Oded and Lena decided as soon as they got engaged that they didn’t want to get married at home in Tel Aviv, they wanted to go to New York City! “We wanted to avoid some of the bureaucracy entailed in official Israeli weddings”, they explained, “we also liked the romantic notion of getting away from everyone and having a wedding ceremony in NYC.”
They both wore non-traditional outfits which came from Cos. “We didn’t want the usual wedding clothes but still, it took a while to find them!” explained Lena. “In the end we both wore outfits from Cos – him a suit and me in a minimalist shirt dress and a flower crown.”
The perfect mixture of adventure and fun, Las Vegas was Yasmin and Leigh’s number one choice for their October wedding. They always wanted to get married abroad, and after seeing Las Vegas weddings featured on this very blog, they decided it was the perfect place for them.
“We kept our wedding a secret from our friends and only told our families one week before we flew out!” said the bride. “We stayed for a week at the Venetian. On our wedding day, our photographer met us in our room and took some getting ready photos, then we walked through the hotel and casino in our wedding outfits – so many people smiled and congratulated us, Vegas is so warm and friendly! Our ceremony was at the Neon Graveyard, where all the old neon signs are retired.”
Not being particularly comfortable in front of the camera, they wanted to find a photographer who would make them feel at ease. “We loved Sam Arroyo’s photos, particularly the ones she had taken in the desert and thought this would work perfectly in Vegas. She was our biggest expense as we flew her in from California, but she was worth every penny. After the ceremony we drove out to Red Rock Canyon for more photos. It was so peaceful and beautiful and I’ll always remember walking through the desert hand-in-hand with my husband. It was the perfect way to start our marriage.”
Big Sur, on the California coastline, might be one of the most spectacular places on the planet, which is why do many couples say “We do” there! Amanda and Jake eloped there in April.
“Our wedding theme was ‘Oddities by the Sea and taxidermy meets Cabinet of Natural Curiosities’,” said the bride. “We wanted to elope near the sea with minimal accessories or fuss. My bridal bouquet was constructed with fresh mint, thistle, chocolate cosmos, air plants, a cat skull and a fox tail!”
When they discovered that their country’s laws prevented them having the wedding they really wanted, Israelis Luda and Ayal decided to elope in NYC.
“We couldn’t get married the way we wanted in our own country (in Israel only religious marriages are legal)”, explained the bride. “So we’ve decided to get married in New York City. It was a natural choice for us since Ayal is an American citizen and he used to live in Williamsburg. Some of Ayal’s family still lives in the US, and they were able to make the trip and attend the City Hall wedding. If we were to have any theme I guess it was the city itself!”
The bride designed her own dress with help from a fashion designer friend. “I designed the dress and a good friend of mine who is the owner of an underground and street-style store in Tel-Aviv, helped me with the final design and the sewing. I also made my own wedding bouquet. I wanted white flowers with black feathers. We thought that it will be easy to find someone who could make it when we arrived in New York but we couldn’t! The white flowers were easy but we couldn’t find anyone that could add the black feathers too. So we improvised. Ayal bought a feather duster from Kmart, took the feathers out and made the bouquet I wanted!”
Brooke and Jamie were married on a beach in Florida. They had a reception for their loved ones two weeks after. “Jamie said he wanted to get married on the beach and I ran with it”, the bride said. “Our theme was romantic, boho, beachy and casual but with our individual fashion flares.”
The bride’s dress came from Forever 21 and it was $30! “We always coordinate our outfits even at home in our PJs so our outfits ended up being the inspiration and feel for the day. We didn’t have a wedding party or any guests. We wanted it to be just the two of us and I’m so glad we did. It was extremely intimate and not at all intimidating. We knew we would both get emotional and we didn’t want to do so in front of a bunch of people. It was like there was no one else but us there that day. Perfect in every way.”
It might be the middle of summer, but that doesn’t stop me wanting to share this elopement with you all today – it’s just too beautiful not to! Natalie and Andrew were married on Christmas day in Lapland!!
The ceremony took place in the Luvattumaa Ice Gallery. “I love Christmas and we both love adventures!” explained the bride. “We chose to elope on 25th December in an ice chapel and we arriving by reindeer sleigh! The ceremony was officiated by a local registrar who was wearing a traditional gown. I entered down some stairs, and walked through an ice tunnel to get to the altar, which was made of carved ice.”
After the ceremony they went for a meal at a local restaurant. “A funny moment was just after we arrived at the restaurant, the waitress accidentally spilt a whole glass of champagne on my dress! I was fine about it (my dress was vintage and only cost £52!) and it didn’t leave a mark, but the poor waitress was mortified and wouldn’t accept that we were OK with it so insisted on giving us a free bottle of champagne and her details in case it needed dry cleaning!”