Jerome in the Fall is a quite pleasant place to be, the days are mild and the nights have a bit of nip in the air. The leaves have changed color and everyone is just happy to be there. It just has this great vibe that welcomes everyone. No wonder Jennifer and Paul chose this little ghost town for their intimate Autumn elopement. Andrea at The Surgeon’s House hosted this small ceremony, with just their parents sitting comfortably and the two of us taking photos…well only one of us took ceremony photos, but more on that later.
We first met with Paul and Jennifer on a pleasant September afternoon in the garden of the surgeon’s house and we started discussing their vision for their nuptials. They were completely in love and honestly just wanted to be married and to keep it as small and simple as possible. They told us of how an elopement would mean the world to them with just their parents in attendance and an evening tasting wine. This spoke to us 100%, an intimate wedding! A Beautiful Garden! Wine! We were on board.
Jennifer and Paul are the kind of couple that you are instantly comfortable around with their smiles, laughter, and just plain approachable with their outgoing personalities. They have a welcoming “Texas Hospitality” to everyone around. Both are currently living in the Dallas area, with Jennifer being a respiratory therapist and Paul in telecom. But…you may recognize Paul from the Dallas area as he is the Dallas Naked Cowboy and he becomes Thor to help with a non-profit organization called Heroic Inner Kids. We love that both of them help others whether it being a medical emergency or celebrating national adoption day with super heroes. What great hearts these two have, and bonus; they got all of our pop culture references which is rare for us!
Paul and Jennifer met at a bar, I mean church, a few years back and have fallen truly madly deeply in love since. Paul is a pretty spontaneous guy, always living life by the seat of his pants but he had a plan for his proposal. After one evening with several glasses of whiskey not too long ago Jennifer mentioned how she had wanted to see her favorite band play, but unfortunately the closest concert was the very next day and a 5 hour drive to Tulsa, Oklahoma. But they bought the tickets anyway and the next morning as she woke up to the alarm, she was filled with regret and though about the long drive ahead. But he wanted to reward that spontaneity out of her and they set out on the road to see Band of Horses last. Little did she now that he was going to propose during her favorite song called The Funeral. lol, not the most romantic song title but a beautiful song that we love too.
November 17th came quickly after that first meeting just down the road from us and we could see the excitement in their eyes when they arrived. And as we greeted them in the gardens and admired our surroundings. We quickly got into photos that we have been imagining of since we first met them and the sun was in the perfect spot. We snapped photos down on the road below as they held each other under the trees and looking out toward Sedona. Soon we were greeted by both sets of parents hootin’ and hollern’ as soon as they spotted the happy couple.
Elopements have a special place in our hearts, it’s raw, it’s intimate, it’s romantic and organic in nature. The entire focus is just two people committing their lives to each other and that is exactly what Jennifer and Paul wanted. Jennifer shared with us that all she really wanted to was to elope, at a courthouse to keep it short and sweet and just be married. And essentially that’s exactly what they did. Only prettier, and they got some great photos out of the deal too. Thats why we love elopements so much…choose your favorite person to marry, add in some beautiful scenery anywhere in the world that you so choose, invite only a few guests and bring your prettiest/ most sentimental details plus a couple of awesome photographers(us) and bam! You’ve got a perfectly sweet day/honeymoon to remember forever!
And have we mentioned how much we loved the sweet details Paul and Jennifer included in their day. Jennifer’s bracelets were from his Aunt. Her rings photographed beautifully and are custom made to have all of her grandmother’s diamonds from her wedding set in them. Her friend Rebecca from work volunteered to make her beautiful bouquet and Pauls boutonniere, that went perfectly with their style and the autumn colors that are currently so vivid here in Jerome!
We have always said that we love marriage, and Priscilla and I can honestly say this whole heartedly. So much so that I (Adam) became ordained to be able to perform intimate ceremonies just like this. Not only do I get to photograph such occasions, I can now legally marry couples in love. A responsibly I do not take lightly and I am so honored that Jennifer and Paul were excited about my offer to perform their ceremony.
I will admit that I was very excited for this but also a bit nervous. You see, I am a bit dyslexic and reading aloud can bring it out of me as my brain has a tendency to be two steps ahead of where it should be. But after some practice at home and knowing that I was doing something that I fully believe in I was feeling confident. Just check out the video below to see the happy couple get married by a very proud bearded officiant. The look in their eyes while I helped them to recite their vows is something I will never forget. The glimmer of happy tears, the smiles, all in pure love. It will always be a profound memory for me.
After the ceremony had ended and all of the hugs were given, we strolled though the gardens taking photos with the newlyweds, champagne in hand, enjoying the evening light. We made our way down town after meeting back up with their parents who had a gift for them. A love lock to place on the fence of the old Bartlett Hotel so as to leave a piece of them on their big day in Jerome, as Jerome will certainly hold a piece of their hearts forever as well. Love locked as they say. After photos were done we all sat together at Cellar 433 sipping wine, tasting cheeses, and sharing stories. Like the time Jim (Jennifers dad) felt a tickle on the back of his neck while he was working only to find out it was a friendly tarantula (you’re feeling that now aren’t you?!?). We enjoyed these genuine connections as if we were all old friends. The vintner came by and gifted the newlyweds with a bottle of wine that he had hand made himself. On the bottle was thoughtfully written “to be opened and shared 11/17/19”, their one year anniversary. This is just a testament to the fact that if you put positivity out into the world you will get it right back, and what a gift to be shared of handcrafted hard work.
Jennifer and Paul, we were so honored to play a part in your love story and we both wish you a heart felt congratulations! We know that you will continue to have great adventures and bring positivity to this world. Cheers to a lifetime of fair fights and steamy nights and So. Much. Joy!