What does it mean to elope?
Historically speaking the word elope has meant "to run away secretly to be married, especially without parental consent". More recently, this definition has evolved to include basically a very small wedding ceremony, either in the couple's own town, or some exotic distant destination, and may or may not include the couple's close family members and friends.
With the cost of some weddings equaling or even exceeding a down payment on a house or car, it is no surprise that couples may choose a smaller, lower cost ceremony. You can hire an elopement officiant and photographer for literally a tenth the cost, and you will still end up just as married at the end of the day!
Some couples may also prefer to elope to avoid the drama that comes along with a large wedding and multiple family groups that may not get along, or, some shy couples may just simply prefer to not be the center of attention for an entire day.
Elopement weddings can occur almost anywhere, and it is becoming a new trend to elope right in the city you live in. Examples of locations you can choose include your city hall, local parks, a location that is special to you as a couple, or even your own backyard!
Examples of beautiful elopement locations in St. Louis, Missouri include Forest Park, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Tower Grove Park, and of course, the St. Louis Arch!
At Rachel Williams Photography, my mission is to provide you with beautiful photographs of your elopement wedding day. All packages include coverage of the ceremony itself and a couple's portrait session afterwards, with specified numbers of high resolution digital images for download, prints, and/or wall art. Contact me today to inquire about having me there to capture your special day!