Alex+Ellen - Dallas, TX Elopement
When Ellen reached out to me about shooting her elopement style wedding in Dallas, my internal response was something similar to "Heck Yes!" We had coffee a couple of weeks before the wedding to talk details but I still didn't know just how magical it was going to be. So at 9am, I arrived to witness something that turned out to be incredibly unique and precious.
First, Ellen and Alex got ready together that morning and rode together to the Arboretum to meet me for photos before the ceremony. Y'all, they got to spend their ENTIRE wedding day together. I mean, I totally understand the beauty in tradition and the excitement that builds during a more traditional timeline. But dang, how fun is it to spend your entire wedding day hanging out with one other person who is the reason for the wedding? And double dang - they looked REAL good. With a tiny ceremony, I had no idea that these two were going to show up looking magazine ready. And Ellen's stunning dress? She picked it because she is going to have it shortened to be a cocktail dress that she can wear time and time again and remember how special it is.
Even though I have been to the Dallas Arboretum many times, I had never been in the tiny rose garden where they exchanged their vows. It was like a beautiful, little, secret place made just for them. Their 17 wedding guests (all family that came from all around the world) arrived early and mingled while I took the couple to a few different spots for portraits. When we came back to the garden for the ceremony, I'll never forget seeing Alex and Ellen standing in the middle of their family and just saying, "Okay, let's do it!" There was no grand entrance, no orchestra. Just the decision to love each other and choose each other for the rest of their lives. What else did they really need?
The ceremony was short and SWEET and we followed that up with quick family photos and a few more portraits of the newly married couple. By 10:50am, less than two hours later, everything was wrapped up and it was time for them to head downtown to have brunch. I felt honored to be a witness to this ceremony that was so sacred and private and I'm certain that this wedding will always hold a special place in my memory.