Couple ‘walked down a different aisle’ with epic wedding photos in Target

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“Target has always been a pretty significant part of our relationship. When we needed something to do on a slow Thursday night, Target was always there with open doors. Even if we didn’t need anything, Target always knew what was best for us and it never failed to send us home without some sort of delicious treat, household good, or one of those beautiful red tag clearance items that now consume our entire home décor.

Evan Rich Photography
Evan Rich Photography

When it came time to decide on a location to shoot our wedding photos before we eloped, we knew it had to be somewhere with deep personal meaning — somewhere that contributed to the development of our relationship — so naturally, our first inclination was the enthralling aisles of our favorite emporium.

Evan Rich Photography
Evan Rich Photography
Evan Rich Photography

We invited our parents and two friends to our elopement, but it was a secret to everyone else. We shot at Target first (which our parents did not know we were doing), and then we met them at our elopement/wedding site.

Evan Rich Photography

After seeing some of our closest friends get married, we were NOT looking forward to the cost and the stress of planning a full-out wedding, so an elopement sounded more of our style.

Evan Rich Photography

We made sure to get clearance from Target managers ahead of time because we did not want to get kicked out of the store the day of! But our photographer, Evan Rich, is really the mastermind of the shots. The three of us walked around the store aisle to aisle looking for inspiration and we just started shooting with whatever spoke to us.

Evan Rich Photography

Take the pizza for example… we LOVE pizza, and therefore just had to include it in some way shape or form.

Evan Rich Photography
Evan Rich Photography
Evan Rich Photography

The experience was INCREDIBLE and we had a ton of fun. It was an awkward situation since the store was open, but Evan made us feel comfortable and the onlookers mostly just congratulated us.

Evan Rich Photography

Isabella and I dated for almost eight years before we finally tied the knot and we have always been that rather unconventional couple which is why this photo shoot is befitting. If you ask any of our friends, none of them would be surprised that we chose to do this at Target — THAT’s how obsessed we are.

Evan Rich Photography

We go there so much that we even made a farcical Instagram account called @cupsoftarget where we chronicle all the stray Starbucks cups that we find abandoned throughout the store and give them clever and funny captions. It started as a fun game for us, but now we have a few thousand followers which only continues to enable our addiction.

Evan Rich Photography

It’s too bad we can’t throw our reception in Target because then that would truly be the frosting on the Market Pantry cake.”

Evan Rich Photography
Evan Rich Photography
Evan Rich Photography
Evan Rich Photography
Evan Rich Photography

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by groom Michael Delvalle, 27, of Miami, Florida.  Submit your story here, and be sure to subscribe to our best love stories here.

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