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REAL WEDDING:: Virginia Price + Caleb Abbey {AN INTIMATE ELOPMENT}


Written by: Jessica Burke |  Photos: Sarah Alleman Photography

virginia + caleb’s story

“Caleb proposed on December 25, 2019 in Mandeville at the lakefront under the most gorgeous live oak tree called “The Belle of the Ball”,” says Virigina. “Our very first date was at the Lakefront right by the same tree and so it has always held a special place in our hearts

wedding rings on a gold tray


mandeville lakefront ceremony

the wedding

From the beginning of our engagement, Caleb and I both had envisioned a private, intimate setting,” shares Virginia.

“From the beginning of our engagement, Caleb and I both had envisioned a private, intimate setting,” shares Virginia. “Our original plan was to go to Tennessee in the mountains when it was cold and snowing and elope, but opted against it. We toured several venues and actually had one booked, but it just never felt totally right. With COVID and the restrictions we just decided we didn’t want to wait anymore. Our plan B was just to have a small gathering at Fontainebleau State Park and have the Justice of the Peace marry us there with our close friends and family, but about a week before we woke up one day and changed the date of the ceremony to the Thursday before, drove to the lakefront, had the officiant meet us there and we got married! A party a few days later took a lot of the extra pressure off, we were already married and it was just a fun day for us and our close families and friends to celebrate our love!”


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sand in a bottle wishes for wedding favors
Caleb’s parents surprised the couple with adorable wedding favors. “They gathered sand and had a note next to the favors saying to make a wish for us as a couple and release it somewhere near water, which I thought was so sweet and thoughtful!” shares Virigina

the wedding reception

The Saturday after Virginia and Caleb eloped, they hosted an intimate brunch reception at Fontainebleau State Park to celebrate their marriage with family and friends.

Fontainebleau State Park Wedding

the bride and groom cut the cake

the couple are showered with flower petals as they leave the reception


PHOTOGRAPHY: Sarah Alleman Photography


CEREMONY LOCATION: Mandeville Lakefront | OFFICIANT: Anne Thompson | RECEPTION LOCATION: Fontainebleau State Park | BRIDE’S GOWN: Melissa Sweet, David’s Bridal | GROOM’S ATTIRE: Banana Republic | FLORALS: Villere’s Florist | BAKERY: Cake That | HAIR + MAKEUP: Wildflower Hair & Makeup | WEDDING PLANNER: Lace & Love Weddings | DECOR RENTALS: Cole’s Rental World | CATERER: Liz’s Where Y’at Diner | JEWELER: Lowe’s Jewelry | BEVERAGE CATERING: Tap Truck Nola | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Geaux Live DJ



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