To avoid the emotional, financial, and overall stress of planning a conventional wedding, Kate and Brad chose to elope. Upon arriving in Savannah, they settled on Troup Square as the perfect spot for their intimate and heartfelt ceremony. With just their officiant and two photographers looking on, they laughed and cried as they held hands and exchanged their vows, celebrating the joining of their lives together – a moment the bride describes as the highlight of their lives!

Special thanks to Nick and Brittany at Brita Photography for sharing their beautiful photos with us!

Savannah elopement

Kate, 26 & Bradley, 29

Savannah, GA

Wedding Date: February 9, 2014

Number of Guests: 0, Just the two wedding photographers and officiant!

Wedding Cost: $6,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Troup Square, Historic Savannah, GA

Wedding Reception Location: Lake Jackson, Jackson, GA – A month later!

savannah doorway

bridal portrait in the park

bride on the boardwalk

bouquet and shoes on the beach

bride and groom on the beach

portrait of the bride

bride wearing groom's jacket

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

The real reasons why we had an intimate wedding are: 1. We wanted our wedding to be about us.  2. We wanted it to be about our love.  3. We wanted our wedding to be a celebration of our lives being joined together.

Some supporting factors included: 1. Emotional: My father passed away when I was young and I am an only child, so who would walk me down the aisle questions kept popping up.  2. Financial: We used the money that we would have spent on a huge wedding and invested it in premarital counselling and a down payment on a house  3. Stress. We adore our families, step-families, and all of our friends, but at the end of the day, we realized we didn’t want the stress that comes with a large wedding.

dress hanging in doorway

smiling bride in red robe

bride having lipstick applied

bride getting her make-up done

bride laughing while getting dressed

bride putting on shoes

bride's peep toe shoes

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

We honestly didn’t face any challenges planning an intimate wedding! Our sweet photographers planned a timeline for the day (which they enjoyed because that meant, more picture time!), which gave me direction on when to tell the make-up artist and officiant to arrive. Since Savannah, GA is not our hometown, we waited until we arrived to pick the perfect square to get married in. The only thing I was slightly nervous about was having a wedding bouquet with beautiful flowers. I called half a dozen florists prior to arriving and got quotes for my single bouquet that ranged from $500-$1000! I wasn’t about to pay that, so when we arrived in town I walked into the best florist shop and told them I had $150 to spend, and said so what can you make me? I left the store with an amazing bouquet! I had to be flexible with what they had in stock, and I was lucky they had some stunning flowers.

groom getting dressed

groom putting on tie

groom adjusting tie

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

It wasn’t that difficult to pare down the guest list since we knew it was only us two in attendance. We did do our homework beforehand and researched husband and wife photographers, because we knew we each wanted one person to be with us to help us get ready and to be our own little support system. The funniest thing was when we were standing in the square in front of the officiant, and he asked us if we were ready to get married, we looked back at our photographers and said, well are you ready? It was great!

bride portrait

groom portrait

laughing bride

bride and groom first look

first look session

wedding first look

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

Honestly, we had almost no issues! Our mothers threatened to dress up with wigs and hide out in the bushes to see us get married, but overall, we both had very supportive people in our camps that understood why we were getting married, just the two of us.

groom waiting for his bride

bride walking towards groom

elopement ceremony in the street

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

The highlight of our ceremony was the peace surrounding it. We didn’t feel pressured to do anything, and it was simple and beautiful. We read our own vows that were mixed with laughter and tears. Just being together, holding hands in the moment when we became one, was not only the highlight of the ceremony, but the highlight of our lives.

elopement ceremony on Savannah street

outdoor elopement ceremony

groom reading his vows

bride listening to groom's vows

bride and groom first kiss

What were the highlights of the reception?

A month after we got married, we held a reception – about 70 people – to celebrate our marriage with all of our friends and family at my mother’s lake house. My husband roasted over 75 pounds of pork, we made french fries from scratch with tons of toppings and had the wine and beer flowing! I loved seeing the ones closest to us in a no pressure environment, and everyone had a blast!

historic Savannah street

bride and groom walking down the street

bride and groom kissing in the street

bride and groom hugging and laughing

bride and groom walking down the street

bride and groom in front of wrought iron fence

brie and groom on Savannah street

bride and groom on steps of historic house

groom removing bride's garter

bride and groom holding garter

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

The best thing about having an intimate wedding is the purity of it. The wedding isn’t muddled with bridesmaids bickering or step-parents sighs; it is simply about the joining of two people. In the end you will just have each other, so to me a wedding should be just about each other.

bride and groom walking on the boardwalk

bride and groom kissing on the boardwalk

bride and groom on the beach

brideand groom hugging

bride and groom kissing on the beach

bridal portrait on the beach

bride and groom by the ocean

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

Do not bend: Don’t waver when it comes to what you truly want, after all it is your wedding. Don’t let people’s opinions or thoughts get in the way of your intimate wedding.

Do bend: All girls have their dream wedding in their minds, but with intimate weddings, you need to be flexible and open to not having everything go exactly as planned. Since it will be small, a wedding coordinator is not needed so you may encounter speed bumps, but it is always better to go with the flow then to get stuck and upset! After all, who likes a pouty girl in a beautiful dress?

portrait on the beach


Photography: Brita Photography 

Make-up & Hair: Beyond Beautiful by Heather 

Florist: Garden on the Square

Dress: Wedding Angels 

Suit: Zara 

Officiant: Stephen Palmer Weddings