The Coastal Wedding Project... Have you heard about it?! It seems like the concept is getting around town and people are liking the idea of a Pop Up Wedding Elopement. So many people have expressed interest in the idea and this couldn't make us happier as we continue to go forth and plan future Pop Up Weddings at new locations and dates! Yup, we already have about a year's worth of Pop Ups planned and we promise they will each be unique, special and pretty while highlighting a different venue in Wilmington, NC with our Martha My Dear Rentals collection.
Before we share when and where the next Pop Up Wedding will be, we want to introduce you to the first Coastal Wedding Project Bride, Lauren. We asked Lauren a few questions so that she could share her experience with any one who may be interested in a Pop Up Wedding Elopement. Read below for more...
How long were you engaged and how did your husband propose?
Conley and I were engaged for 9 months before we eloped. It felt like so much longer than that, but ended up being the perfect amount of time for us. He proposed at a sunset wine festival at Mount Vernon which is George Washington’s home. It’s a beautiful mansion overlooking the Potomac River and the evening was the perfect combination of all the things we love- cool autumn evenings, history and of course, wine!
How did you hear about The Coastal Wedding Project?
Conley and I had just made the decision to cancel our plans for the big wedding we had planned later in the year. I knew I wanted to go back to our college town of Wilmington for our wedding but I was scrambling to find just the perfect spot. One of my girlfriends had found TCWP on Instagram and showed me one of their recent posts. I had never heard of a pop up elopement but something just felt right when I emailed Martha for more details. When it’s the right decision, you just know!
Why did you decide to elope through The Coastal Wedding Project?
The concept of a pop-up elopement is such an amazing one. I’m pretty sure I cried tears of joy when Martha explained to me what the package included. I was finishing up the school year teaching in DC, Conley was living in Durham and I was caught in the middle of getting ready for a big move, searching for a new job and trying to plan a wedding. When I heard that TCWP made sure every detail of the wedding was taken care of, it was like a huge weight had been taken off my shoulders. I could still have a gorgeous wedding, my sanity and my savings account! This being said, I ultimately chose to go with TCWP because Martha had given me a peace of mind that allowed me to focus on the most important part of my wedding- my future husband!
What was your favorite item included in TCWP Elopement Package?
I was most impressed with the décor, the ambiance and the personalization of our elopement. I never dreamed of having an affordable AND beautiful wedding. There were still those beautiful Chiavari chairs every bride loves, stunning flowers and this gorgeous teal colored couch. I really loved that Martha included every beautiful little decoration that you would find in the biggest, fanciest wedding. She has fantastic taste!
Was there anything about a Pop Up Wedding Elopement that initially frightened you?
The thing I worried most about was not being familiar with the photographer. Beautiful photographs of our wedding were very important to me and I didn’t want to miss out on getting a picture of a special moment or great lighting. Every worry I had melted away when I met Neal, our photographer and received our pictures only two weeks later. They were stunning!! My lesson learned: just trust Martha, she has you taken care of!
What would you say were some of the advantages of having an Elopement Wedding compared to a traditional wedding?
Having an elopement allowed us to really focus on what we cherished most about our wedding. We knew we wanted the day to be focused on the beginning of our marriage together and what we valued most in life. Having a sense of peace leading up to the wedding that everything was taken care of and not being stressed about our finances as a newly married couple because of the affordability of the elopement meant the world to us. We truly were able to focus on what was most important about our day. I don’t think you can get that type of comfort from a traditional wedding.
What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?
My favorite memory from our wedding day was that special time during the reception when you as a newly married couple get to walk around and visit with your guests. Having come from divorced parents, this was the first time I can remember where my two families were in the same place at once. And now, I had three families! It brought so much joy to me getting to mingle with all of my family members and to simply have everyone in the same place. Martha and her husband had put together a playlist of some of our favorite songs, so getting to visit with family, share in some dancing and bring everyone together was a beautiful memory I’ll always cherish.
Do you have any advice to share with brides who may be considering getting married through TCWP?
If you are considering having a smaller wedding, there really is no better option than TCWP! Every detail you could imagine is taken care of. Martha was a dream to work with and made planning and preparing for our special day a breeze. Book your elopement NOW, grab a glass of rose, sit back and relax and focus on that handsome future hubby you have sitting next to you. And my advice to you is to do just that. You’re getting married because you want to spend the rest of your life with him! So let Martha take care of you and your elopement and put all your time, energy and love into creating the start of your life together and nothing else!