Moody Summer Elopement

Natalie and Nathaniel’s elopement at Western Kentucky University was unique, intimate, and modern, with a lush background of summer hues. This well-styled elopement is sure to inspire with simple but elegant details that anyone can achieve. I’m so honored that their wedding was featured by The Knot and Kentucky Bride Magazine.

In Natalie’s words, their wedding theme was, “‘re-plan everything and uninvite everyone in 1 month.’ Kidding. Sort of! We had no idea we would be getting married in the middle of a pandemic! For the last year, we were planning a wedding with about 100 guests at an Airbnb out in the country. When COVID-19 hit, we decided we REALLY didn’t want to wait a year. We had already been together for 4 years and just couldn’t bear to wait another second to make our union official. So the theme you could say was intimacy. We got married with just our parents and Natalie’s sister and her partner.”

Natalie’s sister, Melissa, officiated the wedding and the bride and groom read personalized vows. There was not a dry eye as soon as Natalie rounded the corner from her and her dad’s hiding spot.

The flowers were a combination of several popping, bright, summer colors. Natalie’s bouquet was tied with a gold, pink, and purple ribbon.

“The flowers were special because our florist is a close friend. We have watched her business grow in our town over the last, almost, ten years. We have watched her work out of her guest bedroom in her apartment to now having one of the most successful local businesses in town. We of course order flowers from Jules on any occasion, but it was so special to have her create our wedding flowers. We honestly didn’t have to think about flowers that much. There was already trust there. She is so incredible at her craft that we kind of just let go when it came to flowers.”

As for encouragement to current to-be-weds, they had this to share: “If you are getting married right now, in 2020, during a GLOBAL PANDEMIC, take a deep breath, and do what feels right to you. If you have to and want to postpone, do it! If you can’t bear the thought of waiting another minute to say “I DO”, then don’t wait. There are so many expectations surrounding what a wedding should be, how much money you should spend, who you should invite, but I am here to tell you that is all bologna.”

“It is your and your partner’s day. Do what you need to do, and do what feels right to you. Don’t worry about offending people. Take it as an opportunity to trim the fat in your social life if you need to! We did and we’re never looking back. People who really love you won’t be angry with you for making decisions that feel authentic to you!”

– Natalie

Photography – Photography by Loren

Florals – Jules with the Flowers

Wedding Gown – Azazie

Venue – Western Kentucky University

Hotel – Kentucky Grand Hotel

Cupcakes – Little Fox Bakery

Film Developing and Scans – PhotoVision

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