TOP REASON TO ELOPE // A more US experience . Happy Friday friends, this is it! The most common reason couples choose to elope! Wanting a more us-centered wedding day experience. Which I think is totally awesome and really mindful thinking! . So often couples get swept away & even bulldozed by their own weddings (I know I did). I’ve photographed dozens of weddings and the couples are often so busy they don’t have much time to spend together, alone, soaking in the greatness of the day. . During the ceremony, many couples report feeling stressed or insecure about saying their intimate vows in-front of hundreds of guests. . Even at the reception, couples spend a lot of time fluttering from table to table trying to visit with all of the people they invited to this event! When you elope, there’s no pull to perform certain traditions or make your rounds to be sure and “Well let me at least say hi.” to everyone you invited before they leave. . Let me tell you from experience, it is impossible to have meaningful connections with 100+ people in one evening. Am I right?? . Be sure and check out the blog post to see all 5 reasons couples are choosing to elope (link in bio)!!
REASON TO ELOPE // Number ✌ Less stress! . Having a traditional wedding is STRESSFUL. I know you’ve heard it from pretty much anyone & everyone. Even if you hire a wedding planner. It’s just the nature of the best y’all. . I'm a very chill, go with the flow person. I feel like I do well under pressure and find I am often calm when others are not. My wedding stressed me out. Not just the day of either, weeks & probably months prior, I was so stressed!! 🤯 . Whether it’s the actual planning of a 100+ person event, the HMUA or caterer running behind, a dramatic family member, someone from the bridal party is sick, or you’re having an outdoor ceremony and it’s supposed to be thunderstorms, there’s bound to be something. Something that’ll cause stress in a day that’s jam packed with events, requires multiple people/businesses, and detailed coordination to pull off. . Ever heard of wedding day amnesia? It's a legit thing!!! Y’all, this is a common side-effect of a stress. Couples don’t remember their wedding day. Read that again 😱 . I know my wedding day was a blur, I remember bits & pieces, but a lot of it feels fuzzy. Do you know how long I spent planning that event??? Don't get me started y'all 🤦 . What are your thoughts about this phenomena?? I want to know 👇👇
This one is for the adventurers.... reason number 3 🥁🥁🥁 . SPENDING MONEY ON EXPERIENCES INSTEAD OF STUFF// I know I've said this before, but it blows me away everytime. The U.S. average is $36,000. This is for one day. ONE. DAY. . There a way weddings become about the details. The tables & chairs, monogrammed napkins, bridesmaid dresses, the color pallet, detailed centerpieces, all perfectly curated. All adding up to thousands of dollars. Thousands, spent on stuff. Stuff that only lasts for that one day. ONE DAY. . There’s something that feels important about having a wedding celebration. But I think there’s a way to have both, if you think outside the box enough… and not let yourself get swept away by the pressure to “do it big”. . Make your wedding day a part of an epic trip. Go to that bucket list destination you’ve always wanted to, but haven’t yet. Splurge on that trip & make your wedding day an epic bucket-list adventure of a lifetime! . This one hits home for me. I wish we took an awesome trip and eloped somewhere amazing like Iceland or Norway 😍 . What's your bucket list vacation spot?? I wanna know 👇👇
Interrupting the top 5 reasons couples choose to elope series with this BREAKING NEWS!!! . We are picking up our Luna girl at the end of the month 🎉💃🍾 I'm so freaking stoked you guys. We ordered our @tuftandneedle mattress and are trying to figure out what we want to do with this dinette/bed area as far as cushion/bedding goes 😵 . Getting to this decorating/final touches phase is by far the most exciting, haha. We've been getting weekly video progress updates for the past couple of months. I know I shared a couple of them on my stories, but this one had me doing literal cartwheels y'all!! . I saw Sheena post these amazing pictures and asked her to send them my way because, although the videos are amazing... I'm sure you know, I'm a sucker for pictures! So thanks so much for the 📸: @mavistheairstream . Swipe to see some AWESOME airstream updates (including a close up of the Harvey pecan wood 😭😍), and check out the most recent blog post for some really cool before and afters!!!
Reason numero quatro 🥁🥁🥁 . AVOID THE DRAMA-RAMA-LLAMA/// I want to start this off by saying, not all people who choose to elope have distant/dysfunctional relationships with their family members. . So, if you’re thinking “I’d never elope, I’m way too close to my family & can’t imagine this day without them.” you can still elope and invite your people! In fact, many couples who are super close with their family still choose to elope. . When you start inviting dozens of people, the stress increases, and the chance for drama increases. Even if it’s not family causing the drama. A lot of people like to gossip, about who was and wasn’t invited, or why so-and-so didn’t come. Keep it small, meaningful, & intentional. . To keep drama to a minimum, I think it’s best to only invite those who are 100% there for you and your love, and who aren’t going to make any part of the day about THEIR wants or concerns 👏👏👏 . What do you think the other 3 reasons couples elope are?? Has your guess been revealed yet? Let me know in the comments!! Check out the blog for the other 3 reasons if you can't wait to find out 😉
As promised... Reason #5 couples choose to elope 🥁🥁🥁 . MORE INTIMATE... LESS OF A PRODUCTION // An elopement brings the importance of the day back into focus. The union between two people who love each other. . Traditional weddings tend to have a production vibe to them. There’s not a lot of time to really spend in your heart, connecting with those around you. They’re busy, chaotic, but also very fun.... . I think a wedding day deserves to be both an intimate, vulnerable, showcase of love that two people have towards one another, as well as a fun celebration with those you hold dearest in your heart 💕 . If you haven't heard me say it before, I'm ALL about having your cake & eating it too. If having both sounds up your alley, check out the what to do after eloping post in the planning resources section on the blog!! 🏃♀️🏃♂️
There are so many reasons people choose to elope. A few common misconceptions about people who choose to elope include being lazy & don’t want to plan, having estranged relationships with their family, or that they’re just looking for a cheap way out 🤔 . While some of that may be true, and may be the reason some couples choose to elope… believe it or not, none of those are the majority! . New on the blog is the top 5 reasons couples choose to elope (link in bio)! What's your guess?? Leave a comment here with your guess, then check and see what the number one reason... I bet you'll be surprised 👏
I never shared these from our Dinger Family Christmas trip 😻 . We made our layover a few days long, in NYC.... I will probably never go back with kids, ever again. As pretty as it was, the only saving grace was that it was Christmas 😅 I'm just not a city girl, y'all. . We had so much fun in Vermont! The snow was a little patchy but the kids didn't know any different and we all had so much fun. Can't wait to go on a skiing trip with them in a few years! . Sage's barely audible woohoo towards the end of his rides melted my little heart. Miles loved being pushed by papa... and if you see the look on his face, I think he enjoyed it a little too much 😂🙈 . I think most of all I loved that we chose to do a big family trip in lou of gifts (except the kiddos got a couple of things of course). We don't need more stuff, we need more memories. Hoping to make this a tradition for years to come 👏💕 . These are up on my gallery wall in the house now. I'm so grateful for @anna_merline taking these precious ones of the whole family enjoying a day in the snow! Love my family and the adventures we have together.
Day dreaming about this absolutely MAGICAL session from my trip to California 😻💕 . If I'm being totally honest, I was feeling a bit sad about the fog, it was limiting the gorgeous view, but it also created this mystical magical feeling. . It also allowed for us to take some awesome pictures at night with the headlamps!! Be sure and swipe to see those 👉👉
Tomorrow's my birthday!! I've been meaning to check and see how many January birthdays there are up in here?!? Where y'all at 🙋♀️🙋♀️ . I never liked having a January birthday, any other Jan's out there feel like that? It's still too close to Christmas and as a kid all I ever wanted was a summer pool birthday party 🙈😂 . My mom would rent a hotel as my birthday party so I could go swimming 😻 Bless. . These days my birthday comes up and I don't even think about it. I don't intentionally plan anything special 🤷 #momlife . HOWEVER! This year, I'm going to San Francisco with (only!) my brother, so special 🥰 It's just a coincidence my birthday falls near the date of an IFS conference, but I'll take it!! . Excited for this upcoming trip, some awesome hikes, new people, adventures, time to get work done, AND some good knowledge to further my personal growth journey for another FAB year 🙏💕 . 📸: @l_flo 😘