Getting Married in a Small Elopement with Guests in Virginia

November 20, 2017 by Aaron Riddle in ElopementsSmall Weddings
Getting Married in a Small Elopement with Guests in Virginia

When I say “elopement”, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a couple sneaking out of the country and getting married alone on top of some scenic mountain in New Zealand. While that is technically the definition of “elopement”, it is an extreme example. The truth is in our current society an “elopement” means getting married without the full-on production of a typical wedding, thus saving a ton of money.

In Virginia, you can elope and get married anywhere you like. While witnesses are not required by law to have an elopement or wedding in Virginia, many times a couple will choose to have a few family members present to watch their exchanging of vows and rings. This perfectly describes Matt and Jessica’s elopement wedding that I performed at my oft-recommended location of Blandy Farm. They both wanted a very short simple, civil wedding with 6-8 close family members and friends present. Blandy Farm, being a public venue, is always welcome and willing to play host to small weddings of this type. Another cool thing about Matt and Jessica’s wedding is that they wanted to have it on Friday the 13th!

Does Matt and Jessica’s situation sound like your own? Are you looking to have a small elopement wedding with only a few people present to witness? Send me a message and let me help walk you through the process of how to get married in Virginia.

  • Location: Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, VA
  • Date: October 2017

“Aaron , thank you so much! The pictures are beautiful!!!!!!! We can’t thank you enough for making our special day even more amazing! ” – Matt and Jessica S.

Check out some highlights from the day below. Click on the photo to view a larger version:

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