We eloped December 1st, just the two of us, no guests, but we didn’t keep it a secret.
What did I love about it: It was very romantic and intimate. There was no pressure or drama at the wedding, no arguing BMs, guests or family. We were able to focus just on each other. We were just so happy. We had never been to Savannah, and everything was so beautiful. I mean everything just oosed southern hospitality. It was perfect.
What I did NOT love: My mom’s reaction before the wedding. She pulled every manipulative trick she could to try to get us to change our minds and have the wedding in Michigan. She even turned down our offer to pay for her and dad to attend using the excuse that she and dad wouldn’t go if their grandkids couldn’t be there. Almost worked, but we would have regretted it if we had caved.
Favorite Moment: I can’t name just one. The whole day was sooooo perfect. I loved the way he looked at me all day long. I couldn’t stop smiling and neither could he. There was a moment during the ceremony when I was trying to place his ring on his finger and I couldn’t get it on. I pushed and pushed, and finally looked up and him and said, “help me.” And there was some symbolism in that, because since we met each other he’s always been there to help me.
Least Favorite Moment: A couple… The tuxedo place ordered the wrong sized tux, and could not get the correct size before our ceremony. The help there was horrible. We told them the wedding was at noon the next day. They had more than 24 hours to get it, and they called two hours after our ceremony to tell us the tux was there. We talked to the manager, and he refunded the entire price, so at least they made that right. I was also disappointed about my bouquet. I had paid extra to upgrade my bouquet from the standard bouquet that came with our elopement package, and we had dropped off a vintage brooch the day before to be attached. Well, the bouquet didn’t look like it cost $42 more. It looked the same size, and they forgot to put on the brooch. But it was not the end of the world.
Special things: I made the flowers for my hair, my pink petticoat, and the lace wrap I wore. I wore vintage jewelry and carried a vintage clutch. I also had beautiful pink shoes with 5″ heels. I found a vintage pair of cufflinks for Jim to wear. I carried one of my great-grandmother’s hankies, another great-grandmother’s ivory nail file, and a hankie that was blessed by the Pope. For my something blue, I wore the sky blue topaz bracelet Jim got me for my birthday last year.
We had an intimate wedding in the parlor of a bed and breakfast in Savannah, GA. We originally were going to get married in their garden, but a cold front came through the night before with a big rain storm. We knew it was coming, so we changed to indoors the day before. The ceremony itself was very intense. We never took our eyes off each other, while saying our vows.
All I can say is it was sooooo perfect. The most perfect day of my entire life.
Caption: Asking for help.
Caption: Laughing because I had to ask for help.
Caption: Special things.
Caption: My shoes!