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Downtown Spokane Wedding Reception

A Spokane reception after a Jamaica Elopement

This downtown Spokane wedding reception gallery is the perfect example of why splitting your events up can not only be more cost effective, but it can also be anxiety effective. These two eloped in Jamaica with their family, and then planned a party back in our hometown a few months later.

There are so many reasons why I think splitting your events up is such a good idea.

  1. It takes so much pressure off of you being the center of attention for a solid 12 hours.
  2. You get to go somewhere special to you both and make once in a lifetime memories there.
  3. You can cut down on wedding costs by doing this, and then having your reception on a Friday or a Sunday.
  4. You can have multiple outfit changes!
  5. Your photos will look completely different.

A BFF first look is my favorite

Having a reception separately after an elopement is special for so many reasons. One of my favorites is that you still get that first look moment with your absolute best friends! Bonus – the photos are priceless every single time.

Next up – you get that first look with your groom in your new dress. Hell yeah you should get a second dress? Who doesn’t want to show off a brand new look to your forever person. This one was special because Grady and Bre waited until she was walking down the aisle in Jamaica to see each other for the first time. Here is a side by side of both first look reactions, and proof that you can do a first look at any point and it brings out all of the emotion.

Below you will see some of my favorite moments from both of their wedding celebrations, I hope you enjoy all of these as much as I do. If you are considering eloping, don’t discount the idea of not having a party or celebration when you get back. Heck, I did it. And I couldn’t have been happier about that decision.

Look, it’s your day! What feels special to you?

Basically, if these aren’t proof that you can do whatever you want on your wedding day, I don’t know what is. The contrast of the two events are so beautiful and I absolutely love being able to share them both together. In the end, your wedding day is all about you as a couple. Whatever speaks to your heart is exactly what you should be doing.

Do you need more convincing? Check out my other blogs on eloping to gain inspiration! Or head over to my website to see more photos of this gorgeous day scattered all over it.

April 24, 2023

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