What creative or personal aspects did you use in your wedding?
Jamie’s three children were the only guests and witnesses to the marriage. The youngest, her son, gave her up to be married!
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your wedding?
We made a bridal jean jacket from craft fringe and beads. We also bought a black jacket from budget conscious websites like Amazon and Shein.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We used Simply Eloped! We got to choose the package we wanted and what it included. We chose the biggest package, which still only cost $5,000. This included everything from flowers to permits to videographer!
What was your biggest splurge?
Our Airbnb was our biggest splurge. We chose a place not far from Rocky Mountain National Park entrance that was very private and secluded with the purpose of relaxing and staying out of the hustle and bustle of normal lodging. It was more expensive than other places we looked at, but worth waking up every morning to wildlife right next to the water.
What was your favorite detail?
Even though we eloped without friends and family, the vendors we had felt like friends. They made the whole experience so easy and comfortable. At one point during the day I remember even saying out loud, “These people are great!” It made the day so much better surrounded by people who had that ability to make the day about you.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Focus on you! Do not plan a wedding to impress anyone else. What will you enjoy? Not what guests will enjoy!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The vows. We wrote our own. It was easy to get personal and intimate without people around. Opening up and expressing the most vulnerable parts of yourself is much easier when you’re focused on just the person across from you instead of a crowd of spectators.