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Colorado Hiking Elopement with Stunning Mountain Views

Emily and Matt knew from the beginning that neither of them wanted a traditional wedding. They wanted an epic experience that would stand out in their memories against all the other wedding they’ve been to over the years. “We love to travel and go on new adventures together so we kept that as our focus throughout planning,” Matt told us. “The only other non-negotiable was that our dog Rufus, the Best Dog of Honour, be there with us.”

Their original idea was to have a very small, simple ceremony with their most important people on a mountaintop in Washington State and then go head off on a hiking adventure. “We love to hike so we felt it was an appropriate wedding day activity.” However, once COVID took hold, they downsized and decided to elope closer to home. “We’re very lucky that there are plenty of mountain adventures to be had right here on our doorstep in Colorado!”

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Intimate, Fifties, Rock n Roll Style COVID Wedding

Mandi and Joeby fought tooth and nail to make their 2020 wedding happen. “We were determined to stick to our date no matter what,” Mandi told us. “We decided quite early on that even if it just meant us and a witness, we would just get it done – I’d proposed to Joey in 2018 and for us it was important to just be married, not about a big party or putting our lives on hold – and this sentiment felt particularly important to stick to before the world went to complete shit!”

As it happened, their October date was slotted in between two lockdowns, so although they spent most of the year in a horrible limbo, glued to news updates and had to axe their planned garden-party reception, the majority of their original wedding plans stayed the same.

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A Mountaintop COVID Elopement with Rock n Roll Touches

Chase and Elle met in the beginning of 2016, bonding over their love of rock music at their local gym. Ironically, they discovered that they were both due to attend the heavy-metal festival Carolina Rebellion early that summer, both with their dads, as they did every year. They decided their first ‘outing’ was to meet up at the festival… with their Dads. Well if that date can go well, you know you’re onto a winner, so the rest, as they say, was history! 

When it came to planning their 2020 wedding, like many of you, they decided to cancel their big, 100+ guest wedding and elope with immediate family instead. “It was the best decision we made!” the bride told us. “The gravity of the year really made us consider what was important – we wanted to have a personal and intimate elopement that celebrated our future together through these unforeseen times.”

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Elegant & Romantic Outdoor COVID Wedding with a Feathered Veil

Margo and Deven had to change their plans for their September 2020 wedding so many times that they threw themes out the window. Instead of focusing on flowers or décor, they were inspired by the nature they got married in.

Married in the backyard of Deven’s family home, the whole wedding ended up being DIY and the couple spent $15,000. Margo got to flex her design skills on lettering and graphic design for their place cards and other stationery, and the pair worked together on choosing things like music. A particularly fun project was making the best of the situation and personalising hand sanitiser bottles for their guests.

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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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Fiesta meets Vintage, Kitsch & Colourful Wedding

Alex and Sarah stuck to their guns for their August 2020 wedding, and despite planning it for over two years, decided to go ahead anyway. “When we originally booked our Thursday date, it was because we both work in the music industry so summer weekends we’re usually working at festivals,” the bride told us. “Not only did it end up being way cheaper than a weekend wedding, but our friends and family were more than happy with the idea of making a long weekend of things as they had plenty of notice.”

“As the year unfolded and it became apparent that we weren’t going to be able to have the celebration that we originally planned, we decided to go with the flow and have our day as best we could, which was of course stressful at times with the ever-changing goalposts. Reduced numbers meant we ended up being able to claw back some of our budget, which was a relief as in the planning we’d nearly doubled our intended spend!  We now have a nice little starter for a honeymoon, once it’s safe to travel again.”

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