Thea and Jesse’s Oregon Beachside Elopement

Thea and Jesse went through the entire process of planning a wedding only to realize, when it came time to start putting down deposits, that it really wasn’t what they wanted at all. What they did want, was a day that was just about the two of them. They cancelled their plans and opted to elope on the beach instead, celebrating with a private oceanside dinner and a two week honeymoon in Europe. How can you argue with that?

Special thanks to Victoria Greener for sharing their beautiful elopement with us!

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Thea, 23 & Jesse, 23

Warrenton, Oregon

Wedding Date: June 25th, 2014

Number of Guests: 3

Wedding Cost: $1,900

Wedding Ceremony Location: Sunset Beach, Oregon on the sand dunes overlooking the ocean.

Wedding Reception Location: We didn’t have a formal reception, but plan to have one in September of 2015 with all our friends and family in Idaho.

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Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We chose an intimate wedding because we wanted something simple and stress free. We wanted the day to be about us, and not about pleasing our families. After planning a very elegant $10,000 wedding, when it came time to book everything and pay our deposits, we just couldn’t justify spending that kind of money for something that was not just about us. So we opted to elope and book a two week honeymoon to Europe instead.

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What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Our biggest challenge was how our families were going to react to our decision to elope; as well as who to invite because we needed two witnesses. Also, finding reputable vendors was a stressor. Since this was also a destination wedding, we had to hope that the vendors would really take our ideas and pictures and help our vision come to life when it came to the cake and flowers.

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Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Yes, this was the hardest part! We had decided all or nothing when it came to who to invite. I slipped the word to a couple friends who demanded they be there so we just let them come, and it turned out to be wonderful. Keeping it from our parents was the hardest part.

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Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Everyone respected our decision to marry the way we did. And we had no negative responses. We told everyone with cute elopement announcements/save-the-dates. I think because we made our friends and family feel included by letting them know we still planned to celebrate, they were more welcoming of our decision.

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What were the highlights of the ceremony?

It was beautiful, and we were not stressed at all! Everything was so simple and sweet and went according to plan. Jesse’s vows were super special and made everyone cry. Everything felt so in the moment and there were no distractions. Everything was beautiful and exactly as I had dreamed.

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What were the highlights of the reception?

For our informal reception, we had dinner at a sweet oceanside restaurant called the Bridge Water Bistro, and they kept the doors open after hours for us. We sat at a table right by the fireplace next to a wall of windows looking out to all the ships coming into port. That alone time after the big day had come and gone was so special. Jesse and I really got to enjoy each other’s company and really take in what a beautiful day we just had. This meant the most to us.

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What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

The whole day from start to finish was about us. We got to really focus on each other and the fact that it was our wedding day. Rather than running around trying to tie up finishing touches and please our families, we got to soak up every planned detail for ourselves.

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What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Really think about what aspects of your special day are important to you. Do not make your decision based on family and friends, and remember that this moment is about the two of you. Lastly, do not forget the photographer or videographer when choosing an intimate wedding because these are the pieces of your special day you will want to remember and share with family and friends.

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Flowers: Mimi’s Flowers

Photography: Victoria Greener Photography

Officiant: A Ceremony to Remember 

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10 Gorgeous Oversized Wedding Bouquets

An oversized bouquet has a dramatic look for the flower-loving bride. This is a stunning idea for outdoor and boho weddings with a focus on freshness and color. These bouquets can be your main floral arrangement if you’re having smaller floral pieces in the rest of your decor. We’ve picked out 10 gorgeous oversized wedding bouquets to inspire you.

1. Summer Pinks

Peonies, garden roses, decorative kale and green hydrangea are the perfect ingredients for a fresh and colorful summer bouquet. The large blooms make this DIY bouquet an easy one to construct and has such a lovely result.

2. Botanical 

This modern mix of flowers and foliage has a distinctive botanical feel. With touches of copper added to the palette, it creates an enviable mid-century look.

3. Peaches and Succulents 

Succulents are a bouquet fave for a reason. They effortlessly enhance the other flowers in the bouquet and work well with neutral tones. Make the succulent a centerpiece by choosing one in a significant size.

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4. Bold Brights

For double the impact, go for both color and size. Vibrant reds teamed with slightly burnt orange blooms are a great pairing for larger bouquets. Leaving the stems bare, also creates an informal look to balance everything out.

5. Pink Blossoms 

A feminine, elegant and ethereal take on an oversized bouquet. As light pink is such a delicate color you can get away with having more blooms.

6. Clean and Simple 

If you’re weary about going for such a bold piece, you can keep the bouquet clean with white and cream flowers. This will give you the opportunity to play around with the size of the bouquet without it being too overwhelming.

7. In the Wild 

This lush bouquet with hints of lilac and peach has a wildness to it that goes hand in hand with a garden affair.

8. Deep tones 

For fall weddings, deep and rich autumnal tones work especially well in larger arrangements. Blending these with trailing greenery finishes the piece.

9. Whimsical Paper 

For a touch of whimsical charm, go for oversized single paper flowers. A quirky look that would fit in perfectly in a woodland wedding. Extra bonus points if you fancy a challenge and decide to make them yourself!

10. Cascading Bouquet

A cascading bouquet is a true statement piece, which gives you the opportunity to play around with proportions and the dimension of your bouquet. It is a lovely way to complement the silhouette of your dress.

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Emerald green was the big color a couple of years ago, but we still love it today for its easy sophistication, and its all-season appeal. If you’re looking to add an element of elegance to your wedding day, you can’t go wrong with this jewel tone, and we’ve put together 5 emerald green color palettes to show you just how to use it.

When this color scheme showed up on the Burberry runway last year, it knocked our socks off (and still does)! It’s a glam alternative for your wedding day and a great palette if you’re opting to forego the flower arrangements in favor of less traditional centerpieces.

Emerald green color palette

Emerald green single-handedly takes the muted hues of this color scheme from bleak to chic. We think it would make a great fall or winter wedding palette.

Emerald green color palette

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, pairing jewel tones is always a great idea!

Emerald green color palette

There’s a lot going on in this color scheme, but it somehow all manages to work seamlessly together to create an incredibly modern and romantic palette. We can’t get enough of it!

Emerald green color palette

Emerald green adds a touch of strong masculine energy to this otherwise soft and girly palette. The contrast makes this color scheme far more interesting than it would be without it.

Emerald green color palette

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Weddings by Funjet at the Riu Palace Jamaica


Warm breezes, shimmering turquoise water and no wedding stress? Sound enticing?

If you’re aching to get away from it all and have an intimate wedding that’s big on fun and romance, Riu Palace Jamaica in Montego Bay is just what you are looking for.

A Weddings by Funjet onsite wedding coordinator will make planning your big day at Riu Palace Jamaica in Montego Bay easy peasy. From the save-the-date to the honeymoon, Weddings by Funjet manages the details, leaving nothing but an awesome experience for you and your guests.

Riu Palace Jamaica offers several wedding packages that can accommodate up to 40 guests. There are three basic categories to choose from. From there, these packages can be customized with upgrades and your own special touches. Want something super simple? Try the free wedding package.

Then again, maybe you could win your destination wedding! Jump to the bottom of the post for the Weddings by Funjet Giveaway. Woot! Woot!

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  • Round trip airfare for two
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Intimate Weddings at Main Street Manor

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A while back, we featured Schirin and Cris’s gorgeous $8,000 Main Street Manor wedding here on IW. The couple chose Main Street Manor because they wanted a drop, dead gorgeous wedding, without the price tag. An incredible honeymoon in Italy was at the top of the couple’s priority list, and an intimate wedding at Main Street Manor made it possible.

If you are like Schirin and Cris and you want a beautiful wedding without spending a bundle, Main Street Manor in Flemington, New Jersey might just be a perfect fit!

Whether you choose to get married on the sweeping veranda, on the gorgeous grounds, or inside the elegant parlour, you and your guests (if you choose to have guests, that is!) will experience the superb personal service that has won the inn many prestigious awards for both weddings and accommodations.

The inn’s elegance and charm along with its lovely grounds with gardens and our sweeping front veranda will provide an intimate setting for the wedding of your dreams, from vows to celebration. – See more at:
The inn’s elegance and charm along with its lovely grounds with gardens and our sweeping front veranda will provide an intimate setting for the wedding of your dreams, from vows to celebration. – See more at:

A variety of wedding packages, ranging from an elegant elopement package to an all-inclusive or venue-only for up to 35 guests, allow you to plan your day, your way, while the inn’s talented team provides you with full wedding planning services guiding you to a stress-free soiree. The inn also ensures that the property is exclusively yours for the duration of your celebration, creating a truly intimate experience.

If you’d like to learn more about weddings at this elegant inn, take a peek at this short video that highlights some of the couples who got married at Main Street Manor:


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