Mei Lin Barral Photography

honest + reflective imagery

for couples in love + their four-legged family

College sweethearts Tom & Missy had a meet-cute during their time as orientation advisors at their university. Turtles & squids brought Tom & Missy together in the form of fun, odd, and perhaps unrealistic drawings on Missy’s script for a play they were mutually performing in. From that day they knew they had something wonderful and their story soared.

Both Tom & Missy are very athletic and enjoy rock climbing and running together. One of Missy’s bucket-list activities was to run her local 15k and she trained with Tom to prepare. One unsuspecting day they came back from rock climbing to go for a run at sunset on their favorite path by a river. Tom took Missy aside to enjoy the beautiful evening and he proposed. Missy had no idea it was coming and she jokes that it was a very cute moment except for the fact that she in her jogging gear.

Like many couples this year, Tom & Missy had to postpone their wedding day festivities until next year, but decided they wanted to elope in order to keep their original wedding date. It’s a special date because it is the summer solstice, exactly half a year before Tom’s parents’ wedding anniversary date.

To commemorate this intimate day, Tom & Missy signed the papers in the morning during breakfast. Missy baked her own chocolate with chocolate chip (vegan) buttercream wedding cake and they cooked homemade vegan pizza. Later that evening, they commemorated their wedding day with photos at sunset complete with bird spotting as well as their first dance to The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. H!


The Creative Team
Photography | Mei Lin Barral Photography
Venue | Private Residence
Save the Dates | The Groom’s Sister
Florals | The Bride’s Mom
Catering & Cake | The Bride & Groom
Wedding Gown | Secondhand
The Couples’ Shoes | Birkenstocks
Bride’s Engagement Ring | Moissanite Co.
Bride’s Wedding Ring | Brilliant Ring
Groom’s Wear | Land’s End & L.L. Bean


June 21, 2020

An Intimate Summer Solstice NY Elopement | Missy & Tom

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