Rustic Woodland Elopement: April + Eric

woodland elopement

April + Eric have been together for 12 years, so they had plenty of time to think about how they wanted to get married. Neither of them ever dreamed about having a big wedding and since April’s family is in the Philippines and Eric’s family is in Minnesota, it would have been impossible to pick a place + time where everyone could attend. So they decided it would just be the two of them. To really get away and unplug, they rented a cabin in the woods for a week. They spent the morning of the wedding getting ready together in the cabin, and after they exchanged their vows, they cut a small cake and shared s’mores in front of a campfire. It’s evident their day was filled with so much love and meaning. Here’s more from beautiful bride:

We wanted a simple, intimate ceremony outdoors, with just the two of us and our labradoodle Murphy, and in the end that is just what we got. And our family and friends were with us in spirit…

Big thanks to Vicki Grafton for sharing these gorgeous images with us today and congrats to April + Eric on a day that was truly what you hoped it would be!

woodland invitation

woodland elopement

pup

woodland wedding

silver shoes

getting ready

woodland elopement

purple tie

woodland bride

woodland bride with pup

woodland bride and groom

woodland bride and groom


How sweet are their family portraits in the woods?!

woodland bride and groom

woodland bride and groom

pup ring bearer

pup ring bearer

woodland elopement

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

The entire day was so relaxed: we woke up late, had breakfast, went for a short hike, and then there was nothing else to do except get dressed and get married. The most memorable moment was looking at each other after the ceremony, realizing we were finally husband and wife after twelve years.

woodland elopement

woodland elopement

pup

picnic basket

picnic foods

champagne and cake

elopement picnic

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Choose your vendors wisely. Our photographer and videographer were so easy to work with, and they captured the spirit of the day perfectly, allowing us to share the day with our friends and family. The lodge we choose was gorgeous (no decorations needed), very dog-friendly, and came with a coordinator who made sure the day ran smoothly. Our vendors allowed us to have the beautiful, relaxed, stress-free elopement that we wanted.

photography: Vicki Grafton // venue: Savage River Lodge Frostburg, Maryland // videography: Twenty-One Films // flowers: Holly Chapple Flowers // wedding dress: J.Crew

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