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Terracotta Colored Elopement at Lake Cushman

March 23, 2021

I am so excited to finally have this blog post go live! This Lake Cushman elopement was featured on Dancing With Her! It was completely eco-friendly and features beautiful terracotta colors.

I reached out to Michaela and Adrianne with a beautiful vision for a terracotta-color-themed Lake Cushman elopement in the mountains. I wanted the elopement to feel very casual. Almost like the two decided to get married on a whim by themselves with the wilderness as their witness. 

It was just the three of us. I asked the two to write love letters to each other as 2020 comes to a close. It was really beautiful getting to be a part of it all because their letters to each other were so powerful and intimate. Adrianne talked about what a crazy year it had been. Both with her starting a new business and them finding themselves in the middle of a powerful movement, standing up for Black Lives Matter. Michaela talked about how Adrianne has been such a light in her life. She said that she will wake up every day with gratitude in her heart for and the life they share. They shared some laughs over their mutual love for their cat Muffin, and the life they have built together.

This Lake Cushman elopement was eco-friendly, we packed everything in and out to follow Leave No Trace guidelines, and the florist was foam and plastic-free. All florals were recyclable and structurally reclaimable! We used a mix of fresh and dried blooms from Katie’s community garden for florals – a mix of roses, eucalyptus, hypericum berries, hydrangea, and spray roses.

Read more about how these babes met below…

Words by couple Adrianne & Michaela

How We Met


We both worked at the same university over the summer and knew of each other because I (Michaela) was a cheerleader and Adrianne was the strength and conditioning coach. A mutual friend “officially” introduced us, and then I slid into her DM’s super fast. Now we’re married!

The Proposal(s)


Graduation weekend was perfect. Both Adrianne and Michaela’s family would be in town to watch Michaela graduate. The question was, who proposes when there are two brides? BOTH! While Adrianne was talking to her mom about proposing to Michaela and asking Michaela’s parents for their blessing, Michaela was doing the exact same thing for Adrianne. 

All of the parents had to keep their cool and go along with Michaela and Adrianne’s proposal plans without ruining their surprise. 

With all of the family gathering for Michaela’s graduation party, Adrianne thought it would be the perfect time to pop the question. After Michaela was done opening her gifts, Adrianne thanked all of her family members for coming and showing their support. She then got down on one knee and asked Michaela to marry her. Michaela screamed, “HELL YES!” 

But that’s only half of the story. 

Little did Adrianne know, Michaela had planned to propose the very next day on a hike to Franklin Falls (they really like waterfalls) with some of their close friends. Michaela got down on one knee to propose right in front of the waterfall, creating the perfect setting for Adrianne. Of course, Adrianne cried and obviously said, “YES!” They popped a bottle of champagne with their friends to celebrate their next chapter and future adventures!

Vendors Involved in this Lake Cushman Elopement inspired shoot:

Photography by KMT Photos
Florals: Blooms and Twine Florals
Calligraphy & Paper Goods The Lettering Bee Co
Earrings Leah Dawson Creative Co
Makeup Beauty By Yoana
Tabletop Rentals The Party Place
Model Couple: Michaela and Adrianne

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