So I don't really even know how to begin this blog post because this wedding has become something more than a regular old wedding to me. When Danielle first called about photographing her wedding, I knew right away she was the type of bride I love to have. She's a creative sort like me, and her enthusiasm was absolutely tangible. I knew it was going to be fun. Then she calls to cancel. Says that the wedding is getting too big and they decided to elope.
Then she calls to tell me they aren't canceling, but they have a plan. A plan that includes a "fake" elopement destination wedding, but they really are going to get married at home and not tell anyone. So the plan went into motion. Danielle and Ed went ahead with there "fake" elopement. So far as to have a fake plane itinerary and fake reservations and everything. She of course went ahead and bought a dress and rings and the whole bit. So, instead, they planned a "pre-ception" that was to take place the weekend prior to the elopement in Napa. So, invitations went out to their select family and friends for a small, intimate dinner at their family cabin in the hills near Deadwood. The only four people in the world that knew were Ed, Danielle, the minister and Me. (ok, and Dwayne too, so five)
This is how it all went down...
I arrived in the afternoon as they were still setting up... Danielle is a graphic artist herself and the details from the invites, to the save the dates, everything, was amazing.
And the rest of the time was spent enjoying their perfect wedding!