Celebrations Wedding Chapel Horton Elopement | Charlie & Kellyn

October 20, 2020

Kellyn had reached out to me to see if I was available for a top secret elopement. She told me it was only going to be the two of them and their officiant. Rev. Christine Tanier, the owner of Celebrations Wedding Chapel in Horton, Michigan was to be their officiant. The plan was to not tell their family until fall that they were married, and I was thrilled to be a part of their surprise!

Relaxing Morning

When I arrived at Celebrations Wedding Chapel, Kellyn and Charlie were chatting with Rev. Christine. They were both in casual clothes, laughing with each other. Rev. Christine explained the history to us while walking around the building. Then the two of them parted ways to get into their clothes. After he was all set to go, we staged a few getting ready images. Charlie confined himself to the chapel area as to not see Kellyn. While he waited, I photographed Kellyn in the entrance of the building. Then I took some detail images of the rings before the ceremony started. Rev. Christine has some really beautiful antique letter tiles that she let me use for the ring details.

Antique letter tiles
Wedding rings with the antique letter tiles
Wedding rings on top of piano
Wedding dress hangs on a wardrobe at Celebrations Wedding Chapel
Bride reflects on her wedding day
Kellyn's gorgeous peony wedding bouquet
Bride sitting in a rocking chair at Celebrations Wedding Chapel
Charlie getting ready before the Horton wedding
Charlie smiling before his Celebrations Wedding Chapel wedding
Kellyn waiting anxiously for the ceremony to start

Celebrations Wedding Chapel Elopement Ceremony

As soon as Kellyn rounded the corner, Charlie beamed, his smile spreading from ear to ear. The ceremony was so beautifully written, Rev. Christine is wonderful. The two them exchanged tearful vows and being able to move freely around the couple was nice for a change. For the majority of ceremonies I photograph I am restricted to in front of the couple. I carry a zoom lens to ensure that I can get close ups of the couples when so far away, but there was no use for that on that day. Some ceremonies even have stricter rules dictating if I can move around to get different angles. So Charlie and Kellyn’s ceremony was a refreshing break from the norm.

Charlie beaming at the sight of Kellyn
Kellyn walking down the aisle
The couple standing at the altar in Celebrations Wedding Chapel
Couple holding hands while exchanging their vows
Michigan wedding couple exchanging vows
Charlie smiling at his new wife
Kellyn smiling at her new husband
Emotional bride during ceremony
Emotional wedding ceremomu
Kellyn reading her vows
Michigan groom getting emotional during vows
Exchanging of rings at Celebrations Wedding Chapel
Bride putting ring on groom
Michigan wedding ring
First kiss at Celebrations Wedding Chapel
First kiss at Celebrations Wedding Chapel in Horton Michigan
Couple looks at each other with hearts filled after their wedding
We eloped wooden sign
Groom signing the marriage certificate inside the historic chapel
Bride and Groom in front of historic stained glass at Celebrations Wedding Chapel

Secret Garden

After the ceremony I took Charlie and Kellyn outside for some intimate portraits. The grounds of Celebrations Wedding Chapel remind me of The Secret Garden. They’re wild and overgrown, but provide a stunning backdrop for any photos. There are a lot of nooks and crannies that made for great spots to tuck the couple into. It was like peering into a stolen moment. So darn romantic!

We do, we did, we eloped wooden sign
Couple on steps of Celebrations Wedding Chapel
Couple poses in front of Celebrations Wedding Chapel
Couple in an intimate moment
Stunning Kellyn and Charlie
Couple walking in the gardens of Celebrations Wedding Chapel
Groom lifts bride into the air
Bride wraps her arms around the groom's shoulders
Kellyn in front of the historic Horton chapel
Charlie in front of the historic Horton chapel
Michigan wedding couple sits on steps outside of chapel in Horton Michigan
For more Michigan elopements, check out the couples below:

Loren & Mariette
Jim & Kevin
Adam & Lavender


Gorgeous! The edits are all so clean looking! Love it.

I love a good clean edit, so timeless!

gorgeous! I love the simplicity of this wedding its feels like Hey I love you and you love me and that is legit all that matters. Great work.

That is what I love the most about elopements!

I think the details are some of my favorite parts! So good friend!

Beautiful wedding! I especially love the ring shots

Rings are my favorite detail to photograph!

What a beautiful story they will have to tell to generations to come! Such a gorgeous and intimate celebration!!

I love it, such a great story to tell!

What a sweet and romantic secret elopement at the celebrations wedding chapel. Loving his pink bow tie! ❤️

Thanks, it was so much fun to be privy to their secret elopement!

That shot in front of the stained glass is unreal! Absolutely stunning. And your details shots are really hook the viewer into seeing more. Beautiful job!

Thank you! The historic chapel is really a beautiful venue with so many great details.