nc elopement


We eloped! It should come as no surprise if you follow me over on Instagram where I’ve been sharing sneak peeks for the last 2 weeks. On November 12th, we did the damn thing and eloped right here in Raleigh at the North Carolina Museum of Art. It was everything I imagined and more. It was beautiful, simple, relaxed, and perfect. It was also a surprise, hehe.

We decided to elope for a few reasons. The main reason is that Ryan and I are simple people. The idea of throwing an elaborate wedding didn’t seem like us. We wanted something that was low-key and allowed us to really soak in the day and the love that surrounds us. We are also knee-deep in renovating our beach house so we are excited to throw the extra money we saved into our renovations. Even though our wedding was small, with 6 people to be exact, I did put extra thought into every single detail and I truly feel like it was an exact representation of us as a couple.

BHLDN wedding dress


elopement cake


  • We got ready at home together and snapped pictures in our backyard. It was so important I got pictures with my boy, Ollie!
  • We then eloped behind the North Carolina Museum of Art with our parents present. Heidi Gessner was our officiant and she was great!
  • After we finished pictures at NCMA, we enjoyed champagne and appetizers back at the house.
  • We danced to our wedding song underneath the twinkle lights on our back deck.
  • We then enjoyed dinner and cake at Second Empire with our parents.
  • I ordered a small custom coconut cake from Hayes Barton (my favorite!) and froze whatever we didn’t finish.
  • Both Ollie’s handmade bow-tie and our acrylic cake topper is from Etsy.
  • I played this wedding playlist on Spotify for the entire day which set the mood.
  • Brett Donar from Brett and Jessica Photography was our photographer and we booked his elopement package. He is a dear friend of ours and I am so lucky he was able to capture our special day.
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surprise elopement
BHLDN wedding dress
raleigh NC elopement

I am so thrilled that a) we eloped and b) that I can now call Ryan my HUSBAND!! I am so excited about what’s to come. If you have any questions about eloping, please do not hesitate to reach out! I love talking about all things wedding with all of you. Stay tuned for a few more elopement-related posts!


  • Heather Norman

    December 12, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Congratulations on your marriage. I also eloped, to Las Vegas!!! We live in Raleigh too and the Art Museum is the perfect wedding location, so pretty!!! Love the photos. You were a beautiful bride!!!

    1. allie

      December 14, 2021 at 11:40 am

      a Las Vegas elopement sounds DREAMY! thanks so much girlfriend and congrats to you!

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