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Intimate Mountain Elopement | Orange County Wedding Photographer

Jan 17, 2019

Simple Mountain Elopement, Christa Norman Photography, Orange County Wedding Photographer, San Clemente Wedding Photographer, Southern California Wedding Photographer Japan Wedding Photographer, Film Wedding Photographer

One of my closest friends from college moved to North Carolina after we graduated. She lives right in the Blue Ridge Mountains and whenever she would post photos of her new home I would always be drooling over how beautiful it was. I always wanted to visit her and this past September she got married and finally got the chance to see her home. I knew it was going to be stunning so I decided to try and put an editorial shoot for a simple elopement together inspired by the landscape itself.

I wanted to create something that was simple and wild like the mountains themselves.

But this was no easy task.

Not because of the concept. But because I was going to arrive right smack dab in the middle of when the hurricane was going to hit.

Yep. The hurricane itself wasn’t too much of an issue for us since we were so far inland but I did have to drive to Tennessee to get a flight home. The main issue was that all of the people that had committed to the shoot backed out due to the weather. The week I was flying out I lost all my vendors and my couple. All except for the dress which I had invested my own money to rent and had had it shipped out to North Carolina already. I was invested and was going to make it work no matter what.

Thankfully things came together. I found my sweet couple Caitlin and Marco on my layover. And the florist just a couple days earlier. Our location was beacon heights, and it had a breathtaking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. But in order to get the picnic ready, I hiked up and down that steep 2-mile trail in the rain 5 times before the couple even arrived. But it was all worth it.

Caitlin and Marco arrived just as the rain stopped and the sun came began to peek through the clouds. And then we had an amazing shoot. Not only did we get stunning images but today those photos are being featured on Wedding Chicks!

I am so thankful for everyone who pulled through to make our intimate mountain elopement happen! And a special thanks for Wedding Chicks for featuring our editorial! Without you, it would not have been possible.


Vendor Team:

Calligraphy: Vika B Calligraphy | Wedding Dress: Truvelle Bridal  | Florist: Santara Flowers


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Christa Norman is a wedding photographer based out of Orange County California and Nagoya Japan

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