This coffee shop elopement shoot does absolutely everything for me. As the kids say, “It gives me all the feels!” My husband and I owe a lot to places like the one in this shoot. If not for the coffee house in Fort Collins where we first convinced ourselves we liked coffee, the landscape of our formative years would have looked so much different. The smell of coffee takes me back to the excitement of that time in our lives and the taste fills me with warmth and optimism still. Brunch is and always shall be the emblem of my courtship with my husband. Each Sunday we would try to make “Fancy Breakfast” served on a silver tray. While writing this I am getting blissfully nostalgic and thankful to the creators of the shoot for helping me reminisce about the last 13 years of love I’ve found with Jake.
So now I take you to another coffee shop in the same town. Two gentlemen are playing out their love story over a decidedly “Fancy Breakfast”. But they are experiencing a different kind of beginning – their first day of marriage. The men, Ryan and Cale, are a real couple of…wait for it…13 years. The love is real but the wedding shoot was staged – until it wasn’t! These friends of the photographer inspired the overall look of this shoot and even interjected a lot of sentimental items from their own home into the vignettes. (Thus a gilded unicorn making a cameo on the tablescape. Only they know what that is all about but I love it.) Apparently it was all highly inspiring for them because they opted to elope the morning of the shoot! The staged reception ended up being a celebration of their very real marriage that kept going long after the camera was turned off. Sonja K Photography was able to capture the first moments of their new lives together and you can see the meaning of this day so strongly in their connection to each other throughout the images. These guys have the kindest eyes ever when they look into the camera, but it pales in comparison to the magic you feel when they look at one another. It’s always an honor to see couples in those intensely loving moments following their vows. These boys have the afterglow and it adds something exceptionally beautiful to an already awesome shoot. Could they BE any more in love?
This themed shoot was designed around the slogan, “Love is Brewing”. The coffee influence is obvious immediately when you see the invitations. I admittedly don’t give enough credit to stationers on the blog, but I have to gush this time. I think the coffee rings are so brilliant that I’m beside myself! The simple and unpretentious lettering is completely appropriate for the venue. Likewise, the eclectic, vintage, and quirky elements added to the décor really channel the vibe of a coffee house. The floral design takes the funky feel a step further by showcasing elements like cotton that often take a back seat. Craspedia, dark viburnum berries, and grasses are hip and masculine additions to the live flowers of the centerpieces. Even though coffee houses always seem to decorate based off the same model, I love each and every one I’ve been to for their completely unique elements hidden in the greater aesthetic. You can study these places for ages and still find something new and interesting to land your eye on. Their objects have history, whimsy, and a curated feel which definitely makes an appearance here. That is something I can rarely say about weddings so this one really brings me joy. It’s coffee house elevated without feeling contrived. I could live forever in the mood they created. *swoon*
(Final Anecdote: There was a puffin involved in this shoot for reasons I’m not sure about. I just bought an actual stuffed puffin in Iceland a few weeks ago for my husband…the parallels are staggering!)
Venue: Everyday Joe’s | Photographer: Sonja K Photography | Event Planning: Jolly Events | Attire: Dora Grace | Calligrapher: Avo Ink | Baked Goods: ZuZu’s Bakeshop | Floral Design: Finishing Touches