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August 31, 2020

Chapel Hill Elopement slash Zoom Wedding

Bride and groom laugh as they run through a wooded area during their Chapel Hill Elopement

Clara & Oliver’s Live-streamed Chapel Hill Elopement

I’ve got another micro-wedding for y’all! This one’s a stunning Chapel Hill elopement from sunny Saturday afternoon. Clara & Oliver tied the knot on a dock overlooking a pond near a relative’s house in northwest Chapel Hill. The spot was perfect – the pond (with a fountain!) was nestled between forest and an amphitheater that was hosting a neighborhood concert later that evening.

We were a little worried the day would be rainy due to the aftermath of Hurricane Laura making its way through the Carolinas, but by about 3pm all the bad weather had blown through and by the time their 5:15 ceremony was starting, the sun was shining in its full glory.

It was a small gathering: just the couple and 5 guests, but there were many more people following along via Zoom, so you’ll definitely see some evidence of technology.

Chapel Hill Elopement Vendor Team:

Officiant: Laney Margolis
Photography: Kivus & Camera
Florals: Pine State Flowers
Violinist: Jennifer Curtis
Cake & Dinner: New Hope Market

Enough words though, how about some photos?

Bride and groom hug in front of a lake with a fountain

We started straightaway with the ceremony, and Clara had a long “aisle” to walk down, as she circled around the pond to the dock

Bride with a veil over her face walks toward her Chapel Hill elopement Bride and groom see one another for the first time on their wedding day

Oliver’s face when he saw her though!

Groom smiles widely as he sees his bride for the first moment at their Chapel Hill wedding Sun backlights a bride in a short veil and lace dress

Laney Margolis officiated over the pond-side ceremony…

wedding couple and officiant Laney Margolis engaged in Chapel Hill elopement wedding ceremony bride looks lovingly at groom during chapel hill wedding ceremony groom looks at bride during chapel hill elopement the sun flares over a chapel hill wedding ceremony

And the couple’s parents watched via zoom. I love that they were dressed up even though they were attending the wedding from their living rooms.

friends and family watch a chapel hill elopement via zoom close up of the bride's hands holding her vows during a chapel hill elopement Chapel Hill elopement ceremony in front of a lake groom places wedding ring on bride's finger

The whole crowd:

Chapel Hill elopement photography

A kiss…

Bride and groom share their first kiss during a Chapel Hill elopement

and they’re married!

bride and groom smile widely after being pronounced husband and wife

After the ceremony, Oliver and Clara spoke to their guests and then listened to toasts from their parents via zoom. It’s definitely hard to not be able to have that happen in person, but the emotion came through and risk was minimized to protect their loved ones.

wedding couple speaks to their guests who are in attendance via zoom at a Covid19 wedding Bride and groom look at an ipad, where their families are toasting them via zoom during a covid19 chapel hill elopement Bride and groom look at an ipad, where their families are toasting them via zoom during a covid19 chapel hill elopement

After toasts, some cake. Unfortunately you can’t share cake via zoom, but hopefully the virtual attendees had something delicious to celebrate with too.

couple feeds one another cake at their chapel hill elopement

This is just one panel of the zoom guests. There were at least six or seven more screens of friends and family tuning in from around the country.

wedding couple pose with an ipad showing just a few of the guests who were in attendance at their micro-wedding via zoom couple waves at people attending their wedding via zoom

And then we snuck away for magical forest portraits.

bride and groom walk along a lakeside, they are reflected in the lake's surface romantic portraits of a bride and groom during their chapel hill elopement bride and groom laugh during their chapel hill elopement bride and groom walk off into the forest at the end of their Chapel Hill elopement Bride and groom pose for portraits after their intimate Chapel Hill wedding

The quarantine bubble making it happen in person!

bride and groom pose with all of their guests at their intimate wedding in Chapel Hill

Congratulations Clara & Oliver!! And thank you for including us in your micr0-wedding – it was the perfect Chapel Hill elopement. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!


We believe that love is bright and colorful, and your wedding photographs should be bright and colorful too.

Kivus & Camera are Raleigh Wedding photographers who create bold, colorful, magical memories of your wedding day with beautiful, artistic portraits AND enthusiastic, genuine moments. Your unique love story deserves to be told through unforgettable, breath-taking photographs that stand out from the crowd. Kivus & Camera love creating that magic. After all, as past bride Courtney says, we’re photography sorcerers.

And though we call ourselves Raleigh wedding photographers, we definitely photograph Durham weddings, Chapel Hill weddings, Cary weddings, etc. We’re all over the Triangle area, and we’re happy to head to the beach or mountains and even to places outside of North Carolina! Just let us know where your love story is headed.

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