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If you relish the idea of eloping off the beaten path, you will love today’s featured wedding sent over to us by Morgan from Indigo Lace Collective. Here’s what Morgan had to say about it:

Most people think getting married in Vegas is something that you do on a whim. A split second decision. Something unplanned. But not for Chelsea and Nathan. They had dreamed about this day for so so long. They’re one of the few couples that march to the beat of their own drum and Vegas held a special place in their heart. It was where their first real vacation was, where Nathan had proposed four years earlier, and the place they always retreated too so they could reconnect as a couple.

They knew that they didn’t want anything taking away from the emotions and the importance of them becoming husband and wife – no guests, no drama, no high-priced wedding. Just them, in the desert, with a minister that was in Katy Perry’s “Waking up in Vegas” music video (as Elvis) and a photographer to document the tears strolling down the cheek and to sign the marriage license. As Canadians that had never had an In and Out experience before, they celebrated with a burger, fries, and smiles from onlookers.

Chelsea and Nathan aren’t about the fancy social media life, they aren’t about what their friends or family think regarding their relationship or wedding day, they aren’t about social norms. They’re just about them. Loving each other as much as possible and keeping it so real and down to earth. They are the best people and have the kind of relationship more people should focus on.

Chelsea, 31 & Nathan, 30

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Wedding Date: November 20, 2018

Number of Guests: 0

Wedding Cost: $5,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Nelson Landing Ghost Town

Wedding Reception Location: Nelson Landing Ghost Town

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We wanted it to be just the two of us. No stress, to enjoy the day together and to fully enjoy every single intimate moment!

What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

None! Everything worked out so well! I won a free trip to Vegas with work and we got engaged in Vegas four years ago so we decided to elope there! I booked everything online and it all worked out perfectly! Couldn’t have asked for a better day!

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

No because there was no guest list!

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

N/A

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

The beautiful scenery; how intimate it was just the two of us; looking into each other’s eyes and feeling so at ease.

What were the highlights of the reception?

No reception but Morgan our photographer made us feel beyond comfortable while taking our photos. My husband doesn’t really like getting his picture taken and we both just felt so relaxed and she always kept reassuring us that what we were doing in the photos was amazing! Made it easy!

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Just the two of us being there! No stress planning a big wedding or who to invite and who would be upset if we didn’t invite them. It was about us and our day together, not anyone else

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Do whatever you’d like to do! Make sure you enjoy it and make it as stress free as possible!

Vendors:

Location: Nelson Ghost Town

Dress Designer:Essence Designs

Beauty: Beauty Studio Inc

Officiant: The Mobile Minister

Tuxedo and Mens Attire: AJ’s Alterations and Formal Wear

Dress Store: Blush Bridal Boutique Victoria

Floral Designer: City Blossoms

Photographer: Indigo Lace Collective

The post Chelsea and Nathan’s Offbeat $5,000 Las Vegas Elopement appeared first on Intimate Weddings - Small Wedding Blog - DIY Wedding Ideas for Small and Intimate Weddings - Real Small Weddings.

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If Iceland is on your bucket list, why not get married there? That’s what Zdenek and Martina did. Although the weather was challenging, the couple didn’t let it get in the way of having an unforgettable experience with their closest family members by their side.

Here’s what photographer Nicole Thomson from Map + Compass Photography had to say about the day:

Zdenek and Martina got engaged at Dyrhólaey lighthouse in August 2017 and immediately knew they wanted to get married in Iceland. My email correspondence began with Zdenek and Martina in January. I spent months planning via email and FaceTime with them to ensure their day was as they pictured. They live in Prague and I live in Texas, so communication was key!

The initial plan was for them to get married on Reynisfjara Beach, but the weather was too bad. The wind and waves are often too strong on Reynisfjara Beach for it to be safe, resulting in it being closed! The waves sneak up and the sand can easily be blown in your face, resulting in cuts and various other issues. The wind was 40 mph that day and I have video footage to prove it! As a result, I had to improvise and I suggested the little church up on the hill was the best option, rather than the indoor courthouse. They had a very brief and cold ceremony, before heading to Suður-Vík for a bit to eat with their family.

Due to the horrible weather, we did a day-after shoot in the north and northwestern part of Iceland, exploring off the beaten path hiking trials and a common destination, such as Budir Church. I loved being able to pull off the side of the road, without tourists around to explore and shoot. Really a dream come true in comparison to the busier parts of Iceland!

Martina, 30 & Zdenek, 35

Location: Vik, Iceland

Wedding Date: August 27, 2018

Number of Guests: 5

Wedding Cost: $9,000 USD

Wedding Ceremony Location: Vik, Iceland

Wedding Reception Location: Vik, Iceland

 

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We love to travel and that was the main reason why we decided to have a wedding abroad! We wanted the focus to be on ourselves and for our family to fully enjoy the moment.

   

What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

The biggest challenge was dealing with all required paperwork to have the wedding recognized as legal in our country, the Czech Republic since we legally got married in Iceland. There was tons of paperwork involved that made it complicated! We are used to planning and organizing our on trips, so it was also challenging to organize a trip for 7 people instead of 2!

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list? 

The guest list for the wedding itself was very easy. Just us, our parents and the groom’s daughter!

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Not at all. Everything went smoothly.

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Definitely the weather! I think we will never forget the weather on our wedding day because it was very cold, windy and rainy! We weren’t able to get married on the black sand beach as planned due to the rain and wind. We didn’t want to get married outside, so Nicole, our photographer, saw a small church we nestled up against outside to protect us from some of the weather! We had our portraits taken the following day due to how bad the weather was.

Nicole was key in organizing the timeline of the day and making sure everything went as smooth as possible, despite the weather. She had a great attitude and was extremely resourceful with suggesting the outdoor ceremony location and all the locations during our portraits.

  

What were the highlights of the reception?

We just had lunch with our family at a nearby restaurant, close to the ceremony place. Best thing about it was getting warm:)

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Today’s elopement will have you saying ‘Oui Oui’ to a Paris wedding! Jacqueline & Mike wanted to avoid the stress that comes with a large wedding, so they opted for a Paris elopement. The couple tied the knot just steps away from the Eiffel Tower and needless to say, the photos (by Paris Photographer Pierre) are epic!

The two made the most of their time in the City of Lights, attending the Paris Summer Jam (as an ode to the fact that the two first met at a music festival!) and, since Mike has French heritage, traveling around France to explore the cities that he had always dreamed of visiting.

As if that doesn’t sound fabulous enough, after France the couple headed off to Italy, spending their first days as a married couple lounging on the beach and eating pizza and spaghetti.

Jacqueline & Mike

Location: Paris, France

Wedding Date: August 24, 2018

Number of Guests: 0

Wedding Cost: $10,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Eiffel Tower in Paris

Wedding Reception Location: no reception

Why did you have an intimate wedding? 

For our wedding we just wanted to be together and enjoy the moment. We decided to elope because we didn’t want to get caught up in the stress that comes with a big wedding.

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

It was not difficult.

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

No, we did not.

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If simplicity inspires you, then you will love today’s Tennessee elopement at Chapel in the Hollow.

Sarah and Benjamin chose a sweet mountain elopement with their children as their only wedding guests.

“We didn’t have to stress and feel like everything should be perfect. We were able to focus on us,” says Sarah.

Thanks to Star Noir Studio for sharing this lovely elopement!

Sarah, 22 & Benjamin, 38

Location: Seymour, TN

Wedding Date: August 4, 2018

Number of Guests: 4

Wedding Cost: $2,800 (including tux, gown, hair, makeup) but only $750 for venue and photography

Wedding Ceremony Location: Chapel in the Hollow, Seymour, TN

Wedding Reception Location: None

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

I just wanted to something small that wouldn’t require a lot of planning. We both work full time, have kids, and are expecting another baby so we didn’t have much time to plan. We also wanted a destination wedding and since most of our friends and family couldn’t travel that far it ended up just being us and our kids.

What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

None.

 

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

No, all our close family live very far away and since we picked a date and planned this out from start-finish in about two weeks nobody could get time off work and book plane tickets in time.
  

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

A few people jokingly asked why they weren’t invited, we just explained that it was just our family there and since it was four hours from home, people seemed to understand why we didn’t have a big wedding crew.

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Saying our vows and watching our little ones be involved. Our boys were ring bearers, and our daughter was the flower girl.

  

What were the highlights of the reception?

No reception. We went back to Gatlinburg where we were staying in a cabin and had a nice dinner with the family.
 

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Not much planning involved, very private, didn’t have to deal with accommodating guests or making other people happy. Didn’t have to stress and feel like everything should be perfect. We were able to focus on us.

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Ethan and Jacquelyn’s simple elopement at San Francisco City Hall included a tour of the city as well as a trip to the California redwoods.

“Their wedding day featured personal touches like outfit and shoe changes, Chewbacca socks, and personalized jewelry. After the ceremony, we grabbed some lunch and then sought out a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The foggy weather cleared and we spent some time at the Palace of Fine Arts. After changing from her sweet tea dress into her flowing tulle skirt, we drove out of town to visit the Muir Woods National Park to find some magical light, and close out the day at the beach!” say photographers, Kyle and Tori from Kyle Loves Tori Photography.

Sounds like a perfect wedding day to us!

Jacquelyn, 35 & Ethan, 28

Location: San Francisco, California

Wedding Date: June 19, 2018

Number of Guests: 0!

Wedding Cost: $4,500 (San Francisco Elopement) $4000 (Minnesota Reception)

Wedding Ceremony Location: San Francisco City Hall

Wedding Reception Location: Bald Man Brewing, Eagan, Minnesota (Not pictured)

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

Big weddings are stressful and expensive, and they just seem unnecessary. Most of the time they feel like they’re done out of obligation for other people and lose sight of what they’re really for: two people who want to spend their lives together. Neither of us wanted to take on the task of planning something big and we’d much rather spend the money on a fun trip or something like that (which we did…we went to Europe for a week and a half after the wedding). And I personally was incredibly anxious about having everyone stare at me as I walk down an aisle. That just not an introvert’s scene.

What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Not many. The hardest part was that we were doing it in another state, so we had to figure out California’s marriage laws and make sure we planned everything very carefully so we didn’t show up to city hall and had missed some requirement.

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Not really, since it was zero. My family is enormous, so it was either have a wedding of at least 60, or just keep it to ourselves. Once we decided for it to only be us, there wasn’t any discussion to be had.

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Only one family member expressed any frustration with the way we did it, but she quickly got over it. We also promised to have a reception of sorts back home afterwards so we could all get together and celebrate, and that we would hire great photographers for the ceremony so everyone would get to see it.

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

I loved how intimate it was and that I could just focus on my husband and myself instead of on guests. The ceremony didn’t feel sterile or routine even though it was short and municipal. Traveling around the city afterwards for photos was the best part. It was so fun to explore and everyone was so nice and congratulatory. Strangers asked to take our picture (or take pictures with us) and wished us well. My favorite part was going to the Muir Woods. It was so beautiful and it was so humbling being there, and the pictures are just amazing. I loved everything about it.

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

I think they’re more pure than traditional weddings. You actually get to focus on your partner and the commitment you’re making instead of putting on a show. Big weddings can feel so forced sometimes; intimate weddings rarely do.

 

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Don’t be the couple that looks back on their big, expensive wedding wishing they would have eloped. Even a small wedding can set you back over $30,000, between the frilly details, venue and catering.

Skip the stress that comes with a traditional wedding and elope. Elopements are intimate, romantic and best of all, affordable! You won’t feel pressured to invite your third cousin once removed, and instead of spending your time entertaining guests, you can spend hours on an epic photo shoot with your s/o.

Still not convinced? Once you see these 8 stunning elopements (all under $2000!) you just might be slashing your guest list!

See what we mean about romantic? Jacob and Sara’s $1500 elopement was beyond dreamy. The couple tied the knot at Mitchell Courthouse, then spent the day roaming around Baltimore with their photographer, Elizabeth McConeghey.

Katherine and Michael’s mountaintop ceremony proves just how flexible elopements can be. Their original location, Craggy Pinnacle, was closed due to bad weather just days before their wedding date. Fortunately, their photographer Meghan Rolfe, came to the rescue and found the perfect ceremony spot at Black Balsam Knob mountain. We couldn’t be more impressed with the scenery!

Emily and James had their dream wedding all planned out; the venue was booked, the dress was ordered and the floral designer was set. Then the news arrived; James was getting deployed early, before the wedding date. Just two days after receiving the news, James and Emily regrouped and chose to elope. They were able to pull off this beautiful elopement last-minute for just $600! Horn Photography and Design was there to capture every moment. 

Ashley and Victor’s elopement, photographed by Caroline Ro, was something out of a fairy-tale. The couple exchanged vows on the picturesque Folly Beach in SC, while watching the sun rise over the ocean.

Elizabeth and Richard embraced the eccentric and tied the knot at the French Quarter Wedding Chapel in New Orleans. Anna Elizabeth Photo perfectly captured this unique wedding, with moody, artistic photos. 

How do you guarantee that you’ll have the best wedding ever? Have almost as many dogs as there are guests, of course! Danny and Debbie were laughing and smiling through nearly every minute of their woodland elopement, and Gina + Ryan Photography was there to capture every joyous moment.

The hills are alive with the… love of Holly and Josh! Their $1,500 Roan Mountain State Park elopement, photographed by Katy Sergent , will make you want to run away from it all!

Jessica and Karl’s elopement, photographed by Clara Rice, features a yellow dress handmade by the bride, a short but sweet ceremony at San Francisco City Hall, a photo shoot by the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and an epic dip-kiss. Need we say more?

Photo One: Clara Rice

The post These Stunning Elopements Were All Under $2000! appeared first on Intimate Weddings - Small Wedding Blog - DIY Wedding Ideas for Small and Intimate Weddings - Real Small Weddings.

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Quentin and Huan’s Chicago wedding will inspire you to think small with your own wedding. The couple, along with six close friends, spent the day exploring downtown Chicago before tying the knot at the City Hall.

The couple’s wedding attire was fabulous! The bride wore a blush fabricator and a beautiful dress from Adrianna Papell. The groom wore a dapper wine colored suit, paired with a floral bow tie, pocket square and bout.

Thanks to Nicole Jansma Photography for capturing this unique and colorful wedding.

Huan & Quentin 

Location: Chicago, IL

Wedding Date: April 30, 2018

Number of Guests: 6

Wedding Ceremony Location: Chicago City Hall

Wedding Reception Location: Cochon Volant

Why did you have an intimate wedding? 

For us it was both a desire and a practical consideration. We really liked the romanticism of eloping, and having this moment “just for us”, although I don’t think either of us had a really clear picture in our head. For me, it was like sharing a harmless secret: it’s something that brings us closer together, that only we can share. On a more practical note, we have family and friends in the US and Europe and bringing them all somewhere would have taken a lot of time and planning, and we didn’t want to wait a year or more before getting married! 

What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

 Although there are many resources available for wedding planning, the fact is the vast majority of them are only concerned with very traditional styles of weddings: 200 people, the white dress, the flower girls… So for us it was quite complicated to find good advice for a more low-key event. I remember looking up a forum where someone was asking how to organize a small wedding, but when reading their message, their definition of “small” meant “about 120 people”! Including the bride and groom, our wedding was only 8 people. 
Figuring out the budget was also complicated: you can’t easily take a budget meant for 100 people and simply divide it for the number of people you expect. Venues, food, hotels, these things add up differently. So instead of determining a strict budget, we took things one at a time and just made sure that we could afford it. If you are planning an intimate wedding where you are planning to split costs with friends, especially friends from abroad with different currencies, we highly recommend using an app called Splitwise, which tallied what everyone owed each other and completed the international transactions with Transferwise, which has low international fees. 

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list? 

Not really. Instead of starting with a list of everyone and “whittling down”, we went the other way around: let’s imagine it’s just us, who would (or could) we *add*? It so happens that three close friends were visiting from the UK at a convenient time and we just thought “why not?”. We ended up adding three more close friends (one from the US, two from France) to “represent” our respective home countries.

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

I had no major issues, as most of my friends and family have seen me traveling and moving countries for the past 6 years. The only friend who objected didn’t object to the small wedding but was hurt that I hadn’t told him earlier (I thought he was still being deployed, turns out he was back home). I’ve actually had friends who told me “don’t worry about us when you organize your wedding, it’s what you want that’s important”, which was very encouraging. Huan’s family was actually the ones who encouraged us to go with a small wedding since her parents also had a very intimate wedding in China.

What were the highlights of the day (since ceremony and reception weren’t traditional, they answered with what the highlights of the whole day were for them)?

For me it was definitely our first look – I didn’t know about this tradition and I’m very glad Huan insisted upon it. And then later, when we were taking pictures by the river, a construction worker saw Huan and starting singing for her! It was such a sweet and enchanting moment. Beyond that, I still can’t believe everything went without a hitch! We definitely have Nicole to thank for that, the schedule she prepared was perfect and played a big role in helping all these stars align.

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

I think for me, it’s that due to the small scale, I wasn’t as stressed or preoccupied as I would have been with a large wedding. Thanks to that, I was able to really be “in the moment”, and enjoy it for the declaration of love that it is. I could admire my wife without having catering issues at the back of my mind! As I said above, I also really love having this ceremony as a sort of “secret” with my wife. Even if we organize a larger reception later and it’s a total disaster, we’ll still have these moments just the two of us (plus a couple friends!) and no one can take that away from us. Having a smaller wedding means that we can really take time and energy into making sure the small details are perfect. Every choice was very deliberate and represented parts of who we are individually and our story as a couple.

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Katherine and Michael weren’t originally going to say their vows atop Black Balsam Knob mountain. The original location, Craggy Pinnacle, was closed due to bad weather just days before their wedding date. Fortunately, their photographer, Meghan Rolfe, came to the rescue with this stunning location. The couple said their ‘I dos’ 6,000ft up, surrounded by miles of breathtaking mountain landscape.

Thanks to Meghan Rolfe for capturing this beautiful elopement!

Katherine, 35, & Michael, 39

Location: Black Balsam Knob, Asheville, NC

Wedding Date: November 2, 2017

Number of Guests: 6 (Bride’s parents, Groom’s parents, Mike’s twin boys—Katie’s new stepsons)

Wedding Cost: $17,000 (that included the elopement and the reception that was scheduled for a later date). Cost of elopement was just under $2,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Black Balsam Knob mountain top in Asheville, NC

Wedding Reception Location: Brookside Farms, Louisville, OH (took place at a later date)

Why did you have an intimate wedding? 

I am one of six children and the last of four girls to get married.  I was very involved in helping my sisters’ plan their weddings, but I wanted the focus to stay on Mike and I.  I feel like sometimes that gets lost in all of the planning and details.  We wanted the day to just be about our love for one another.

What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding? 

Our original location (Craggy Pinnacle) was closed down due to bad weather, so we had to find a new spot a couple of days before the wedding.  Luckily, our photographer, Meghan Rolfe, was amazing and helped us find the perfect spot to elope! It was absolutely beautiful. We live in OH so we expected it to be a bit of a challenge to plan from another state, but it was easier than I could have imagined.  

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list? 

We originally thought it would just be the two of us at the ceremony, but Mike has children and we knew we wanted them to be a part of our special day.  Luke and Brady are 9-year old twin boys, and were the perfect helpers during the ceremony.  Mike and I are extremely close with our parents, so it was important to have them there with us too.

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family?

If so, how did you address them? Katie comes from a big family with six siblings and Mike has two sisters, but luckily everyone was very accepting of the fact that we wanted to keep it very small. There were plenty of jokes thrown around from both sides of the family about “not being invited” but everyone was great and respectful about our decision to keep it intimate.  

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Emily and James had their dream wedding all planned out; the venue was booked, the dress was ordered and the floral designer was set. Then the news arrived; James was getting deployed early, before the wedding date. Just two days after receiving the news, James and Emily regrouped and chose to elope. Friends stepped in and did the bride’s hair and makeup, as well as the florals, and James and Emily were able to pull off this gorgeous elopement months before the original wedding date. 

Thanks to Horn Photography and Design for capturing this heartfelt elopement. 

Emily & James

Location: Atlanta, GA

Wedding Date: May 24, 2017

Number of Guests: 

Wedding Cost: $600

Wedding Ceremony Location: Parrish Restaurant on the Beltline

Wedding Reception Location: Same

Why did you have an intimate wedding? 

We eloped due to military deployment. We got engaged in March, planned an April 2018 wedding, and shortly after learned about a deployment in October 2017. Then, the deployment date changed again and thus chose to elope.

 

What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding? 

Limited challenges; because we chose to elope, we really only had to focus on ourselves and what we wanted. We did not have to worry about guests and just had the opportunity to most of what we wanted that worked for just us.

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list? 

Nope! #Elopement

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them? 

It was less about a small guest list and more about it being an elopement. We did want some family present but because it was an elopement and a short timeframe, most people understood and we were able to have our special day. We did ensure videography so that we could share the ceremony with everyone afterwards. 

What were the highlights of the ceremony/reception? 

Our whole wedding (ceremony and reception) was a total of two hours.  Thus, the whole thing was kind of the highlight since every piece of a traditional wedding ceremony was condensed. I would say if I had to pick an overall highlight, it would be meeting my soon-to-be husband at the end of the staircase and walking down the aisle together.

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