Kelsey and Mike - Manayunk Philadelphia Offbeat Elopement

I walked up to where Kelsey and Mike's family were standing on the bridge and was overwhelmed by how perfectly simple the day was going to be.  Mike's mom was weaving tulle into the railing, Kelsey's brother was glancing over his notes for the ceremony and everyone was smiling.  Which maybe doesn't sound like that crazy of a thing, but I often walk into the chaos of a wedding day and Kelsey and Mikes Manayunk Elopement was anything but chaos.  It was full of deep breaths, walks holding hands, hugs from the ones they loved, clinking glasses at their favorite bar and just being together.  

Honestly?  That's why I love elopements and micro weddings.  The pace is much slower and everything is less about perfect details and more about the love between two people and those that love them.  Kelsey and Mike chose to say "I Do" on a beautiful bridge overlooking Main Street Manayunk with their families before walking to Bourbon Blue to celebrate with even more people they loved.  And I loved every damn minute of it.  Kelsey opted to wearing the most gorgeous black gown and everything about the day felt like them....not like what "a wedding is supposed to be" but what their wedding was supposed to be.  And I was honored that they asked me to photograph it for them.  

Kelsey and Mike, I don't have words for how I feel about the two of you.  I work with a lot of couples and while they are all awesome, there was something about the way you love each other and the way you just trusted me that has left an impact on this heart of mine.  Thank you for trusting me and for being so insanely awesome to work with!  I wish ya'll a lifetime of happiness and joy and love!  

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