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My $3k Elopement

Melissa, on February 23, 2021 at 8:32 AM Posted in Married Life 0 34
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Our wedding day was Tuesday, February 9, 2021. We were married in a private ceremony at the Foxtail Estate in Daytona Beach, FL.

Venue: The Foxtail Estate, Daytona Beach

Photographer: Ohlson Photography

Cake: Delectable Delights Baker

Flowers: Zahn’ Florist (would probably not recommend)

Officiant: Melissa Franz

Processional: Fields of Gold by Dallas String Quartet

Dress: Calvin Klein at Macy’s

Her Ring: HelloRing on Etsy

His Ring: RCornejoJewelry on Etsy

Budget: Under $3000 for everything including the announcements for family, marriage license and dinner after.

We chose an elopement and it made for such a relaxing day. The venue arranged everything with the photographer, officiant, baker and florist – I worked with them ahead of time to personalize but there was nothing for me to do the day of but get myself ready. I feel that this was a nice upgrade to a courthouse wedding – it still felt special and like a wedding but without all the extras or the stress of guests. Between a fear of being in front of people and COVID unpredictably cancelling anything with groups of more than 10, we felt this was the best way to make our commitment without fear of losing money or having to reschedule repeatedly.

We discussed, from the start, that we wanted to the day to feel as special and important as it is while keeping the focus firmly on the marriage and not the wedding. I think we achieved that fairly well and, while some family members were a bit disappointed, most were thrilled and we know we made the right choice for us. My $3k Elopement 1
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Latest activity by Michelle, on February 26, 2021 at 4:24 PM
  • Sexypoodle
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    Congrats!!!!
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  • Michelle
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    Congrats! Gorgeous pics!
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  • Biaani
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    Everything looks amazing!! congratulations Smiley heart

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    Thank you!!

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    It turned out so beautiful Smiley smile Thank you!!

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    The photographer really was fantastic! Thank you!!

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  • Samantha
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    It looks so elegant and intimate, I love it!
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    Thank you!! I was trying to keep it classy and timeless, so that's an appreciated compliment!!

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  • Samantha
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    It really is! I also love your dress.
    Our’s isn’t till 2022 but it we have to cut down, eases my mind that can will be gorgeous and classic still.
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    Thank you - i fell in love with that dress the minute i put it on and said to heck with traditional wedding dresses! Congrats on your engagement and I'm sure that 2022 will be here before you know it. I'm glad our day has brought you some peace - smaller can definitely still be memorable and beautiful!

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  • Jai
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    Aww congrats this is very beautiful and special !
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    Congratulations!

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  • Cyndy
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    Congratulations! Beautiful pictures!
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    Wow! How gorgeous!! Congratulations!!!

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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
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    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Beautiful photos! Love your romantic and elegant your day feels. 💕
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  • Heather
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    Congrats! How beautiful!

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    Congratulations
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    Congratulations Melissa!! You look so pretty and I love your dress! 😍

    These pictures are stunning and I'm so glad you had a wonderful day! Smiley ring

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    Congrats!! I'm glad you were able to create what worked best for you Smiley heart

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    Thank you Jai! I was a very special day Smiley heart

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