An Intimate Elopement with Garden Portraits

Bride and groom lean in for a kiss in garden during golden hour.

This summer, Emily & Trent celebrated their marriage with an intimate elopement at a local church, followed by golden hour portraits at the Will Rogers Arboretum in Oklahoma City.

When they first reached out to me, they were planning to have a larger wedding. I met Emily in college, where we took nearly every History class together before I changed my major to Journalism. She is just the sweetest, kindest human. When I met them to talk wedding details, it was clear that Trent is a great match for her. I couldn’t have been happier when they asked me to photograph their wedding!

A couple months later, Emily reached out to let me know they had decided to have an intimate elopement. They landed on a ceremony with just their closest family and friends at a local church, followed by bride and groom portraits.

It rained all day, and then about an hour before the wedding, the sun came out for the most beautiful summer evening!! Their ceremony at the church was personal and sweet, with just their favorite people there to witness their marriage.

After family portraits, we drove over to the gardens where we were blessed with the most gorgeous golden hour sunlight! They graciously gave me a whole hour for portraits. And if you want to make a wedding photographer so truly happy, give them a stunning couple in love, golden sunlight, and a whole HOUR to take portraits!

Bride puts on her earrings as she gets ready for her wedding.

Emily got ready in a church cry-room, with a little bathroom attached. It was so simple and I love how un-produced these photographs are.

Bridesmaid puts a necklace on the bride.

Bride gets ready in the bathroom just before her wedding.

Bride peeks through window during intimate elopement.

Peeking out the window just before the ceremony. This was easily one of my favorite moments of the whole wedding day. This window looked out into the church auditorium, and Emily checked it probably every 10 minutes to see who was outside.

Bride's mom adjusts her veil as they get ready for the ceremony.

Groom waits at the end of the aisle as he sees the bride for the first time.

Bride and her father walk down the aisle of the church.

Bride hands off her bouquet to maid of honor during ceremony.

Bride and groom share first kiss at the end of ceremony.

Bride and groom sign marriage license.

Bride and groom with family outside church.

Bride talks with family after ceremony.

Bride and groom with family after ceremony.

Groom's dad playfully kisses him on cheek.

Bride and groom exit ceremony in matching Nike Blazers.

Emily & Trent wore matching Nike Blazers for the wedding was so cool and fun! I’m loving the trend of sneakers entering the wedding day, especially when it fits the couple’s style so well!

Bride and groom pose for portraits at summer garden elopement.

Bride and groom portraits during intimate elopement.

Bridal portraits during a summer intimate elopement.

Bride and groom portrait under the veil during intimate elopement.

Groom adjust tie during golden hour portraits.

Groom kisses bride on the cheek as she smiles back at the camera during intimate elopement.

Bride and Groom hold hands during intimate elopement.

Bride and groom walk through a garden after their ceremony.

Groom leans down to kiss bride's shoulder.

Bride and groom kiss in garden during wedding portraits.

Bride looks at camera as groom holds her close during golden hour portraits at intimate elopement.

Emily & Trent’s intimate elopement was such a special day. It was truly a testament that you should celebrate your marriage how YOU want to. Private, uncomplicated, family-centered weddings are beautiful.

Bride and groom kiss in black and white portrait in garden intimate elopement.

Alison Brooke Helms is a Colorado wedding photographer creating heirloom photographs of your most magic moments. Learn about my approach to a wedding day here.

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