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Kathleen & Mark // Intimate Monte Sano Elopement


Jun 4, 2020

Monte Sano State Park Elopement // Wedding Photographers in Huntsville, Alabama

Monte Sano State Park Elopement

An intimate elopement atop Monte Sano with a stunning background view – what a way to celebrate love! We had the beautiful privilege to photograph Kathleen and Mark’s private wedding ceremony at Monte Sano State Park last week. From their relaxed, joyful hearts to the groom’s patience for taking portraits on a warm May afternoon, every moment displayed their love and commitment to each other.

Like many other spring brides, Kathleen and Mark made the difficult decision to move their grand Maryland wedding celebration to a date later this fall. As the day approached, however, they decided not to wait any longer to make it official!

We met the bride and groom at Monte Sano State Park with hearts full of happy anticipation. As much as we adore the big, grand wedding celebrations, there’s also something incredibly special about an intimate wedding ceremony. It radiates its own special kind of beauty.

Vows, Cake, and Tree-Lined Pathways

After a heartfelt ceremony, Kathleen and Mark shared a special cake cutting and champagne toast before we headed off for their wedding day portraits. The mid-day sun was toasty warm, but they were total troopers! We found little pieces of shade and tree-lined pathways. The sun shone brilliantly on the valley below! It painted a canvas of picturesque greens and blues as we photographed portraits on the mountain’s edge.

Fun fact: Kathleen created the bouquet herself! It was beautiful!

Everything about this intimate elopement brought joy upon joy. They are the sweetest couple! They demonstrated their kindness, thoughtfulness, and genuine love for each other throughout the afternoon. We’re slightly envious of their photographer in Maryland because they are an amazing couple and such a joy to be around! We can’t wait to see pictures of their full celebration later this year. We know it’s going to be so special!

In the meantime, here’s a peek into their intimate elopement at Monte Sano State Park!

Monte Sano State Park
Elopement wedding at Monte Sano State Park
Elopement wedding at Monte Sano State Park
Bridal portrait at Monte Sano State Park
Bride and groom wedding portrait at Monte Sano State Park
Elopement at Monte Sano State Park
Bride and groom elopement portrait at Monte Sano State Park

Kathleen & Mark – what an absolute treasure it was to witness and capture this precious elopement! Even in this incredibly special moment for you, you found so many ways to bless us and fill our hearts with joy. We wish you both so much happiness!


A shoutout to their amazing vendor team!

Venue: Monte Sano State Park
Photography: Joel and Amber Photography
Hair and Makeup Artist: Under the Veil
Dress: CityChic
Necklace: Kathleen’s great-grandmother
Florals: The bride
Officiant: Joseph MacKenzie
Cake Artist: Edgar’s Bakery

Want more intimate wedding inspiration? Don’t miss Cassie & Landen’s intimate ceremony at Annabella at Cedar Glen!

  1. Kathleen says:

    Thank you for capturing our day perfectly! You guys were so kind and incredible to work with. We will cherish these pictures forever!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Kathleen, you made such a beautiful bride! I’m so thankful that LOVE can still win in our world! What a precious memory for you two!

  3. Trisha says:

    You look GORGEOUS, Kathleen! And I’ve never seen Palmer smile so big! So happy for you guys! ❤️

  4. Brooke says:

    These are just perfect! Congratulations you two!

  5. Justine says:

    These pictures are gorgeous and you two look so excited!!

  6. Chelsea Marsh says:

    This is so beautiful and special!! So happy for you both

  7. Greg -- Kathleen's dad says:

    Very happy for my daughter and new son-in-law! A beautiful day and pics. Welcome to the family Mark!

  8. Haley says:

    You look beautiful, Kathleen! I can’t wait to celebrate AGAIN in October!

  9. Mark says:

    Joel and Amber were great to work with. Thanks for capturing our special day!

  10. Debra Newhall says:

    Such a beautiful wedding! Love the pictures! And the bride and groom of course! Aunt Debra

  11. CINDY SARGENT says:

    You made a beautiful bride. Congratulations!!!

  12. Rachael says:

    Congratulations!! So happy for both of you!

  13. Vanessa Palmer says:

    Perfect pictures that captured the perfect couple.. Congrats you two! Love you both! – Scott & Vanessa

  14. Angela Palmer says:

    Oh my goodness! How do you choose which pictures to print.? They are All so special! While the coronavirus might have delayed us from celebrating with you two, we can feel we were there because of these awesome pictures. Thank you Joel and Amber Photography for capturing these beautiful moments for our family!
    Mark and Kathleen, we Love Y’all so Much and are Excited to Welcome Kathleen into Our Family!
    Wayne & Angela

  15. Patty Palmer says:

    Beautiful pictures! I got the ones I ordered in the mail. I am in love with the ones I choose! Beautiful bride and groom! I am sooo thrilled that y’all are now MR. and MRS. Mark Palmer…. Love you both!!

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