Wedded Bliss

by Jen Marie Wiggins

A new elopement package trades stress for simplicity

Once upon a time, eloping conjured up visions of a plane ride to Las Vegas and a tacky wedding chapel, replete with fake flowers and by-the-yard tulle.

Today’s couples, however, seek a more thoughtful and elegant elopement, and one Savannah-based creative is answering the call, with the help of some of the city’s most esteemed vendors.

Eloping in Savannah
A small elopement in a square.
Apt. B Photography

Apt. B Photography owner Wendy Norman noticed that while her big weddings for spring and summer had been postponed or canceled due to coronavirus, there was an uptick in smaller, intimate weddings and elopements.

“I thought about brides who either already planned one wedding and didn’t want to have to fully replan a smaller one, or brides who opted to forgo a big wedding entirely,” Norman recalls.

Eloping in Savannah
Apt. B Photography

While Norman recognized the “heartbreaking” decision to cancel dream weddings, she also saw a way to help. “I wanted to streamline the decision-making process for those who were now choosing to elope,” she says. “I realized what they wanted and needed is simplicity — and no stress.”

Drawing on her years of experience as a wedding photographer, Norman created The Savannah Elopement Package. Using a selection of hand-picked and trusted vendors, Norman’s all-inclusive, single-contract package provides all the necessary services a pair might need to tie the knot in the Hostess City.

The Savannah Elopement Package is designed to offer both flexibility and simplicity. The package includes photography with Apt. B Photography (Norman’s company), a bouquet and boutonniere from Ivory & Beau, a petite wedding cake from Wicked Cakes, bridal glam by Royal Makeup & Hair and use of a local officiant.

Eloping in Savannah
Post-elopement bliss
Apt. B Photography

When it comes to location, Norman notes Forsyth Park or any of Savannah’s many iconic squares are still the most popular places for the ceremony, though the options are limited only by the couple’s imagination.

Certain elements are customizable (think cake and transportation options), and since she serves as a single point of contact for each wedding, Norman often provides referrals and ideas to allow couples to personalize the event even more: After the ceremony, the newlyweds might celebrate at a special restaurant or plan a small outdoor reception with a handful of family and friends.

“The most important thing is that the couple feels special and unique, and that the day be tailored to them,” Norman says. “We strive to provide the same kind of on-trend details with a beautiful, modern and whimsical aesthetic — no different than any of the larger celebrations we saw before the pandemic.”

Certainly, this marriage of ingenuity and service is one option that many couples will embrace.