(Closed) Elopement question

posted 6 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

I haven’t eloped by my BFF is pretty much eloping in June. Her plan was to get ready with her SO but I convinced her it would be fun to still do sort of a “first look” once she’s all prettified. 🙂 So he’s gonna get ready in one room while she gets dressed in another & they’ll meet in the lobby of the hotel. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@laralove:  I have seen pictures of where people got ready together before an elopement. I think having pictures of you and your Fiance getting ready together is incredibly sweet. But I could also agree with PP that if you want to be more traditional you could do separate getting ready photos and have a “first look” anyway even if you aren’t have a traditional wedding ceremony. 🙂 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@laralove:  Here is what we did!

 

After a hearty breakfast and a 5 mile hile in the mountains, we returned to our hotel room at 2pm. 

We showered, snacked on a cheese/fruit/chocolate plate, and got ready together.  The photographer showed up at 3:50pm (I felt a little rushed maybe anxious, but in reality 1:50 hours was enough time).  When she showed up, we were not quite ready 100%.  He was ironing his shirt, I was all ready to go – basically in my slip, bra and a fleece jacket – but not the gown.

The photographer had him go wait on the front steps of the lodge after he was ready.  We were going to do a first look.  After he left, she helped me get into my gown.  H had seen the dress on a hanger, seen me all dolled up, but never the whole package!  She got photos of me in the hotel room/on the balcony.  Then told me to wait 10 minutes and come down and meet H at this one spot where we’d do the first look.  It was very close to the ceremony location in fact.  So she got photos of us each alone/waiting.

The first look took place (first time were were both all weddinged up together at the same time), then we walked up to the officiant and our two witnsesses arm in arm.  I really liked this.

Because we got married on the grounds of the lodge, there was no driving needed, just walking through pathways.

While the first look wasn’t a HUGE surprised (the gown was hanging in the hotel room, I was done with my hair/makeup, I saw him totally dressed up already), it was really nice to get those jitters out TOGETHER, then to go into the ceremony space TOGETHER. I think that’s what the first look is more about – not the surprise reaction really.

 

Here are a few of our photos:

http://www.sarahkhalladphotography.ca/2012/12/26/shannon-erik-married-emerald-lake-wedding-photographer/

 

Will you have a photographer?

Are you OK with seeing each other together?

You could blind fold him and drive the both of you to the ceremony space.  I saw photos of this on a blog once:

http://sunnydaysphotography.blogspot.com/2011/09/jennifer-clifton-groomal-session-provo.html

 

 

This couple got ready together and did not do a first look:

http://www.orangegirl.com/blog.cfm?q=lillian&x=0&y=0

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@laralove:  Yes that’s exactly what we did.  And it was incredibly romantic.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@laralove:  We are eloping in Maui in September too! Ahh!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@laralove:  September 27 at Palauea Beach.  We just booked a few weeks ago!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@laralove:  Thank you!  It was so us!  We hiked 9 days in a row in fact.  I even cancelled a hair appointment so we could go on a wedding day hike (goofy us made up a song as we were hiking that day).

 

It is Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, BC, Canada.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@laralove:  I’m using Andrea Duarte http://www.apamperedbridemaui.com.  I went back and forth about doing my own hair, because I think I’m pretty good at doing my own.  But I just knew that on that day I’d be way too nervous and second-guess myself.  What I ended up doing was emailing like 15 people and seeing who got back to me first/who had the most reasonable reviews.  Then I researched the heck out of them.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We got ready together in our house…  he helped zip up the dress and I fixed his suit for him (aka lint rolled LOL)…  it was actually very sweet. 

I went out that morning to get my hair done but then came back home to do my own makeup, etc.  He kept my wine filled and kept me company.  So very relaxing and comfortable!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

If the venue will allow we will get ready seperately. So he can see mr for the first time at the ceremony. If not (like if we go with a park ceremony) we’ll just get ready together and drive over. No biggie.

we will do lunch before or afteor with parents And his kids. 

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