Are these anniversary portraits of Elisa and Craig not the most beautiful images you’ve seen of a couple in a love? With dappled sunlight filtering through the trees and the faded prairie grass, it seems like the perfect setting for an anniversary session. Read on for more of the sweet story of how this couple found each other:
“I don’t think either one of us expected to meet in such a unique way. In 2013 my husband, Craig, and I met on Instagram, as crazy as that sounds. He was living in Los Angeles at the time and I was interning in New York, NY. We had one mutual acquaintance on Instagram, and from the follow, to likes, to the comments, our interest grew. In fact, still have the screenshot of our first exchange. After texting turned into phone calls and phone calls turned into, what we called, “FaceTime dates”, Craig flew from Los Angeles to NYC to meet me in person and take me on our first real date.
That weekend was its’ own fairytale. Without a dull moment, we spent our days exploring museums, going to a Mets baseball game, kayaking on the Hudson River and eating our way through the Big Apple. Craig asked me that weekend to be his girlfriend. I would later find out that in moment he knew he was going to marry me. After a year of dating 3000 miles apart, I finished school and moved to Los Angeles to be with him. Our long-distance journey to marriage has given us such beautiful perspective, because we now know that simply being in each other’s company is a blessing to treasure each day we are together.”
We love outdoor weddings, and Jenny and Patrick’s California nuptials is no exception. Gazing through these (stunning!) images from Kate Weinstein, you can practically smell the fresh air and hear the gentle rustle of the wind through the leaves. That wonderful feeling you get from dining on a beautiful patio is the same that we feel at an outdoor wedding. Romance is intensified, the senses are heightened, and conversation between friends and loved ones flows freer. Don’t you wish you were a guest at this wedding?
Hands-down, we think this might be one of the most beautiful wedding ceremonies we have ever seen. This amazingly long aisle, set in the middle of the woods, and lined with thousands of candles, is just absolutely perfect. Add to it a whimsical, overgrown garden feel at their reception, and the entire event is just filled with beautiful little moments and ideas to inspire you.
Alex and Trevor had some of the most beautiful details that we’ve seen , including their gorgeous ceremony location. Here they share their thoughts with us on why they chose an evening, candlelit ceremony:
“From the beginning, Trevor and I knew we wanted to do a candlelit ceremony. While we were scouting ceremony locations we realized it would be harder than we thought to find a place dark enough at 8:00 to hold a candlelit ceremony. We finally found a perfect spot but it did require a bit of walking (and a bit of creativity). We had guests arrive at 7:00 for a cocktail hour where they were greeted with trays of champagne and farm house tables full of house made breads, charcuterie and cheese. At 7:45 everyone ventured into the woods for our ceremony. The aisle was over 60 yards long and lined with over 1,000 candles. Our family and friends helped us collect antique candlesticks and candelabras for the ceremony. We would get giddy calls from people after they found an antique candelabra for us- everyone got really into the search! It was fun!
With a 7:45pm ceremony we knew it would be a long day for our immediate family and bridal party. Trevor suggested that we serve a family style dinner for them before the ceremony. So at 5:00pm a group of 50 (our bridal party, parents and siblings) gathered in the upstairs dining room and enjoyed an intimate dinner. This is when we planned for speeches to take place, and we were overwhelmed by all of the heartfelt words from our family and friends- everyone laughed and cried through the entire dinner! Getting to enjoy a delicious meal with all of our best friends, relax and share sweet memories right before walking down the aisle is a moment in time we will never forget.”