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In the spring of 2015, Matt, a future co-founder of Simply Eloped, sat on a bench alongside the quaint and historic Ladies Pavilion in Central Park, New York City.
A man sat across from him wearing a bowtie. Curious, Matt asked why the man was so dressed up to be in the park. The gentleman explained to Matt that he was an officiant, getting ready to preside over a ceremony in the park.

The two started chatting and the officiant told Matt how difficult it can be for wedding vendors to find couples to work with. Matt subsequently had other conversations with more people in the wedding industry and heard similar feedback: wedding vendors have to spend so much of their time doing administrative business tasks and they wish they could spend that time doing what they love instead – working with happy couples!

Matt joined forces with his friend Cody and the two set off on a year long journey to build a website that solved this problem for wedding vendors.

It ultimately didn’t work out, but during this, Matt observed that there were lots of couples looking for ways to get married that were easy-to-plan, affordable, and beautiful. As Matt shared this insight with his girlfriend Janessa, she recalled the wedding experiences of so many of her friends, who felt stressed planning their ceremonies and overwhelmed by the price tag.

With that, Matt and Janessa decided to start a company that solved all of these problems, making wedding planning stress free and affordable for couples, while giving awesome wedding vendors a way of connecting with customers. From that point in 2016, Simply Eloped was born!

The two launched in New Orleans, as well as NYC, had their first customer within two weeks, and the company grew quickly from there.
To date, Simply Eloped has planned over 7,000 weddings in 30+ destinations around the US – including many at Ladies Pavilion, where Matt’s fascination with the wedding industry began!

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 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 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 - no two events are the same and variables like weather, current events or global pandemics can get in the way of 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 elopement ceremony extra special and all the more memorable.

Why Elope?

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What We Do

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

Whether you want your elopement ceremony at one of our 263 unique venues or 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 and a wide range of services 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 couples 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 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 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.