Rachel contacted me only a couple months ago and told me she was going to have a simple, Courthouse wedding and wanted beautiful wedding portraits.
When she first told me only 2 hours of coverage was needed for her wedding, I didn’t automatically think, “I can do this! It’s a typical wedding day, I’ve done this before, no problem.” Because I have never shot an elopement type wedding package before. The timeline is different, the focus is primarily on portraits and the ceremony (that only lasts for a couple minutes). This was not my usual wedding that I am used to shooting.
When I met Rachel and Nick for the first time at The Haus Coffee Shop, I liked them as soon as I sat down! We got to talking and they had been dating for 2 and a half years and they decided to have a simple ceremony and wedding day to save money to put towards an epic honeymoon! We talked about what they envision their wedding portraits to look like and because sunset photos were out of the question due to the hours the courthouse is open till, we decided to do their photos at sunrise on the historic steps of the Clearwater Court House. This year, the courthouse is 100 years old!!
So we met at 6:20AM (which was a photography first for me!) and started shooting! The lighting was so different and beautiful, like sunset light but more glowy. They danced on the steps of the courthouse as the sun was rising, knowing that this is the day they would remember forever. Then we drove over to the beach for some portraits there while her parents and a couple close friends arrived!
Afterwards, we walked into the Courthouse, they took a number and waited to be called. We saw the room where people usually get married and Rachel asked them if their ceremony could take place outside instead…surprisingly they said yes!! We found a little gazebo right outside and as their ceremony went on, their friends had a couple other family members on FaceTime so they could witness this special day too, even from another country! It was incredibly sweet and I absolutely loved being a part of their wedding day. After their ceremony, we took some family/friend photos and they got their marriage license signed! There happened to be a beautiful vine wall (the looks like we were somewhere other than Florida!) right behind the gazebo area so I took some “Just Married” portraits of them right before I left!
It was the perfect morning and I am so excited to share a bunch of my favorites from their wedding day! Also, side note: I am NOW offering elopement wedding packages for my couples!! Contact me for more details if you’re interested.
Congratulations Rachel and Nick!! I hope you have an amazing honeymoon!! <3