Weddings are never easy decisions. Well, deciding to marry the one you love usually isn’t a difficult decision, but exactly how to do it is a different story. Our gorgeous couple today, Kate and Brian, started planning a traditional wedding in Texas before changing their plans completely and eloping to Rome. We are thankful- if only for the completely selfish reason that we get to feature their beautiful elopement photos! I have to say, if this was my wedding I would have every single photo framed on the wall. More of the couple’s story and their decision to go for a destination wedding in Rome below.

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The Meet

“Brian and I met in my living room during my junior year of college seven years ago. One of my roommates was a musician and had invited Brian over for a songwriting session. I had just walked into the house when Brian walked by, coming from our bathroom that had an odd but elaborate mural of the Italian countryside painted on its walls. The first words I ever remember hearing him say were, “I could take a girl on a date in that bathroom!” I fell in love with him anyway, and – fortunately – the bathroom date idea was never mentioned again.

Making the Destination Wedding Decision

We got engaged in December of 2011 and slowly started the wedding planning process for a hometown event in Austin. Ultimately, we realized that we were planning a traditional wedding that wasn’t really US. We scrapped all our plans and settled on Rome. We’d always wanted to go to Italy, and we couldn’t imagine a better time. Our families were supportive, and so once we decided, the plans were simple and EXCITING. Photographer? Rochelle to the rescue; she’s amazing. We had our legal ceremony on 12-12-12 in the same courthouse room my parents exchanged their vows 30 years before. This enabled us to share a piece of the experience with my parents and avoid the legal red tape that would have forced certain traditions and requirements on us in Rome. It allowed us absolute freedom to make our wedding day what we wanted.

The Wedding Day

The morning of the wedding, Brian went with me when I went to get my hair and makeup done. On the way back to our rented apartment, he bought me a bouquet of beautiful orange and purple irises and lilies – we left them at the apartment in the name of simplicity. Rochelle had crafted an incredible itinerary of some of Rome’s most beautiful spots. It felt like all of Rome congratulated us that day. We were quite a spectacle…except for when Rochelle took us into the small courtyard by the tiny church where we said our vows. In that moment, it was just us. We shared our handwritten vows with one another and no one else. It was perfect; it was us.
We went to dinner at Alfredo’s that night…our final meal in Rome, as we boarded an early morning flight the next day. On the trip to Italy our bags got lost for five days – cue a bit of panic as the only item of clothing I had other than the clothes on my back was my dress. Brian had only his suit. No such mishaps on the way home, thankfully! Now we’re planning a small, casual get-together for our family and friends later in March.”

Thanks so much to Kate and Brian for sharing their story with us- we wish them all the best together, and to Rochelle for these amazing photos.

Photography: Rochelle Cheever | Bride’s Dress: Signature Bridal | Groom’s suit: Zara | Wedding Rings: Artisan Look on Etsy | Bride’s Hair: Sargassi | Make-up: MAC

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  2. Onedaysoon

    What church did the couple have their symbolic ceremony in? Did they use a coordinator or did they book the church on their own?


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