When a couple contacts me and asks me to photograph their elopement, I say yes! When they contact me asking me to photograph their elopement at Jump Off Rock in Laurel Park, I say heck yes! This mountain top photography location near Asheville is always beautiful and I adore photographing there! For Dongeun and Dakota’s sunset elopement, it was especially gorgeous, but that may be because they are the sweetest couple!
Weddings during COVID-19 quarantine look a little different than couples had originally planned for their big day. What is exactly the same though, is the magic! Even with big changes, weddings like Dongeun and Dakota’s are still taking place and are still amazingly beautiful. In this case, Dongeun and Dakota had the most incredible elopement on top of a mountain with long range views of western North Carolina, while family and friends tuned in via video chat from all over the world, and we captured every moment of it! It was heartfelt, beautiful, and oh so sweet!
Dakota grew up in this area, and naturally wanted to marry Dongeun in such a beautiful place. When it came to their elopement, they traveled back to Dakota’s home, set up their entire elopement in a week, asked Dakota’s parents to be witnesses, and said a lovely “I do!” Dongeun’s family attended the wedding via live stream from South Korea and it was so very cool that they did! The intent listening throughout the ceremony with cheers at the end was incredibly supportive and loving. With all the changes, the most important thing of all still happened, Dongeun and Dakota are married!
For the ceremony itself, Dongeun and Dakota chose my favorite spot on top of Jump Off Rock for their ceremony. The trees in this spot canopy the area in a natural and beautiful way, and the view shows the mountain tops to the south. It was the perfect spot for their short ceremony.
After the ceremony we took some time to capture their wedding photos around the park and finished up with a few sunset photos overlooking the western mountains here in North Carolina. It was an incredibly beautiful evening for photos, and especially beautiful for a wedding. I am honored to have captured this day for Dongeun and Dakota!
For more elopements from this Asheville elopement photographer, click over to West Asheville Tiny Chapel Elopement Preview | Keri + Nathan and The Farm at Green Heron Pond Summer Wedding Photography | Kelly + Brooks .