This Missouri elopement vow renewal was so simple, yet so beautiful. It was a cold day in December and most of the trees were bare, but the sun was shining a golden orange and the water of Lake Springfield was as turquoise blue as I’ve ever seen it.
Instead of re-reading their vows from their wedding day, the couple wrote love letters and read them aloud to one another on top of a large, mossy rock overlooking the lake.
Elopements allow for slow moments like these–simply sitting together and enjoying a spectacular view without worrying about a strict timeline or crowd full of people.
After some time of relaxing and soaking each other in, we took some pictures in the surrounding forest. As cold as December can be in the Ozarks, you just can’t beat that hazy golden light!
We took a break from pictures so Philip and Claire could sip on some delicious red wine. And what’s wine without charcuterie to go with it?
This evening made my heart so happy! I get so many messages from couples who had larger weddings and wish they had eloped, or they wish they could have done both somehow. I think an adventurous vow renewal is the perfect way to enjoy that experience together in and intimate way, even if you’ve already had a full-blown wedding day. Getting to be in a beautiful place with your person, expressing your love for them in an intimate yet significant way is an experience that I think every couple should have.
Whether you’re looking for a more intimate wedding day experience or you simply want to celebrate your marriage in a different way, you deserve the freedom to choose a celebration that feels like you.
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