An Intimate Creekside Elopement Inspiration
This couple wanted to stay true to who they are. Instead of the traditional gown, she chooses a blush skirt and denim shirt. Paired with a simple veil with feather details. The groom stayed true to his style also, with a plaid shirt and wool vest. Paired with a feather boutonniere! This intimate creekside elopement also had layers of textures!
The aisle she walked down was laid with vintage rugs surrounded by fallen leaves. Their stationery was hand-stamped copper details in a wax envelope. Along with vintage postage and metallic calligraphy.
Stay true to who you are is what makes your wedding day special to you and your loved ones. Don’t feel pressured to be Pinterest perfect or something you two aren’t. Where the dress you want, don’t wear a suit if you don’t want to. Be 100% authentic to you are! This will keep your wedding day special and full of your unique personalities.
All about the couple:
They met by chance in their hometown. He popped the question during a special canoe ride. As a nod to this, the bride wanted to arrive at her ceremony by floating down the creek and “docking” alongside their friends and family. She emerged from the vessel barefoot and when she lifted the edge of her skirt to step out of the boat. Showcasing a custom floral anklet.
Between ceremony and reception, we urged the couple to take a moment for themselves. So, between locations, we set up a private spot for them, surrounded by candlelight and rhododendrons where they were free to whisper, laugh, toast, and celebrate their new marriage before they met with guests.
Biggest planning frustration?
Their big day was severely impacted by COVID which drove their plans to a luxe yet private “backyard” ceremony. Social distancing practices were followed which was evident in the sparse ceremony setup and right through to the picnic-style reception. Cocktail hour was celebrated with personalized flasks being toasted far around the fire, then guests were handed a basket of food to take to their spread-out picnic areas which were tucked among trees into a forest setting.
The menu consisted of trout dip, cheeses, pickled root veggies, and locally roasted seeds followed by hearty potato soup and artisanal bread. Guests rushed to dessert which was a blueberry and maple pie in an American Flag design!
Couples biggest ask?
We connected with this couple because of their desire to do things “differently” and “uniquely”. They wanted touches that were personal and couture, which is what our company thrives on.
How did the couple decide on their wedding venue? Why was this the perfect reception spot?
For their venue, they turned to a family favorite secret spot!
All about her dress!
She wanted to stay true to who she was and who he adored. Choosing a denim shirt (with rolled-up sleeves and a long flowy skirt. This made for a stunning and romantic combo. To make things feel more bridal, she opted for a birdcage veil which we made for her and embellished with dried florals and found feathers.
Any special/ unique requests from the couple?
Even in the cold weather, this adventurous bride chose to walk barefoot – and with braids in her hair. She also opted for a single beeswax candle over a traditional bouquet and chose all-dried florals for her groomsman. We LOVED that they selected an aisle of vintage rugs leading to an altar of shed deer antlers which stood in front of a roaring fire.
We suggested that the ring bearer tote their jewelry in a bird’s nest and that their flower girls toss natural confetti from lichen bowls.
For the most special client/stylist collaboration, we worked closely with them to forage local flora, fauna, and feathers. Which were then dried for months adding only a few key fresh florals that day.
From the designer:
We collaborated with this couple to style their entire wedding from location to furniture to florals to entertainment. They were a dream to work with and fully embraced our invite suggestions. Along with a picnic dinner, each guest got a flask of whiskey at their seat.
What were your favorite moments from this couple’s wedding?
The canoe arrival was certainly a stand-out of this Creekside Elopement. Their laid-back vibe allowed guests to seriously invest in the moments they were witnessing. A local band played throughout the day. Adding to the chill vibe.
All of this was perfectly captured by Christina Zanella who has an undeniable read on Pocono-area weddings!
Photography: Christina Zannella
Design & Decor: The Proppy Shoppe
Caligraphy: Blue Sea Ink
Hair and Makeup: Cortney Jorgenson
Baked Goods: My Grandma Baked A Cookie