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Ashleigh + Jeff | At Home Elopement | West Bloomfield, Michigan


There is almost nothing I love more than intimate at home elopements. Seriously. Something about them just sets my heart on fire. They bring out what I love most about photographing weddings - the real, intimate, raw emotion and connection between a couple and their closest people. Ashleigh and Jeff's elopement was no exception.

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

Ashleigh and Jeff were married at Jeff's mom's house on a lake in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and there was not a dry eye in sight. A common misconception about small at home weddings is that they will be LESS emotional because of the "informality" of a wedding at home with so few people. This is so far from the truth. When the only people present are the two of you, your photographer, officiant (in this case, the groom's brother!), and the few people who you love most - the concentration of raw emotion is higher. Even I had tears in my eyes!

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

When I arrived that day, I was shown around the house by Ashleigh's sister and told a little about the house and what things might be important and sentimental to the couple. I love know these things because the most important thing to me is that your photos MEAN something. Sure, I want them to be beautiful, but if they lack sentiment and meaning, what is the point?

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

In the dining room, a beautiful table was set with grandma's china - what better backdrop for a ring photo?

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

Jeff's mom's house was my absolute goals. The entire house was filled with orchids and space for entertaining, which made it so ideal and cozy for this elopement. Before the ceremony, there was cocktails and wine, music, and mingling. After that, Olivia Van Goor played guitar and sang (check her out here because her voice is perfection) on the deck during the ceremony and mingling time afterward.

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

The ceremony took place in the backyard under a gazebo by the lake and was absolutely perfect. The couple exchanged personal vows during a ceremony performed by the groom's brother. There was a sense of pride, love, and support from the couple's siblings and parents, and it might be one of my favorite ceremonies to date.

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan

home elopement photo by Little Blue Bird Photography | wedding photographer in West Bloomfield, Michigan