Elopements has been on the rise (and I’ve written about this a couple of times here and here). With this rise in elopements, a new trend of pop-up weddings has emerged. I’ve been inspired by some that took take place in Toronto and thought we should be doing something similar in St. Andrews by-the-sea. Every year I work with couples who come from all over to elope in our quaint seaside resort town; why not make it easy for them, and what better time to elope than Valentine’s Day!
Kate, the wedding and event manager at the Algonquin Resort, and I met last winter to chat about the idea of a pop-up wedding event after I realized Valentine’s Day would fall on a Friday in 2020. My husband and I had been chatting about our recent Valentine’s dinner experience at Braxton’s Restaurant – it was so delicious! Each year the Algonquin Resort’s Braxton’s restaurant offers a special table d’hote Valentine’s menu and it was our third year in a row going. We were already making plans for next year!
That is when it dawned on me. Valentine’s Day would be an incredible day for a pop-up wedding event. Couples could say their I do’s, have some great portraits taken, and then celebrate with the table d’hote Valentine’s dinner.
After I presented this idea to Kate, she jumped into action to make it happen. She arranged the best officiant – Mark from Unboring Weddings to officiate each ceremony and secured decor from Jason and the team at Unico. Kate has worked tirelessly with her team at the Algonquin to make this event possible. This pop-up wedding event is the event of the season!
There is opportunity for eight (8) couples to book a spot to say “I do.” Each couple can bring up to 6 guests, and following each ceremony, the Algonquin is providing some bubbles to toast the newlyweds with. All couples have to do is show up and bring a marriage license.
Kate has all the details and I highly encourage anyone who is remotely interested or curious to know more to get in touch with her. This really is a special and unique event. You can reach Kate by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elopements do not mean couples have to sacrifice on having a personal ceremony and beautiful portraits.
Even though this is an elopement and it’s kind of a one-stop-shop approach, it was important to Mark, Kate and me that each couple still receives a very personal experience as this is what we all aim to give to every couple we work within our individual businesses. This means that once each couple has confirmed their spot, Kate will put you in touch with both Mark and myself so we can each