Valley Forge National Park continues to surprise me with the new spaces around every trailhead.
Brianna and John decided early on for their early Fall elopement, that the priority was going to be a beautiful, unfussy space sans crowds, where they could privately tie the knot with only Brianna’s parents and John’s 8-year-old daughter present.
Bonus points that the couple’s officiant was also the bride’s best friend, so she didn’t even count as a guest!
Brianna shared that a traditional wedding wasn’t important to them because their decision to tie the knot was about starting the next phase of their lives together, and less about throwing a party. The bride and groom wanted their union, as well as their pictures, to be focused on them making this promise to each other and what it symbolized.
In their minds, their wedding day was a crossroads of them moving away from the past and into a bright future, and everyone present had helped them along the way in some form or fashion.
I thought that was pretty neat. And that’s how I found myself packing my bag for a little hike into the Pennsylvania woods!
Brianna and John opted for the Knox trail area, which featured a gorgeous old homestead with a creek bridge and a meadow nearby. It was a lovely space for a simple and meaningful open-air elopement.
Under the curious gaze of gorgeous girl somewhere between child and preteen, and the loving gaze of parents, Brianna and John made it official and then did what every person in their right mind does:
They celebrated with pizza and champagne!
After some epic portraits around the homestead site, everyone sat down for a pizza picnic in the tall grass, where they settled into comfortable chatter punctuated every so often with a cork-popping.
At the end of the day, I think Brianna’s clutch, which you can see below, said it best. Happily ever after.
Dress: Casablanca Gown, Something Borrowed Bridal Boutique
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