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Whimsical Garden Elopement

Kelsey + Connor | Oct 5, 2019

Intimate, whimsical elopement with vibrant fall hues at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens in Charlotte, North Carolina

Kelsey and Connor were both living in Florida when they caught each other’s eye at a friend's party. Connor took notice of her Stormtrooper tattoo and Kelsey took notice of his goofy toucan shirt - and they hit it off instantly.

“Neither of us had the intention of meeting our soulmate while in Florida,” said Kelsey, “but the best things in life happen when you least expect them to!”

After two years of Florida living, they made the move to Charlotte - where Connor decided to make the next move. He cooked a phenomenal candlelit dinner for the two of them and, once they finished eating, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him!

“It was perfect, simple and easy theatrics or pressure,” said Kelsey. “It's one of the reasons that we chose to do a micro-wedding.”

On a perfect 75-degree fall day, Kelsey and Connor tied the knot during an intimate garden ceremony. Surrounded by a curated collection of luscious greenery and blossoming wildflowers. It was the most whimsical backdrop for their special ceremony.  

“It was a very simple ceremony,” said Connor, “but for the two of us, it was the biggest day of our lives.”

The morning of the ceremony, Connor stood out amongst the greenery in his tailored, Pantone blue suit, paired with a slate-grey tie, white dress shirt and brown leather shoes. He was in the middle of the gardens, eagerly awaiting his first look at his stunning bride.

“We ended up doing a first look,” said Connor, “so it was more intimate and private the first time we got to see each other on our wedding day.”

When he turned around to see Kelsey, he was floored by how stunning she looked. She wore a strappy ivory gown with a sweetheart neckline and a form-fitting trumpet silhouette. There was a sheer overlay of intricate hand-embroidery, which gave it a boho-chic touch. She added a floor-length veil and dainty floral headpiece to her sleek low bun, leaving a few curls to frame her face.

The florals in the boutonniere and bridal bouquet were vibrant seasonal arrangements with bursts of marigold, burnt orange, tangerine and poppy-red tones, with fall blooms including sunflowers, orange poms and spray roses.

Both inside and out of the enchanting greenhouse wedding venue, the lively plants and hardy tropicals flourished all around them. As Kelsey walked down the stone staircase to stand next to her soon-to-be husband, their small gathering of close friends and family watched in awe of their love and all the natural beauty.

“There was a total of 14 of us, Kelsey and myself included,” said Connor. “We had invited both of our immediate families and two of Kelsey's best friends crashed.”

The ceremony was short, sweet and absolutely stunning - filled with so many sentimental moments. They shared their much-anticipated first kiss as newlyweds and joined their loved ones for photos with the gardens creating a magical backdrop.

Following the group photo session, the wedding photographer and videography teams captured the couple alone in the dreamlike garden space. There were tiny bridges, lily ponds, and stonework structures that each added something unique to the moments being remembered. They wrapped up the session with the perfect shot that really spoke to their fun-loving relationship - linking arms and feeding each other delicious glazed donuts

“Everyone captured these memories perfectly for us to cherish together, forever,” said Connor.

After an intimate and beautiful photoshoot, they made their way back home to celebrate with their friends and family over barbecue. They spent the early evening playing corn hole in the yard, enjoying their curated Spotify playlist, and of course, clinking glasses to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

Congratulations, Kelsey and Connor! 

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