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Our Story

Matt & Janessa, the co-founders of Simply Eloped, watched friend after friend have disastrous or overly priced weddings. From family members fainting at outdoor summer ceremonies to having to take out loans to cover the high cost of their large weddings, witnessing their friends go through the gamut of wedding woes led them to ask the question “Is there a better alternative?”. Thus, the two embarked upon the inception of Simply Eloped and two weeks after launch they had their first customer.

The elopement planning company grew quickly from there. To date, Simply Eloped has planned over 10,000 elopements in 35+ destinations around the US. Janessa now runs the company as sole CEO with an amazing team – all of whom are passionate about elopements. Together, they treat each couple and ceremony as though they’re planning their best friends wedding. United by strong values and an awareness that with each elopement they’re bringing a piece of happiness to the world, the whole team feels honored with the trust each couple places in choosing Simply Eloped to be a part of their big day. 

 

Our Values

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You-Centric

We are big believers that your big day should be about...YOU! The moment of your elopement ceremony is about the love between you and your honey & the commitment you're both making to each other. Everything we do - from elopement planning to the day of - is focused purely on that.

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Compassionate

We are an all-welcoming company, meaning no matter what your background, beliefs, or practices - we welcome you to have the best day of your life! Compassion (and empathy) is how we approach our eloping couples, vendors, and team. Leading with the mindful decision to see the other for who and where they are is so, so important to us.

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Adaptable

Let's be real - every elopement ceremony is unique. For better or worse, variables like weather, current events, or global pandemics can drastically change your original plans. We have seen it all and are flexible, adaptable, and always there for you in the face of unexpected changes!

About Eloping

Watch Simply Eloped Co-Founder Janessa White, answer commonly asked questions about modern-day elopements. She’ll dish on-the-top tips to help make your eloping ceremony extra special and all the more memorable.

Why Elope?

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What We Do

We’re elopement planning experts! We’ve helped coordinate over 6500 unique elopements nationwide.

Whether you want your elopement ceremony at one of our 263 unique venues or want to elope at a custom venue of your choice, we’ll bring our best-in-class services to you, wherever you choose to wed.

We offer expert support, a wide range of services, and runaway wedding packages to help make your big day shine.

Unique & Affordable

Here at Simply Eloped, we aim to be disruptors of the traditional wedding industry and societal pressures that push big and expensive weddings.

We believe one size does not fit all and we think small intimate ceremonies have the power to be all the more meaningful & profound.

We believe that if couples choose to elope, they can truly have a magical wedding day without breaking the bank. We’re here to help make your elopement dreams a reality.

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What’s an elopement Package?

An elopement package is a bundle of services that help you elope and officially tie the knot, with one convenient price tag.

Elopement packages offer the very basics (like an officiant) but can add a variety of services, such as a photographer, a musician, flowers, or videography.

Rather than having to find all the vendors yourself, our elopement packages are designed to do the heavy lifting for you, providing a professional, high-quality team for your big day.

 

Find your dream venue

Meet our vendors

Photographer
Joshua, Big Sur

What do you think makes eloping in Big Sur so special?

Big Sur has the most majestic landscapes on the west coast. You can’t beat the ocean, cliff, & redwood views all in one drive along highway 1!

What’s your favorite elopement venue in Big Sur?

Carmel River Beach is amazing for ocean backdrops & Glen Oaks Big Sur has charming cabins under the redwoods which offers an amazing setting in the forest!

What’s a fun fact about you?

I’m a wine nerd.

Photographer
Alisha, Colorado

What do you think makes eloping in Colorado so special?

I have traveled to many of Simply Eloped destinations, and no place has put me more in awe than Colorado. Colorado is so special to me because the landscapes are so grand and various, all changing beautifully throughout the seasons. I truly think Colorado’s aesthetic can suit any couple’s dream location!

What’s a fun fact about you?

I shot my first wedding as a sophomore in high school with a camera that was gifted to me! I haven’t stopped shooting couples since 🙂

Videographer
Jordan, Tahoe

What do you think makes eloping in Lake Tahoe so special?

I don’t think there’s anywhere in the world that feels so wild, while being so accessible. It’s also pretty incredible that you can get married the day after a snowstorm and it’ll be 40 and sunny!

Tell us about one of your most magical elopements in Lake Tahoe!

Early morning elopement, fog is covering Lake Tahoe, and the island in Emerald Bay is poking out of the clouds. Epic.

Officiant
Kuya, Hawaii

What do you think makes eloping in Hawaii so special?

The Aloha, of course!

Tell us about one of your most magical elopements in Hawaii!

A backdrop of several whales breaching during the “I Do!” moment.

What’s your favorite elopement venue in Hawaii?

Makena Cove in the morning!

Officiant
Michele, NOLA

What do you think makes eloping in New Orleans so special?

New Orleans is so laid back and truly does have such a “big easy” feel to it. Something about standing under hanging spanish moss while the sun shines through makes you feel like you’re in a southern dream. Everyone here is so quick to tell you congratulations as they walk by, and will often buy you a drink!

What’s a fun fact about you?

I also own and operate a wedding and event decor business so I’m pretty much always surrounded by weddings, families and love!

Officiant
Sarah, NYC

What do you think makes eloping in NYC so special?

NYC is one of the world’s most exciting cities! There are innumerable options for eloping, from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge to an elegant hotel in midtown. Photo opportunities are epic!

Tell us about one of your most magical elopements in NYC!

I can’t pick one! A sunrise ceremony in Central Park, the Top of the Rock, in front of the Rockefeller Christmas tree, Coney Island, the steps of the NY Public Library or Grand Central Station… all are outstanding!

Photographer
Luisa, San Diego

What do you think makes eloping in San Diego so special?

The beautiful sky and ocean

What’s your favorite elopement venue in San Diego?

I love Balboa Park, it’s so magical!

Officiant
Deborah, St. Augustine

What do you think makes eloping in St. Augustine so special?

The historic charm, being the oldest city in the United States, and our 42 miles of romantic beaches, charming hotels & B & B’s.

What’s your favorite elopement venue in St. Augustine?

St Augustine Beach in particular Vilano Beach by the stunning jettie rocks. It’s called Porpoise Point.

Officiant
Robin, Sedona

What do you think makes eloping in Sedona so special?

The exquisite vistas and light on the red rocks, fabulous hikes, and a general relaxed vibe.

What do you love about the work you do?

Giving couples a once-in-a-lifetime ceremony that may be shorter than usual, but just as professional, touching, personal and spirit-filled. It’s gratifying to know that I’ve helped a couple create such an important memory.

Photographer
Kathleen, Seattle

What do you think makes eloping in Seattle so special?

Washington is full of beautiful, jaw-dropping scenery- making it the perfect location to say your vows and get married. With hundreds of trails, three national parks, multiple national forests & state parks, there are countless places to have your elopement. From cascading waterfalls, mossy rainforests, rugged coastal beaches, pristine alpine lakes, and endless mountain ranges, there is truly a place for everyone to enjoy.

What’s your favorite elopement venue in Seattle?

It’s so hard for me to choose just one, but if I had to pick it would be the North Cascades & Mount Baker Wilderness!

Want to join the Simply Eloped team?

We're looking for smart, driven individuals who are ready to dream up new ideas with our team. Email us at team@simplyeloped.com for available opportunities.