The concept of “eloping” is still fairly new compared to the idea of having a traditional wedding! The word elopement used to mean “to run away secretly with the intention of getting married usually without parental consent.”
The term is now used to allude less to secrecy and parental consent and more to the concept of tossing away the societal norms of a wedding day and opting to have a much more intimate and intentional celebration of two becoming one. If you’re still skeptical about this new meaning – ask Merriam Webster!
I asked Cheyanne and Matt some questions about their elopement that I had the pleasure of capturing this past September in Glacier National Park.
Q: Why did you decide to elope over having a traditional wedding?
A: Weddings are expensive! Neither one of us could fathom spending thousands of dollars on some big, extravagant wedding. We are also pretty low-key people so having a traditional wedding just didn’t fit either of our personalities. Something small, romantic, and simple was definitely the way to go!
Q: Why did you choose Glacier National Park as the location of your special day?
A: When we first moved to Montana, one of our first trips we made was to Glacier. We were in shock of the pure beauty this place had!! We jokingly said “We should just elope right here in Glacier!” So when we got engaged it was a no-brainer! We both love visiting Glacier, and now it holds a very special place in our hearts!
Q: What were your favorite parts of your wedding day that differed from traditional weddings?
A: Oh my goodness! It was just so laid back and romantic and intimate and just beyond perfect! We loved it! We didn’t have to worry about every little detail being perfect. We didn’t have to worry about pleasing other people. It was just a special day spent with one another! Adventuring after our ceremony was pretty fun too, even with all the bears!
Q: Do you have any advice for couples considering eloping?
A: Do you! Don’t worry about what others are going think. It is your day! You can celebrate how you want, have cake, and eat it too.