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Bam- Diy, self-uniting elopement in dc 6/30

Michelle, on July 4, 2020 at 10:02 AM Posted in Married Life 1 33
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We were supposed to get married Nov 2020 and have moved that out to Nov 2021. However, given all the uncertainty and not being able to see each other easily (DH is in the military) we decided to go ahead and elope, with our families' blessings. We looked into options in NC where I live, but because of his travel restrictions it was easier for me to go up to where he lives. I researched the rules for MD, VA and DC and found that DC would be the easiest for us, plus makes for great photo ops.


I used my reception dress because I thought it made a great civil ceremony outfit and it would be much too cumbersome in a big dress. I wore silver sneakers because we ended up walking two miles and DH absolutely loved them. I was going to have fresh flowers for my bouquet, but since we were staying in a hotel and I had to travel DIY'ing silk flowers for a bouquet and boutonniere made much more sense. I bought a cake at Publix (this has been my dream cake for the last 4 years even before meeting DH) on my drive North. In the evening we went out for pizza, after all making time for pizza dates was in our wedding vows.
This was definitely a DIY wedding all the way. Besides making the florals, I did my own make-up and hair. I practiced for a few weeks since I never wear make-up. We did a self-uniting ceremony, DC is one of the few places that is allowed, so I wrote a ceremony for us and acted as officiant. We did our own photography and videography with a tripod since we had no witnesses and it was just the two of us. I edited together a short video for our families so that they felt included.
There were tears (the wedding cake fell over in the car and got smashed) and laughter (the wedding cake fell over in the car and got smashed) and lots of love.
We still plan to have a big wedding with friends and family next year, but this has certainly taken so much pressure off. I am way less stressed all of a sudden and it shows me what is truly important about a wedding. I am sure I will be thankful for all my vendors next year, but I realized that none of that really matters and it is just icing on the wedding cake.
Marriage license- $45Dress- $30 on AmazonShoes- $30 on sale Suit- his ownMUHA: myself (did buy about $25 dollars worth of make-up)Florals: $15 Walmart DIYCake: $25 PublixRings: $40 on sale at Groove RingPhotography/videography: $25 tripod from Amazon and DH's phone

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(Before it got smashed!)

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  • Nefetera
    Rockstar March 2015
    Nefetera ·
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    Oh wow very nice. I love DC and i feel that was a great location for photos. Great job...i love the dress, sneakers and your flowers. Congrats to you both.
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  • L
    Super July 2022
    Lisa ·
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    Congratulations!! Your pictures turned out amazing, great scenery too!
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  • Jessica
    VIP September 2020
    Jessica ·
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    Congratulations! Great pictures! We’re still going ahead with a small wedding in September, but when I get stressed I remind myself about why we’re doing all this in the first place- because you’re right, that’s what matters. Bummer your cake got smashed- I think I’d cry over that too!
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  • Breann
    Devoted June 2020
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    WOW you did such a great job with photos! Congratulations!!

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  • Emily
    Devoted September 2020
    Emily ·
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    A lil smooshed cake never hurt nobody - I'd be in there with a spoon, no shame. Smiley smile

    Great pictures and sounds like you really put all the pieces together very well! Congrats!

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  • Fenja
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    Fenja ·
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    Love this! Congratulations! Also glade to hear you guys had a laught about the cake.

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  • Melle
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    Melle ·
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    Congratulations! Beautiful photos
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  • Jai Butcher
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    Aww congrats this is amazing!
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  • Marisa
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    Marisa ·
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    Awe this is so cute! So happy for you! Smiley smile

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  • Kirsten
    Devoted October 2020
    Kirsten ·
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    I love all of this! Even the smashed cake. Congrats!
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  • Cyndy
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    Cyndy ·
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    Congratulations! Your pictures are beautiful!
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  • Rebecca
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    Rebecca ·
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    Congrats! What beautiful photos!

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  • Aimee
    Super July 2021
    Aimee ·
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    Congratulations! Great pictures!
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  • Elmarose04
    Devoted July 2021
    Elmarose04 ·
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    Beautiful pictures! congratulations Smiley laugh Smiley ring

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  • MIWM
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    MIWM ·
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    Such beautiful photos! Congratulations on your wedding!

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  • Michelle
    Dedicated November 2021
    Michelle ·
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    I managed to reconstruct it somewhat and hide part of it with flowers when we did our cake cutting.

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  • Michelle
    Dedicated November 2021
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    Thanks. I think DH was a little skeptical and first that we could pull it off, but it all worked out.

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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
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    Congratulations Michelle!! I love hearing about everything you did to make this ceremony happen!! ❤️

    Your reception dress was perfect for the occasion, and I'm seriously impressed with your tripod photography skills!! 🙌

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  • Joneka
    Dedicated March 2021
    Joneka ·
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    Congratulations! Your say was perfect...even the smooshed cake is such a epic memory!
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  • Meghan
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    Meghan ·
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    Beautiful! Congratulations to you and your new husband!!!!

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