April 7, 2022
This Florida Cracker Trail elopement brings Florida’s history to light and intertwines it with a modern day elopement. The Florida Cracker Trail (FCT) was a styled elopement shoot to help showcase that Florida offers more than just sandy beaches for your elopement. Our bride grew up riding the trail and her family serves on the board of the Florida Cracker Trail Association. They were literally the inspiration for this shoot.
If you’re not familiar with the FCT, it’s a week long ride on horseback from Bradenton to Fort Pierce. It’s a tribute to the Florida cracker days when cattle were moved from one side of the state to the other to ship out. The term “cracker” comes from the sound a whip, which is used to move cattle and Florida cracker was coined for those who worked cattle. During the ride, there’s many stops on ranchlands where riders are able to recharge and revitalize the spirit of the FCT.
The vision behind the shoot was to show off a couple that was able to participate in the trail ride, arrive at camp, get married, and enjoy being in nature. The shoot involved mixing up hot toddies, eating Florida’s state sub – The Pub Sub, roasting marshmellows, and playing some card games.
Here’s The 6-hour Timeline:
Ride into Camp (30 minutes)
Getting Ready at the Campsite (2 hours)
Ceremony (15 minutes)
Bride and Groom Portraits (1 hour)
Campfire Cocktails, Card Games, & Marshmellows (2 hours)
Tips for planning your horseback elopement:
Want to start planning your own Florida Cracker Trial elopement? Let’s rip it, sister.
Want to learn more about the Florida Cracker Trail or how to become a member of FCTA? Check out their website!
Event/Host Organization: Florida Cracker Trail Association
Models: Michaelah & Griffin Shultz
Horses: Lorida & Nevada
Florist: Fern and Curl Designs
Hair: Wild Tress Studio
Make Up: Laney MUA
Jewelry: JP Leather Brand
Dress: Olivia Bowen Bridal
Elopement Sign & Vow Books: Love Fern Design Studio