Stories from the Hive: Elopement

posted 1 month ago in Elopement
Post # 2
2491 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Outside in Paris

DH and I had been planning a backpacking trip through Europe when he mentioned we should just go ahead and get married while we were there. Neither of us enjoys being the center of attention so the idea of something intimate and personal appealed to me. We settled on a Parisian Elopement. I found French Grey Events on Instagram & Kasia arranged the entire thing. We booked a two hour wedding package.

I was lucky and everything I needed fit in my backpack! It was a cold and rainy day but it was so magical. After our wedding we took a romantic stroll through the Louvre & Catacombs. 

Post # 3
1099 posts
Bumble bee

We were two utterly broke college students who were about to move in together with real jobs for the first time.  Looking at the cost to apply for each vs as a married couple, we looked at each other and went back to our respective apartments.

I changed into my prettiest church ready dress and he put on his suit.  We stopped at a florist to get me a single rose and then headed to get a license and a JP.  I used my class ring on his little finger and he used his class ring on my thumb for our wedding rings.

We then went out to a nice dinner, got a bottle of port and went back to my apartment to celebrate.  We didn’t tell ANYONE until after the fact.

Post # 4
23 posts
  • Wedding: July 2017

9/19 just so happens to be the day of our elopement! We met abroad while I was earning my master’s degree. After returning to the states, we traveled back and fourth to see each other over the span of several years. Fatigued from constant transatlantic flights and eager to be under the same roof we decided to elope, and skip the stress of planning a ceremony or trying to please every other family member who would be in attendance (of which, we could only name around ten). The trouble was an endless labyrinth of paperwork required to gain permissions to marry in his home country, and the discouraging cost of fiance visa applications. Then it hit us: why not spend that money on a trip to yet another country where we could be legally wed? After narrowing down the options, we landed on a little, black, extremely isolated chapel in the beautiful western peninsula of Iceland. A mossy lava field along the shore with wild roaming horses — truly more than we could imagine! We hired a minister and found a husband-wife-photography-duo willing to capture our day for free! Keeping costs and pressures low, we decided to get ready together, walk over together, and close the night with our hotel’s signature courses and cheers of prosecco. We made plans to spend the next five days hiking and exploring the landscapes, experiencing Icelandic nightlife and culture, visiting art museums, and of course, swimming in the blue lagoon. Bidding each other goodbye in an airport without knowledge of when we might be together again is never a pleasantry — but, “see you soon” sounds so much sweeter followed by “my husband” or “my wife.”



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