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How to Have Your Dream Wedding Day During COVID

I know that things are hard right now. I know that you are bummed. You either just got engaged and don’t know how to start planning, or you have already been planning your wedding, and COVID has completely changed those plans.  I have some good news for you: You can still get married AND have an amazing experience doing it!  An elopement isn’t running off to have Elvis marry you two in secret at a chapel anymore. That definition has changed, my friends! It can be a group of 20 of your closest friends and family. It can be well planned out. An elopement can be as bougie or down-to-earth as your hearts desire!

What exactly is an elopement though? 

An elopement, to me, is cutting out all of the unnecessary expenses, and focusing on the ones that you two want to have.  It is about bringing the wedding day back to the basics: stripping down those expectations of what your wedding day should look like, and making it about the two of you! At the root of it all, an elopement is having YOUR wedding be about YOU!! I promise you, it isn’t about your aunt that wants you to use the plastic bouquet that she made for her wedding. If you’re feeling the wedding planning pressure, you two should have a fun date night and talk about why that pressure is there, how to get rid of it and enjoy the hell out of your wedding day instead.

I also want you to think about a full sized wedding: would you have a photographer cover only one or two hours? Doubtful.  An elopement is still a wedding DAY, so I think that you should take full advantage of that. You are going to be able to get a lot of the same aspects of a wedding day in photos, too, just more intimacy, and in a laid back setting.  You will get the getting ready photos, the detail shots, the ceremony, the couple’s shots, sunset photos, dinner, cocktails, dessert. All of it, and I can guarantee, that when you two sit down and look over those albums you won’t regret it one bit. 

Here is an example of a more adventurous elopement day timeline (keep in mind you can do ANYTHING that you two want): 

Getting Ready Location: Airbnb in Asheville, North Carolina

Ceremony Location: Looking Glass Falls 

Meal/Celebration Location: Airbnb 

1:00 pm – Melissa starts photography coverage at the airbnb with Christina + Mike 

  •  Both get ready in separate rooms
  • Melissa gets detail shots

2:00 pm – First look 

  •  Melissa finds a spot outside with a mountain view from the airbnb for the first look (with their dog, Rosie)

3:00 pm – Hop in the car to drive to Looking Glass Falls Trailhead

4:00 pm – Say vows with the waterfall in the background

  • Don’t forget Rosie’s flower collar, rings, vow books, bouquet, beers
  • Take photos around the area after and hike back down

5:00 pm – Local private chef comes to the airbnb to make apps and dinner

  • Melissa takes photos of Christina + Mike, and food being prepared

7:30 pm – Go outside for sunset photos

8:00 pm – Sit by the firepit, have whiskey and s’mores, and toast to their wedding day

  •  Long exposure night shots

9:00 pm- Melissa’s coverage ends

If you are getting some ideas, looking at each other thinking about all of the ways that you can still make an amazing wedding day happen, then yay!! I don’t want you to feel bummed about COVID changing your plans, I want to encourage you two to think outside of the box. Your Asheville elopement can be BOMB if you want it to be (or wherever you’re thinking!)

If you want to know more about me and my journey to lead you to this post check it out here!

I know that things are hard right now. I know that you are bummed. You either just got engaged and don’t know how to start planning, or you have already been planning your wedding, and COVID has completely changed those plans.  I have some good news for you: You can still get married AND have an amazing experience doing it!  An elopement isn’t running off to have Elvis marry you two in secret at a chapel anymore. That definition has changed, my friends! It can be a group of 20 of your closest friends and family. It can be well planned out. An elopement can be as bougie or down-to-earth as your hearts desire!

What exactly is an elopement though? 

An elopement, to me, is cutting out all of the unnecessary expenses, and focusing on the ones that you two want to have.  It is about bringing the wedding day back to the basics: stripping down those expectations of what your wedding day should look like, and making it about the two of you! At the root of it all, an elopement is having YOUR wedding be about YOU!! I promise you, it isn’t about your aunt that wants you to use the plastic bouquet that she made for her wedding. If you’re feeling the wedding planning pressure, you two should have a fun date night and talk about why that pressure is there, how to get rid of it and enjoy the hell out of your wedding day instead.

I also want you to think about a full sized wedding: would you have a photographer cover only one or two hours? Doubtful.  An elopement is still a wedding DAY, so I think that you should take full advantage of that. You are going to be able to get a lot of the same aspects of a wedding day in photos, too, just more intimacy, and in a laid back setting.  You will get the getting ready photos, the detail shots, the ceremony, the couple’s shots, sunset photos, dinner, cocktails, dessert. All of it, and I can guarantee, that when you two sit down and look over those albums you won’t regret it one bit. 

Here is an example of a more adventurous elopement day timeline (keep in mind you can do ANYTHING that you two want): 

Getting Ready Location: Airbnb in Asheville, North Carolina

Ceremony Location: Looking Glass Falls 

Meal/Celebration Location: Airbnb 

1:00 pm – Melissa starts photography coverage at the airbnb with Christina + Mike 

  •  Both get ready in separate rooms
  • Melissa gets detail shots

2:00 pm – First look 

  •  Melissa finds a spot outside with a mountain view from the airbnb for the first look (with their dog, Rosie)

3:00 pm – Hop in the car to drive to Looking Glass Falls Trailhead

4:00 pm – Say vows with the waterfall in the background

  • Don’t forget Rosie’s flower collar, rings, vow books, bouquet, beers
  • Take photos around the area after and hike back down

5:00 pm – Local private chef comes to the airbnb to make apps and dinner

  • Melissa takes photos of Christina + Mike, and food being prepared

7:30 pm – Go outside for sunset photos

8:00 pm – Sit by the firepit, have whiskey and s’mores, and toast to their wedding day

  •  Long exposure night shots

9:00 pm- Melissa’s coverage ends

If you are getting some ideas, looking at each other thinking about all of the ways that you can still make an amazing wedding day happen, then yay!! I don’t want you to feel bummed about COVID changing your plans, I want to encourage you two to think outside of the box. Your Asheville elopement can be BOMB if you want it to be (or wherever you’re thinking!)

If you want to know more about me and my journey to lead you to this post check it out here!

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