When Emily first reached out to us to inquire about elopement photography for her outdoor ceremony in Columbia, we were instantly excited. Most of our weddings have a guest list of over 100, so being part of a very smaller group always feels so inclusive and intimate.

Emily and Garett chose Nifong Park as a venue to tie the knot. This local park seems to have it all! With rolling green hills, a small lake, and historic red barns dotting the property, every spot has a gorgeous backdrop for photos. After saying “I do” under the rustic wooden gazebo at sunset, everyone headed into the field below for champagne and cake. It truly was a perfect day, and these two were over the moon for each other. Here are some of our favorite photos from this elopement. Be sure to check out our client page next week for a link to the full gallery from this day!

Elopement wedding photography of the bride and groom at Nifong Park in MO.
A small red barn at the beautiful Nifong Park elopement venue in Columbia, MO.
Simple party decor for an outdoor elopement wedding ceremony at Nifong Park.
Pink and gold pom pom garland for this outdoor elopement in Columbia, MO.
Custom candy bottles with corks at this outdoor elopement in Nifong Park.
Happy groom says hi to wedding guests before eloping in Columbia, MO.
Elopement first look photos at Nifong Park in Columbia, MO.
Candid photo of the bride pulling the groom along before their elopement ceremony near the Maplewood Barn.
Nifong Park at the Maplewood Barn is the perfect place for an outdoor elopement in the spring.
Outdoor gazebo elopement space at Nifong Park in Columbia, MO.
Bride hugging her father before her elopement ceremony at the Maplewood Barn area in Columbia, MO.
Happy elopement photo of the bride and groom laughing under a gazebo in April.
Intimate wedding photo of guests laughing during elopement session at Nifong Park.
Rustic and outdoor elopement location at Nifong Park in Columbia, MO.
Candid elopement photography at Maplewood Barn park in Columbia, MO.
Artistic elopement photography in Columbia, MO at the Nifong Park.
Natural elopement wedding location at Nifong Park.
Elopement ceremony kiss under the gazebo at Nifong Park in mid-Missouri.
Documentary elopement photo of the bride and groom at Nifong Park in Columbia, MO.
High quality elopement photography at Nifong Park in Columbia, MO.
Bride and groom pop the champagne after their small elopement wedding at Nifong Park.
Outdoor elopement photography of a toast in Nifong Park.
Outdoor elopement in the spring at Nifong Park in Columbia, MO.
Bride laughing with her best friend and maid of honor at Nifong Park elopement.
Hilarious family wedding photo at Nifong Park in Columbia, MO.
Sweet photo of the bride and her mother after a springtime elopement ceremony.
Candid elopement wedding photography of the bride and groom cutting and smashing cake at Nifong Park.
Funny photo after elopement wedding cleaning the cake smash off faces.
Acoustic guitars played after this April elopement in Como at Nifong Park.
Documentary elopement photography in April at Maplewood Barn in Nifong Park.
Candid photo of the groom with his arm around the bride after their elopement ceremony.
Laughing friends photo after this elopement ceremony at Nifong Park.
Bride and groom walk through a field at Nifong Park after their elopement.
Romantic photo of the bride and groom almost kissing after their elopement ceremony at Nifong Park.
Bride and groom hold hands under the trees at Nifong Park after their rustic elopement at the gazebo.
Rustic elopement flowers for an April outdoor wedding in Nifong Park.
Romantic outdoor elopement in April at Nifong Park in Columbia, MO.
DIY fake flowers wedding bouquet in Columbia, MO.
Bride and groom pose next to a pond during their lakeside elopement venue at Nifong Park.
Sexy photo of the bride and groom kissing after their rustic elopement wedding in Columbia, MO.
Anthropologie style elopement photography of couple walking through the woods at Nifong Park.

Elopement Photography at Nifong Park

One of our favorite things about this elopement was the sweet little table that Emily set up for after the ceremony. I first met with Emily a few months ago to chat about details for her spring elopement. She mentioned that she loved the romantic table decorations at weddings. I wasn’t sure how this would work for her elopement, since they weren’t really having a dinner! When I arrived at Nifong Park for the first look between Emily and Garrett, I spotted the table she set up. It was beautiful! She used simple glass jars with corks to fill with candies as guest favors. A pink pom pom garland was strung around the table that held bottles of champagne for toasts.

These two had a petite cake (that apparently went through a bit of turmoil to make it to the table!). After a champagne toast to celebrate these newlyweds, Emily and Garrett cut the cake. Emily went for an impromptu cake smash, and we all learned just how much frosting Garrett’s beard can hold!

There were so many sweet and emotional moments from this day. One of my favorites was the way Emily held Garrett’s face in her hands immediately after the ceremony. Garrett looks so incredibly happy, and it was clear that these two were made for each other.

Vendor Credits:

Venue – Nifong Park

Dress – NhaKhanh

Veil – StarJasmine 33

Belt – Olivia Jane Couture

Hair & Makeup – Salon Nefisa

Groom’s tuxedo – Binghams

Flowers – DIY by bride