Elopements are more ideal for a couple who want a low maintenance day without guests or a large celebration. Chelsea and Claire did just that with their beautifully simple queer elopement to an Airbnb in Benton, MI. Their love story begins with a dating app, followed by a 5 hour long first date. Since then they have been inseparable, enjoying life together. Their family includes their adopted 3-year-old Rottweiler mix, Sugar. Their hobbies include playing games, swimming at the beach, and spending time with Sugar.
The only people in attendance were the brides themselves and Sugar, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. It was their first time having professional pictures taken, and I am honored they chose me to photograph their vow exchanges. Before the ceremony they relaxed with a game of soccer in their pjs outside overlooking the water of Lake Michigan. Then, there was lots of love and cuddles with Sugar before they helped one another get dressed. Chelsea wore a tiara along with her white dress while Claire wore a custom dark green suit. Once they were ready, I captured a few portraits and laughs outside.
When the time came, the pair played rock-paper-scissors to determine who would read their vows first. I love how relaxed and carefree they were. It was a peaceful view, Claire and Chelsey standing at the end of the backyard overlooking Lake Michigan and not a cloud in the sky. After the exchange, they had their first kiss to seal the deal! To commemorate their elopement, they placed a bottle of Pinot Grigio and mementos in a keepsake box engraved with their names and wedding date. Together, they tied a bit of rope around it to keep it closed.
It is imperative to celebrate who you love the way you want to. That does not always include family. That is okay. Chelsea and Claire wanted to spend their day celebrating their commitment to each other free of other people’s opinions. And that’s exactly how their elopement turned out. This queer elopement was full of love fun and smiles.
Many congratulations to the happy couple, and may your life continue to be full of happy surprises and spontaneous fun!
Chelsea’s dress – Claudette by Sarah Seven BEFORE line
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