The concept of eloping in a forest came after listening to Ben Rector's song, "Forever Like That". The song begins with a simple promise of loving the other on a rainy day and an assurance of having each other until the end. It progresses alluding to the different seasons of life - the wind and storms coming and challenging and sometimes even breaking a couple, but always going back to the promise a couple makes on their wedding day: to love each other simply and wholly no matter what life may bring. To love each other through the aches and sorrows and joy because love is the song two people will sing.
I wanted this shoot to reflect that timeless, simple love - a focus on the act of surrendering one's self to another person and the promise to love that person until the end. A feeling that a husband and wife could look back on to remember their vows to carry them through a season where love seems dry or on a day when the valley seems deep. So often, people want flashy details without much focus on the act of marriage itself. Cake only lasts a few minutes, flowers wilt, and the gown goes to the back of the closet, but love lasts forever.