While winter is beautiful, February can be a bit dreary here in Vermont, so it’s the PERFECT month to revisit a few foliage-filled elopements and weddings. I’m so excited to share these moments with you. Courtney and Kyle’s Autumn Shelburne Farms elopement was one that I’ll remember for years to come. It was the perfect mix of stunning portraiture, sweet moments, and family that was filled with pure joy.
An Autumn Shelburne Farms Elopement: The Day
Courtney and Kyle were so lucky to be wed on the most beautiful early October evening — Mother Nature came through for us (see more on that below), the foliage colors were unbelievable, and the light was incredibly gorgeous. To top it off, we were at Shelburne Farms — which, as many of you know, is a jaw-droppingly beautiful Vermont venue. I’ve been on location there for many other elopements, engagement sessions, and proposals — the views never cease to inspire some really gorgeous imagery.
Courtney and Kyle’s flexible, positive attitude about their day was noteworthy. It was raining in the few hours leading up to their elopement and, despite the ominous forecast, these two remained calm and and happy. Luckily, the clouds parted and we were left for some gorgeous golden hour, glowing light!
The personal touches that Courtney and Kyle chose added so much to their day: their ceremony took place with the views of Camel’s Hump intentionally in the background, one of their close family friends officiated the ceremony, champagne bottles were popped in celebration, and custom cupcakes were ordered. I sincerely love that Courtney and Kyle were intentional about taking time for themselves to get the photos they were hoping for, and to have the ceremony exactly where and when they wanted.
In addition, Courtney’s nephew, wore the the absolutely cutest little outfit, complete with suspenders. (See below!)
The way Kyle looked at Courtney during our two hours together — it’s so obvious to me that these two will have a fun and thoughtful journey together in their marriage.
An Autumn Shelburne Farms Elopement: The Couple
Courtney and Kyle first met working a summer job at a bagel café — they hit things off immediately and have been in love ever since. In reply to one of my questionnaire prompts, they wrote “We’ve been together for 6 years and have been in love since day 1! We both knew right off, even at [that age] that what we had was really special and something we had never had with anyone else. We still feel that way today.”
When thinking about their wedding day, these two knew they wanted to cultivate a more intimate feel. Because of that, they chose to invite only a close group of immediate friends and family. We spent the first hour together adventuring around Shelburne Farms before they exchanged vows and rings at sunset.
Autumn Shelburne Farms Elopement: The Images
With that said, enjoy the images below! Courtney and Kyle – thank you again for sharing these moments with me.
For more real elopements and weddings, head back to the blog here. Or for insight into planning your own Vermont Elopement, peek at my Complete Guide to Your Vermont Elopement blog here!