@Ellicott: So we eloped. Actually I was planning an immediate family only wedding (only because I eloped the first marriage 10 years ago thinking it was high time family saw me get married), and family was not able to come out (no money, no vacation days, hates flying) nor were they really interested in a wedding.
So with all that disappointement left behind, we just went on a really cool vacation and got married there. It was in the Canadian Rockies. It was perfect. And you know what I think it turned out better than anything that would have involved my family present. There just wasn’t any stress, I didn’t have to worry about anyone else but me and H.
I did not think of it as running away. I told anyone and everyone that asked about it. So it was not a secret. It was just a private wedding.
Were your family members disappointed that you didn’t have a big wedding or the fact that they weren’t there?
I don’t know of anyone who was diasspointed. I think I really did them all a favor but not having a wedding, saved people money and vacation days. Now we did invite H’s parents. They are retired, know how to RV and they wanted to be there, but we were prepared for them to say it was too far. They were our legal witnesses. otherwise it would have been the wedding planner guy and our photographer who would have signed the license.
Did you wear a traditional wedding dress or something else?
I wore a full lace gown by Casablanca. We were dressed in full wedding attire. I hired a professional photographer. I did my own hair and make up though. Click here for some photos.
How well planned out were you beforehand?
Well we planned the whole thing in 15 days, but I had been eyeing the lodge/elopement package for about 5 months so I did all the up front research prior. It was an 11 day/10 night road trip, 2500 miles to Canada. It was harder to figure out where we were going to stay for each night rather than plan a wedding. We stayed 3 nights at a beautiful lodge in one of Canada’s National Parks. They had an elopement pacakge and their wedding coordinator took care of everything – officiant, flowers, champagne, breakfasts, three course wedding dinner, cake. I had my say in it all, and he just made it happen. Talk about easy! We just had to show up and look good.