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WHAT DOES A FOUR-HOUR ELOPEMENT LOOK LIKE?

February 6, 2023

How many hours do you need for your elopement? Elopement Planning Tips!

Need Elopement Timeline Tips? Are you considering an elopement but unsure what the day would look like? Then this post is for you! Many couples believe that in order to elope, it must be a full-day event. However, if your vision involves intimacy over extravagance and quality time together without all the pomp and circumstance, why not opt for a 4-hour elopement instead? And no worries, I’ll show you just how special and meaningful such an experience can really be! This post takes you through what could possibly happen when two outdoor lovers want to make their union official during these unprecedented times.

Let’s get started! BUT FIRST! Check out an 8-hour timeline wedding timeline planning.

I am going to share Kristen & John’s wedding day timeline! They had a four-hour elopement in Madison, Wisconsin! It was such a chill day where they got ready together at Mansion Hill Inn in Madison. Where they also had their first look right in their room!

Then we took the short walk down the road to the Gates of Heaven, where they had their very intimate ceremony! It was just Justin & I, Kristen & John, along with their officiant! Justin and I were their witnesses for the day! They wanted the day to be just them, so we were over the moon!

After their ceremony, we took a few photos outside at James Madison Park before heading off to Governor Island! We scouted this area the week before! Kristen and John wanted as much greenery as possible on their wedding day, and these trails had beautiful greenery everywhere! The sweet signs of Spring!


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Here is their timeline for the day of their four-hour Madison Elopement!

230 – Photography starts at Mansion Hill

3pm – Kristen puts her dress on

330 – First Look in their room

Walk to Ceremony just a few blocks away

4pm – Ceremony at Gates of Heaven

430 – Photos at Gates of Heaven & James Madison right next door

5pm – Walk the trails of Gov Island & photograph Kristen & John

630 – Photography Ends (Kristen & John have dinner to celebrate!)


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Eloping does not have to mean sacrificing your dream wedding.

You can still have the beautiful ceremony, special dance, and cake cutting- it might look slightly different than what you originally envisioned. And that is perfectly ok! The most important thing on your wedding day is that you are married to the love of your life at the end of it. So, whatever form that takes make sure you book your elopement with us today!


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Such a beautiful elopement – definitely agree that eloping DOESN’T have to mean sacrificing on your dream weeding day!

Beautiful! Sometimes 4 hours is the perfect amount of time for an elopement–especially if there are no guests involved and locations that are close together. It’s such a short and sweet timeline!

What an intimate and loving elopement! I appreciate the information you shared and it will be so helpful to couples who want to know how to have a 4-hour elopement.

I love how simple and elegant this elopement is! Plus including the timeline example really helps me understand how much I can do in such little time (:

This is a great resource for elopements! Love the example timeline and your photos are gorgeous!

Very helpful INFORMATION for couples to read and know that their day will be just as special

Great tips for a shorter elopement! The timeline example was helpful! All these photos are so dreamy πŸ™‚

What helpful information on four hour ELOPEMENTS ! Love those florals in the ceremony space. BEAUTIFUL photos.

What a lovely, intimate wedding. Thank you for the advice and the beautiful images πŸ™‚

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