An Elegant, Intimate Chicago Elopement

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Elopements can be just as beautiful as full-blown weddings and let me just tell you, you better get ready to swoon. With luxury Movado watches worn by the Groom, Groomsman and Bridesmaid (umm hello rose gold watch!) and the sophisticated wedding details throughout this gorgeous day, you are going to want to steal every single idea for your own wedding day.

Set at The Gwen in Chicago, this modern elopement full of sophisticated and luxury details starts at the couple’s suite as they get ready for their big day — together. Wanting to keep wedding tradition there, the bride surprises her groom with the Movado Museum watch, a priceless piece that will bring a lifetime of memories every time he wears it, and they gift beautiful Movado watches to their best friends — the maid of honor and best man.

After the ceremony concludes and they seal their marriage with a kiss, they head to a private rooftop at sunset. And this dreamy ceremony is beyond words, filled with just so much love and so much beauty. And finally, they slip away to The Gwen as they share champagne toasts, a private candlelight dinner and dance the evening away under that stunning two story vaulted staircase.

All of these Movado timepieces are just timeless and they can all be found at Kay Jewelers. Beautiful pieces that can be worn not only for those special occasions in your life (ahem, your wedding day) but can transformed into every day accessories that will make those special memories last a lifetime, every single time you look down at them. Bridesmaid gifts, groomsmen gifts, gifts for the bride or gift ideas for your groom or even your parents, these Movado watches are pieces that are not only gorgeous, but will bring a lifetime of memories.

Vendor Credits

Event Production: Storyboard Wedding and Lakeshore in Love for Aisle Society | Watches: Movado at Kay Jewelers | Photography: Belen Aquino of Gerber Scarpelli Weddings | Event Planning: Clover Events | Venue: The Gwen Chicago | Floral: The Petal | Hair and Makeup: Bianca Sansosti Artistry | Photography and Videography: Nick Gerber for Gerber Scarpelli Weddings | Wedding Dress: Alyssa Kristin | Tuxedos: Formally Modern | Bridesmaids Dress: Jenny Yoo | Jewelry: Kay Jewelers | Shoes: Badgley Mischka Bride | Models: Braxton Klavins, Diego Astorga, Alyssa Mango, Amanda DeVries

A Dance-Inspired Beach Elopement

“This music and dance inspired elopement was inspired by our mutual love for the arts. We wanted to focus on the simplicity of an elopement, so we chose to forgo a typical table design. For the location, we chose a discreet section of Montrose Beach in Chicago. The gown worn by the bride was a white lace top paired with a blue-gray tulle skirt and we chose a classic gray suit for the groom. The models are a real life couple as well as dancers/choreographers/actors. Because of this, I was able to photograph them doing some incredible "stunts" like the unforgettable Dirty Dancing move. Additionally, the stationery featured a vintage ballerina stamp and the pink cake included hand painted music notes and ledgers. We also found a cellist to accompany us at the beach.”

This dance-inspired beach elopement will surely fill you up with a whole lot of love.

Photography: Elizabeth Nord Photography | Ceremony Venue: Montrose Beach | Videography: Carisma Films | Stationery: Bluebird Paper Company | Floral: Accents Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Mignonette Bridal | Makeup: Bianca sansosti | Groom's Attire: Emanuele Tuxedo | Wedding Ring: Alyssa and Anna | Model: Terence and Kristian | Hair: Bianca sansosti | Wedding Cake: Elysia Root Cakes | String Musicians: Victoria | Submitted via: Matchology

A North Georgia Outdoor Elopement

“My wife and I have been attending the same church since long before we were dating. After we started dating, we rode together to church nearly all the time. One night, after a small community group meeting at our local church, we took a detour on the way home. She didn't know where we were going, but in hindsight, I think she knew exactly what was happening. We went to the lakefront of Lake Pontchartrain and found a bench to watch the sunset. When the sky was lit up, I got on one knee and proposed. She said yes, and we proceeded to take a few pictures of us and her new ring.”

“Once we decided on not doing a "wedding" we started searching things like "how do you elope", "places to elope", etc. We came upon a photographer that took pictures of her friends elopement on a mountain at sunset. Once we discovered that, and discovered it was a real thing we could do, we picked the nearest date in which we could actually travel and take a honeymoon and we went with it. The entire time we were engaged (and really before that even happened) my best friend kept telling us that we needed to elope - because if you know anything about me (KeeLynn) I don't want a single show that's focused just on me. It's incredibly awkward. She sent me pictures pretty frequently of different elopement ideas...so we went with it. We came up with five requirements that we had to have in order to make this "elopement" thing work or we didn't want to do it. Essentially, those were the five things that we found necessary in a wedding, and anything beyond that seemed like a waste.”

Check out this beautiful North Georgia outdoor elopement that will sweep you off your feet!

Photography: Glorious Moments Photography | Ceremony Venue: Sawnee Mountain | Floral: Ellijay Florist and Gifts | Wedding Cake: Publix | Makeup: Anna Elizabeth Cosmotology | Hair: Anna Elizabeth Cosmotology | Wedding Dress: Blush Formal and Bridal | Groom's Attire: Mens warehouse | Submitted via: Matchology