During our first meeting--via Skype--I immediately fell in love with them, their story, and their hearts. Michael + Mariah were in West Virginia serving in ministry and planning an entire wedding while out of state. By the sweet glances they were exchanging, as they told me their story, I knew this day meant so much more than all the pretty details and flowers to them. It was about the uniting of two hearts that have been forever changed by the grace of God. It was a celebration of the bond they both share, their unconditional love, and the deep reverence they have for one another. They exchanged their vows at the Rusty Pelican and celebrated among friends and family. 

Michael + Mariah--Thank you for your goodness, your kindness, and your kind of love. Saying that I adore you both would be the understatement of the century. I feel so blessed to have witnessed it all. Thank you for allowing me to come along for the ride. I'm excited to see where God sends you next! Much love, Elaine. 

Many thanks to the Rusty Pelican team + Arlene Floral Designer for being so stellar and knocking this wedding out of the ball park! Below are some favorites, enjoy!


Wedding Planner, Venue, Catering | The Rusty Pelican

Cake | Gevy's Goodies

Hair & Make-up | Lili’s Weddings Make Artist & Hairstyling Group

Floral Design | Arlene Floral & Event Design

DJ or Band | DJ Izzie Entertainment

Invitations and/or Paper Goods | Solid Gold Productions

Second Shooter | Shawna Meadors


She surrounds herself with the very best. <3

The big reveal for her girls! 

Mariah--you're stunning, my dear!!! 

These colors though! <3 

When Michael saw his bride walking down the aisle....gah.....all the tears. 

Michael's parents' reaction as their son and new daughter exchanged personally written vows.

For the second portion of portraits, we moved to the coastline. Specifically the rock ledge they spent hours getting to know one another on their first date. 

Arlene Tolentino and her team at Arlene Floral Designer completely nailed Michael and Mariah's romantic, plum, lavender, blush and gold wedding vision! 

The most epic toasts were given. Again, Michael and Mariah surround themselves with the best kind of people.  

They danced the night away with their friends and family and then sent off to take on this new adventure as the freshly minted Mr. + Mrs. with all the love and all the bubbles.