Engaged to Eloped

Updated: Jan 1, 2021

COVID times call for creativity. As my boyfriend and I started exploring homes to purchase, he popped the question while we were putting an offer on a home. I never in-a-million-years thought these two big events would happen in the same day, and I could not contain my excitement. But then- there was more!

We started talking about our three years together- the struggles, the joy, and the hope that our future holds. Therefore, we knew it was time to plan a wedding quickly, so we could share all of these moments as a married couple. Then we realized something... COVID. Restrictions. Social Distancing. 6 feet apart. Masks.

How are you supposed to plan the perfect day with hundreds of family and friends standing by when there are travel restrictions, masks that need to be worn and more? You elope! Yep, a wedding planner decided to elope. And it was the best decision ever!

When you hear the term elope in the south, it traditionally gets a bad reputation. However, eloping can be one of the most intimate and sincere wedding ceremonies possible. I still hired all of the vendors I wanted- a photographer, a videographer, a cake, a catered meal, a room to get ready in, flowers, an archway, and more. I didn't change the integrity of what I wanted at my wedding- I just changed the way my guests got to view it.

The guests got virtual invitations and the opportunity to watch the ceremony from the videographer's Facebook Live. They were notified of the wedding date and the fact that an in-person reception would be coming next year- when it is safe to be in large groups. The bridesmaids and groomsmen still got to talk with the bride and groom before the ceremony, just through Facetime. My dad still got to walk me down the aisle in his tuxedo, just virtually. Not one of the things I had dreamed of was compromised, but my guests got to watch our intimate ceremony from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Don't get me wrong- I can't wait to celebrate and toast with all of my friends and family nearby at our upcoming reception...but I also know that, for us, this was the best wedding ceremony we could have asked for.

If you're interested in learning more about microweddings or elopements during these difficult times, please reach out to me! I am happy to tell you the good, bad and pretty!


Leah Royall

Photographer: Meagan Puett Photography

Location: Fort Zachary Taylor Key West

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