North Georgia elopement

Intimate Elopement in the Blue Ridge Mountains | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

From the moment I spoke with Natalie during our phone consultation, I knew she was special. The way she described the moment they met and everything they went through that led to something amazing, each other. I went silent as I listened and cried because the truth is, I have been through the same situations as them. A past marriage, countless dates, disconnection, heartache but most of all pain. When Natalie met John, his love for her was nothing like she’d experienced before. On their wedding day, you could feel every bit of that emotion. Surrounded by the love of their closest family, together in the Blue Ridge Mountains, they shared their hand written vows. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Family members came together to help make this day special for John and Natalie. John’s father married them. Natalie’s grandmother sang to them as they danced and John’s grandmother made all the food for the wedding. It was one of the most emotional weddings Ive had the privilege to be a part of. I feel blessed to know someone as wonderful as Natalie. She is an angel and one of my dearest friends. Natalie, I wish you all the love and happiness your heart can bare. I love you.

Cloudland Canyon Elopement | North Georgia Wedding Photographer

We started the day with a little hike down to Cloudland Canyon, talking and laughing like old buds that haven’t seen each other in years. As we approached Hemock Falls the sound of the water made my heart flutter. This was my first time visiting Cloudland Canyon State Park, right outside of Chattanooga in a cute little town called Rising Fawn. Once we reached the bottom, Shelby and Mike headed off into a little patch of forest to get dressed. Listening to the laughter coming from behind me while staring at this beautiful waterfall made me realize how honored I was to experience this with them. We spent the day climbing rocks, playing in water while talking, listening and connecting. As Mike began reading his vows, Shelby started to cry. Gently wiping away the tears and kissing her hand, he continued reading. In that moment, I realized how much couple’s need a space away from people on a wedding day. A moment to just breathe and be in each others arms. A space filled with authenticity and connection. We ended the day with tears and big hugs. I love you guys!

Big thanks to Laura for doing a last minute floral arrangement. You’re the best!! Here’s a link to her amazing work. @flaurabotanica

Cloudland Canyon Elopement
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