An Elopement at a Little White Chapel

elopement at a white chapel

I know we’ve all thought about eloping during the planning process and I’m sure some of you are even planning on an elopement – so this one’s for you lovelies. :)

An elopement doesn’t have to mean no chance for creativity – you can still bring your personalities into an elopement! How about driving to a little white chapel in the middle of nowhere for the ceremony then enjoying a dinner for just the two of you – so romantic. I love this sweet styled shoot sent over from Gem Photo who came up with the concept + photographed it. Thanks also to Melanie Bittick of Jesi Haack Design for the lovely design of the elopement. With cute announcement cards that state “We did it!”and a first dance in the field behind the chapel, I can’t imagine a much more romantic way to say I do…



groom with red sequin heart

Isn’t his sequin heart boutonniere perfect? It’s from and only cost $10!

bride in short wedding dress


groom with red sequin heart boutonniere

white and pale green bouquet

wedding invitations chevron print

wedding dinner for two elopement

sparkly wedding dinner table sequin heart

sparkly wedding dinner table sequin heart

wedding cake with chevron print

elopement with a white church

Perfect spot for a first dance.

bride and groom outside

confetti bride and groom

Thanks so much to all these talented vendors for sharing your creativity with us!

concept + photography: Gem Photo // design: Melanie Bittick of Jesi Haack Design // paper goods: Pitbulls and Posies // accessories: Ban.Do // cake: Cupcakes Couture // florals: Floral Theory // hair + makeup: Camille Monique // table + chairs: Classic Party Rentals of Orange County // Venue: St. Teresa of Avila Church, Bodega Bay, CA // models: Carlos and Sedona with Scout Modeling Agency

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  1. Working on this shoot with all of these amazing vendors was such a dream. Thanks so much for featuring the shoot Jen – it is the icing on the cake!! I am over the moon today. xoxo.

  2. Absolutely adorable! I love his Ban.Do boutonniere, so cute and clever! I LOVE the lace dress-where is it from? Beautiful flowers and I adore the chevron print on the invites and cake.

  3. OOOOH my gosh, I LOVE her dress! This is such an adorable concept!

  4. Oh, and GORGEOUS photography! Seriously amazing images, Gem Photo!

  5. Em is amazing! We are so lucky to have her as our wedding photographer! Everything about this shoot is adorable – especially the sequins and confetti!

  6. Love how much fun this couple seemed to have! It makes me want to elope!

  7. Oh goodness, could this be any cuter? I submit that no, it could not.

  8. Thank you Jen! Just love all these ladies and their inspiring talent! xxoo!

  9. Wow, wow, & wow again. Everything looks so amazing!

  10. Love her dress!!! Where is it from?

  11. love the idea behind it! and especially the team!

  12. Love this so much, Em! Beautiful concept and just gorgeous execution. Well done!!

  13. Gorgeous! I’m wearing that dress in my wedding too!

  14. Jen – Thank you SO much for the feature today – what an AMAZING honor. And a huge thanks to all the ladies involved. I’m completely obsessed with all of you.
    For everyone asking, the dress was a $79 steal from Urban Outfitters. ;)

  15. Beautiful shoot by Emily! I’ve always adored her, but this shoot is amazing. I love the concept, the little white church and the paper goods…ah, so lovely (:

  16. OH GOODNESS!!!! k, that’s my dress. sold. WHERE IS IT FROM!?!?!?!!!??!!!?!??!!

  17. LOVE how you capture light and the style of this shoot! It’s amazing that you came up with all of this! It’s beautiful!

  18. all I can say is WOW……your dress is goooorgggeous and so are you!! I love all the photography and setting. Great creativity used here as well. I’m in love haha ;)

  19. I always thought eloping was spur of the moment, no time for planning, hop on a plane then vegas. This definitely proved me wrong. The cute cocktail dress and warm setting made this wedding even more romantic.

    Alessandra from

  20. That car is a Triumph Spitfire! I have one of those!!!

  21. Elopement. We never called it that. Twenty-six years ago we went away to Ullapool, Scotland to get married. It was lovely. I wore a simple Laura Ashley cotton dress, my now husband wore a simple cotton suit. We went over the Loch in a motorboat after the ceremony to stay in the then famous (however, we did not know it at the time!) Altnaharrie. We are from CT, USA. We stayed in Scotland for a month and went to hear celidhs, hike, join in the culture. Our families had a big party when we got home. Our wedding gift was “the trip”…and a nice Moss Backpacking tent. I loved going away for an entire month, connecting with one another and could not have had a more romantic wedding. I highly recommend it! We are celebrating our 26th anniversary in a week. We have a cabin out back on our property and we create a romantic getaway back there. To me…a wedding is about the two folks getting married…elope if you can…you’ll be thrilled that you did!

  22. the first photo is the sweetest!!!!!!!!! :)

  23. These images are lovely. I love the bride’s dress, and the simplistic elegance of this shoot!

  24. emily is truly an inspiration. so much love! everything looks gorgeous.

  25. I would also LOVE to know where that dress is from! It’s SO cute!

  26. truly amazing em! so proud of you, and all you’re doing! this couldn’t get any better!

  27. This is gorgeous! Bodega Bay is particular favorite of mine, since we honeymooned there.

  28. Wow. Such lovely images. I didn’t do much planning at all for my elopement 12 years ago. Such a blur, it landed me in Ireland via Japan! ;)


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