An Elopement-Style Ceremony with Friends & Family: Teresa & Russell

“Teresa & Russell’s wedding was like an elopement which included family and close friends”, wrote wedding photographer Melina of Lucinda Photography. “They left their East Vancouver home with suitcases packed for their Montreal honeymoon for which they were leaving only a couple of hours after the ceremony! We did some whirlwind portraits in their neighbourhood before heading to Vanier Park to help friends set up some chairs and refreshments. Guests arrived, they were married, the mingled and they left. It was great.”

“We planned our honeymoon to Montreal first”, took over newlywed Teresa “and then started planning the wedding… we planned the whole thing in just over 2 months! We wanted everything to be low key so we made our own invites (50 guests half friends and half family), I bought my wedding dress online (had it altered to fit me perfectly) and had an outdoor wedding in Vanier Park, behind the planetarium, with 2 tables and a few chairs.

Friends & family showed up to the park to help set up the chairs and tables, and then at lunchtime the guests arrived for the ceremony. “Guests arrived at 12:45pm, we got hitched at 1pm and were heading for the airport by 2:30pm… one guest said it was like being invited to an elopement”, Teresa laughed.

My favorite part of the wedding was the champagne toast”, she concluded. “I really shook the bottle to get a good spray going. Also our photo shoot with Melia was fun and comfortable. She is a very talented photographer. If I had to do something differently I would have left a bit more mingle time with friends and family but it was really fun to jet off on our honeymoon that day.”

Awesome. I think this might be the most low key wedding I’ve ever featured. I love the crazy styled, full of personality weddings, but there’ll always be a special place in my bloggy heart for couple’s that do things this way. No fuss, no stress, just what’s most important – friends, family and L.O.V.E!

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: Lucinda Photography
Ceremony Venue: Vanier Park, Vancouver
Bride’s Dress: Suzi Chin by Maggy Boutique via Nordstrom
Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors
Groom’s Outfit: Dunn’s
Flowers: Flowerz by Evan
Hair: Jen Nelson at Zootz
Make Up: Emma from Gaby Ramirez Makeup Co
Custom designer cookies: Picture Your Cake


  1. I wonder which came first: the colours for the bouquet, or the location for the shoot – they work perfectly!

    Love the idea of concentrating on the ceremony rather than the party – but not sure I’d be able to pass up the opportunity for a big bash with everyone I love…!

  2. I LOVE this one! While I’m a fan of all of the super-detailed shoots, the kind of wedding I imagine myself having (if I don’t just go down to a registrar’s office) is just like this – clean cut, pure, unfussy. The colours are wonderful.

  3. This looks so much fun and it looks like the bride and groom had an absolute ball. Full of vibrant colour and the mural on the wall just makes it for me. Every wedding should have something like this – fun. The guitar player and the negative space behind him also works for me. Breaks every rule going but looks fab!

  4. sandi lawrence

    This is exactly how my fiance (of 20 years) and I are going to do it on September 8, 2012. Elopement with family and friends.

  5. Great shots Melia! Fresh and artful. It was neat to see your Joe’s cafe shots since this is just 1/2 a block from our house – You actually managed to tweak my impression of a very familiar wall that I walk by almost every day. Nice one! These guys seem like a cool couple to work with:-)


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