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Tonal & Cosy Mt. Rainier A-Frame Elopement

Brittany and Joseph didn’t really set a budget for their September elopement, but as soon as they found their photographer, Henry Tieu, on Pinterest, they decided they would spend whatever it cost to have him shoot the day. Keeping things small and COVID-safe kept all the other costs down anyway. They also hired Rain and Pines to help organise the day, do the décor and officiant the ceremony.

The ceremony was held in cute and cosy A-frame Cabin in Packwood, Washington. Located next to a riverbed and about 30 minutes from Mount Rainer, it was a truly idyllic spot for such an intimate day.

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Thrifted Backyard Wedding with 1970s Vibes

Teagan and Tyrell were inspired by Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s wedding, as well as the bohemian vibes of Hawaii where the couple got engaged. “Above all,” the bride told us, “we wanted the focus to be on our closest friends and family coming together and celebrating rather than strict wedding ‘rules’ and traditions.

They were initially going to get married at the grande ballroom at a local wedding venue, however when they made the decision to relocate to Teagan’s parents backyard due to COVID, they implemented more casual, cozy touches while staying true to their boho/vintage style. They also dramatically cut their guest list from 100+ to just 35, and split their guests into two groups for a small dinner reception – even repeating the speeches so no-one felt left out! 

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A COVID Christmas Wedding with Sequins & Starbucks

If the pandemic has taught us anything it’s that low key can still be really lovely! For Sabrina and Chris, who got married a few weeks before Christmas, this was absolutely the case. They had a Registrar’s Office ceremony, followed by a quick pitstop in Starbucks to call some loved ones who couldn’t be there, rounding the evening off with a meal with their two witnesses at the bride’s sister’s house.

“Our wedding was a last minute cosy Christmas wedding”, the bride said. “With everything that 2020 and COVID has thrown at us and the loss we’ve experienced all over the world, we really just wanted our day to just be about love and our life together. We planned the day in just over a month with next to no budget. Our budget was £900 and we spent £898.99! We chose our ceremony room and had to change our photographer (because our original one came into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID so she couldn’t make it) two days before!”

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A Backyard Wedding with a Family-Focus & Cardboard Cut Out Flowergirls

Like most couples who wed last year, Kayla and William had to make some big changes in order to have a small pandemic-friendly wedding. They were originally planning a big, country club wedding for August, which has now been postponed to 2021. However as the pair have lived apart for 4 1/2 years of their five year relationship (the groom lived in Ohio and the bride in New York), they just wanted to be married already. Their kiss after the ceremony was the first time they had kissed in over 200 days!

They planned a small ceremony in the bride’s bride’s parent’s back garden. Obviously not everyone could attend, including the flowergirls who live in a different state, so their family sent life-sized cardboard cut outs of them wearing the dresses they had bought to wear for the wedding! Neighbours watched from their back porches and even dressed up to celebrate with them from a distance.

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Simple, Intimate Elopement with a Rainbow Glitter Dress!

Carly and Shawn met through their local music scene. They’d been acquaintances for a few years when they ended up crashing a random Christmas party together one night and realised that they were a hilarious team. After denying their feelings for a few more months they finally decided to “ruin” their friendship and start dating. 

They got engaged in late January last year, and decided they would be married in the following summer, so didn’t have a lot of time to plan. “We just knew we wanted our best friends to be there and for us to elope somewhere outside,” the bride told us, “where we could get away for the weekend but still not have to take time off of work. We travel a lot, so getting married somewhere outside of our home city was a given, and thankfully we decided to keep it in the same province and not too far away.”

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Eco-Friendly Covid-Safe Backyard Wedding in Chicago

Rachel and Derrick were married in March in Charlottesville, where they’d just moved the day before. In August they had a second day in the bride’s mother’s garden in Chicago.

“We originally planned a backyard wedding at my mother’s house in the suburbs of Chicago”, the bride explained, “but shortly after our plans were solidified, Derrick accepted a job in Virginia and I lost my job in the hasty mid-quarantine move. Since it’s inadvisable to forgo health insurance during a pandemic, we decided to get legally wed the day after got to our new home”.

Six months later, they went ahead with the Chicago backyard wedding they always wanted. As they were planning from the other side of the country, the bride’s detail-orientated mum planned a lot of the day for them alongside Chicago Vintage Weddings who they rented farm tables, vineyard chairs, Persian rug, and Moroccan poufs from.

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