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This Couple Eloped, and Their Pictures Make It Look Totally Worth It

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Before their Saturday afternoon ceremony, Kyle and Tammany roamed the French Quarter and had their photog snap pics whenever they happened upon cool architecture.

1 Before their Saturday afternoon ceremony, Kyle and Tammany roamed the French Quarter and had their photog snap pics whenever they happened upon cool architecture.

2 "New Orleans is the perfect place to get married," says the groom, here posing for a prewedding pic with his bride.

Kyle first saw his bride in the Spanish moss–filled courtyard of The Antebellum Guest House, the B&B where the duo stayed.

3 Kyle first saw his bride in the Spanish moss–filled courtyard of The Antebellum Guest House, the B&B where the duo stayed.

The night before her wedding, Tammany picked up a bunch of bright blooms from a local Whole Foods Market, and then staff at the Antebellum Guest House helped her arrange them into a vivid bouquet.

4 The night before her wedding, Tammany picked up a bunch of bright blooms from a local Whole Foods Market, and then staff at the Antebellum Guest House helped her arrange them into a vivid bouquet.

The couple met their officiant for the first time just minutes before their service. They had both already written vows in advance.

5 The couple met their officiant for the first time just minutes before their service. They had both already written vows in advance.

The Mr. and Mrs.!

6 The Mr. and Mrs.!

The couple strolled around New Orleans the night before looking for the perfect ceremony spot. They found it under this huge oak tree, located in the city's Audobon Park.

7 The couple strolled around New Orleans the night before looking for the perfect ceremony spot. They found it under this huge oak tree, located in the city's Audobon Park.

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My friends constantly surprise and impress me, but when one of them recently got hitched in a secret ceremony and then later posted pictures on Facebook, I was blown away. Like many people, I imagine that eloping, while exciting, might be lacking in the personality or style department. Not this one.

When Kyle, who I’ve known since childhood, and his now-wife, Tammany, got engaged last summer, they knew that a year of planning, thousands of dollars, and negotiating with multiple vendors wasn’t for them. So the Austin, Texas, couple decided to roll their ceremony and honeymoon into one, and drove the eight hours to New Orleans, where they tied the knot on November 17, 2012.

From the lush, vibrant bouquet (arranged with flowers bought at Whole Foods!) and the bride’s sweet, tea-length Bhldn gown, to the very spot where they wed (under a giant tree in Audobon Park), their day was charming, simple, and just so … them. Because they did want pro snapshots taken, Kyle and Tammany turned to San Francisco–based wedding photographer Alison Yin, who also happens to be the bride’s cousin (and one of their wedding’s only witnesses!).

The lesson: You don’t need a million bucks or a million guests to make your wedding special. You just need two people, a lot of love—and a great photographer to capture it all.

Comments (2)

  • Great article/post, Jaime! What a beautiful couple and such a romantic place to get married!

    XO,
    Janet Carroll Boudreau

  • Thanks so much for featuring an elopement, and a beautiful one at that! We're eloping and it seems like most wedding and bridal blogs and magazines don't want to include us. I appreciate seeing this, and congratulations to the couple!

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