Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

September 6 2018 | offbeatbride  
Photos by: Devon Rowland Photography
Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis
Photos by Devon Rowland Photography

The Offbeat Bride: Amanda, Government Lacky

Her offbeat partner: Rob, Home and Hearth Caretaker

Date and location of wedding: Annapolis, Maryland Courthouse — April 30, 2018

Budget: Less than $1000

Our offbeat wedding at a glance:

For us this day was a LONG time in the making. Rob and I have had a crazy, fun, and caring relationship from the very beginning and of course our wedding had those same traits. We met when we were about thirteen years old and have been in each other’s lives in one way or the other ever since, and all it took was me kicking him out of a play house window! Our lives diverged when he went into the Army and I entered into my “practice” marriage, but by the time he was out and my marriage was at its end point, we reconnected.

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

With both of us having chronic/incurable diseases, it has helped put a focus on living in the moment and loving each other with that same intensity. Every day being a battle with our bodies and what could come, we knew that we wanted to be in each other’s lives for good, so why not just make it official?

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

Combining my love of nature with Rob’s desire to explore, we decided to secretly elope in downtown Annapolis, Maryland. We knew that a big marriage wasn’t for us. This being my second wedding and his first, we wanted to focus on just being the most authentic versions of us — me in my crown of flowers and bone necklace and him rocking his faux-hawk and flower tie.

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

We took a chance by not inviting family and friends and honestly, we were both happier with the outcome of the day. By eloping, we were able to tell everyone in our own time, with no real obligations on who to invite versus not, and most of all, we got to do the day our way without interference or guilt from anyone.

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

What was your most important lesson learned?

For me the most important lesson I learned was to enjoy the moments shared with your partner. No matter how small or large you plan a wedding, it can get stressful. Between paperwork, money, and even just finding a dress, it felt crazy and hectic. I was sent on travel for work literally the week before we planned to get married and I still didn’t have a dress. He didn’t have his things together and I wasn’t home to help coordinate the day, but it all fell into place. It isn’t about all the pretty things (even though those are nice), it’s about the love shared and the words spoken. Keep calm and remember it all works out.

Be swept away by this nature-loving secret elopement in Annapolis

Vendors

Photography: Devon Rowland Photography • Dress: Forever 21 • Necklace: Rattlebone Design • Crown: Boho Halo Company • Venue: Annapolis, Maryland Courthouse

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  1. I truly love that they had a budget of $1,000 and it looked like they had the day of their dreams! That shows the true statement of their love for each other – the wedding doesn't matter.

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