"Let's just elope."

Thomas never heard such beautiful words come from his fiancée. Two years had been spent trying to plan the perfect wedding, accommodate family & friends' schedules, navigate a global pandemic, and spend, and spend, and spend. They had a weekend getaway planned in March, a quaint cabin in eastern Ohio lovingly called "The Triangle." With no TV, no WIFI, just a wood-burning stove, acoustic guitar, and sounds of nature, it suited the couples' nostalgic love for simplicity. Maya made the final call. "Let's just elope that weekend."

Maya contacted me with her plans, I of course jumped for joy and helped her find an officiant. She was busy trying to find the perfect dress. "Comfortable, vintage/boho, but still says "bridal" she told Michele, the owner of Get Dressed Formals in Leechburg, Pennsylvania. Then there she was. 70s style bell sleeves, sexy open back, lace detail and layers of curve-hugging fabric, it was the perfect mix of easy-to-wear and vintage grace.

bride puts on wedding dress
back of the bride's wedding dress, open back with beading
bridal portrait in a vintage boho wedding dress with long bell sleeves
bridal portrait holding a bouquet

"Look up!"

The cabin had an upstairs balcony as well as the downstairs main entrance, I saw this as the perfect "first look" opportunity. He didn't even know she was up there!

elopement couple pose on the deck of an a-frame cabin
elopement couple pose on the deck of an a-frame cabin

"I do, too."

The couple exchanged their handwritten vows, the tears flowed (mine), and the deed was done! Thomas packed ingredients for a rustic Italian dinner, and I'm told the newlyweds planned on a hike at nearby Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park the next morning.. but judging by the amount of wine flowing, I'm not gonna hold them to it.

detail shot of couple's vow books and wedding rings
bride reading her vows
groom reading his vows
groom placing wedding ring on bride's finger
bride placing wedding ring on groom's finger
wedding couple kissing after saying I do
sweetheart tablescape
groom laughing at candlelit dinner
married couple laughing over candlelit dinner
elopement flatlay
bride and groom's shoes

Special Thanks

Models: Veronique Frederick and Joshua Ashbaugh

Venue: The Triangle Cabin, West Farmington OH

Floral: Leechburg Floral Co.