Once Mr. Wellies and I decided to elope, I started looking for inspiration on wedding blogs. All of my favorite elopements have several things in common: the bride and groom spend the entire day together, doing a variety of fun activities; everything—from the preparation to the ceremony to the meal—is understated and simple, yet deeply intimate and personal; and the overall emotion of the day is pure joy.
The first video I came across was Dorie and Justin’s Connecticut elopement. Arguably the most popular elopement in the wedding blogosphere, Dorie and Justin’s elopement has it all: tree climbing, river jumping, and a picnic! Their reactions after being pronounced husband and wife made me tear up. I want our elopement to be that special and meaningful.
I love the spontaneity of Laura Beth and Jesse’s Tennessee elopement. They didn’t plan anything except their outfits and the day they were going to get married; the rest was improvised. Their wedding day included a ski lift, an alpine slide, an aquarium, and a playground. Everything looks like so. much. fun!
I found Naly and Ben’s Toronto elopement on Weddingbee. I love how, like Dorie and Justin, Naly and Ben seem to be having a normal day: taking a trip together, picking up dessert and some flowers. Then BAM, they’re getting married! It emphasizes how the wedding day, while special, is just one day in a lifetime of days together. The marriage is what counts.
When I saw Marki and Andrija’s Vermont elopement, I gasped. Everything looked so romantic: the groom helping the bride get dressed; sharing a picnic together; and riding in a canoe. Looking at the photos made me so excited to elope. Their day is perfect.
While Mr. Wellies and I came up with a list of reasons not to have an intimate wedding, we also have reasons for wanting to elope. We are both introverted and private; a personal ceremony with just the two of us (and our rabbi) is ideal. With an elopement centering on just the two of us, it can be very relaxed and stress free; we can enjoy the day and focus on our love for each other. (My wedding motto is “No fuss—just us!”) We plan to have a casual party with our family at a later date, to celebrate with them and show them our wedding video. On the day of, however, it will just be me and my best friend—and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Have you ever wanted to elope?