A New Season. A New Beginning | An Arkansas Elopement

Cowboy boots and jeans. I cannot think of better attire for a wedding day.

I always strive to my clients to "be who you are" on your wedding day. And for Ellen and Mark, it was jeans and cowboy boots.

It was March 21st, the first day of Spring. And for Ellen and Mark, a wonderful couple who live outside of Dallas, TX, it was a new beginning. Ellen reached out to me about a month before her elopement to Mark at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn in Hot Springs. This is one of my favorite spots for an intimate wedding.

It was just the four of us: myself, Ellen, Mark and Innkeeper at Lookout (and Minister) Kristie Rosset.

With most weddings, I am usually stuck in the back of a church and I don't hear very much. I am more focused on getting the right angle so listening to what the couple is saying isn't always an option.

During Ellen and Mark's ceremony, I was right up front so I got to hear every word.

I loved their vows. I asked Ellen for permission to share some of the words they exchanged with each other. This is just a portion of their vows.

From Ellen: Mark, I promise to love you, even when I don't like you. To respect you, even when I disagree with you. To never go to bed angry, even if we stay up all night. To appreciate you always. I will love you faithfully through the best and the worst. the laughing and the crying. I will always be there as I have given you my hand to hold so I give you my life to keep.

From Mark: There are a lot of words that get tossed around on wedding days. And while most folks think they have a pretty good handle of what they mean, all I can say is I really can't come up with any word or words that would do justice to the way I feel about you, but for the purpose of today, I'll give it a shot. I promise to love you like no other. I'll do what I can to make the good days great, the bad days better and the nights romantic and restful. Forget "whoa", let's saddle up and enjoy the ride.

Following the ceremony, we spent the remainder of our time together taking portraits and getting to know one another.

I only spent about an hour with Ellen and Mark. But in that short time, I feel like I made two wonderful friends.

I wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.