Richmond Green is an amazing spot to elope. While some dream of their wedding day since childhood and have a scrapbook filled with clippings of their perfect gown, there are others who choose to elope instead. Years ago, eloping meant running down to City Hall or taking a boozy trip to Las Vegas. But, today, many are having intimate, personal, and stylish elopements all over the country. In fact, elopement ceremonies are on the rise, especially among millennials.
For Genevieve and Cory, they wanted their family present. Or at least the immediate family. We started out at the bride’s family home for morning prep. She wore a traditional white wedding dress. It was a strapless a-line gown with a sweetheart neckline. The dress’s lace overlay extended throughout the dress and along a beautiful terrain. Genevieve’s sister did her hair and makeup. She didn’t see her father until they arrived at Richmond Green for the ceremony.
Genevieve’s father rendezvoused with her in the Richmond Hill parking lot. He escorted her through the park to the gazebo where her husband-to-be waited. The first look was amazing. Most couples choose to have a first look before the wedding ceremony because the offers an element of privacy. However, with only 7 people at this civil ceremony, myself included, that element was already there.
The ceremony was short and sweet. There were no formal readings. However. the couple did write their own vows and recited them for this occasion. They signed the marriage contract, exchanged rings, and shared their first kiss as husband and wife. Genevieve did have a bouquet toss for her mom-in-law and sister to fight over. Mom won.
The family portrait session was one of the quickest ones I’ve ever done. Surprisingly even my Toronto City Hall weddings have more guests attending than this. Afterward, we spent the rest of the afternoon doing portraits as a couple. Despite it being an elopement, both the bride and groom were formally dressed for a wedding so we took advantage.
I give you the 3-hour wedding. 1-hour prep, 1-hour ceremony/family photos, 1-hour couple. Yes it is possible. Sure, it can be beautiful, and stress-free. It’s amazing how simple a wedding can be when your guest count doesn’t hit double digits. Definitely not your usual Italian wedding.