If you are concerned with weddings and marriages and occasionally hang around on the Internet, you will inevitably come across the English term "elopement" at some point.
Elopement? Do you need that or can it go away? And what is that anyway?
That much is clear, if I write about it here, then Elopements will definitely have something to do with weddings. But what exactly?
Well okay, it's more or less about running away. Sounds a bit outlawed. With whom or why exactly is apparently not so clearly defined. That's going to be interesting ...
A Wedding as an Elopement
In the wedding context, however, elopements are actually quite harmless. Elopement does mean that a wedding wedding couple has their wedding ceremony with only few guests or even no guests at all. Spoken technically, this would include a civil wedding in the neighboring town, of which the couple doesn't tell anybody. Or, of course, a wedding ceremony under the spell of a global pandemic and a ban on contact.
While this all is correct and may make some sense in certain cases, the actual idea of an Elopement is a lot nicer:
It's finally about you!
Eloping - where and how?
There is only one answer to where and how with an elopement: where and how you like it. Because that's actually the core of the story. You celebrate your wedding the way you like it - without the usual expectations and obligations. You decide what is important to you. What Elopements always have in common is that the ceremony is small and intimate - and very personal.
Whether you just whisper the wedding vow to each other quietly or whether you would like to involve a celebrant, that's completely up to you.
Do you want to be all alone or do you want to have your closest friends or family with you? Go ahead!
Should that happen in the local forest, on a suspension bridge in the Austrian mountains or on a beach on the Irish west coast? It is in your hands.
Of course, you save a lot of costs without the guests and so you can treat yourself with something special. But do never forget:
So, do you need an elopement? Or should you just forget about it? Well, after what I've already written here, I can't answer this question clearly. Everyone should celebrate their wedding as they want. And I am happy every time a couple does what they like and does not give in to any constraints. The most beautiful wedding are those at which the couples do not have to pretend anything and can just be themselves.
Elopements and wedding photography - a dream team
Of course, if you're eloping you decide whether you want to have a wedding photographer with you when eloping or not. But Elopements often offer unique motifs for your wedding photos. So it can be worthwhile to have your day recorded professionally - of course with the necessary restraint and respect for your togetherness.
So if you should decide for an elopment and if you opt to go with a wedding photographer, let me know!
Last but not least, a Disclaimer
I am not objective. I love elopements. Sorry. My own wedding took place on a lonely lake in Connemara Ireland. There was only a small group of confidants and our dog. And I would do it the same way over and over again.
If you also feel like an elopement, get in touch and tell me about your ideas!
For example if you are looking for a wedding photographer in Ireland - but of course wherever else you go. It is your wedding and you are making the rules. I would be happy to be there with you!