A Monday Elopement Under a Waterfall in Bare Feet and a Turquoise Dress

Let's just break all the rules

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Liz, Right-Hand Man at Braid Creative & Micah, Marketing at Fullsteam Brewery

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: A Blue Ridge Mountains elopement with bare feet, moonshine, and breastfeeding.

Soundtrack for reading: “Joy” by Iron & Wine

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Upon arriving in Asheville, we hiked a few of our favorite spots along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and decided on the spot for the ceremony less than forty-eight hours before it happened. Since it’s a pretty popular spot for tourists, we got married on a Monday morning to cut down on the chances of anyone else being there (and to keep the rest of our week open for celebrating).

We asked my best friend and boss, Kathleen, to officiate the wedding, her husband Jeremy was the Best Man, and their three-month-old son Fox was my Man of Honor. I kept crying so much during my vows (you can read them here) that Fox started crying too–so we took a fifteen-minute break from the ceremony so Kathleen could feed him (and I could calm down). We actually ended up taking a lot of our portraits during that time, and I love knowing that they were taken during this impromptu, totally unconventional downtime.

We bought a big box of French Broad chocolates in lieu of a wedding/birthday cake (because it also happened to be Kathleen’s birthday!). We rented out this amazing mid-century modern house in West Asheville and spent the rest of the week eating and drinking our way around town. We bought an instant camera, and took photos of ourselves throughout the day to include in our announcements. We mailed them out the day after the ceremony, so throughout the week all of our (shocked but totally supportive, I don’t think anyone was super-surprised) friends and family started calling us from all over the country with congratulations and well-wishes.

The whole day was chill and magical and completely perfect for us. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing.

Favorite Thing About The Wedding

Liz: I’m the more levelheaded half, so I was surprised how emotional I got during our readings. But since it was so intimate, I was able to let myself feel all of it and really lean into my ugly-cry without feeling too embarrassed or exposed (seriously you guys, I’m usually a total robot).

Micah: And I’m the hopeless romantic, so I loved reading from the Princess Bride, and bringing a little bit of fairytale into our ceremony. Then, of course, the fact that we worked in pouring each other shots of moonshine into our vows—then taking them after our first kiss. We met in a dive bar on a weekday, so it was only fitting. And eloping really allowed us to add in unconventional (but totally us) elements like that without a second thought.

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