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Whimsical, Fairy-like & Magical New York Elopement

Jen and Chris eloped on October 31 in New York City. The day was filled with cute personalised touches with an almost whimsical and almost fairy-like aesthetic. However the most important thing to them both having their ceremony in their own way. “Our ceremony was simple and we did not want to have any guests”, Jen began. “We said our vows to each other and promised that we would be together forever. That is how we wanted to get married and we are so happy we did it this way. There was no stress to impress others.”

Jen’s own personal style was the main inspiration for the day and this was reflected in her vintage dresses, flower crown and jewellery and even their ring tattoos that they got done end of the day. “We didn’t strive to make our wedding stand out or be different”, Jen continued. “We just wanted it to be special and fully ours. Our biggest worry beforehand was what the weather would be like! Leading up to the wedding day all of our weather apps were saying it would rain 100%. On the morning of the wedding there was some rain, but once we were ready to go out and get married the rain stopped!”

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Intimate & Bohemian, Adventure Wedding

Jazmin and Nate’s romance developed over a couple of years of travel and adventure. They couldn’t think of any better way to celebrate their unity than by doing what they love and sharing it with a small group of close family and friends. 

“This was the most amazing experience we have yet to have together,” explained Jazmin. “We were able to create new memories by exploring Banff National Park & area for the first time with some very special people that flew from all over the US to see us exchange vows. Not to mention, we got to capture all of our first times biking up a mountain, the notorious Moraine Lake, and having the majestic location all to ourselves.”

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A Serendipitous Salvation Mountain Elopement

Micaela and John knew they wanted to tie their wedding in with a three week trip of the US, but beyond that, they were easy! “We originally thought we’d rock up to a Vegas chapel,” explained Micaela, “but I was not like most brides and planned everything last minute. A week before the wedding I was going to book the chapel and found out that the ones we were interested in charge extra for bringing your own photographer, which we had not budgeted for, and they charge a lot for a 10-minute ceremony anyway! After chatting with our photographer, he suggested we travel out to Salvation Mountain – he’d remembered me mentioning our interest in it and we decided why not!”

“We hadn’t sorted flowers, a minister or a cake. The drive was five hours away from where we were staying in Vegas. We got there all sweaty and covered in dust, my hair was a mess and my make-up had melted off, but it was perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

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Burnley Gardens Elopement with the Bride in Red

If you’re planning a smaller post-pandemic wedding then you’re going to love reading all about Jodie and Joe’s intimate day. They eloped with just a couple of their friends there, and then later planned an ‘engagement party’ where they could tell everyone they’d actually already got married!

“Our elopement was at Burnley Gardens in Victoria, Australia.”, Jodie told us. “Only our witnesses, celebrant and photographer were there… Oh, and our 12 month old labradoodle Banjo. He got his own white collar and lead for the occasion. Afterwards, our witnesses and us went to a restaurant for dinner. We got married on a Wednesday and all of us returned back to work the day after. It was fun having a secret from work our family and friends!”

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Happy, Fuss-Free, San Diego Elopement

Cassidi and Lauren fell in love with San Diego two years ago after visiting for a birthday getaway. Since they’d planned their wedding to be just the two of them, they thought that traveling to somewhere they loved would be fun. “The two family weddings we’d been to together inspired us to start away from tradition,” they explained.

They were surprised by how easy and stress-free wedding planning could be. “It always sounded like such a stressful ordeal from stories we’d heard, but we just didn’t get too wrapped up in expectations and let things fall into place – it could not have been more perfect.” They kept things simple; a quick ceremony in the gardens of the courthouse, followed by running around their favourite spots with photographer Jasmine taking photos and eating pizza. They wore high street, non-wedding dresses. There was no seating plan to agonise over, no decor to tie together. They just had a spontaneous day to celebrate their love for one another.

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Tattoo Shop Elopement During the Covid-19 Pandemic inspired by Hawaii & Green Day

Matt and Julia had planned to get married In Hawaii this coming July, with their reception to follow in their hometown in August. But with the current uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, they weren’t sure if their dream wedding would still happen the way they planned. Voicing concerns to Julia’s co-worker, who happens to be a licensed officiant, she offered to marry the couple at the tattoo shop Julia works at before their state went into lockdown. “I think one of my friends summed it up best by saying ‘you got married at a tattoo shop, by a tattoo artist, in the middle of a pandemic; that’s the most punk-rock thing I’ve ever heard!’” said Julia.

The couple met while working on a production of Green Day’s American Idiot, and their song has always been Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by the band. “This whole thing truly gave new meaning to the lyric ‘something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right.” 

With four day’s notice, their friends rallied around to help them pull it off. Their photographer, Tiffany, did their engagement photos and is set to shoot their wedding in Hawaii, whenever it ends up being. Julia’s bouquet was made by a friend, and decorative flowers were put together by the officiant’s wife. They also used elements that they were planning to use for their Hawaii wedding; Julia’s outfit was supposed to be for her bridal shower, which got cancelled, and she paired it with her original wedding veil.

They pulled in meaningful props too – an American Idiot heart hand grenade from the stage show that they met at, was also used in their engagement photos, so it felt right to use it in their wedding photos too. Matt wore his Hawaiian print shirt, their officiant wore a Hawaiian shirt, and her wife decorated the whole tattoo shop with Hawaiian inspired decor. “They even cranked the heat up to feel tropical, played Hawaiian music, and burned coconut candles to make it feel like we were in Hawaii!”

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