Letchworth Park Spring Elopement : Kelly + Mitalee

Two brides. Two dogs. One officiant. Amazing views. Lots of love. That’s all you need.

Kelly and Mitalee simplified their wedding day and made the most of it by taking in the sunrise together in upstate New York before saying I do.

Here are some words from their photographer and the brides!

Kelly had originally contacted me last summer in regards to surprising Mitalee with a sunflower proposal! My family owns a sunflower farm, so Kelly and came up with a plan to set everything up as surprised photography session.  Everything worked out perfectly when it came to the proposal, so when they decided to elope, we immediately came up with the perfect setting!

Kelly and Mitalee love the outdoors, and really wanted a ceremony that encompassed the two of them, their love of the outdoors and their ability to enjoy their wedding day their own way.  We met before the sun came up at Letchworth State Park, where we walked to several different locations for their couples portraits, before it was time to say their vows to each other in front of the parks waterfall.  Mitalee and Kelly walked each other down the isle, said their vows to one another, shared their first kiss as a newly married couple, when a small rainbow emerged behind them!

When I asked them about an advice for future couples who are thinking about eloping this was there response :

KELLY : ” When planning you wedding, think about what really matter. Not about what would be glamorous or what you “should” have to “should” do at your wedding; this day is about who you are as individuals, as a couple, and what things are most important to you. For us, that meant 1.) Having a Low-key, stress free wedding, 2.) Thinking about this day as a celebration of our relationship, and 3.) Having a phenomenal photographer to capture our memories on film.

MITALEE: ” Figure out what truly means the most to you. With the unexpected circumstances of the pandemic, we had to re-evaluate our wedding day plans. This made me understand what were the most important aspects of the wedding for me. I learned it was just us being able to marry on the date we wanted. I learned that it was just to have my beautiful wife and I and no one else. If you asked me before the pandemic if I wanted to elope and have such a small wedding, I would have said no. I wanted at least my immediate family there. Do I wish they could have been there? Yes, I do. But we had enough high risk people and to us risking a life was not worth it. Also at that time per New Yorks regulations it needed to be 10 people or less and we would have been over this limit. I quickly learned all that truly and deeply matters to me was to be able to marry the love of my life on the day that we had planned and committed to do it. We had discussed how nice it would be when our anniversary falls on Friday the 13th and how this “so us” as a couple. We were determined to make it happen!

Photography: Dani T Photography

Location: Letchworth State park, New York