How they met: We met at a dinner through mutual friends, and at the time, we lived eight hours apart. That first night we met we found ourselves off in our own bubble discussing things as intimate as faith, charity, and what it means to live a full life. However, neither one of us was ready to acknowledge this unmistakable, natural connection we shared due to the obvious physical distance, as well as where we both were in our lives. Yet, over time, what started as a friendship based on mutual interests and shared values, steadily grew into something deeper and more intimate with each weekend that we could find an excuse to be together.
The vision for the day: I knew I wanted our elopement to be gorgeous and timeless. However, decision making is not one of my strongest qualities, and I didn’t know a lot about Charleston when the planning process started. Thankfully, we found Francesca and Blake from Pure Luxe Bride after looking at a countless number of pictures online. I loved everything about their style, so even though all our planning was done over the phone and through emails, I knew I had nothing to worry about.
Why they eloped in Charleston: A destination elopement is something we always wanted, and we quickly fell in love with Charleston. Brandon and I are both old souls and there was something about getting married in a place with such a rich, established history that captivated our romantic hearts.
Most memorable moment: A styled elopement is not for everyone, but it was the right choice for us. It was truly intimate, a day to focus only on celebrating our love and commitment to one another. One thing I will never forget is the sound of rain as I was getting ready. Rain is not always ideal for an outdoor wedding; however, it didn’t bother us one bit. I brought along my rain boots, and the rain stopped and the clouds cleared just in time to take some remarkable photos.
Venue Ceremony: Wingate Plantation
Wedding planner: Pure Luxe Bride
Photographer: Aaron and Jillian Photography
Makeup and Hair: Paper Dolls Wedding Hair and Makeup
Lighting: Innovative Event Services
Rentals: 428 Main Vintage Rentals