Road trip meets party August / September 2018
I am waiting on the official photos to arrive, but figured I would start the report and hopefully, offer advice and iron out any concerns people have with having a destination elopement wedding. I say elopement in the modern sense – we told people we were getting married, everyone knew, we just told them that they wouldn’t see us say our vows and that we would be throwing a party.
When and where we got married:
22 August 2018, Lake Powell, Arizona, USA.
15 September 2018, Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield
The engagement and wedding planning period:
We got engaged in Barbados, December 2016. On our arrival back, we didn’t really start planning until February 2017 and quickly decided what we actually wanted was an epic holiday with a wedding thrown in. We didn’t want people at the wedding because our relationship is about us and we felt that saying our vows should be to each other and the entire day should be about ourselves. We took some time to figure out where it was easier to legally get married and decided on the US. We then planned a 3 week road trip and picked a desert location because:
A) It’s the desert – it won’t rain (More on that later…)
We don’t have that type of scenery in the UK, so why not pick something that looks like Mars?
We also decided that whilst we weren’t comfortable with the idea of saying vows in front of loved ones, we wanted to party with them and spend an evening with them, so booked a venue in Sheffield with food, dessert, cake and a band to make sure they also got something from it. We’ve been to enough weddings to know that the evening part is our favourite!
For the rest of the report I’m going to attempt to break it down into other things – it’ll be a bit of a holiday report but also will include some tips / FAQ. I’ll try and add photos in for reference but who knows…