*FAIR WARNING: I attached a ton of pics haha*
Hey girl! My hubby and I had an August wedding all set and planned to go, but one day I was at work and called him bawling. I was so stressed out and just didn’t want the wedding anymore. He was so excited, because he didn’t want the big event either!
Anyway, we didn’t tell anyone and we ran off to the Oregon Coast (Our favorite place in the world) and got married! First off, I talked to the manager of the hotel we were staying at (beachfront) and told her about the situation. On the day of she hooked us up with a separate room so that I could get ready and we could hold to the tradition of not seeing the bride before the ceremony. She gave me a MASSIVE room so that I could get ready, and I was so beyond happy with it.
Our photographer spent some time with me while I got ready (my officiant laced up my dress for me. So it was just me, the officiant, and our photographer in the room). Then once we got all the shots we wanted she headed down to where my hubby was and he got some pictures done as well. She also did the cake shots and bouquet pics. Don’t let the size of the cake fool you, she was dead set on giving us an 80 person cake even though it was just for DH and I LOL
The next step was our first look, which I attached pictures of below. It was magical, and amazing. Then we walked down to the ceremony space together where our “guests” (Our baker and officiant’s boyfriend) were standing along with our officiant. We began our vows and I was on cloud 9.
After the ceremony, we headed back up to the hotel room from the beach to sign the marriage license, said our thank you and goodbyes to our “guests” and headed back down to the sand with our photographer.
We spent about an hour taking photos and after all of that was done, we went to dinner at an AMAZING restaurant. This place was breathtaking and somewhere we would have never gone before because it was so fancy. But, we were in our wedding attire and it was a very special day, so we went!
After dinner was done, we headed down to the beach and walked and watched the sun set over the Pacific. Once the sun was gone, we headed back to our hotel room where we had sparkling cider (neither of us drink) and an in-room jacuzzi tub waiting.
Sorry I wrote a novel, but I just want to show you that you CAN make your elopement just as special as your wedding day! Stay in your wedding attire after the ceremony and head to a really nice dinner. Then retire to some amazing hotel room. Honestly, if I had been given the choice, I’d elope a thuosand times over instead of a big wedding.
The elopement announcements we mailed before we left for the coast that day. So people knew the next day and we didn’t have to make any calls. We could just worry about us
Feel free to PM me with any questions or more advice! I love helping ladies out!