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Elizabeth & Michael's Blue Ridge Mountain Elopement

‘Maybe…We are supposed to meet the wrong people before meeting the right one so that, when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift

Maybe…it is true that we don’t know what we have got until we lose it, but it is also true that we don’t know what we have been missing until it arrives

Maybe…the happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way

Maybe…the best kind of love is the kind you can sit on a sofa together and never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had

Maybe…you shouldn’t go for looks; they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.

Maybe…you should hope for enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, and enough hope to make you happy

Maybe… the art of true love is not about finding the perfect person, it’s about learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.’

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When it boils down to it, all you really need to get married are each other and a couple witnesses.  Elizabeth and Mike decided their wedding would be small and sweet, with *some* of the most important people in their lives. (Not all of their immediate families could make, though they were there in spirit and dearly missed.)  They rented a lovely cabin in Lake Lure, a picturesque city in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In fact, the movie Dirty Dancing was filmed here!  This was an especially important wedding for me because Elizabeth is my baby sister. 🙂 2015-12-22_00012015-12-22_0002Mike took a quiet moment to call his parents, who weren’t able to join them for the wedding. 2015-12-22_0003Elizabeth got a little teary-eyed as emotions hit her while getting dressed.  I think that’s when it got “real” for her.2015-12-22_00042015-12-22_0005The three of us did their first look at the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, a beautiful spot a couple miles from the cabin. Seeing each other privately before their ceremony calmed them both, and they were SO excited to see each other for a few minutes before their I Do’s. It was so interesting to me that I could see a physical difference in how much these few minutes helped them relax! They are so good for each other!2015-12-22_0006Elizabeth was wearing one of our grandma’s vintage hats. 🙂2015-12-22_00072015-12-22_00082015-12-22_00092015-12-22_00102015-12-22_0011I left them to have a few minutes to themselves, and we met back up with everyone at the cabin a little bit later. We enjoyed some appetizers, finished decorating, and got ready for the ceremony!2015-12-22_00122015-12-22_0013The suitcase and shirt on the chair, above, are in honor of our dad.  Like Mike’s parents, he couldn’t be there for the wedding, so he sent one of his trademark Hawaiian shirts and a vintage suitcase so he would have a presence for the wedding. 🙂 2015-12-22_0014And finally… the ceremony.  Their good friend, Brianna, was the officiant.2015-12-22_0015The bride was a *little* excited.2015-12-22_00162015-12-22_00172015-12-22_00182015-12-22_00192015-12-22_0020^^^ Thanks to one of the guests (Elissa, I think?) for snapping that picture of my reading.  I was technically the matron of honor, but since I was the photographer, I’m not in many photos.2015-12-22_00212015-12-22_0022See that little guy up there? That’s my son!  He was awfully tired, and wondered why his mama wasn’t holding him… so he watched me quite a bit while I was taking photos!2015-12-22_00232015-12-22_0024Yay!2015-12-22_00252015-12-22_00262015-12-22_00272015-12-22_0028After a champagne toast and a few formal photos, we headed back to the cabin for a low-key dinner. 2015-12-22_0029I didn’t take many photos of their dinner since I wanted to be fully present and enjoy this special day with my sister and her new husband. But I did grab a couple!2015-12-22_0030Congratulations to my sister and her new husband!  And Michael, welcome to the family!

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