Prior to March 2020—remember the “Before COVID Times”?—when you heard the word “elope,” you might've immediately pictured an Elvis impersonator in a Vegas chapel. But the fact is, elopements can be a very chic and really smart decision—especially when it comes to health and safety in the midst of this pandemic. In addition to being a mindful COVID pivot, eloping doesn’t mean you have to thwart your wedding wish list either. Take for instance the stunning nuptials of Raleigh, North Carolina, newlyweds Jenny and Rob. Though the pair got engaged and married prior to COVID, their decision to elope will still resonate in a coronavirus world. For one, they had no interest in going into wedding debt as many friends had done before them. So utilizing their generous network of loved ones, the pair planned a Pinterest-perfect mini wedding in their own backyard, replete with amazing DIY decor and a true ceremony and reception.
The bride’s advice? “Think to yourself, ‘What do I want?’ No, really, though, ‘What do I want?’ If you like a tradition, keep it. If you don’t, skip it! There’s so much freedom when you decide to do things the way you truly want, rather than how you think you’re supposed to.” YAS. Here’s how Jenny packed every last wedding dream of hers into an affordable elopement that will resonate with couples who still want to celebrate their love in the time of COVID.