Alicia & Toby’s Elopement: The Perfect Catch

elopement bride and groom kiss in wooded area

It’s always fun to learn about a couple’s backstory, such as Alicia and Toby, who got married in a wooded elopement near Nashville last fall.

“We actually met on Plenty of Fish” Alicia laughingly says, when asked where she Toby first met. “I knew he was the one from the moment I saw his face and everything since has just gotten better.”

Things got much better last October for Alicia and Toby, who married in a quiet, intimate elopement at Butterfly Hollow Bed and Breakfast. Nestled in the hills of Gordonsville, TN, about  45 minutes east of Nashville, Butterfly Hollow was the perfect choice for this couple. Alicia said once she found the B&B online, she knew it had everything she wanted. 

The couple had originally planned to have a courthouse wedding in December. But then they decided they couldn’t wait any longer. And besides, Alicia says, they really wanted a more intimate and serene setting. “He calls our relationship magical and said there was no reason to wait to give me his last name!”

elopement bride and groom kiss on wooded path

Emotional I Do’s

Alicia and Toby were full of giddy excitement before their elopement ceremony. But once they walked up to the beautiful wooded gazebo, it was time for vows. Emotion took over for both. Alicia was beaming at her handsome groom as she offered her heart to him. As an elopement photographer, there’s nothing more touching than seeing a groom overcome with happy tears. It’s such a sacred and emotional time. Capturing these emotions is always an honor to me.

groom with tattoo wipes away tears
groom reads his vows in woods
elopement bride and groom say their vows at gazebo in woods

After their ceremony, we explored the beauty and scenery at Butterfly Hollow and made full use of the lush trees, wandering paths, and the hints of early fall flora. One of my signature styles is to use the available trees and bushes to create soft frames around my subjects, which worked out beautifully on this magical fall day. 

elopement bride and groom hug in wooded area

Ready to celebrate in Nashville

Finally as a last elopement photo request, Alicia and Toby wanted a cool photo posed in front of their polished red Camero convertible. And let me tell you, that car was ready for action! The proximity of Butterfly Hollow to downtown Nashville is one of its prime benefits. Shortly after our last photo, Alicia and Toby packed up and drove off to Music City for a night of fun honky-tonkin‘ and celebration. The perfect cap for their whirlwind elopement day!

couple in wooded area pose with red Camero car

Alicia and Toby took an amazing Caribbean cruise for their honeymoon. Soon after, they returned home in Benton, Illinois to celebrate with family. After all the elopement excitement, life, they said would settle down soon. Their favorite pastime? Bowling, says, Alicia!

Elopements are always a whirlwind, but that is what creates the fun and excitement! I love photographing couples on their special day and look forward to each and every one. Thinking of planning an elopement? Reach out anytime! I’ll be glad to offer planning tips so we can create beautiful keepsake photographs of you memorable day.

elopement bride and groom giggling in wooded area
elopement bride and groom smiling in wooded area
bouquet with pink and white flowers
middle aged elopement couple smile with woods in background
elopement bride and groom under wooded arbor
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Deb Scally Photography

Portraits | Branding | Wedding Photography

Nashville / Franklin, Tennessee