Let’s start small, real small.
Just the two of you escaping to the mountains? Keeping your ceremony private? Then you’re all set and you’re welcome to go about the rest of your day.
Perhaps you’re in love with the idea of running away. The romance of it all.
Eloping can be incredibly romantic, easygoing, thrilling. It is what you make of it. The best part is that it really is what you make of it. In other words, you can invite others to join your elopement.
Often a trusted long-time friend tags along.
Perhaps just your parents.
Perhaps just immediate family.
It’s all up to you. Elopement or intimate wedding, call it what you want!
I believe there is a huge importance seated in knowing where your food comes from. A few reasons:
If you find any of this of interest, it is likely you consider buying local, organic, non-GMO, any other form of awareness when shopping.
I have found that I'm most passionate about the humane treatment of animals as I am an animal-lover but I'm not (yet) a vegetarian. So I educate myself on eating humanely-raised proteins. I learn and buy accordingly. This often translates into eating organic or local (but not always).
You’ve been playing in the woods with your brand new spouse all day and now it is time to eat! Just because you eloped doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful dinner planned out!
It is up to you whether this will be a romantic dinner for two reflecting on your big day or if this will be an intimate family celebration.
From a local food lover, here are suggestions to narrow your search and save you some time.
A few policies in place to develop this list:
Always remember the why. Why are you eloping?
Because you’re private? To avoid family drama? To be spontaneous and romantic?
Always remember your why.
Always return to this when making decisions.
Then, consider what will be important to you in 5 years.
Will you regret not including your parents? Will you be thrilled you didn’t spend the average $25k on a wedding because now you can afford a house instead? Will you be wishing you had photos to look back on (sorry-not-sorry for that plug)?
This is how to narrow down big, tough decisions. Focus on the why then consider your feelings 5 years from now. Ok, so you’ve narrowed that down…
Now, utilize the bazillion wedding planning checklists out there (via Real Simple, The Knot, Martha Stewart) and skip over won’t you don’t care about. Skip what doesn’t apply to your dream elopement.
Professional hair and makeup still a must? Still dying to have your own unique bouquet? Photo/video to share with folks after? Only worried about the location and saving for flights to get there?
Your planning list will be a fraction of the templates available online. Hooray!
Join me over on the Asheville Folk blog for outdoor adventures each month.
Asheville Folk is all about supporting our community and other local creatives.
This month, we head out to Graveyard Fields (the first photo above) & Black Balsam Knob (the second photo above) off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The fall colors are coming out and the air is cool. See you out there!
So many emotions go into a wedding.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the main emotions were anticipation, thrill and adoration?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you shared your vows surrounded by a sun rising? An endless view of mountains?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you invited exactly who you want to be there?
The freedom of eloping.
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Available for surprise elopement or ones planned 2 months ago. Contact for details.
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