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Chicago Conservatory Elopement with a Leopard Print Dress & a Surprise Act of Kindness

They were always going to elope and luckily, even though a lockdown was imminent, Jodi and Terry were still able to go ahead with their intimate March wedding. They’d booked into have their quicky ceremony at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago (which didn’t cost them a penny!) and a friend, who got ordained especially for the event, hosted the proceedings. They had no guests at the ceremony, which was always their plan. They really didn’t want a big wedding or any fuss. The idea was for it to just feel like a fancy day out.

“We wanted to keep things cheap and simple but finding a venue in Chicago in March isn’t easy”, Jodi explained. “The conservatory was perfect, because it’s free but also lush and beautiful year-round. My dream look would have probably been wearing a Maison Valentino haute couture gown, in the woods or on a cliff somewhere, but a 90s-meets-Old Hollywood-meets-pinup vibe combined many of my styles into one.”

“The day began with me going on my own to get my hair and makeup done, while Terry took time to get ready, pick up our flowers and have lunch. I then drove myself to the conservatory. On the way, I listened to the US president address the country, announcing a national emergency due to the pandemic. We stood in front of a little waterfall in the ‘fern room’ for the ceremony. It was very humid and my hair flattened and frizzed pretty quickly. Terry and I read the words that we wrote about one another and our officiant wrapped things up perfectly, speaking to how we’ve chosen to be with one another and go through all of life’s ups and downs with one another.”

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No Fuss, Just Love: An Intimate Upstate New York Lockdown Elopement

With the original wedding planned for April 4th, 2020, as the day drew closer Cameron and Micayla knew they’d have to postpone due to social distancing/quarantine policies, so they thought, “Fuck it, let’s elope!”… so that’s exactly what they did! 

The couple both have extreme health challenges, so the fact that they pulled this off in such a short amount of time, with everything else going on in the world, puts testament to the fact that there really is only one thing that matters when it comes to getting hitched: LOVE.

“We first met when we were thirteen,” Micayla reminisced. “I was the new kid among an already semi-tight knit group of friends, but Cameron and I hit it off right away. Throughout high school we were always friends, always in the same groups of people, always laughing and having fun. But when I was fifteen, I was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure and disappeared into a world that none of my friends could follow. A world of doctors appointments, medication, endless surgeries and being poked and prodded constantly. I came back with a kidney transplant and a new hunger for life!”

“Fast forward to 2017 – Cameron was engaged, meanwhile I was working. We hadn’t seen each other in a hot minute, and we just so happened to be grocery shopping at the same store, same time. We talked for a minute and turns out, Cameron and his fiancé had actually just broken up the day before. After that, we got coffee and started hanging out almost every day.”

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A South African Elopement Planned 24 Hours Before Lockdown

Dinka and Renier, who are German but live in South Africa, realised that their marriage license was going to expire during lockdown. Not wanting to start the whole planing process again, they decided to bite the bullet and get married the very next day, before lockdown came into effect. Although it was different to what they had in mind for their wedding, they don’t regret the way they did it at all!

“It was magical”, Dinka told us. “We didn’t have time to organise a lot in 24 hours, but we managed the most important part – signing the papers. We got in touch with everyone the day before (photographer, marriage officiant, witness, hairstylist and makeup artist). All of these beautiful people confirmed to be there the next day to help us to make this happen! We’re so thankful for this as we worked a whole year through this process of paperwork from Germany and South Africa and I just didn’t want to imagine having to organise all of the papers and documents again!”

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Untamed Intimate Mountaintop Wedding with a Blue Dress

Talk about a breathtaking ceremony location – Genevieve and Joseph made the journey from Denver to Colorado to celebrate their wedding day with eight of their closest family members in the beautiful mountains between Durango and Silverton, Colorado. A few months prior, Genevieve contacted Love Untamed Collective inquiring about planning intimate wedding possibilities. Meg from the company had a breathtaking location in mind and won Genevieve and Joseph over with her ideas that matched what they envisioned for their special day. 

Joseph said, “We’ve always loved the natural beauty and stillness of the mountains, overlooking the landscape and being close to the vastness of the sky was the perfect place for our purest love for each other to culminate. I’ll never forget turning around to see Genevieve before we were married, Genevieve is absolutely gorgeous and it felt like a fairytale moment for the both of us. Being married to your dream girl and best friend is the most wonderful thing!” 

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A Simple yet Edgy Lockdown Elopement Planned in a Week!

Emily, Shane and their five doggos were not going to let a little thing like a worldwide pandemic stop them from getting married. So, before lockdown came into full effect in Australia, they decided to postpone their big wedding that was planned for July and to elope with their five dogs in tow!

With the help of their super accommodating vendors, they managed to pull an elopement together in under a week! Unfortunately their original photographer was in full lockdown and unable to shoot their new date, thankfully they found Carly Co. who was available at short notice.

“The best thing about our wedding was that we had our five dogs roaming free, and we didn’t have the usual wedding attire. Rin, our celebrant, made our ceremony so personal, I was genuinely surprised. The questions we answered let her tell our love story better than we can tell it ourselves. I thought I would shed a tear but didn’t think Shane would at all. Rin had us both laughing and sobbing which I didn’t think was possible. Our ceremony was perfect in every way. It was so laid back and easy to just be in the moment.”

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New Zealand Waterfall Elopement

Inspired by their love of hiking and nature, Adam and Alice flew from the States to New Zealand to get their dream waterfall location for their September 2019 elopement. 

They married at Milford Sounds in New Zealand, and spent the day searching for their perfect spot. “We had the best photographer! Kate set up our day perfectly, which had to be hard since she was all the way across the world,” said Alice.

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