A few weeks back, David and I had the pleasure of photographing Autumn and Lawrence's elopment. It was the first time we'd ever photographed one, and I loved every second of it. There was just something so special about it. Autumn invited her sister to come along to be their witness and hold their two sweet pups so they could watch their mom and dad say "I do." It was so intimate and I felt so honored to be there to witness such a deep and private expression of love.
They chose to hold the ceremony in Libby Hill Park with a gorgeous backdrop of the James River and Richmond skyline. Autumn looked STUNNING in her wedding gown, and you could just tell how blown away Lawrence was by the way he looked at her.
After they officially became husband and wife, we took a handful of portraits of the two of them and their fur babies. It was such a gorgeous spring afternoon, and the colorful bouquet that Autumn handmade herself added the perfect pop of color to every photo.
These are some of my very favorite photos, and I am now a huge fan of elopement photography! Congratulations to Autumn + Lawrence!
[ Be sure to scroll down to hear what inspired Autumn + Lawrence to elope ]
From the Bride: Lawrence and I have been together for almost 9 years. We had been engaged for almost two years. We had gone back and forth about whether to have a traditional wedding or a very small intimate wedding. Every time I sat down to plan it, it turned into a big involved, complicated process and I felt like the true meaning of marriage got lost and I would give up. Lawrence and I are not the traditional couple either. There is something stirring about the traditional wedding ceremony, the beautiful dress, the first dance, and smashing cake in one another’s face but I knew that just was not for Lawrence and I. I came home from a bridal shower and I asked Lawrence what he thought about the date 5/15/2015. He said “that’s cool why do you ask” and I said that’s the day we should get married. He said “you want to plan a whole wedding in three weeks” and I said “we will elope”.
We choose to keep it a secret from our families because we wanted it to be an intimate expression of our love for one another. Marriage is a special bond between the two people getting married and we wanted to keep it as simple as that. We didn’t not want our families there, it was just easier to do this and keep it the way we wanted versus trying to pick and choose between our family who could be there and who could not. I did ask my sister to come with us because I am very close to my sister and she agreed to hold onto Zoey and Remmy (our dogs) because they had to see their mommy and daddy get married. So I emailed you guys to make sure you had that date open because I knew I wanted you all to photograph it and having pictures of our special day was important to me and we planned on giving our parents pictures as gifts.
I found a minister online and he said he was free at 10 o’clock on the 15th. I bought a beautiful dress and Lawrence got a snazzy outfit the week of our wedding day. Everything was completely stress free. I made my bouquet the night before our wedding, which turned out more beautiful than I had imagined. We woke up on the morning of the 15th got ready then drove to Libby Hill Park to get married!
I chose Libby Hill Park because I grew up in Richmond and I wanted to get married somewhere historical but beautiful and what better place than Libby Hill Park with the James River running along side it and a back drop of Richmond.
Eloping is so romantic. I think people that elope are really, really in love because none of the other stuff that comes with traditional weddings matter. I love weddings don’t get me wrong but I think for us, this marriage is about the way love expresses itself in our OWN hearts, not about an impressive show for everyone else. Our wedding day was perfect! Oh and we told our families the next day which shocked them but they were all very excited for us!
For future couples: If elopement even crosses your mind, go for it! You will not regret it. But of course wear the pretty dress, have a bouquet (because a bouquet of flowers will make you feel like a bride), and get Jada and David to photograph it so you will have photos to remember that special day by forever.