We first crossed paths in 2009 on an online chat group called Tiny Chat. After talking for a few hours numbers were exchanged and a first date took place a couple days later with dinner and a movie. It was only 3 months of flirtatious behavior that we decided to make it official. A year later we were off to college. Willie decided to stay in Louisiana and I moved to Georgia. That year was tough. During that time I realized how much I loved him and didn't want to be without him so I made the decision to move back home.
Over the years, we made our own tradition for our anniversary. We would eat at Stanley of New Orleans and get a massage at The Woodhouse Day Spa. In 2019, Willie popped the question in front of our friends and family. Fast forward to now, 10 years later we're newlyweds and preparing to start our own little family. Through the years love has taught me empathy, trust and forgiveness.
Originally, we were planning to have a wedding with a guest count of 200. We toured about 5 venues and got a bunch of estimates on vendors including DJs, Photographers and Day of Coordinators. Once we finally got the estimates we both came to the conclusion that it was too much money for 4 hours. So, we tried going the smaller route, but that still consisted of a lot of planning and money. This is the reason we eloped to avoid pouring out tons of money for a couple of hours.
Our intimate elopement took place in a small town about 4 hours away from Salt Lake City called Moab, Utah. My husband and I came across this location by simply browsing through Instagram where we discovered The Drawhorn's page. The Drawhorns are Adventure Elopement Photographers. We were both on board with eloping, so we reached out to receive more information about the eloping process. Once we received the information we set up a few conference calls to go over details and answer any questions we may have had. This alleviated a lot of the stress that came with planning.
It took us about 8 months to successfully plan our elopement and with the help of Pinterest we were able to find inspiration and create boards which included our attire, bouquet and boutonniere. This came in handy when we worked with our local florist Sophia Mullin, who created our beautiful floral arrangements. It also helped with getting our wedding style across. Simplicity is key for us! I knew I wanted a silk slip dress and simple black and white for the groom. It worked out perfect with the location.
Fast forward to the day of our elopement, we became one on March 12, 2020, just the two of us! Once we exchanged vows we then hiked in the mountains for 4 hours. It was such an amazing experience that went by so fast. Due to Covid-19 we were unable to have a honeymoon, but we plan to make up for it for our 1 year anniversary. I'm so happy to have Willie by my side as we continue learning together.