New Brighton Minnesota Elopement
We photographed our first elopement where including us there were EIGHT people in attendance. Their day was filled with dear friends, their pup, and beautiful fall colors. We started at their apartment where they got ready – yes they got ready in the same apartment and DID NOT SEE EACH OTHER! I mean that had to be hard! To not take a peek or anything! I know I would totally peek! Just read below – they put into words their love story better than I ever could.
I am going to let them tell their story of how they met:
We met in a smaller sized city named Ogden, Just north of Salt Lake City, Ut. Seth was slaving away as a cashier, but he got a daily saving grace of his, at the time, favorite food; Subway. Being right next door, it was an easy addiction to satiate. But before long, it wasn’t subway that he was going there to get, it was the girl with the beautiful smile working behind the counter that he couldn’t get out of his head that he was after. It only took one smile and he was hooked. But he had no idea at this point that he like her, because he never thought it would be mutual. Especially since he didn’t want to pester a cute girl at work. She was just being nice because she had to. But her smile was so beautiful, he had to make sure he saw when he saw her. So he casually kept his distance until a friend asked her to hang out with them. Natalie vehemently denied him, but let slip a subtle glance at Seth. Which was all it took for the friend to convince him to talk to her more. Eventually, social media and numbers were exchanged until one day, he got the courage to do something. He showed up at the end of her shift, freezing out in the cold February night. He was leaning against his car when she came out and saw him looking like a suave movie star. The rest, as they say, is history.
How did Seth propose?
A ring planned in advanced and obtained just before a less than planned trip to southern Utah. A short family trip that took them way up in the Zion national park mountains on Angels landing; a fairly treacherous climb. A frightened and shaken Natalie noticed a square bulge in his pocket as he walked up to her for some “pictures.” Before she knew it, he was down on one knee and stuttering trying to find the words he hadn’t practiced. The camera had died, so a phone video captured the dizzying moment full of tears and joy as she said yes and made him the happiest man in the world.
Natalie loves that Seth how he has the uncanny ability to make her giggle ridiculously and feel better, even when she’s sad or angry. He always makes her feel like the most important girl in the world. Seth absolutely loves her smile. It’s the first thing he loved, and it’s the first and last thing he wants to see every day for the rest of his life.
Their favorite moment of their day:
We both felt that the personal first look was the best part of the whole wedding. Her sneaking up on me, and watching me waiting for her was her favorite. While mine was the tingles I got when I knew she was getting close. We both felt like our hearts, and tears, were going to jump out of us!!
Their greatest challenge planning their elopement?
Not scrapping it all and flying to Ireland for a very private elopement. ^_^ also, dealing with the wedding dress had its difficulties. We didn’t expect to be running so late! That’s what we were least prepared for. Everything taking longer than expected. There wasn’t anything we didn’t want in it. It was such a small wedding that everything we had was needed.
Advice for future couples?
To enjoy every second of it and to not get caught up in the details. I spent time right before looking for a last second sparkly hair accessory because I wanted everything to be perfect. I then realized it wasn’t important and that I need to get home and enjoy my wedding day!
And finally the day in their words: (my favorite part)
For me, Seth, it started like a normal day. Except I woke up on a dog bed and couldn’t see the one person I wanted to see. The day disappeared in waves of love and happiness. Putting a bow tie on an excited puppy, tying the most important tie of my life, and stumbling through half tears reading my vows. Eating an amazingly delicious dinner with a few of my favorite people followed by the view out of a 23rd floor window looking out over downtown Minneapolis. Waking up the next morning to see my wife’s smile was one of the most amazing moments in my life. And I’m so excited to do that every day for the rest of our lives!!
My day (Natalie) started off by going to a delicious brunch with all of the girls. Then as the day went on and the butterflies got stronger I had a last minute “Is everything perfect? I need to search for a hair accessory!” freakout. I excitedly made my way home to get ready! The moment I got to put my dress on was amazing. I wanted to cry so many happy tears as my family and friends helped close my dress and tie my bow sash. I was so full of butterflies as I was making my way to the first look location ( and way more butterflies during the first look)! I also got to experience the perfect moment as my younger sister walked me down the aisle to my soon to be husband. I was so blissfully happy during the ceremony and almost couldn’t start reading my vows out of the fear that I wouldn’t be able to stop the happy tears! After the ceremony we ate and celebrated at one of our favorite restaurants for the rest of the night. Then the next morning I got to wake up next to my handsome husband and make our way to breakfast at Denny’s with family and friends to say goodbye.