Derrick + Rachel’s Spring Elopement
Last week Jared and I got to spend the day with Derrick and Rachel as they took one of the biggest steps in their lives. And it was AHHMAZING! They invited us to photograph their intimate elopement at Cooper’s Landing Inn up in Clarksville, Virginia.
It’s one of favorite little spots to visit, such a cute bed and breakfast. We’ve been photographing there for just over a year now and we love how they go the extra mile to take care of their couples and make their day special.
Derrick and Rachel thoughtfully selected the perfect details for their day. We absolutely love their custom vow book they had inscribed with their names. Such a sweet touch and a beautiful heirloom!
Pat, the inn’s officiant, said he’s never seen such a beautiful bride in his seven years of weddings at Cooper’s! He wasn’t lying, Rachel is gorgeous bride! Can we talk about her perfect curls? Officially jelly! And her stunning lace and tulle Oleg Cassini gown is to die for! But we can’t leave Derrick out, his classic tux was so timeless and dapper.
They exchanged vows and rings in the garden. It was the perfect short and sweet celebration of their commitment to each other. Follow it up with some cake and champagne and it’s pretty much a perfect day!
Afterwards we spent the rest of the afternoon wandering the grounds making lovely portraits of the two of them. The sun even decided to make an appearance for a few minutes before we left!
In these uncertain times we’re facing it was incredibly refreshing to spend a day celebrating with two people meant for each other.
Their day was the perfect example that it’s not about a big wedding and reception. Instead it’s about the person you’re committing to and the life you’re starting together that is the best part. We want to encourage all of our couples throughout this time to focus on the joy of starting a new adventure together in marriage.
Jared and I love elopements for this very reason. It allows our couples to be truly in the moment without distractions. To give their full focus to the relationship that bought them to this beautiful moment.
Derrick and Rachel, thank you for letting us spend the afternoon with you! We are so excited for you and wish you every bit of happiness in your marriage!
XO Rachael & Jared
You can see more of our weddings + elopements at Cooper’s Landing Inn here!