Once upon a time...
When Katie contacted me and said that she and Ryan were thinking of eloping at an abandoned castle a few hours away and asked if I could be the one to photograph it, I got butterflies inside. Then, when she said I could be as artistic as I wanted to be, I may or may not have squealed in delight! Sometimes work is just work, and sometimes work is pure inspiration. This wedding was the definition of inspiring.
I really fell in love with this couple, right off the bat. They are so kind and considerate of one another. They are affectionate and not afraid to show their emotions. I've said it many times before, but small intimate weddings like this are my absolute favorite things to shoot. There is no pressure, no distractions. The focus is solely on the connection, it is all about their love story. And this was a beautiful love story.
To witness not just this lovely couple becoming one, but seeing their sweet girls officially become sisters, was a true honor. The fact that it all happened at a CASTLE, well, that was just the cherry on top of a delicious sundae.
*I do want to note that this location is private property and is posted and we had permission from the owners to be there. We actually got a little lost trying to find it. Then a couple of kind good samaritans helped us out by giving us an escort up the dirt road. I didn't get their names, but shout out to them. If you're reading this, you know who you are. (And I still owe you that $5) Lol
I also want to give a big thanks to my assistant Jamie Wheatley, who comes with me to nearly every wedding. She is never seen in any of my images, but does so much behind the scenes to keep me sane. Everything from fixing hair and wardrobe issues, to wrangling all the kiddos. It is all so appreciated!
With all that said, here is a sneak peek of Katie and Ryan's absolute fairytale of a day...
Bride & Groom Portraits.
...and they lived happily ever after.
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Destination Elopement | Niagara Falls, NY
I had only "met" Sarah online and spoken to her once on the phone.
The rest of our communications were via text messages.
She and her fiancé are from New Jersey and planned a destination elopement
with their son Brandon in Niagara Falls, NY.
I drove 2.5 hours and they drove 7+ hours.
None of us really knew the area.
.After a brief ceremony, we literally just walked around together,
photographing as we went.
It was all so spontaneous and lovely!
I'll tell you a secret, these small intimate weddings are my absolute favorite things!
There are no rules! I can get as close as I want for a shot.
There's no timeline or itinerary.
No paparazzi guests.
It always feels so genuine and romantic.
So if you're planning an elopement or simple backyard wedding,
give me a shout.
I'd be honored to capture it all.
Congrats Mr. & Mrs. and tiny Byron.
Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!