What was the craziest, most unexpected, most provocative thing you have ever done?
First things that come to mind upon hearing the words “crazy” and “provocative” usually are ultimate hair makeovers or tattoos, but no! I did the crazy hair makeover last summer, and some members of my family are still recovering from the shock, and I haven’t yet reached the point in my life when I would want to get a tattoo.
Moving to another town? Doesn’t work for Russia, where all the fun life basically concentrates only around few big cities, and also is highly unrecommended for families with moody second graders.
Changing job? Well, not for me, not anytime soon, I might guess.
So, what is the next crazy, unexpected and provocative thing you have in mind?..
Think big. Think out of the box. Think all the romantic movies in which the girl and the guy fall in love, decide they cannot live without each other no matter what, and then run off to Vegas – to get married.
Well, the crazy thing – all the romance comes true once you stop expecting it to. You may not know it, but somewhere there is a person who will softly click into that empty space in the puzzle of your life, and will fit there precisely.
The unexpected thing – that person will open your mind to the things you thought would never apply to you.
The provocative thing – the two of you, being the naughty children that you are at heart, will go against all the expectations, hopes and desires of your families, escape all the fuss and buzz of a big fat and quite expensive wedding with an endless guest list, and suddenly dart across the world – literally – to get married. Shortly, that thing you’ll do is called elopement.
Did you know that you can get legally married in another country? Well, yes, in most cases you can. Of course, it will be likely frowned upon by certain representatives of your home country’s bureaucracy, but who cares? In Russia they are permanently frozen in a state of frowning upon you anyway.
So, how exciting can it be to secretly plan an elopement in some remote location with a few hundred years of a unique atmosphere, beautifull nature and architecture, and even some strands of your favorite romance novel woven in between? Very exciting, even for a person who hated the idea of a wedding not so long ago, because seriously, who would resist the idea of getting married in Savannah, in the hot humid air under the Spanish moss?
And just like that, Alex and I made a decision and went to Savannah two days after we stepped from the plane from Saint Petersburg to Atlanta. Did you ever think that you will have only about 48 hours to plan your wedding: buy a dress, choose a location, book an officiant and a photographer? Of course, we’ve done our research, and we had an officiant and a photographer in mind, but we were extremely lucky that both of them were available on the day we chose to be our wedding day.
While I was firstly researching different elopement options in Savannah, I stumbled upon two lovely ladies – Tracy Brisson of Savannah Custom Weddings & Elopements and Megan Jones of It’s Megan Jones Photography, who offered a Savannah Elopement Experience package, which included both ceremony and photography, and the price weren’t over the moon either! We are so grateful to Tracy for writing and performing our ceremony on a very short notice of 48 hours, and to Megan for capturing the moments of our ceremony and our first hour as husband and wife.
It was Monday, 13th of July, but everything fell into place that day. There was no line in Chatham County Probate Court where we got our marriage licence, and the jewellers from Harckleroad Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, who Tracy recommended, helped us choose the rings, resized them in less than three hours and also gave us a huge discount! We were all set, dressed up and ready, and by quater to five pm we arrived to Forsyth Park to be married by Tracy.
We had a simple, traditional ceremony in front of a fountain, it was the middle of an ordinary day and there were a lot of people around, but no one interrupted us. By the time we said our vows, and Tracy pronounced us husband and wife, all of the people around us were cheering and congratulating us, and it was very sweet.
We walked around old Savannah streets and squares after the ceremony and Megan took some pictures that will keep this day with us for the years to come.
I want to share some of the pictures Megan took on the blog alongside some pictures we took ourselves later on the River St. Let these pictures inspire you to think out of the box, break the rules and be free to get married when and where you and your loved one want, regardless of any traditions, obligations or prejudice.
Be the crazy one, do the unexpected and provoke yourself to explore the life in all the ways you can think of!
(pictures by It’s Megan Jones Photography)
This picture pretty much summarises the quintessence of our relationship)
(pictures by Imnotinventive.com)