Nate and Lindsay have already been together over a decade but the timing for a big wedding was never quite right. They recently bought a house together and decided now would be the perfect time to go ahead and make it official. They invited only their parents to join them at their new home to witness them pledge their lives to one another.
Rainy weather threatened to move their elopement indoors, but Nate wasn't worried. When I asked him about it he said "I was worried about the weather but then I thought... if it rains today, that's how the Lord meant for us to get married". I loved his take on the day. He knew the only thing that mattered was that Lindsay was there. When I asked him if he had any heirloom items he wanted me to photograph, he said "No, I don't have any of those things. The only thing that's important to me is in that dress." Later, while Lindsay was preparing to step into her wedding dress with her mother's help, she said "Nate has a way with words". She was absolutely right. The day had just begun and Nate had already made me tear up a time or two.
Just before heading out for their First Look, Lindsay's Father asked to share a Father Daughter Dance with her, since this wasn't a traditional wedding and he wouldn't get to have the chance. They danced together slowly in Lindsay's kitchen, taking frequent moments to squeeze each other a little tighter and share a laugh. At the end of their dance Lindsay's Father kissed her hand and began to cry. She joined in too, of course, as did her Mother.
The instant Lindsay saw Nate's face during their First Look, she cried. She couldn't hold it together anymore. Their lives were already so entwined and cemented together at this point, but this moment was big. They were about to dedicate themselves to each other before God for the rest of their lives. They were going to say some of the sweetest vows I have ever heard in just a few short minutes and walk into their first home together as Husband and Wife. They had a few quiet moments together to soak it all in, and then we walked inside for the Ceremony.
The rain clouds loomed above us moments before the ceremony began but thankfully it remained dry. These two shared the most heart-felt vows promising a life of dedication, encouragement, and standing side-by-side through life's many challenges and successes. There was not a dry eye on the balcony as their parents (and me) wept at their sincere love for one another. Their incredibly sweet families showered them with hugs and kisses while dabbing their eyes with tissues.
Just as we went into the house so Lindsay's Father could sign as a witness on their marriage certificate, the skies opened up and the rain absolutely poured down. Nate and Lindsay took the challenge and hung out in the rain with me while I took a few couples portraits. Their portraits are some of my favorite I've taken all year. I will forever cherish this elopement and I'm so grateful to have met Lindsay and Nate. Here are just a few of my favorite moments from their special day.