• Elizabeth Schwering

Lindsay + Nick: Elopement

I have been holding this little secret in for a few months now and am SO EXCITED that I can finally share these photos with you! Lindsay & Nick got MARRIED!! Their elopement day was an absolute dream and I'm STILL swooning over these photos.

A few months ago, Lindsay reached out about booking a session with me at a sunflower field with her boyfriend, Nick. A few days after getting their photos back, she reached out again and told me that they just got engaged and wanted me to capture their big day! With all of the craziness that 2020 has given us, they decided that they didn't want to plan a big traditional wedding day and wait another year or two to make it happen, so instead they decided to elope. During our first consultation over the phone, I asked Lindsay to describe her vision for the day and what she had planned. As she talked about all of her dreams, I got even more excited. Her dream day as a bride was my dream day as a photographer and I couldn't wait to capture it!!

Lindsay & Nick planned for an intimate morning ceremony with their immediate families. Before heading to the ceremony site, we set Nick up so that the two of them would be able to have a private first look moment. Once he was in place, I brought Lindsay out so that they could see one another for the first time. After taking a few moments to take one another in, we decided to bring their pups (Enzo & Atlas) out for a few photos as well!

After taking a few photos with the dogs, we headed out to explore the park with just Lindsay and Nick so that we could get more dreamy photos of the two of them together. These photos are just GORGEOUS and I love how the sunrise makes the trees light up with warmth. It was so clear to see how happy Nick & Lindsay both were and how excited they were to finally be getting married!

Are you swooning yet? Because I am! These two are too cute!! After finishing up with their couples portraits, it was time for the ceremony to start! This ceremony was so incredibly intimate and beautiful. Nick and Lindsay each read personal vows to one another and tears were absolutely shed. One of my favorite parts about this entire day was that this elopement was a SURPRISE to Nick's grandparents! They came in from out of town and were told it was because they had "family photos" scheduled for this day that they needed to be here for. Once they arrived at the park they found out that the actual reason they came was for their grandson's wedding!! Talk about the BEST surprise!

After the ceremony we took family photos (but those are for Lindsay & Nick to share!) and a few final detail shots of some of the sentimental items they used in their ceremony.

Even though our morning ended after the ceremony, their elopement day wasn't over yet. Lindsay and Nick took the day to celebrate getting married, have some food, and relax a little before meeting up with me again for more photos that night. When Lindsay mentioned that one of the most important parts of the day for her was getting gorgeous photos, I suggested planning to take more photos at sunset. I don't typically get to work with people who LOVE photos as much as I do, so I was over the moon when they agreed to take more that evening. We went back and forth on locations for a few weeks before I suggested one of my favorite little hidden gems. I sent photos of the place I had in mind to Lindsay and Nick for them to look through and they fell in love with it! That's how we ended up here . . .

This place was an absolute dreammmmm. It just goes to show that you will get INCREDIBLE photos if you truly do put all of your trust into your photographer! Lindsay and Nick trusted me from the very beginning and I think it played a huge role in how their photos came to be so awesome! They were up for absolutely anything I suggested since they knew that I had their best interests at heart. To celebrate the day we had, the NEW Mr. & Mrs. Post decided to pop a bottle of champagne!

Up until this point, our "sunset" session had been VERY cloudy. We actually hadn't seen the sun since that morning. Speaking of that morning, one thing that I haven't mentioned yet is the lock & key. During their ceremony, Lindsay and Nick locked a lock (similar to a lock you would put on a bridge) in a box to signify locking together their lives. When couples lock a similar lock on a bridge, they often throw the key into the water down below, but since Ault Park wasn't near the water, they just kept the key after the ceremony. Since our "sunset" portraits were in a beach-y area, they decided to take a moment and throw the key into the water together. Just as they were about to do this, the sun came out from behind the clouds and gave us a few gorgeous golden hour moments. It was incredible.

It was truly the perfect ending to the perfect day. Everything came together beautifully and was an absolute DREAM! I'm so glad that Lindsay and Nick are now married and I'm so thankful that they asked me to capture the milestone for them. Congratulations again, Mr. & Mrs. Post!!


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