Apr 04 2013

Surprise, we eloped! Read our elopement announcement

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That’s right. This is our elopement announcement!

I can hear my friends reading this and saying, “That’s so Jo!” And they’re right. This elopement announcement screams “We’re married, y’all.”

On April 4, 2013 Craig and I tied the knot in a VERY intimate elopement ceremony in Costa Rica. We’re staying at the luxurious Riu Palace Costa Rica with my best friend and her boyfriend. The 7-day getaway was planned as a fun week-long party to celebrate our already committed union.

Elopement announcements are hard to make. Do you phone everybody one-by-one and share the news? Do you plan a get-together with everyone to announce your elopement all at once? We have too many friends and family located all over the place that we thought it would be easier to post our elopement announcement on my blog. Surprise!

Some of you are probably dying to hear the story. When did we decide to elope? Why did we choose Costa Rica? Why did we keep it a secret? Read the rest of our elopement announcement and all of these questions will get answered.

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When did we decide to elope?

My close friends know I’m NOT the marrying type. In fact, I never wanted to get married at all until I met Craig. After we got engaged, we just enjoyed being engaged. We didn’t make any wedding plans for the longest time. Whenever people asked if we had set a date yet, we responded with an awkward shrug.

When we finally started planning a small local wedding, I got really stressed out. It was impossible to plan a small wedding with so many family and friends. Very quickly, our small 20-person guest list turned into 65, then 70, and more. As the guest list grew, so did the wedding costs. So we just said, “Screw it all. We’re eloping!”

Read my post about why I decided not to have a wedding.

Why did we choose Costa Rica?

Most destination weddings I hear about are in Cancun, Riviera Maya, other parts of Mexico or destinations in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica or Cuba. We didn’t want our elopement to be in a “typical” destination, so we explored places like Aruba, St. Maarten, Panama and Costa Rica. We landed on Costa Rica simply for its lush surroundings, mountainous landscape and of course the new 5-star Riu Palace resort that opened in late 2012.

Why did we keep it a secret?

Frankly, we kept our lips sealed so people wouldn’t follow us down there! We wanted an intimate elopement ceremony where we could be ourselves (goofy and drunk) without the pressures of entertaining others and making sure they were enjoying themselves. Plus, what’s an elopement unless it’s a secret, right?

How did we plan our elopement?

That’s easy. We booked an elopement package with the resort, and everything else was easy as pie. With the wedding coordinator taking care of all the details, I barely had to lift a finger. The most “planning” we had to do was picking the destination, choosing the resort, setting a date, booking our travel, purchasing the elopement package and sourcing the photographer. We completed all this within a week or two of deciding to elope.

Since I’m posting this while in destination, when we get back I’ll write a follow-up post about “how to plan an elopement” and I’ll go into some more details about how we went about planning ours.

Why did we announce our elopement on my blog?

It’s simple; it’s social and it’s so us! This is the perfect elopement announcement for a pair of lunatics like us. We’ve always been an unconventional couple defying all things traditional in every scandalous way possible. So we decided to tell everyone “We’re married, y’all” on my blog for the world to read.

So there you have it folks – our elopement announcement! If you have a question or comment, be sure to leave us a message below.

Pictures coming soon…

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    • Marissa on April 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm
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    So happy for you guys!!! Please don’t write anymore blogs on vacay and go make beautiful babies please!!! xxx

    1. LOL Marissa wants to start a daycare and see Joanne get fat.

      1. I know right?! Marriage okay. Babies… hells to the eff no lol.

    • Grace on April 4, 2013 at 10:10 pm
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    CONGRATULATIONS!! You guys rock. Hope you have a great time in Costa Rica.

    1. Thanks Grace! Costa Rica is ah-mazing! I’ll tell you more about it when we get back.

  1. Love the announcement. Staying true to who you are. Don’t ever stop! Have fun and enjoy the rest of your trip xo

    1. Thanks Jennee! I’m so happy we decided to do it the way we wanted. Best decision we could have made. Talk to you soon. Miss you guys!

    • Rimma on April 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm
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    Joanne baby!!!! Despite everyone’s misgivings and the sour faces you used to pull whenever marriage was discussed, I always knew you had it in you and were just waiting for the right guy!!!! I think Craig is going to have to post an article entitled “how to marry the “unmarriable” dream girl!” God’s richest blessings on both of you and wishing you joy, happiness and lots of love cause that’s really all you need! Can’t wait to see posting of a beautiful child flippin us all the bird saying “just born y’all”!! XXOO

    1. Rimma! Thanks for stopping by my blog. And thanks for the well wishes. I can’t believe how much life has changed over the past couple of years. Who would have thought? But babies… Rimma, not happening. Lol. Maybe a pet cat one day.

    • Patty on April 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm
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    Yahoo! CONGRATULATIONS!! I’m so happy for both of you. Have a wonderful vacations guys, you deserve it.

    1. Thanks Patty cakes!! Craziness eh? We love it here. Can’t wait to show you guys pics. Talk to you soon.

        • Loidy on April 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm
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        Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!! JOANNEEEE!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! O-M-G!!! 😀 congrats guys!! Really really happy for you guys!!! Wishing forever blessings:) love ya Joanne! I dont want to rush you guys to come back soon but…. cant wait to hear and see it all!!!

        1. Aww! Thanks Loidy! Not sure if you saw the pics yet, but check them out on the blog. We really appreciate your kind words! Love you too!

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