“Hey friend! Crazy last minute question. Any chance you would be available to photograph a wedding at 5:15 tomorrow evening? Just two brides and Pickle doing the ceremony. We were talking about what gift we could get them – and came up with you!”
“All I know is topiary garden at 5:15. I’ll pass along anything else I hear.”
“Maybe their names?”
And this is how this adventure began. An elopement (these days Wikipedia defines elopement as “any marriage performed in haste, with a limited public engagement period”) three days before the new year and 23 days before the transfer of presidential power, on a dark winter’s night illuminated by the Christmas tree in Topiary Park.
It was wonderful!
And it was cold, too. So there were some quick shots to warm up and get excited…
The heartfelt ceremony was performed by their friend Beth (Pickle) and witnessed by Beth’s wife Elizabeth (of BE fame). It was short and sweet, but held beautiful meaning and deep love.
I especially love this part of their vows: “I give you this ring as a symbol of my intention to love you always, when the sun shines and when the rain falls. I promise to always make space for our silliness, and time for our feelings, and I will never, ever stop exploring with you.” And then it was off for some drinks at the Hilton Downtown.
They got engaged in Rome with this gum wrapper as a ring. And tonight, they both donned their grandmothers’ wedding rings to symbolize their marriage. This part of the ceremony said: “Your rings will be a daily reminder of the hundreds of thousands of choices that led to your very existence.” Steph and Kristyn, thank you so much for allowing me to be there for your wedding, especially as a surprise! And BE, holy smokes am I grateful to you two for thinking of me to be a part of this day and for introducing me to this kind and happy couple!
If you happen to need an elopement photographer in Columbus, I’d love to chat! Tell me about your plans over here!