Carissa and Eric’s Elopement in St. Augustine

I’ve actually known Carissa since the day she was born. Her mom was my friend in high school and it’s been wonderful watching her grow up into a beautiful young woman and eventually finding the person who made her heart happy. Carissa and Eric have the cutest boy-meets-girl story so it must be shared! The lovebirds met at Publix where they both worked. They were initially friends even though Carissa had a crush on Eric – but he felt that as coworkers they should keep the relationship professional. Thankfully, he quickly came to his senses and they’ve been together ever since!

The bride and groom were originally planning a big wedding back home in Springhill but decided that due to COVID they should have an elopement in St Augustine with just their closest family and friends.

There are so many things to love about micro weddings. It gives couples the freedom to decide every aspect of their day in a way that timelines just can’t allow with larger weddings. They can be magical, and grand with all the best parts of a wedding day without asking a bride and groom to sacrifice a single, intimate moment between the two of them.

One of the best things about elopements is that it gives us so much time for photos. We began with a first look where Eric had the best reaction. (Future grooms: take note). From there we toured St. Augustine before their elopement at the Lightner Museum. The Lightner is one of my favorite venues for micro weddings as the courtyard is beautiful and intimate. A little hidden oasis in the busiest part of St. Augustine. After the ceremony, we went to one of my favorite places for EPIC sunset photos – Castillo de San Marcos. I swear, it never lets me down and that day was no exception with stunning skies.

Carissa, I’m so proud of you! Eric is the cutest and he absolutely adores you. Thank you for trusting me to document your perfect day!

Groom waiting for his bride to see at a first look at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride waiting to see groom for first time at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Grooms reaction at first look of bride at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Groom reacts to seeing his bride for the first look at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom kiss from behind as they walk at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride posing a the lightner museum at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Close up of bride holding her bouquet at the lightner museum at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride posing at the lightner museum at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Groom posing at the lightner museum at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom hugging and laughing at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom holding hands in front of doors at the lightner museum at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom holding a we eloped sign at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom walking down the oldest street in St. Augustine at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom almost kiss in St. Augustine at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom walking by an old car at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom kissing at the top of the lightner museum stairs Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom smiling with the sun flare shing through Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom posing on bridge at the lightner museum Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride walking down the aisle with her mom at the lightner museum Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Wedding ceremony on the bridge at the lightner museum Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Wedding setup on the bridge and in the garden at the lightner museum Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Groom smiling while the bride reads her vows Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride crying while she reads her vows Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Mother and grandmother of the bride crying during wedding ceremony Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride crying while the groom reads his vows Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride putting wedding ring on her groom Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom kiss on the bridge of the lightner museum Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
View of the wedding guests while the bride at groom kiss Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom posing on the fort wall with water in the background Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom kiss in front of the fort with the sunset Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom walking by the fort Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.
Bride and groom dancing by the fort Bride and groom walking up stairs at their elopement in St. Augustine.

Want to see another gorgeous St. Augustine Wedding? Check out Alyssa and James’ wedding!

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