The Offbeat Bride: Laura, history detective My Offbeat Partner: Jim, army captain Location & date of the wedding: Gazebo in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lovingston, Virginia — July 26, 2008 What made our wedding offbeat: When Jim and I made the decision to get married in May, we knew we weren’t going to have the […]
Our first vacation as a couple was Key West, FL. We made a promise at the end of our stay that we would return and get married on the beach. But we didn’t want to spend a lot of cash on sharing a few words and signing some papers. We wanted a quick getaway.
We didn’t tell anyone, and ran away to another town to get married. We love our families but as they live in different countries and due to timing constraints, we just decided to get on with it.
“After plans for a low-key affair with family and friends didn’t quite materialize as we had envisioned it, we decided to buck tradition and elope.”
When Jim and I made the decision to get married this May, we knew we weren’t going to have the luxury of a long engagement; Jim had recently received orders for a 400-day mission overseas and we knew we would have to have everything done and in order before he had to report for training in mid-August.
“My husband & I eloped in my woodman friend’s backyard, which was a huge tract of natural land. We were married between a shagbark hickory (signifying solidity & strength) and a beautiful white pine, the Tree of Peace among the Iroquois Indians.”