John and Russell are such a special couple with a cute backstory. They met on an app and after some shenanigans, they ended up on a date night on Art Walk in downtown Mobile. They had a great time going into galleries, discussing art, and drinking plenty of free wine! Even that night, they knew they had found the one. As they were walking down Dauphin Street, John even looked at Russell and said, “Damnit, you’re the one!” Russell replied, “Yep, afraid so!” After starting a wonderful relationship, they ended up deciding on a Lafayette Square elopement.
They got ready at the Mirabelle Suites, which is such an amazing place to start your wedding day. Russell absolutely loves fried chicken, so fried chicken in bed was included in their getting ready time. My favorite thing about elopements is the freedom to get silly and playful and you have the time to incorporate meaningful moments that you wouldn’t have time for on a full-scale wedding day.
Not to mention, their rings were custom and so special to them. They represent the beach and ginkgo trees, both things John and Russell love. The driftwood represents the letting go of roots and being organically tumbled by life. The eternal relationship between wood and water, between the forest and sea, symbolizes the ever-present moment, which is at once ht past, present, and future. The ginkgo tree has endured for millions of years with little change. It celebrated antiquity and symbolizes strength hope and peace. The sapphires represent loyalty, faithfulness, and trust. The diamonds represent lace and fidelity and love. And the mix of gold and silver combines the symbolism of illumination, compassion, courage, wisdom, and passion. They were also a family affair as family members donated old jewelry to be melted down to create the rings. The rings include John’s grandmother’s diamonds, and they turned out beautiful!
The couple chose to elope in Lafayette Square, which is one of my favorite squares in Savannah! It always has such gorgeous light, and the fountain makes for some beautiful pictures. John and Russell wore the coolest matching suits – pink pants, blue velvet suit jackets, and feather bowties.
John and Russell are so friendly and talkative that they made friends everywhere they went in Savannah. Two of these people who they randomly met actually came to their wedding to watch the ceremony! I thought that was so sweet. One of them was a local artist who brought some paintings for John and Russell to take home. How special is that?
I just love shooting special elopements with unique couples. John and Russell were such a wonderful couple to work with, and their Lafayette Square elopement was beautiful. Planning your own elopement? I would love to help capture those special moments!
Officiant: Steve Schulte
Getting Ready: Mirabelle Suites