Melissa and Blake originally planned on having a big wedding on Lake Coeur d’Alene. About four months before their wedding date, they dropped everything and decided to elope on their anniversary.
Melissa and Blake also wanted to include their pets Nala and Thor into their elopement. Because it’s not socially acceptable to bring your cat out on a hike, we decided to start the evening at their house taking photos with their pets. We then drove out to the Coeur d’Alene river where Blake often fishes. He spent some time fishing while I got some detail photos and photos of Melissa and her custom designed dress! We then headed out to Black Beaut Park where we hiked up a hill to a spot where they said there vows.
If I could go back to my wedding day, I would totally elope or have a more small intimate wedding. It is so much less stressful! I highly recommend eloping if you want something non traditional and more intimate between you, your partner, and your closest friends and family members.