I rarely get to photograph an elopement that is what I would call a “true elopement.” To me, a true elopement is when the couple decides to get married without telling anyone whether it is their friends or family. Shantrell and Tony decided to get married privately overlooking the city of Asheville at Sky Mountain Events.
Before their ceremony, Tony was a mix of emotions but it was evident he was excited to be marrying the love of his life. He had a custom suit made and his jacket made me envious! I loved the detail work and the choice of colors. His outfit was as much a surprise to his bride as her gown was to him.
Shantrell chose to have a silk bouquet made and shipped to her from Etsy which has started becoming a trend of late. It is also a great option for brides who wish to get married somewhere such as the Blue Ridge Parkway or any National Park. Those locations do not allow live flowers due to the risk of disease.
Anyway, her bouquet was stunning with a string of pearls woven in with muted colors of rose, grey, blue, and maroon. Tony’s custom suit matched it perfectly!
They were married at high noon by Katrina Evans of Destination Elopements, and even though that is the worst time of day to photograph anything I was able to pull the blue sky into their images. It can be tough to do that but when you use off-camera lighting it is doable.
Tony and Shantrell were and still are blissfully in love and decided to share the news of their vows when they got back home. Some prefer having a private ceremony and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. My advice to everyone who is getting married is to do what makes you happy and not worry about anyone else. You will never regret it!
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