Today, we're featuring a darling elopement from Georgia. Katie and Scott infused all sorts of fun details into their big day, even though they kept it just the two of them! Isn't it fun that they got ready at their apartment and captured a few shots with their sweet pup? I love how they made their wedding a special day for just the two of them, including a special cocktail hour and dinner after their ceremony! Enjoy this Georgia elopement! xoxo, Jessica
Katie + Scott
October 29, 2015
Roswell, GA | Old Mill Park at The Roswell Mill
What was your budget?
This being an elopement, we wanted to keep our budget below $2,000, not including our rings. The photographer was $700, the officiant was $225, and flowers were $200. My dress was from the Ann Taylor wedding collection and was on sale for $120 and his Ralph Lauren suit was on sale for $250. We spent approximately $500 on other expenses like hair/make-up, champagne, dinner after the ceremony, shoes, etc.
Not included in this budget is the dinner we hosted at a restaurant the next evening when we shared the news with our immediate families; that was approximately $1,000.
How many guests did you have?
Zero. The only people in attendance were our photographer and the minister. Everyone asked us who the witness was, but it’s not required to have a witness in Georgia so the marriage license was signed by us and the minister.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Originally I had planned on us getting ready at a hotel, but I’m so glad we didn’t. The pictures of us getting ready in our everyday living space are deeply personal. And I love that our dog Ryder got to be there for that part of the day. This was our first apartment together and it will forever be captured in our wedding day photos.
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
No, I almost made my own bouquet, but with so few expenses as it was, I decided to hire a florist for that as well.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We eloped on a Thursday! There were many reasons why elopement was right for us, but the decision to do it on a Thursday made it uniquely affordable. The photographer charged us a half-day commercial rate instead of a typical wedding rate, the minister was less expensive on a weekday, and hair and make-up was less than a Saturday rate. In general eloping is very economical and yet incredibly meaningful and personal. However, I still wanted to feel like a bride, so I got my hair and make-up done, bought new shoes, and added some special touches to the day. Even with those little details, it was a very affordable wedding.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Whether you are eloping or planning a traditional wedding with guests, make sure the day stays focused on you as a couple. Don’t worry about making everyone else happy and don’t stress about the timeline of the day. Enjoy every moment and focus on the details that are important to you and your partner. And hire a good photographer, someone who is going to capture the moments that are important to you.
What was your biggest splurge?
It was really important to me to have a photographer, so we splurged on that expense and worked with PhotoSynthesis Studio out of Atlanta. Devon was with us for four hours, and I’m so glad she captured all the moments before, during, and after so that our family could get a glimpse into the day. She prepared a beautiful slideshow of images within 24 hours and we shared it with our families when we surprised them at dinner the following night. They were expecting us to announce an engagement, but instead we announced we were married! I’m so glad we had the photos and the slideshow to share with them.
What was your favorite detail?
All the little details unfolded into a really special day. We wanted to elope, but do so in a personal and meaningful way; so we got ready together, toasted champagne, had our dog in the photos, etc. The day couldn’t have been more perfect, and it was all of those moments that made it so. No matter how large or small your day is, small details can really make it special and fun.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
It was a surreal experience to be getting married in such a private setting and when none of our friends and family even knew it was happening! There were so many unique moments because it was such a non-traditional and deeply personal day. I loved the shared moments of getting ready together, for example, me fixing his tie and him cutting the stems off my bouquet.
A funny memorable moment is when we were trying to find a location in the park for the actual ceremony. It all felt very casual since it was just four people walking around to find a pretty spot. Once we identified a location, we were all standing there and it was this sort of awkward moment like, ok I guess we should start? I didn’t have a traditional aisle to walk down but the photographer pulled me back a few steps and said, go! It was funny in that it was very casual and easy going. We weren’t stuck to a schedule or trying to coordinate a lot of people.
Photography: PhotoSynthesis Studio, Atlanta • Ceremony Venue: Old Mill Park at The Roswell Mill • Reception Venue: Drinks at Little Alley Steakhouse followed by dinner at Table and Main • Flowers: Blooms of Dunwoody • Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Bob Steele Salon • Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies • Wedding Gown Designer: Ann Taylor • Wedding Bands: Dunwoody Diamonds • Shoes: Ivanka Trump • Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren for Macy’s • Ties: Michael Kohrs for Macy’s