OK, so this wasn’t an elopement in the true sense of the word… both Melissa and Lawrence’s families knew they were getting married, and they actually both had their best friends present — but I am calling it an elopement because it was basically just them in a quiet garden on a Thursday morning. It was such a perfect celebration of simple love. Melissa’s mother MADE her wedding dress by hand. It was simple and elegant and fit Melissa just perfectly. She created her own bouquet from fresh farmer’s market flowers and did her own makeup. I loved how unfussy the whole morning was at Morehead Inn. After the vows were exchanged, everyone sipped bubbly toasted to the happy couple in the Duke Mansion rose garden. Immediately following the ceremony Melissa and Lawrence took off for Mexico to celebrate their honeymoon!