Elopements are one of my favorite events to plan. For this elopement shoot, I wanted to create a minimalistic design with simple white and cream colors. The goal was to highlight the true reason behind any wedding ceremony: the joining of two people’s lives. You can see more of this shoot, featured on The White Wren.
“To me, this editorial is a reminder that two different styles can be brought together beautifully. As a bride, I know how overwhelming it can be to decide what you truly love when making design decisions for your wedding day. Remember, there is plenty of inspiration from both past and present to be uncovered, so long as we are willing to take the time to look.” – Michela Watson Photography
For the venue, we chose the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond. This venue has incredible indoor and outdoor spaces, which makes it perfect for an elopement. We decided to have the ceremony and reception out in the garden, allowing a few guests to celebrate with the couple. As Michaela told The White Wren, “Our goal for the ceremony set up was to strip away all that was unnecessary and really highlight the point of it all—the joining of two souls. From the simple bistro-style chairs, to earthy greens popping up from ground, the minimalism presented here really draws your eye to the couple, a factor I’m overjoyed we were able to achieve.”
One of the best things about this elopement was the bride’s gown! She wore a silk gown with large pearl drop earrings, both from Lulu’s. She is so beautiful, so we chose neutral makeup and a soft up-do to complete her wedding day look.
For her bouquet, Fleure Studio created a natural and organic shape, with all cream flowers. I love the cosmos, dahlias, roses, and poppy seed pods bundled together! Even the greenery was cream since they used bleached Italian Ruscus. The beautiful flowers continued into the reception, which took place on the lawn. Delicate Ikebana-inspired florals were placed on a white linen tablecloth.
When we plan and design elopements for clients, we don’t just create a timeline. We will create a visual experience that is both beautiful and unique to you. We would love to design and plan your incredible elopement, whether you chose Richmond, DC, or anywhere in the South East.
Photographer: Michaela Watson @michelawatson
Beauty: Anna Breeding @annabreeding
Cake: The Sweet Spot of RVA @thesweetspotofrva
Floral design: Fleure Studio @fleure_studio
Planner & Designer: @ellelorenandco
Rentals: Rent Equip @rentequip
Venue: Virginia Museum of History and Culture @virginiahistory