's a pretty remote area. It's part of The Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and you have to drive and drive and drive through mountainous windy little gravel roads to get to this absolutely stunning vista. There are several historic homes and buildings there, and they look exactly like they looked the day they moved all of their belongings out in 1934 when the park service came and took the land. Old newspapers peeling from the ceiling, bead board everywhere. Elk were brought in to roam the area freely, and they are plentiful, very active, and amazing to watch.

What a perfect place to elope!

Emjie said...

That is truly romantic. Like hearing of weddings with a difference.

simplesong said...

so simple + sweet. perfect.

Jen said...

That is incredibly sweet!

Rachel Follett said...

I thought my wedding was small! This is so romantic and it's exactly what they wanted which is the most important part! Thanks for sharing.

Anne said...

However much I loved my own wedding, I would have loved this too! I'm thinking of a 'renewing our vows-elopement'! :)

Clarity said...

very sweet and simple

Amanda said...

*Sigh*

The Cottage Cheese said...

This is my dream wedding! It is so special and so romantic. I absolutely love that they met their witnesses in the campsite bathroom, it's just so spontaneous! My boy and I wanted to elope, but our Moms would never forgive us.

Kristin said...

that is just sweet as can be. puts a big smile on my face... especially Bobbi and Elbert. ;)

Honour Mann said...

I loved photographing this couple...any one interested please contact me!

www.hhfinearts.com

sarah said...

this is cute :)

Lisa said...

Had to go see the rest of the photos - almost made me cry, such beautiful pics and so simple. Would definetely do this.

Kristin said...

Nothing but love. Love it!

{lovely little things} said...

I love stories like this, somethings I think it would be easier, no muss, no fuss

Vintage Rose Clothing said...

Aww... how romantic! Tis the season to get married... I wonder if my bf is getting the hints! haha... <3

Courtney said...

This is so incredibly sweet, and I love their witnesses! How cute.

Ash Fox said...

those photos are gorgeous. i prefer small unpretentious weddings. great blog!
x
www.tittees.blogspot.com

Meream said...

I am so doing this. Will try to convince the boyfriend tonight. Haha.

coco+kelley said...

this is seriously my dream come true. except i'd have to have just my very few closets friends there. like 15 people. if i could do it in north carolina i think it'd be even more perfect!

patricia said...

I love the idea and how romantic it is but boy would we have gotten in trouble if we'd done that! :)

sushipie said...

ultimate romance. i want to elope but have not yet convinced my fiance.

xoxo,

sp

Kelly said...

I almost yelled out loud, I loved this so much! My fiance and I are seriously thinking about just getting married in our pastor's office with only our parents, brothers, and two of our best friends present. This wedding really shows what it's all about. :)

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I'm crying now. How sweet...

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