Michelle and Connor’s Elopement

By Terry Meadows

Although Connor and Michelle both reside in Northern Virginia, their paths first crossed during a business fraternity trip in New York City. They quickly forged a strong friendship, engaging in daily conversations. Their relationship blossomed into romance, sparking a series of joint travels that deepened their bond. Both share a passion for exploring the countryside, steering clear of bustling cities, and indulging in culinary delights. Their adventures led them to Croatia, where Connor proposed to Michelle in the picturesque city of Rovinj.

Michelle and Connor chose the path of simplicity after facing the disappointment of postponing and canceling their wedding twice due to COVID. Opting not to navigate the complexities of planning yet another ceremony, they embraced the intimacy of elopement. Their special day, defined by its understated elegance, perfectly captured their strong bond. Accompanied by close family and their faithful companion, Teddy, their celebration was infused with an extra layer of warmth and affection


Ava Laurenne Bride, Fredericksburg

"We loved that Zion Springs offered everything a typical wedding would have, such as the walking down the 'aisle', having an officiant, beautiful florals (which I still have on display in our living room), a wedding cake, our first meal together, first dance, amazing photos and videos...they had it all and best part was planning was so easy! "




Processional Music

"Kiss Me"

"We wanted to make the day special to us, and that's where Zion Springs came in.  We love the outdoors and what stood out the most was that they were able to help us plan a fun and intimate day for us on the mountaintop and we were able to include our pup, Teddy."


Bear's Den Overlook


Charcuterie & Cheese with French Bread and Champagne Picnic

"After our ceremony and photos, we went to the barn and enjoyed our first meal, first dance and cut our wedding cake together. Those little things meant to the world to us."


Chocolate Cake with White Frosting


First Dance

"Tennessee Whiskey"


What advice would you give to other wedding couples?

"If you're thinking of eloping or having your wedding at Zion Springs, do it. Our day was seamless, fun, intimate, and the most magical day and it was because of the Zion Springs Team. We were really at ease throughout the process and waking up on our wedding day we felt excited, yet calm and peaceful...and just right. The day was even more beautiful than we could ever have imagined."

Zion Springs: Where Your Elopement Becomes a Celebration to Remember

Feeling the spark of inspiration and curious about the possibilities for your own fairy-tale elopement? We warmly invite you to delve into our Real Weddings stories on our Answers and Advice page.

At our venue, we pride ourselves on offering a comprehensive wedding experience, meticulously designed to streamline your planning process. This allows you and your loved ones to immerse yourselves in the joy of the occasion, no matter how large or small.

All photos in this article are courtesy of Zion Springs' in-house photographer.