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Love is an Adventure, Enjoy the Ride; A Surprise San Deigo Elopement

One morning in 2016, Allison and Tara saw a segment on the Today show about a new company that planned surprise vacations; ‘we looked at each other and at the same time Tara said “I would NEVER do that!” Allison said, “I would TOTALLY do that!”… and so, they booked their first trip for Valentine’s 2017. 

“For us, love is about feeling safe to venture outside of your comfort zone,” the couple told us, “also how cool is it to have someone else do all the planning and neither of you have to be on the hook if the accommodations or destination don’t turn out right?!” The pair have used the Pack Up and Go experience as a tradition for Valentine’s day ever since. Fast forward to discussions about wedding planning, and neither of them had any interest in a formal affair.

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Adventurous & Carefree Elopement in the Woods

When a wedding photographer gets married, you know the pictures are going to be a big consideration. Peyton, who married Cullen in June, decided she wanted the day primarily shot on film and so they hired Coral Dove Photography to do the honours. They eloped in the woods in Maryland with a $2000 budget. The bride wore vintage dress she found on Facebook marketplace for $75 and carried a bouquet made from flowers from her grandmother’s garden.

The day began with them getting ready together at home, they then drove to the mountains for their tiny elopement. They all hiked to a spot they picked out between two giant stones and had a hand fasting. They put together a terrarium using dirt from the ground to remember their ceremony followed by donuts and photos.

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Love on a Budget: Casual COVID Wedding at Norwich Castle

Kerry and Luca opted for a low budget, low key spring wedding at Norwich Castle. After a tumultuous 2020, the couple just wanted to get married and so their big barn wedding was replaced with a love on a budget theme which actually ended up suiting them perfectly.

“Our whole wedding was on a budget due to Luca being furloughed for the majority of 2020, so we saved money wherever we could”, Kerry began. Luca’s mum made our wedding cake which was insanely delicious. Luca decided not to purchase a new suit for the wedding, instead choosing to wear one he already owned. My wedding ring belonged to my mum which she gave to me; she no longer wears it following the passing of my dad four years ago. We didn’t need to budget for that and it’s so very special to me.”

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1970s Inspired Glencoe Elopement in a Recording Studio

After having a huge festival style barn wedding planned last year, Jenny and Ryan decided after a few failed attempts to just elope to Glencoe with just the bride’s mum and sister present.

Their day was held at St Mary’s, a former chapel now turned recording studio and wedding space that oozes eclectic, bohemian style. Set overlooking a dreamy river and unreal mountains. “We feel like we planned so many forms  of a wedding that this seemed so easy and relaxed in comparison,” the bride told us. “We wanted to make all the choices we did not have the opportunity to had we had a big wedding, and make it about all the things we loved. I guess you could say the inspiration was us.”

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Elegant Boozy Brunch Wedding in Toronto

Kira and Stephen opted for a boozy brunch reception, complete with dancing, followed by an after party in a hotel lobby. This couple were the epitome of laid back with their plans, choosing things which made the day enjoyable for everyone rather than sticking to tradition. There was no cake (who needs one when you’ve got so many delicious pastries!?) and the bridesmaid wore whatever they wanted. The groom and his groomsmen opted to match in bright blue suits.

The rooftop terrace at The Fifth Terrace & Grill is where they had both their ceremony and brunch reception. The bride explains, “We wanted to have a laid back wedding where we could focus on having fun and catching up with our favourite friends and family. When we think of long weekends in the summer we think of cottage times in Muskoka, laughing all day in the sun, drinking, dancing and playing lawn games.”

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Retro & Relaxed Brewery Wedding with Food Trucks & Dinosaurs

Leah and Jarvis designed every element of their vintage-inspired day to suit them as a couple. From the sweetest ceremony in the gorgeous church to the cocktail-style reception at Moondog Brewery with lots of dancing, a pizza truck and gelato. There was even a dinosaur cake-topper that Leah made a little veil and garter for!

The day kicked off with a traditional catholic ceremony at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church. “As much as I wanted just a fun party atmosphere, I also wanted the grand traditional church wedding”, Leah told us. “I knew getting married in a church would be very traditional but I was so excited when I realised I got to sit off to the side on fancy chairs just like the royals who I love. The church has an amazing organ on the back wall so of course we had to make use of it. We opted for Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis to walk down the aisle to. I completely forgot to look at Jarvis until I got to the end and realised why I was there but once I was there everything was easy. We made jokes to each other, reminded each other to stick our thumbs down so that they don’t look fat on camera and even put the ring on the wrong hand. Great fun really!”

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