Imagine you are deep inside the cool embrace of a lush forest. The breeze carries the musky scent of trees and moss as you make your way to a small clearing in the trees. As you stand there in the dappled sunlight, you know that this is the place that you and your partner will make a lifelong promise to each other; a promise to be faithful and true. The spontaneity of finding this special spot makes it seem magical. Like a grand design that has unfolded rather perfectly right before your eyes.
Sound romantic? When it comes to weddings, it doesn’t get any more romantic than a forest elopement. Unless of course it’s a spontaneous forest elopement. And that’s exactly the inspiration for today’s styled shoot by Photographer Galaxie Andrews at Arizona’s Gilbert Riparian Preserve. Here’s what she had to say about the shoot:
“This story is about a bride and groom eloping in nature, without guests, without a timeline, without even an altar. Letting their instinct take stage, and walking hand in hand with anticipation in their hearts, guided solely by their inner compass and creativity, not knowing where they would be married. Maybe just around the corner? Maybe behind overgrown branches and sunny leaves? They would know once they’ve found it, and exclaim “this is it! …With this editorial story, I want to inspire and encourage couples to take the unplanned part of their elopement even deeper and make it an experience of discovery, adventure and excitement. To engage their senses, and together, to uncover that special place and designate it as a protective emblem and shelter for the moment they would become husband and wife.”
Photographer: Galaxie Andrews
Event Venue: Gilbert Riparian Preserve
Floral Designer: Hoot and Holler
Makeup Artist: Mariana Marie