Weddings are quite possibly one of the biggest parties you’ll ever throw—that is to say, most poignant, most weighty, most noteworthy… Every day, in every way, couples celebrate their unions in an array of colorful and exquisite ways. There are a million different customs and traditions, each playing a part in that couple’s nuptials and their futures together, each a tender reflection of the couples themselves. There is a place for every celebration under the broadened skies: a place for sweet church weddings, for week-long festivities, immensely lavish celebrations, or even intimate affairs in someone’s backyard—and yes indeed, there is a place for quietly beautiful elopements! This next feature from Shining Light Photography pays tribute to the carefree art of a mad dash to the altar—just two sweethearts and some pretty, and a whole lot of love!
From Ashley Brown of Shining Light Photography:
“I was inspired to do this shoot because of a recent conversation with my parents. They were starting to joke about how much money goes into weddings these days, and proceeded to pose the question of, ‘Why don’t couples just ‘run off to the chapel’ anymore like we did when we were young?’ They proceeded to spur on the conversation of, while weddings in our culture today are stunning, creative, and so many of them very thoughtful—many couples can get so lost in the planning process and they can lose sight of the reason they wanted to get married in the first place. While being on the photography side of the wedding industry, I obviously care for an appreciate the beautiful details, scenic locations of a good venue, and new creative ideas couples bring forth in creating this beautiful celebration; nothing beats simply having a couple with amazing chemistry. When you work with people who you can actually feel that their love goes so much deeper than the surface of a beautiful day, that is why I do what I do!
However, I did think it would be fun to put a little modern twist on this concept of ‘Running off to the Chapel’ when I discovered these beautiful old chapel ruins in Georgia. The frame of the old chapel as well as a beautiful old fireplace from possibly another building on the property built in the 1700s is still intact, but most was lost in a fire in 1886.
My friend and calligrapher made a sweet love note saying ‘Why wait? Meet me at the chapel at 5:00’ to tie in this elopement concept of doing like maybe many of our parents and grandparents and just running off to get married with love as their driving motivation.”
photographer: Shining Light Photography / venue: Saint Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins / floral designer: Kristian Designs / flowers: Wilmor Farms Flowers / dress boutique: Modern Trousseau Savannah / dress designer: Modern Trousseau / cake designer: Vanilla and the Bean / hair & makeup: Shae Artistry / men’s formalwear: Alton Lane / accessories & decor: Anthropologie / calligraphy & homemade paper: Melody Joy / film lab: PhotoVision Prints