Our Secret Bali Elopement \\ Part 1 // WE’RE MARRIED!

He held my hand and looked me in the eye “you ready baby?”. My eyes were already welling with tears and he hadn’t even started reading yet. We played Rock Paper Scissors to see who went first and he lost. He pulled me in close and we looked out towards the cliffs. “Look where we are baby. Think of all the places we’ve been and all the places we’ll go from here.” I rested my head on his chest and did my best to take everything from that moment in from the pounding in my chest, the gentle wind blowing my hair across my face and his thumb rubbing the back of my hand back and forth. He turned to me and opened the book to his vows and began to read. “Meg, you are the reason for all of my happiest moments”. Tears fell down my cheek.

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He spoke and I was lost in his words, the world froze around us and time stopped. I gripped his hand tight and our eyes locked on each other. He made his promises to me as tears slowly ran down my cheek. I couldn’t believe all I had gone through to make it here to this moment with this man. He saw me and understood me. He loved me with all his heart and I was overwhelmed with thankfulness. This was my husband for the rest of time standing in front of me and I couldn’t think of anything more perfect.

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This amazing film below was made by James at Zephyr Productions and I may be bias but I think it’s the most epic film ever ;). All of our incredible wedding photographs were done by the insanely talented David Mendoza III (AKA “Doza”) this guy is a wizard and we are so grateful for him and excited to share the rest soon!

Peter and I are still on cloud 9 and we’re going enjoy a few more days with our friends and family who flew out to Kauai to celebrate with us this week, and then we’ll tell you more about this fairytale experience of being on the other side of the camera! Thank you all for your well wishes and sweet words, ENJOY!

 

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Kelli and Scott | Hike-In Elopement

hiiiii guys!! dang it’s been a while since i was logged in here, the last few months have been absolutely INSANE between shooting elopements almost every day (so crazy!) and also trying to plan for our own wedding that is in just 11 days (ah! i need to blog about that too!)! i’ve been the worst at keeping up with facebook and the blog, and on the good days i remember to post on instagram so if you’re wondering what we’re up to you can usually find out over at @megcourtney1! ANYWAYS! instead of procrastinating the blog yet another day, i decided to randomly select one of the 30 elopements we’ve photographed in the last 2 months and just get it up here, so here it is!

after kelli and scott’s beautiful south side ceremony, we drove all the way up the mountain on the west side and it was straight rain and fog. we had an epic ridge trail picked out to do that day and it just wasn’t going to be possible, so we quickly adjusted the plan, drove back allll the way to the east side and we decided to a hike we had never photographed before. peter and i have done the sleeping giant trail a ton of times, just never with a client so i was pumped to get to do something different and i knew it was the perfect day for it with the moody clouds.

he stood on the top of the rock and held out her hand to help her up. the space was tight up there and there was no room for error. they held each other close as kelli’s dress blew around in the wind and the sky started to show off from yet another epic sunset. a perfect spontaneous plan that worked out even better than our original idea. i always say, most of the time when things don’t work out, it’s to make way for better things, and that definitely was the case for these two.

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we got every kind of location and weather with these guys and even found ourselves at the bottom of some east side waterfalls for some extra adventuring. so excited to get to share these (and hopefully many other elopements soon too!) – enjoy!!!

 

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xo- meg.

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