I’ve been wanting to style a clifftop elopement in our beautiful Black Hills for quite some time now. I mean, look at this view! It seriously looks just like a painting. Sigh .
And I knew there was one photographer in particular who was just as obsessed, maybe more obsessed, as myself with those clifftop views—Laura from Studio LB. In fact, this shoot really started the first time we met, immediately bonding over how we were absolutely dying for more couples to choose a clifftop elopement here in Hills.
Fast forward two years and we are excited to bring you just that; a styled Black Hills sunrise elopement. I trusted Laura to find us a killer location with that epic scenery (she nailed it, right!?) and I began dreaming up the details.
This elopement announcement by Emily Costopoulos is a perfectly mirrored reflection of our hazy blue green view.
And this pear shaped peachy pink morganite engagement ring from Riddles Jewelry… serious sigh action.
When a couple chooses to elope, they choose only the parts of a wedding they want. Sooo, splurging on a super lush, naturally inspired dream bouquet by Jenny’s Floral just seems right.
Elopement is spelled F-R-E-E-D-O-M. If your man is dreading the choked strangle of a collared shirt buttoned all the way to the top, why force it? The casual look of this groom is so natural he practically blends in with the background.
One of the best things about weddings right now is the freedom to design a wedding that reflects you. If you choose a white dress, that’s wonderful. If you choose a dusty purple lace maxi from Freckled Fox, why, we think that’s just wonderful too.
And how about that Black Hills view!? When its the view that you crave, choosing the right photographer is incredibly important. During her free time, Studio LB and her two littles are off exploring the Hills, hunting down epic locations like this one.
With this styled shoot we wanted to do more than just inspire you. We really wanted to show you exactly what a sunrise elopement in the Black Hills could be like. And the most important thing to plan for is your wedding officiant. In order to legally elope in South Dakota, you need a wedding officiant and a witness other than the officiant (this can be your photographer). You probably can’t find a sweeter, more genuine officiant to perform your ceremony than Mary from Your Joyful Wedding. Her expertise and ability to help couples craft a meaningful ceremony is invaluable.
Choosing an elopement doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice all those wedding details—just the ones you want to. Saying your vows in the stillness of a beautiful morning can really only get better with caramel rolls and coffee at an intimate table spread for two.
A timeless tablescape means attention to detail. Vintage embroidered napkins in the softest blush. Heirloom china and gold flatware. All the pretty goblets and champagne coupes. It’s like a fairy tale.
Also, for the record, the location for this shoot is actually only about 30 ft from the main road, with pull off parking, so setting up a breakfast for two was completely doable. I wasn’t hauling tables and chairs on my back like a mountain goat, I swear.
If you are on the fence about videography for your big day, watch this vid by Hubbard Visuals. We dare you.
Magic. They work magic.
Are you looking for something more intimate, something more YOU for the day you tie the knot? We can help you design a magical elopement with just the details you care about. Learn more here.
All this awesomeness made possible by…
PHOTOGRAPHY: Studio LB
DESIGN, STYLING, RENTALS: The Vintage Lease
VIDEOGRAPHY: Hubbard Visuals
FLORAL: Jenny’s Floral
JEWELRY: Riddles Jewelry
ELOPEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Emily Costopoulos
OFFICIANT: Mary Maisey Ireland
DRESS: Freckled Fox
RIBBON: Illume Silks
SIGN: Ebony & White
CARAMEL ROLL: Calamity Jane’s Winery & Mercantile
MODELS: Jake & Tessa Walter
ENGAGEMENT OUTFIT: S & Co Boutique