Some of us aren’t concerned with the traditional. Sometimes we prefer to do things quietly and peacefully, and share our commitment to each other on our own terms. Vicki and I considered running away and eloping as the thought of making our vows an intimate affair was extremely compelling. My parents eloped. I love looking at the photos of their vows and of their mini-moon in Southern California. They’ve been happily married for almost 50 years. A large event with hundreds of people isn’t for everyone, and for those that prefer tranquility, eloping makes sense. Keisha + Jake contacted us to photograph their vows, asking if I’d be willing to do some hiking after for portraits (I of course said yes). The drive up to Devil’s Hopyard in East Haddam, CT was inspiring. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and the way the light filtered through the forest sent the left side of my brain into overdrive. Keisha and Jake looked absolutely stylish together, and I loved chatting with them about our mutually “nerdy” interests. Their waterfall-backdrop ceremony was lovely, and we had a blast finding perfect little spots for portraits further into the park. They even brought smoke bombs representing Quidditch team colors for some really fun shots. It didn’t feel like work. It felt like what is was – a couple of hours spent with really cool people, snapping photos in between conversation filled with laughter. Keisha + Jake, we hope the rest of all of your years together continue to add to the amazing relationship you both have. It was an honor being with you.