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Last-Minute Elopement


Truth is I have couples booking me for their wedding ceremonies all the way out to November of 2022, a year in advance, and most couples who contact me, give me at least 3-6 months notice before their wedding ceremony, but I've seen just about everything, and I've learned that not all weddings are created equal. Most times an elopement, for example, has less planning involved compared with the wedding ceremony with 500 guests, which makes them a little more spontaneous and immediate. So there I was right? Last night I was eating some dinner at home with my pups, when I got a request from a couple to officiate for them at 9:00a.m. the following day (today). Luckily I didn't have any plans or commitments this morning, so I accepted their request, they got their marriage license through Utah County (which means they didn't have to physically go into the office), and they had parents in town so their witnesses were taken care of too. Less than 12 hours from original contact, I met up with them near a stream near Park City adjacent to an RV park (literally the best way to describe the location), and I served as their non-denominational minister, justice of the peace, and wedding officiant for their wedding ceremony and the beginning of their lives together. Lesson? Sometimes the most spontaneous weddings are the most memorable, and it's always a good way to start the day.

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