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Elise & Jose: Tropical Greenhouse Elopement

April 6, 2022

Hi! We're Anna and Trevor.

We're big into hammocks, dim sum, and road trips.

We're a fun (and maybe a little dorky) couple of elopement photographers, traveling all over the country to help people get married in the most beautiful places mother nature has to offer.

We thrive with cameras in hand, and nothing resonates with us more than the intimacy & freedom of an elopement. We get that big events and old school traditions aren't for everyone, and that's totally cool! We're all about embracing our uniqueness and throwing tradition out the window.

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A couple walking through a large greenhouse of tropical plants

If you’re looking for a magical indoor location to escape the winter chill, you have to consider a tropical greenhouse elopement. Transport yourself somewhere far away without ever hopping on a plane by using a greenhouse like the stunning Ott’s Exotic Plants in Pennsylvania.

E&J reached out to me just two weeks before their intimate elopement celebration at the end of February. Having been together for a long time, they both knew a big wedding was never high on their priority list. Ultimately, when they decided it was time to tie the knot, they wanted a carefree, intimate celebration with just a few close family members. And a few weeks later, boom! The day was here!

Elopement First Look, Portraits and Private Vows at Ott’s Exotic Plants

We met up at Ott’s Exotic Plants, where they had a first look and shared their private vows with each other while exploring the vibrant rooms of the greenhouse and nursery. While E&J drove to Ott’s together, E made sure to hide in the back seat to keep her dress a secret until the first look. We absolutely LOVE her wedding cape, which made the entire look feel so flowy and elegant. After finally getting to see each other, we explored all the different rooms and nooks at Ott’s for some portrait time before finding a nice quiet spot in the nursery to exchange private vows. It was SO chilly outside, so this was such a great escape from the Pennsylvania winter.

A couple in wedding attire walks through ferns in a greenhouse
A close up of a wedding dress train as a bride walks down stairs surrounded by greenery
A couple poses over a waterfall at a tropical greenhouse elopement
A couple in wedding attire for their tropical greenhouse elopement
A couple in wedding attire walks through a large plant nursery
Wedding couple walking through a tropical greenhouse
A couple sharing elopement vows in a tropical greenhouse

Intimate Wedding Ceremony and Reception at General Warren

After spending some more time together to enjoy the lush greenery and absolutely amazing main greenhouse, E&J then joined their immediate family at a local restaurant for a ceremony, cocktails and meal together. We even popped outside at sunset for a few golden hour portraits on the property. E&J were so warm and kind, and their love for each other was so apparent…it made capturing the day easy as pie. I’m so glad we were able to share such a lovely day, and explore one of my favorite places together. It was one of those days where everything seamlessly just fell into place.

A wedding couple toasting wine glasses with guests seated around them

Choosing a Greenhouse for your Winter Elopement or Wedding

One of the trickier aspects of planning a cold weather wedding, is finding a comfortable place to take portraits. Outdoor options leave you susceptible to poor weather and dead-looking backgrounds (at least in the northeast). Most indoor locations can feel dark and the lighting unnatural. Obviously, greenhouses are the hero of the story here, since you can escape the cold, surround yourself with lush colors and plantlife, AND take advantage of beautiful, diffused bright light. From a photographer’s perspective, this is a dream. If you’re looking for a beautiful place for your elopement close to home, I highly recommend seeking out a tropical greenhouse or nursery!

This Tropical Greenhouse Elopement was also featured on Wandering Weddings!

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  1. Shauna says:

    What a great idea to elope in a greenhouse! I love the way you placed the couple between the beautiful plants.

  2. christina says:

    this is an absolute dream!!! i would be in my glory getting married in a greenhouse – the pictures are spectacular

  3. So gorgeous! I love all the greenery. What a cool way to have an indoor shoot while still enjoying nature!

  4. Julia says:

    Such a cool place for an elopement! The portraits at the greenhouse is so beautiful and love how you captured all of the beautiful & intimate moments during their ceremony!

  5. Sienna says:

    Oh my goodness; more greenhouse weddings, please! It’s so lush and compliments their day so well. Love!

  6. Andrea says:

    Greenhouses are my favorite! This was such an epic blog post showing beautiful intimate photos of what a micro wedding or elopement can look like! Awesome job!

  7. Kat says:

    My favorite photo is the greenhouse one with the pink blossoms in the foreground. Also, what a cool cape!

  8. Az says:

    This is stunning! I’m obsessed with her cape and dress. The location is gorgeous too. You did a great job.

  9. Marla says:

    WHAT! These are so gorgeous, and I am absolutely obsessed with that cape!!! What a day to remember.

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