Alex + Cody • Elopement Sneak Peek! - JessicaMerithew

Alex + Cody • Asheville Elopement Sneak Peek!

This sweet couple has roots in western North Carolina and chose the Botanical Gardens at Asheville for their intimate elopement! Standing at the edge of Reed Creek they shared their hand written vows in a simple ceremony under the warm September sunshine. The natural feeling of being directly surrounded by trees, birds, and a flowing creek was incredible as this beautiful couple said "I do!"

Alex and Cody chose to elope in Asheville as a little getaway. They currently aren’t able to live in the same part of the world as Cody is stationed in Italy, and Alex lives in GA. I am so happy to hear that now that they are married, Alex will be joining Cody in Italy soon! Being halfway across the world is not an ideal way to spend your first few years of marriage. Love grows when two souls are together, and Italy is a wonderful place to start their lives together!

When I arrived at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville the sky was bright, the sunshine provided a perfect temperature, and there was a hint of fall in the air. It was a beautiful day for an elopement and I was excited to meet Cody and Alex! A few weeks prior I had spoken with Alex on the phone, and right away I could tell in her voice that she was very excited to have Cody state side and marry him, but it was as if there was something missing in her voice that day. When I met her for the first time with Cody by her side, the sounded and looked complete. So sweet!

After we said our hellos and chatted for a few minutes, we headed to a spot Alex and Cody had chosen on the banks of Reed Creek. They chose a beautiful area on a large rock with water flowing inches from their feet, and a beautiful old bridge along the side. A few of Cody’s family members were present for the ceremony, and it was a perfect addition to this intimate affair.

During the ceremony Cody and Alex read hand written vows, shared sweet looks and soft smiles, a few laughs, and a strong bond. While listening to their vows I could hear the strength in their relationship grow, and their hearts open even further. Their chosen words were a perfect way to start their lifelong journey together, sealed with a kiss!

After the ceremony we walked around the gardens capturing bride and groom photos. Alex loves photographs showing the natural beauty of the landscape, and the Botanical Gardens at Asheville was a perfect location! While photographing, both Cody and Alex were timid with me, but were fully open with one another when I gave them even a little space. It was incredible to see that with one little look at Alex, Cody couldn’t help but smile and show his love for her. When Alex looked at Cody, an instant warmth and comfort fell upon her face. This is love, and I am honored to have captured it! ♥

Congratulations, Alex + Cody!

Venue: Botanical Gardens at Asheville
Dress: White Weddings
Officiant: Asheville Marriages

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