The word elopement used to be reserved for shotgun weddings, shy people, or those that had something to hide. As a cheaper version of a real wedding, oftentimes it lacked personality and was defined by a sense of rush and hurry.
Good news, friends! Times have changed and over the past several years, people have been redefining elopement to mean something else entirely. Modern day elopement is a chance for an intimacy that is beautifully curated to represent you as a couple. You can choose a place that speaks to you, wherever that might be. If you want to wear your favorite pair of boots, you can. If you love details, you can still have them. Freedom is key and traditions are just guidelines. So if you want to get married in front of a frozen waterfall and serenade your lover by violin, you can...
Ice + Song
Tucked away in Spearfish Canyon, the frozen outline of Bridal Veil Falls was a natural backdrop for this intimate elopement. Blues, greys, and caramels made up the color palette. I was inspired by the thought of frozen water over the rocks of the canyon. The bride wore a BHLDN gown and carried a simple greenery bouquet. Her hat, boots, and fur coat were carefully selected to represent her sense of adventure and confident style. The groom's simple white shirt and navy pants reflected his freedom to choose comfort over formality. As if they were going on a picnic, they walked across a creek with a basket, blanket, and celebratory champagne to get to the ceremony spot. He read her his vows and she serenaded him with a violin solo in front of a sheet of ice.
Rental Love: Vintage Music Stand ($15), Woven Basket ($10), Blanket ($5), Smoke goblets ($3)
Emily Costopoulos has such an artistic soul; be it through her camera lens, design skills, or written word. You need to read her blog post that tells her perspective on our frozen waterfall elopement. Side note, you should have seen this lady balance on a log in high heeled boots and holding her camera as we crossed a running creek. It was epic!
Location: Spearfish Canyon, Black Hills South Dakota
Photography: Emily Costopoulos Photography, Film & Design
Design + Rentals: The Vintage Lease
Paper + Calligraphy: Emily Costopoulos Photography, Film & Design
Hat & Boots: S & Co Boutique
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Models: Jennifer and Luke Enos
Pssst, Emily and I are on a quest to showcase what's unique, beautiful, and unexpected about elopements in the Black Hills. If you have any ideas or locations you think we should highlight, let us know! And don't forget to follow along on our social media for sneak peeks!