Lisa and Jared had attended numerous large weddings over the years and they decided they wanted the opposite for their wedding. They wanted something simple, personal, intimate.  An elopement was the perfect fit.

Thanks to Katie Day Photography for the gorgeous photos!

Vintage Missouri elopement

Lisa,27 & Jared, 27

Springfield, MO

Wedding Date: September 13, 2012

Number of Guests: 1 person total (minister’s wife)

Wedding Cost: < $5,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Ozark, MO

Wedding Reception Location: none


bride with white and yellow bouquet

couple first look session

groom waiting to see his bride

groom seeing his bride for first time

bride wiping tears from groom's eyes

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We just wanted the moment to be about our relationship. The two of us.

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wine wedding ceremony

wine wedding ceremony

mr. and mrs. cupcakes

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

Having been in larger weddings, the bride is able to delegate to her bridesmaids or other people. With an intimate wedding, it is up to the bride and groom to get everything set up and ready.

custom wedding jones soda label

pearl drop earrings

white rose and yellow ranunculus wedding bouquet

bride in field

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Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

In order to avoid choosing only certain people to attend our ceremony and potentially causing hurt feelings, we decided it should only be us and our witnesses.

bride and groom drinking jones soda

bride and groom with tandem bicycle

bride and groom in front of round hay bale

bride and groom on tandem bicycle

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Did you have any issues with the small guest list from friends and family?

No, everyone understood.

yellow sweet table

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mini yellow sweet table

groom anxiously awaiting his bride

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

I loved hearing/reading our personal vows.

missouri elopement ceremony under tree

outdoor elopement ceremony

bride reading her vows

wine ceremony

groom reading his vows

bride placing ring on groom's finger

groom reading his vows

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bride placing ring on groom's finger

bride and groom showing off rings


bride and groom hugging

bride and groom drinking Jones soda

cutting the wedding cupcake

bride and groom feeding each other cake

bride and groom drinking jones soda

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

It was a special/secret day that I got to spend with the love of my life.

bride and groom lying on quilt

cute bride and groom portrait

bride and groom riding tandem bicycle


bride and groom lying on quilt

just married sign on tandem bike

missouri elopement

missouri elopement

missouri elopement

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

Do it! Some big weddings lose sight of what a wedding is really about: two people getting married. With an intimate wedding it’s all about you (bride and groom)!

bride and groom portrait


Photographer: Katie Day Photography

Cupcakes: The Cup

Dress: Gracie’s Bridal

Suit: Town and County

Flowers: The Flower Merchant