In the era of COVID-19, couples are faced with either postponing the wedding of their dreams or reinvisioning what their wedding can be. The term “elopement” conjures images of either a quick, no-frills formality or an adventure elopement requiring backpacking gear and hiking boots, but we do not believe this is all an elopement can or should be. We wanted to create and show an intentional and well-curated sunrise elopement, stripped down to a few pieces that marry the beauty of the natural environment and elevate the aesthetic of the day, but ultimately allow the couple to take center stage. We chose a location that was special to the couple, but no more than a short walk to get to and drew the color palette from the colors of the environment. Taking a step back from the wild and carefree vibe of a true adventure elopement, the floral design was organic but well-structured and we focused on creating an overall elevated and editorial approach to an elopement, from design to portrait direction and employed film photography to add that je ne sais quoi that only film can bring. Our hope is that, for those brides who are invested in the design of the day, but more than anything just want to be married to their loves, this can serve as inspiration for a beautiful and heartfelt alternative to that big, traditional wedding for which they may have originally planned. An elopement that strips the details down to only what truly sparks joy in the couple allows them to thoroughly be present in their day and appreciate the magnitude of it without sacrificing the aesthetic element they crave.
– Montana Wedding Photographer, Keeley McKay Photography