ELOPING. Say that word out loud, and you immediately hear parents, aunties and uncles around the world collectively sigh. Elopements are wrongly tied to a metaphorical 'blowing off' of family from celebrations of marriage. But do you really know what eloping is? It certainly doesn't have to be flying off to Hawaii and getting married in secret. I mean, you can do that - but eloping can be so much more than that. It doesn't have to involve travel, either. Let's get into it, anyways.
Wedding – a marriage ceremony, especially considered as including the associated celebrations. Always super duper fun, but the larger scale isn’t necessarily for every couple.
Elopement – a marriage ceremony, without the implication of a large-scale celebration/gathering to follow, typically performed in a meaningful way by Jessie and photographed by Jake, to create a low-fuss, special experience that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Weddings are a beautiful exclamation to all your loved ones that you are committing to a life of awesomeness together. Elopements are a whisper in your loved ones’ ear, that you are committed to a life of awesomeness together. Both are amazing ways to celebrate your love.
That’s the best way we can describe the difference. An enthusiastic shout vs a warm whisper. Both beautiful, and both offering a different experience. We love all celebrations of love – big and small.
This elopement business was founded after I (Jake) heard a few of my couples say on their wedding day “We wish we had done this differently, something smaller and simpler”. I felt awful that the introverts out there were pressured into following a formula that people of different personalities had set; for a big wedding with 100+ guests and a massively fun party into the night. It’s a fantastic thing to be a part of, and we both are honoured to be in this wonderful world of weddings – but it’s not for everyone.
Jessie and I are here to say you can do it differently. You can elope with us. A beautiful ceremony + beautiful photographs + excellent company (if you want any, up to 10 guests with the current restrictions) + a meaningful location. Keep it a secret if you want – we can provide witnesses.
If this interests you, we want to hear from you.
Jessie and Jake.