Sweet and Simple Elopement "How to"
You used to think an elopement meant traveling to a far off place in secret to marry your soul mate. However, today elopements can be done right near your home town and with you loving tribe standing right with you. The idea of an elopement is a simple sweet wedding ceremony. Simple and sweet...think around 10 guests, or less, the focus is on the two of you getting hitched and that's it.
There are so many reasons couples chose an elopement ceremony and there is simply no wrong answer. I mean the entire reason I became an Ordained Officiant is so that every couple could have the marriage of their dreams so they could get married however they wanted.
January 10, 2019 Karly and Derek got married! They chose to have an intimate wedding ceremony at the Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor surrounded by their closest family and friends.
The Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor offers a few private rooms to choose from. Karly and Derek were upstairs in the loft area. The table was set perfectly and the staff was amazing. They saw to every detail, their service was impeccable.
It was time to begin the elopement ceremony. Karly and Derek chose to take the stairs to make a quiet and loving entrance, they stood at the head of the table where their family was seated. I stood off to the side to allow for pictures without me in them.
We shared a sweet elopement ceremony that spoke words of love and the meaning of a wedding ceremony, how a wedding ceremony is a celebration of journey and a highlight of your love. They shared simple vows with each other and exchanged rings. And of course I was able to pronounce them husband and wife and they celebrated with a kiss. After the elopement ceremony they shared celebratory hugs with family and we ended my time with them by signing the marriage license (had to make it legal).
Karly wore a beautiful flower crown and long burgundy dress, it was perfect for her. Derek wore a suit that fit him perfectly. Karly had a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
Their intimate wedding ceremony and celebration was perfect for them. It was such a wonderful time and I am excited to have shared this moment with them.
10 Years as a wedding officiant has lead me to elopements!