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A Simple, Last Minute Courthouse Elopement

A Simple, Last Minute Courthouse Elopement

A lesbian courthouse elopement by Jaime Smialek Photography

After being forced into living together very early in their relationship, their love blossomed. Eryn and Lindsey chose to have a quiet, quaint courthouse elopement. 

Tell us about the unique start to your relationship.

Early in our relationship, during COVID, we were quarantined in Lindsay’s apartment together, and Eryn never left – in true lesbian fashion. 

We’re both always reminiscing about our time in quarantine together. The world was on pause for a moment, and we were able to really enjoy each other’s company with little interruption. We learned so much about each other in such little time, including how we dealt with possibly the most stressful, uncertain moments. 

Those are usually “make-it-or-break-it” conditions for couples, but we instead found more love and respect for each other, making the best of a really crazy time.

Tell us about the low-key proposal.

We didn’t have a huge, surprise proposal; conversations about marriage happened naturally. We dove right into designing and customizing our rings together once we both knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together! (We have the same settings but different stones and cuts).

And, why did you decide to elope?

We’re both in our mid-thirties and have been to countless weddings. We’ve seen how stressful weddings tend to be for wedding parties and even guests. We wanted a relaxing, intimate and go-with-the-flow day for just each other.

We quietly eloped, giving core family members a heads up. They were all excited and supportive. We’re both somewhat private people who prefer more laid-back experiences, so the timing and the decision to elope was very expected of us by all family members.

Tell us about the elopement day!

We began at our home getting our makeup done together, then headed to the nearest liquor store for some champagne—priorities! 

One of our favorite pastimes is building flower arrangements together, so we headed to a local flower shop. But on the way, Jaime snapped some beautiful shots at a nearby park called the Sculpture Fields. 

After building our bouquets, we met our officiant at the courthouse and said our “I dos.” 

Our last stop was at a local bar where we had our first date. The owner allowed us to shoot privately before their daily opening. 

My sister, a pastry chef and caterer, gifted us a small wedding cake that we enjoyed later that evening.


Photographer Our Ampersand Photo

Cake Lone Star Sweet
Engagement Ring Chakanooga Jewelry Company
Make-Up Jessica Eubanks
Officiant Melody Shekari
Shoes Sam Edelman

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