Elopements are a big part of my business as a wedding officiant in Indy. Some couples just want something simple instead of a big, formal, wedding. Some couples want both! An elopement to make your marriage legal today, either with friends or very privately, and then a large, formal wedding with family and friends later. A new trend I'm seeing is couples who just want a small, elopement-style wedding with very close family and a great photographer. Later, they may have a party with more family and friends. There are a LOT of virtues to the small wedding and elopements. There is less stress and a huge reduction in cost. It's also a very, sweet, intimate, memorable exchange between the couple being married.
The one thing that is really important in these small weddings is pictures. I've worked with several photographers recently and want to share their pictures and services to give you some great ideas for an intimate wedding where you can still wear the dress , carry the bouquet, and have the first look. You can say "I do" and record it all in pictures. Seeing the pictures after the wedding really puts your wedding, no matter the size, in a whole different light. It takes you back to the moment every time you look at them.
I met Brittany Erwin several years ago when I was officiating a wedding at Pipers at the Marott. If you aren't familiar with the Indianapolis venue, they have a beautiful atrium. The couple getting married were having a Hobbit themed wedding and getting married among the greenery and fountains of the atrium fit perfectly. I remember the couple as the one that wrote each other's vows on vintage looking scrolls and then exchanged the scrolls. The scrolls were unique and in line with the Hobbit theme. Even more interesting, was when they had to read out loud what the other had written about them as part of their vow exchange. Yes, you read that right. It takes a certain personality to feel comfortable with that!
A few years later Brittany and I were at the same weddings two weeks in a row. We noticed a pattern of the interesting couples at whose weddings we were meeting. I remember clicking with the couples over all things gloriously nerdy! The next wedding included a World of Warcraft grooms cake. The next was at the Indianapolis Zoo where this famous picture where the tiger was shot. The tiger was very interested in the bride's dress. That couple was not going to an island on the their honeymoon. They were headed to a spot in Brooklyn right on the train line into Manhattan with a busy itinerary planned. Not downtime for them!
When I say Brittany is the photographer for all things gloriously nerdy, I'm not kidding. She is a self proclaimed nerdy geek. She has a full schedule of photo shoots at Gen Con where she will capture your cosplay in beautiful pictures. She also LOVES zombies!! Last year she planned an entire zombie photo shoot! She had recently photographed a wedding for a couple that loved zombies as much as she did. They came and played the couple that was attacked by zombies on their wedding day. She works with Carmel based, Lorena Somers make up artist, who spent the day creating zombies and zombie aftermath! It also helped that Brittany had several friends who got be become zombies for the day! You can view the entire zombie photo shoot here.
Brittany always tells couples this: "You need to like the photographer you choose because you are going to spend your entire wedding day with them!" I've had a family photo shoot with Brittany and my boys loved her. She also took a head shot I LOVE. The wonderful thing about a great photographer is they can easily become part of the family. It starts with your engagement photo's, then your wedding photo's. Baby bumps and new born photo's make way for annual family photos. Sure, you have a smart phone to take pictures but a professional photographer is going to produce pictures you will want to share for years and years to come.
Brittany is a graduate of Herron School of the Art and Design at IUPUI. She has a studio in her home on Indy's west side and is happy to travel to wherever you are getting married. You can read her bio here.
I love it when I hear couples I'm marrying have booked Brittany for their elopement pictures. If you aren't sure where you want to elope, a professional photographer can tell you what spots in the greater Indianapolis area are great for photographs. The willow trees in White River State Park, the clock tower in front of the Indiana State Museum or Cox Hall Gardens. I performed a quick elopement for a couple this summer. Brittany was able to photograph them at the place they got engaged and the place they eloped. They will be getting married in a large ceremony again with family and friends in another state but the couple was able to share the intimacy of a very private elopement with just me, as the officiant, and Brittany, taking pictures. If you are wondering what your simple elopement could look like in pictures Here is a link to a recent elopement we did together.
Victoria Meyer has been a professional wedding officiant providing legal wedding services and performing weddings in Indiana for the past 8 years. She has married over 2500 couples. You can get married today in Indy! She has received the Couples Choice Reward from Wedding Wire 5 years running. She has been State Best and Local Best according to My Wedding's since 2013. She has also been voted Best of Borrowed and Blue.