After eloping earlier last year, Emily & John's families opted for a second wedding in New Jersey to celebrate with their closest family and friends. Cecil Creek Farm was the perfect spot for their day: a rustic barn with history and charm, and open fields perfect for golden-hour portraits. From Emily's gorgeous long-sleeve dress and flower crown wreath to the rustic-chic decor, their day was perfectly captured by Christina Julia Photography. Emily & John's wedding is proof that there is so much beauty in doing YOU: intimate, rustic and effortlessly beautiful.... and that eloping doesn't have to mean that you can't celebrate with those dearest to you,.
From Julia: Emily & John eloped in a small intimate ceremony in Florida on October 13th. Their elopement took place in one of Florida's most romantic destinations, Disneyland. Due to the intimacy of the ceremony Emily's parents graciously planned a celebration for the newlywed couple to allow extended friends and family offer their congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs.
Emily & John were really one of the sweetest couples I've ever met. Leading up to their reception they kept trying to accommodate US and and I had to remind them that the day was still about THEM.
I started the afternoon by grabbing a few pictures of Emily's details, dress, and flowers. Emily's mother did a fantastic job at hand making Emily's bouquet, the same one she used in Disney for her elopement, along with Emily's flower crown and the floral arrangements on the tables. After Emily's details were captured and she was dressed her and John loaded themselves up into the farm's "gator", with their best man hanging on in the back, and made the drive to the barn where their guests awaited them.
The guests were seated family style with tables adorned with leafy greens, apple cider, and candles. Everyone patiently awaited the newlyweds introductions and gazed upon them as they waltzed right into their first dance once inside the barn. For Christmas, John had surprised Emily with dance lessons, specifically learning the waltz, and their lessons paid off in beautiful and graceful movement that would make any Disney Price and Princess jealous. After their first dance the food was served! Cecil Creek Farms takes pride in their farm-to-table presentation and their culinary deliciousness did not disappoint.
When the sun set low enough I whisked Emily and John away for some portraits with just the two of them. Emily warned me they would be a little awkward but there was nothing awkward about the two of them. They're downright gorgeous! During our time alone together we got to know each other a little more and I got hear a little more about how they grew up, how they met, their first date, as well as the proposal. I learned that their first date lasted NINE hours! That must be a record or something.
As the evening got darker the fire pit was lit and guests able to enjoy smores by the fire and cozy up next to the warm flames as the air began to turn a little crisp. The night wrapped up with everyone giving hugs and I made my way out to my car with a full heart and a smile on my face.