Elope Outdoors has come to hold such as special place in my heart.  More and more couples are turning to personal and intimate celebrations of marriage through elopement. They wish to have a more simple joining of their lives shared with just those closest to them in the beautiful setting of nature.  The Asheville area affords so many wonderful locations with breathtaking scenery. I am happy to match couples with exactly what they need to have their special day.

Congratulations Sarah and Nicholas

This ceremony between Sarah and Nicholas took place on the romantic Max Patch Mountain, near Hot Springs, North Carolina off the Appalachian Trail.  The top of this mountain is a large pasture. This idyllic location affords breathtaking 360-degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains with the Smoky Mountains in the background.  Dotted with beautiful wildflowers, I couldn’t think of a more perfect spot for an elopement!

Amy is my Associate Photographer I have on staff.  I have loved working with her for the past year.  I’m blessed that the two of us share a very similar photography style. So at times, she will photograph a wedding and I will do the editing work so all photos will retain a similar final feel and aesthetic for our clients.  Sarah and Nick shared they felt Amy was awesome to work with, and they were so happy with the photos she provided of their ceremony.  Nick served as the officiant for this event.

Thank you to Sarah and Nicholas for allowing us to be part of your beautiful and sweet end-of-summer mountain elopement, and we wish you all the best on your new life together!  

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 I adore capturing Max Patch Elopement Photography. Just look at the love shared by these two! What an honor it was to witness their elopement.

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting Caitlin and Thomas for their elopement wedding! Originally from the Richmond, Virginia area, this couple fell in love with Olivette, an adorable space on the French Broad River. As soon as they set foot on the property, they felt a connection to this quiet land and community.  They knew it was a beautiful destination for their celebration of marriage. As you can see, they were right! Luckily for us, they offer a weekday special for elopements. We were able to capture some truly stunning Asheville elopement photography at Olivette.

Celebrating Caitlin and Thomas’ Love

It’s not always an easy decision for a couple to choose elopement over a traditional wedding. Caitlin and Thomas knew they wanted to celebrate their relationship in a simplistic and minimalistic fashion. They both have a deep love for the outdoors and felt a package through Elope Outdoors was a perfect fit for them.  They chose a simple package with classic photography, and the services of our officiant, Nick.

We found a scenic spot near a river bank, and I knew we had to stop and capture some portraits. It was lined with gorgeously tall trees which allowed the golden light to filter through…casting super dreamy rays on their elopement session.  I spent a few moments photographing both Caitlin and Thomas individually, then captured their first look before the ceremony began. You can feel Caitlin’s excitement as she approaches Thomas. So sweet! Nick was wonderful and helped the couple personalize their ceremony. I can truly tell it was so meaningful to them. I especially love the couples’ portraits along the waterfront and on the rustic bridge.  Such a classically elegant day!

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I am so proud of Elope Outdoors. It’s a passion project I run alongside of my photography business.  Capturing these elopement sessions allow me to do more of what I love most, which is documenting the intimacy and connection of couples at their time of marriage. It brings me such happiness to know they will forever have a collection of memories of their special day that will last a lifetime.

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Capturing Asheville Elopement Photography at Olivette for couples just like Caitlin and Thomas makes my heart so incredibly happy!

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As a photographer for Elope Outdoors, I love incorporating beautiful bouquets and flowers into our elopements!  Elope Outdoors is a photo focused elopement package business, and flowers are a key part of creating gorgeous images!

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I offer flowers as an add-on to your elopement package.  A simple bouquet & boutonniere is included in Collection 3, if you choose to go with that one!  I work with Niki at Flourish Flower Farm as our exclusive flower vendor, and her flowers and designs never disappoint!

We offer a variety of options for your elopement flower add-ons.  For a bouquet & boutonniere, we have 3 choices ranging from $150-$250.  We have the Simple for $150, the Classic for $200 & the Premium for $250.  The simple will always be flowers from the farm, where Niki will design the bouquet & boutonniere to match your color preference and style.  This is available from April 1-November 1.  Premium flowers will include flowers that may need to be ordered if they are out of season or if you have something you must have that isn’t growing at the farm.  Just let me know what you’re looking for and I can give you more specifics based on your preferences and time of year.

We also offer flower crowns and flower combs, both beautiful choices for your hair!  Niki adores flower combs, and me, I can’t decide which I like better!  I think if you have a simpler bouquet a flower crown is nice, and if you have a more lavish bouquet a flower comb would compliment nicely.  But really, any combination is going to be stunning!

Niki also design flower arches for your elopement ceremony.  These start at $500 and go up depending on size and flower choice.  If you are eloping and saving lots of money by not spending on venues, food and beverage, table decor, etc, this would be well-worth the cost for some amazing photos from your elopement day!

I just love flowers and find them so inspiring to photograph. I value them as a very important piece to the wedding day!  If you love flowers, too, I highly recommend adding them on through me at Elope Outdoors.

“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow”  ~ John Lennon

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Elope to Asheville

Becca & Chris eloped with us at Elope Outdoors this summer at Max Patch mountain near Hot Springs, NC.

We asked them some questions about their elopement and they gave some advice to share as well!  Please read on for a full interview!

Elope to Asheville

Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day?

A: We had trouble deciding what to do for our wedding. We wanted to get married on a mountain, preferably near Asheville, North Carolina, one of our favorite places. We also knew that it wouldn’t be feasible for all of our relatives and friends to travel and hike up a mountain to be with us, We wanted them to be involved in some way, so we decided to get married with just our immediate families on the mountain and return to St. Louis to have a big reception with everyone the next weekend. We had spent an afternoon relaxing on Max Patch on the last day of one of our first trips together as a couple, and had fallen in love, so we thought it would be the perfect place. Our ceremony drew off of the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Our custom ceremony drew more off of spirituality than religion and included readings incorporating nature and having a spirit of adventure in our marriage, both things that are very important to us. These themes rose really organically out of the surrounding environment, but they were perfect for the setting of 360 degree mountain views and one of the nation’s most famous backpacking trails close by. We also chose to take part in a hand fasting ceremony to symbolize our being bound to each other from that day forward.

Elope to Asheville
Elope to Asheville

Q: Was any part of the decor DIY?  Tell us about your location choice and some DIY aspects of the day!

A: We chose to have the ceremony around the time of sunset so that the scene would have a golden quality to it. Since the ceremony was outdoors in a national forest, the only decorations were those that we brought with us, which was perfect- no decorations could ever compete with the beauty of the mountains surrounding Max Patch. Our families were almost speechless, having never been there before. We did bring our rings in a moss terrarium. The theme for our reception in St. Louis was lush greenery and moss, so some aspects were shared between the two events.

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Q: Did you personalize the day in any way ? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

A: After we took our vows, we just took in the landscape with our families and spent time together, watching the sunset. We did bring some sparkling wine and Fuzzy’s tacos to enjoy after our vows were complete. Our wedding was like a dream come true. It came after a really difficult and stressful year for me, and was kind of the light at the end of the tunnel that I was counting down to, so when it was finally real, with us standing in one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been, committing to spending the rest of our lives together, it was unreal

Elope to Asheville
Elope to Asheville

Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

A: We met while working together at a craft brewery in St. Louis. We were good friends for a long time before we started dating- we would always high five each other as we passed while serving our tables on the restaurant side of the business, and he was the first person that I would seek out to tell about my day. Around the time that we started our relationship, Chris got a job on the bottling line of the brewery, so we didn’t see each other as much. We started hanging out outside of work and never really stopped; we never stopped missing each other when we were apart, even if it was only for a short time. I have a deep love of nature and a strong desire to explore as much of the protected lands in this world as possible, so Chris knew that he would propose outside somewhere beautiful. He planned to ask me to marry him on an epic roadtrip that we took, making a large loop through Colorado and New Mexico with lots of camping and hiking. Poor Chris, though—nature wasn’t always cooperative, and he got thwarted twice on nights he planned to propose! We had planned on spending a night in White Sands National Monument, a place of otherworldly beauty that I had been wanting to see for years. He had planned on proposing there, under the starry sky, but after looking over weather forecasts, we decided that we were not prepared to backpack in to the campsite with the very hot temperatures that the planned evening would bring. Instead, we spent part of a day exploring the dunes.  Later, we ended up camping in Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in a campground nestled into the mountains with sweeping views for miles and miles. The setting sun was dramatically beautiful behind the mountains as we were finishing setting up camp, and Chris says he planned to propose there underneath the mountains. Instead, a massive storm suddenly rolled in with high winds that forced us to scramble for our supplies and ended up damaging our tent. Chris finally got his chance later in the trip, when we camped in Santa Fe National Forest. I had read that there was a pretty big waterfall that was very near our campsite, and Chris agreed to walk down to see it with me. I should have known that something was up, because he was wearing flip flops, and the path turned out to be steep and gravelly—not suitable for his shoes. Still, he kept urging me on, saying he was fine. Once we arrived at Jemez Falls, Chris got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Exactly one year later, we got married at Max Patch.

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Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.

A: I chose a somewhat casual, free-spirited look for the ceremony. It gave me a chance to choose something that was really “me” and still have a formal look for the reception. I did all of my dress shopping on Etsy and fell in love with vintage and handmade dresses. I ended up choosing a handmade crochet viscose dress with crochet flower details on the bust, which was made by user CrochetDressTalita. It had straps that crossed over the open back and wrapped around the waist to tie in back. I wore keen hiking sandals for my shoes, since we would be walking up a steep path to the top of Max Patch and because I love hiking. When I got chilly in the mountain air, I wore a blue-gray wool shawl. My hair was another favorite part of my wedding look. It was wrapped in a crown around my head with a large and small braid, and the rest of my hair was curled but left long and loose. It was really special to me that it was so long: In my early 20s, I lost a lot of my hair after having to take a harsh medicine to deal with a digestive problem, and I decided to have it buzzed off and start over. When Chris and I got together, I was still in the process of growing out my hair, and after it seemed like we might be together for the long haul, I decided that I would not get more than a trim cut off of it until our wedding day. I love how pretty my long hair looked and how it complemented my dress, but it also made me grateful for the health and strength that I currently have. Chris opted for a more traditional, though somewhat casual, look. He chose a slim-fitted suit with suspenders and did not wear a tie for the ceremony. He trimmed his long beard and had his hair cut, as well. He did wear hiking sandals to match mine.

Elope to Asheville
Elope to Asheville
Elope to Asheville

Q: What were the florals like in your wedding?

A: The flowers in our wedding were really simple.  I had a flower crown nestled into my braid crown, which was made by Etsy shop . My maid of honor, Julie, had a matching hair pin from the same shop. My bouquet of flowers was one of my favorite parts of the wedding–it was not extravagant, but it had such a variety of colors and types of flowers. I bought it earlier in the day from a stall at the River Arts District farmer’s market in Asheville.

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Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A: Chris says seeing me for the first time in my dress after being apart for most of the day was the most anticipated part of the day for him.  For me, I think the most special moment was being there on the mountain together, surrounded by so much beauty.  Also, saying my vows, which I wrote myself and poured my heart and soul into, and hearing Chris’s in return, was the most powerful part of the evening.  Although we wrote our own vows, they ended up having similar themes.

Elope to Asheville
Elope to Asheville

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

A: Firstly, don’t be afraid to make your wedding individual to you.  Making our wedding such an expression of who we are as people ended up making it more of a powerful ceremony to us.  Also, this does not have to break the bank! Secondly, I will pass along the advice of a family friend who helped tremendously in the wedding planning process- some things are not going to go the way you hope, because that’s how life works, and a wedding can be a massive undertaking with many elements.  Go with the flow.  When all is said and done, you will hardly remember the things that might have stressed you out leading up to the day or at the wedding.  Also, once you get to the big day, stop stressing and stop planning.  You have done it all already, and everything is going to unfold as it will.  Enjoy every moment, because it will be over before you know it.Lastly, above all else, what really matters is the two of you.  Steal moments alone with each other, even though you will be surrounded by family and friends.  Support each other through any stress.  And once it is all over, take a long, deep, calm breath and relax into married life.

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Meredith & Ned decided to come to Asheville, NC to elope on a mountaintop.  They found Elope Outdoors and thought we were the perfect fit for their simple, intimate mountain wedding!

We met and hiked Balsam Knob for the perfect ceremony location. Our officiant, Nick, performed a beautiful, yet simple ceremony on the large rock with sweeping mountain views.  It was short and sweet, Meredith & Ned didn’t even exchange rings.

I love Meredith’s boho style with her magenta flowery dress and large pink flowery bouquet from Flourish flower farm. We partner with Flourish to provide brides with gorgeous local bouquets, boutonnieres, flower crowns and hair combs!  It is so nice to see a beautiful dress that is out of the norm, and I had so much fun photographing the dress & flowers against the deep blue of the Blue Ridge mountains.

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At Elope Outdoors, we specialize in curating beautiful, fun, romantic & simple elopements and small intimate weddings for couples who are “lovers of nature”!

Contact Meghan to book your dream outdoor elopement!

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