Emma and Jon met as young children at Small Wonders Gymnastics in Indiana. Jon’s mother was the owner and coached the kids. As they grew to be teens, both Emma and Jon coached the younger children at the gym. But back then, they weren’t really friends. They just knew each other.
Fast forward to college and they took a cruise with their families. “Jon and I both needed roommates on board so we ended up sharing a room together. That’s when we became friends and really hit it off. Less than a month later we were dating,” Emma said.
After three and a half years of being together, Jon proposed on their favorite hiking trail. Jon wanted Berk their dog to be a part of the proposal. At the end of trail, Jon set up a phone to “take a photo” and then set the camera to record video. “Jon proposed right there and I was so surprised. It couldn’t have been anymore perfect,” she said.
Their original wedding plans included getting married on a cruise ship since that is how their love story began. But due to COVID, their plans were cancelled and wedding planning was put on hold. After months of trying to come up with an alternative, they discovered the Hocking Hills and the area checked all of their boxes. They planned their wedding in three months!
The couple’s favorite thing about getting married in the Hocking Hills was Berk could be a part of the wedding festivities. “I bought Berk his own bowtie and he was so well behaved on our wedding day. I’m sure he thought the whole thing was for him. He loved all the attention,” Emma said.
Emma and Jon chose a secluded cabin near Old Man’s Cave for their wedding location. When I arrived, Emma was getting final touches done to her hair and makeup and then she was helped into her Nina Canacci dress by her mother. Both her dress and her stunning cathedral-length veil came from the small Indiana bridal boutique, Moment In Time Bridal.
Some of the wedding details included the rings, faux flowers and their favorite dessert. Emma’s ring is a family heirloom from Jon’s family. Emma and her mother put together the bouquet and added small sentimental details. The couple chose a cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory as their dessert because it is their favorite treat.
After they were all dressed and ready, Emma surprised Jon with a First Look on the front porch of the cabin. They were able to relieve some of their nervousness and they were ready for the ceremony!
The couple chose a spot next to their cabin for their ceremony where they could be surrounded by nature. Their officiant was Emma’s stepdad. After short and sweet vows, the Emma and Jon shared their first kiss and then it was time to take some group photos. By that point, Berk was tired and hot and decided to take a nap.
For their first dance, the newlyweds chose “Can’t Help Falling In Love” as their song and danced in the cool shade of the cabin porch.
Please enjoy a few of my favorite photos from Emma and Jon’s May Cabin Elopement!