Choosing to elope doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice family involvement. This Alaska elopement is proof. While Kimberly and Chris chose to host a party of two, they still found sweet and sentimental ways to include their loved ones back home. From the bride including pieces of her mother’s wedding gown into her veil to the groom sporting a picture of their dog on his pocket square, the pair made sure they would feel their family’s love from afar.
The day started off with the couple’s first helicopter ride over the stunning mountain terrain. They then chose the perfect spot to exchange “I do’s” with the snow-capped mountains and crystal blue water backdrop. To honor their Filipino heritage, the couple incorporated a veil ceremony and their parent’s unity coins while exchanging vows. To end their adventurous day, the two retreated to a cozy night in their cabin where they shared bites of their delicious mini wedding cake.
If you dream of saying “I do” in an exclusive location with breathtaking scenery, keep scrolling through these gorgeous photos by the talented Henry Tieu. This adventurous love story is sure to inspire you to plan your own romantic getaway.
Kim and Chris
Knik Glacier, Alaska
How Family Was Included In Their Elopement
We asked our family and friends to write us letters that we would read during our elopement. Reading those letters together had us smiling, laughing, and brought us so many happy tears. Even though our elopement was just us two, we really felt the love from afar and knew everyone was celebrating in spirit.
Honoring Their Heritage
We wanted to honor some Filipino wedding traditions in our ceremony, and requested for our officiant to incorporate a veil ceremony to symbolize unity in our marriage. We also brought arras, or wedding unity coins, from both of our parents’ weddings. We exchanged our own personal vows — it was so nice to hear these sentiments that we don’t always say to each other on any other day.
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