Written in the Stars | Modern, Celestial Elopement Inspiration at The Durham Hotel

Posted: 10 February 2021

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The clouds are patchy, in motion. Their canopy seems to hold you in, hold you together—the air just yours, the sunset that bleeds through the horizon edge almost tangible. The clouds are a deep blue as they break, as your voice breaks in the midst of a promise, as you look up and finally see the hot metal shine of the first stars. Everyone knows the dark is intimate and here you are within it, joining with voices, the deepest and most personal connection: linked at the soul, at the heart, for life. As this blue and bright night folds its quiet around you, settles vows on your shoulders, you laugh in delight, kiss and embrace, and begin.


I was utterly thrilled at the opportunity to work on this elopement inspiration shoot, the brainchild of the intrepid Stephanie Milosh, planner extraordinaire and doyenne of elopements—she spearheads the delightful new resource Elope NC. While I helped with planning points where I could, Steph was the mastermind, the vision hers. Downtown rooftop elopement at dusk, deep navy for the night sky and metallics for the stars, modern geometric elements and plenty of sparkle...how could I resist?

Plus, it's not every day I get the opportunity to polish my nighttime shooting skills, and creating deep dark couple's portraits with Ashley & Jarrett (whose wedding we photographed back in 2016, and whom we are grateful to still call friends all these years later!) was one of the highlights of the evening for me.

To be honest, though, the entire shoot is filled with highlights: The incredible backdrop of one of downtown Durham's coolest spots. The jaw-dropping artistry of the FauxReal Flowers team's creations. Patricia's classic, practiced style amplifying Ashley's features. The smiles and giggles of these two lovebirds. The lemon blueberry geode cake Beth of Wicked Sweet Cakes created in all its sparkly (and delicious!) gorgeousness. The impeccable vision-to-execution process that Steph brought to fruition. Hands down, the best part of any styled shoot is getting to create delightful magic with a carefully curated team of talented vendors, and this shoot exemplified that to a T!

As you take a scroll through my favorite images from this styled elopement below, hold the spirit of intimacy in your mind, of promises, of the glow and anticipation of a beautiful night, of the warmth of love beneath the stars. Tell us your favorite moments—and favorite details!—in the comments below! (And if you're in the midst of elopement planning yourself—whatever that might mean to you!—we'd love to hear all about it and help make it awesome!)

Vendors

Planning & Coordination: Stephanie Milosh, Beauty & the Budget Events
Venue & Catering: The Durham
Photography: Kate Marchetto, MKM Photography (that's us!)
Videography: Chaz Reid Films
Officiant: Kevin Holland, Personal Weddings
Flowers: FauxReal Flowers
Cake: Wicked Sweet Cakes
Attire: New York Bride & Groom of Raleigh
Hair & Makeup: Patricia Love, Perfection by Patricia
Jewelry: Diamonds Direct
Models: Ashley & Jarrett

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Love the look and feel of this intimate and stylish elopement? Planning an intimate exchange of vows of your own? (May we suggest that you head over to one of our many internet heart-homes, Elope NC, for more ideas and inspiration?) Something different in mind? We'd love to hear what you've got in the works, and how we can help make it awesome! Use the Contact Us link above, or send Kate an email directly, to start the conversation. We can't wait to hear from you!

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