You don’t always have to host your ceremony and wedding ceremony in the same place, let along the same country! If you’re drawn to a place and dream of saying “I do” there, we say just go for it. This is exactly what Stephanie and John did in the autumn of 2016. With a small elopement in beautiful Paris, followed by a wedding reception in Dublin.
Stephanie tells us how they both met… “John and I met at school in a British poetry class. We didn’t talk at all throughout the class, but on the last day of we studied a poem about eternal love. After our exams were over we all went out, and John started a conversation up with me about the poem and how beautiful it was.”
What about the proposal? “John whisked me off to the south of England where that poem was set… 6 years after that initial conversation. We had gone to Stonehenge and after some very sneaky travel arrangements on his part, John led me to where that poem about eternal love was set. I had no idea and when we arrived, he recited the poem to me and asked for me to be his bride. I was stunned, shocked and elated. It was truly a magical moment.”
What was your elopement like? “Our first summer together, John and I wanted to take our first “vacation.” We didn’t have much money (we were both still in school at the time) but still wanted it to be special. We live in Ohio, and decided to go camping in Ohio cities that shared the same name as European cities and referred to the trip as our “European Grand Tour.” We went camping in Dublin, Ohio; Rome, Ohio; Vienna, Ohio, Paris, Ohio and London, Ohio. When we were planning our wedding, John suggested we recreate that trip and get married in Europe! My parents decided to join us, and with my father’s Irish heritage, we decided to make the “big” wedding in Dublin. John knew I had always wanted to get married in Paris, so we decided to have our own special ceremony in Paris.”