I was laying on the beach when Becky and I first spoke. She had been a guest at one of my summer weddings and was thinking of hiring a photographer for her elopement two weeks away. “I’m not really sure yet, but just wanted to see if you were free.” We made plans to speak more when I got back into town and it was on the second phone call that she told me about the helicopter. ‘Wait, what?” I thought I had heard her wrong. “We are flying in on a helicopter!” Becky giggled as I made sure I understood her for a second time. “How could you even think about not hiring a photographer, of course you are going to hire me!? You are flying in on a HELICOPTER, it must be documented!” I squealed. So that was that, it was settled. Becky and Calvin were going to be wed in ten days and I was going to be there to capture it, helicopter and all. It was supposed to be just the two of them and me. When I arrived I met Becky’s dad, she later told me she had spilled the beans the night before because she couldn’t stand the thought of him not being there. A daddy’s girl myslef, I knew what she meant. So there I was, standing in the middle of someone’s backyard watching the propellers slow to a stop as Becky and Calvin stepped out of the helicopter, grins blazing. They looked like movie stars. I’ve never seen a couple smile bigger as they grabbed hands and walked toward me. I followed them around the Sussex County Courthouse until Becky stopped. “This is where we are going to do it!” The simple corner side walk where they chose to recite their vows was the exact spot that fate initially had their lives literally collide when they ran into each other years before. This was my first elopement and I have to say, I truly hope to shoot so many more. There is something incredibly beautiful about a wedding day being stripped down to the bare necessities. Just the bride, the groom and their commitment. There are no invitations and no party favors. There are no flowers and no bridesmaids. There is no worry about the weather or nerves about a first dance. It’s just about the moment. Two people deciding to spend their lives together, committing to being the best versions of themselves for the sake of the other person’s happiness. Choosing a life together. It was incredibly moving and so tender to witness. Enjoy a peek into their sweet day!