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


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

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


picnic basket

picnic foods

champagne and cake

elopement picnic

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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  1. LOVE this wedding with every ounce of my being. Congratulations to the couple, beautiful photos, beautiful setting and uh-dorable dog!!!

  2. This is so lovely and beautiful. I love all the little details and how intimate and relaxed this celebration was.

  3. I love this wedding theme very much. i love this feel of natural.

  4. Their dog looks so cute in his little white bowtie! Beautiful elopement!

  5. GORGEOUS photos, the bride is beautiful! and that dog is soooo freaking cute.

  6. I love the simplicity of things,it’s very funny and nice that they included the dog…after all it’s part of theyr familly!Good work!

  7. Stunning set up – picture perfect

  8. Beautiful photos and super cute couple! I’m so happy for them! The dog is such a sweetie!

  9. I love that you guys are featuring an elopement. They can be just as beautiful as a wedding, and aren’t necessarily about a cheaper alternative.

    Kudo to the couple for including their dog. That Bowtie is soooo cute!

  10. oh my goodness – that doodle is the cutest ring bearer I have ever seen. This post just made my day!! Thanks for sharing!


  11. Love the invitation. Sweet dog. Exquisite g groom’s shoes

  12. Beautiful wedding photos! The location is just perfect! The bride is stunning! Love the dress, her hair and makeup! And their dog…awwwwwwwww!!!
    This is wedding photography at its best!
    Greetings from Virginia!

  13. I find it extremely endearing and touching, that the groom helped the bride get into her dress. This “wedding” takes intimacy and romance to a whole new level. I felt so moved by that one image alone!

  14. I love the shoes! My daughter is looking for shoes similar to that. Where did you get them?

  15. Cute, love the simplicity and the photographs!


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