Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Black Balsam Knob, NC Elopement Photo Story Award

Black Balsam Knob, North Carolina outdoor wedding image in the rain of The bride, groom, and guests under umbrellas

Black Balsam Knob, NC Elopement Photography | The bride, groom, and guests listen while the best man reads a poem

The bride, groom, and guests listen while the best man reads a poem.

This COVID-19 wedding took place amid the clouds, the mist, and the fog that settled over a stand of trees that was more than 6,000 feet above sea level.

The couple planned to have anywhere from 50-100 people at a ceremony set to take place in a historic courthouse. But then, the pandemic hit, and all plans were blown out the window.

When the couple realized they needed to postpone their wedding celebration, they decided to go ahead and get married during the quarantine, and to put their plans for a bigger celebration and reception on hold for a year.

The couple chose one of their favorite hiking spots for their ceremony, Sam's Knob Trailhead atop Black Balsam Knob in Western North Carolina. The spectacular view of the surrounding mountains, they had hoped would surround them, was replaced by a romantic mist. 

North Carolina adventure wedding photography of The maid of honor helping the bride stay dry from the rain

North Carolina Outdoor Elopement Photo | The maid of honor helps the bride stay dry from the rain before her wedding ceremony

The maid of honor helps the bride stay dry before her wedding ceremony atop Black Balsam Knob in North Carolina.

Adventure Wedding Ceremony photo from the forest rain of The maid of honor throwing the bouquet to the bride

North Carolina Forest Elopement Ceremony Image | The maid of honor throws the bouquet to the bride

The maid of honor throws the bouquet to the bride so she'll have it for her posed couple photos.

Adventure Forest Wedding Ceremony image from the Rain of The bride leading the wedding party down the trail

Adventure Elopement Picture Forest Ceremony in the Rain | The bride leads the wedding party down the trai

The bride leads the wedding party down the trail to the parking lot after the ceremony and celebration.