We Eloped!

It’s been over a year since the last time I actually used this space. Here in the age of Instagram and quick creative fixes, it seems blogs have taken a backseat…

Over the last few months and the ever-changing state of world events, I’ve seen social media become more and more stressful to keep up with. With that in mind, I’m making it my goal for the rest of the year to use this space as a more creative and thoughtful outlet…

So let’s get to it, shall we?

First thing’s first…I got married.

Cody proposed to me back in October while we were spending a holiday in Hawaii with my family and it took us all of an hour to plan our dream elopement that same day. Of course, eloping is never easy as you have to come to terms with the fact that you’re probably going to upset a number of people. Ultimately we decided to listen to our hearts, and our hearts said that this was going to be a (very serious) day about just the two of us. I stress the word serious as Cody and I both come from previous marriages/engagements.

Having planned weddings before, we were not eager to do it again. Couples spend way too much on weddings these days and, to be honest, neither of us was looking for that fairytale experience. If you know us as a couple you’d see that were are quite easy-going and not high maintenance in the least.

So what did the perfect elopement look like to us?

Our chosen location was pretty much a no-brainer…Palm Springs. We LOVE Palm Springs! It’s only a three-hour flight, the weather is always amazing, and it’s 1950’s architecture gets us swooning every time. Cody got his suit made from Indochino and I found the most perfect dress from Shona Joy.

We held an extremely intimate ceremony at our hotel with just the two of us, an officiant (I found the perfect one online), and my photographer and friend Emily. It was all of twenty minutes long and absolutely perfect. Don’t get the wrong idea, by the time we actually got married we’d already had a wild morning…there is always something right?

The morning of our ceremony we had to drive 30 minutes out of town to get our license from the county clerks office. It was supposed to be a 10 minute in-and-out kind of job but after we arrived we were told that their entire system was down and there was no ETA as to when it would be back up and running again. Luckily for us, it eventually got back online and we were out of there an hour and a half later.

By the time we got back to our hotel, we had 45 minutes to shower and get ready. It was one of those wild days where the stars align just so and everything worked out because I can tell you right now, never in my life have I been able to wash my hair and get photo ready in under an hour. By the time we were both ready we looked at ourselves in awe…like damn, we look pretty good!

Our officiant arrived less than 10 minutes after we finished putting ourselves together. Talk about perfect timing! We were ready to get married…

After exchanging our vows (which, fun fact, we wrote ourselves on the back of Ace Hotel postcards), we stopped for lunch at the hotels’ restaurant for some fish tacos. Honestly, I cannot think of a more me wedding meal. Forget fancy, it had to be tacos. The fact that we didn’t get hot sauce or any other random condiment spilled on us was downright shocking.

We spent a little while afterwards taking photos around the property before driving out to Joshua Tree for a change of scenery.

I ended up getting one of my classic Brittany migraines on the drive (likely due to our insane morning) so we wound up taking photos on a random lot off the highway on our way to Joshua Tree…which turned out to work in our favour because we later found out that you can get a hefty fine for taking unregistered photos in the national park! There’s a hot tip for any of you looking to take wedding photos at Joshua Tree…register.

By the time we got back to the hotel, the sun was starting to set so we decided to enjoy some pool time and relax. We spent our wedding night eating leftover Thai food in bed and watching Speed. Pretty romantic stuff haha!

I suppose I should probably note that we didn’t tell any of our family members about eloping until a few days after the fact…it went over about as well as I thought it would. The lucky (?) part is that after everything that’s happened with COVID-19 is that anyone who was upset before is now thankful we got married when we did! It was about a week after we got home for the entire world turned upside down. Cody and I are so thankful we didn’t plan a huge wedding and have to cancel it. We were, however, planning a big European honeymoon but didn’t get to the booking stage before the borders closed…something to look forward to for 2021 I guess!

It’s funny that after a whirlwind of negativity this year, it is the year we got married. We will likely always look back and remember 2020 to be the craziest year of our lives…even crazier is that we are only half way through it! Honestly, I don’t even want to know what’s in store for the next 6 months. I’m not sure I could handle it if you told me!

But let’s go back to talking about our dreamy elopement!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I occasionally get the opportunity to work with Emily Michelson. Emily is a super talented photographer that I met through Instagram. One day when I was feeling particularly stuck in a rut, I reached out to the Instagram universe for photographers to travel with…Emily and I planned a trip to Mexico shortly after.

Ever since working together for the first time, I knew I would want Emily to shoot my wedding one day. Her talent and enthusiasm for her work go so far beyond my expectations for a photographer. I trust her completely. Emily’s positivity radiates out of her like sunbeams. Even at my worst, she is always able to get me in the mood to create magic!

Would you ever elope? We definitely realize it’s a bit of a touchy subject as far as family is involved but in all honesty we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Let me know if you have any questions I didn’t already address!