Did you ever notice that when you look at something you always want to know why?
What made them do it? Why go through it? I know I do.
Is it because we want to know why we don't do it too?
Or we want to know if our desire to do it has enough logical background and case experience to go ahead with the idea ourselves?
Or is it just because the human animal is the most curious and entertaining of all the earth's beasties?
Well here's why we did this .....
..... (drum rolling) .....
..... To elope. Yup. Crazy, romantic, half-baked and all true.
There was a bunch of family horse hockey on both sides of the aisle. We were making ourselves miserable trying to figure it all out. Somewhere along the lines we
tossed out the idea of eloping. We were kidding at first but at some point it dawned on us. This was OUR wedding. It was an expression of our commitment to each other. Sure you want to express that in front of your family and friends but with new technology there are plenty of ways to share.
Still toying with the idea we naturally turned to where. Vegas was NEVER - let's just repeat that for clarity - NEVER - a consideration. Niagra Falls? Closer but too touristy.
Grand Canyon? Red Wood Forest? We turned it round and round. Nothing just felt - right.
We tried spinning the globe and blindly picking a spot. Pago Pago. Little web research and it turns out it's a United States territory. Bonus. The furthest United States territory from the mainland - that would make a point to the families.
A little further research and we found it would cost nearly $5000 in air flight. Wow. Would rather have more to show for our 5K.
The clincher? It smelled like fish nine months out of the year. Not just a little. Apparently it is completely overpowering.
Back to the drawing board. Fortunately, not long after we were crying the blues to our friend, Andres, and he told us about the Quaker license. Quakers don't have traditional services. They stand up and share.
When they marry, they "stand" before their friends, family and fellow parishoners and annouce their marriage. In other words - no officiant (minister/district judge/whathaveyou)
That meant quite literally we could go whereever we wanted as long as we proclaimed our vows in front of two witnesses.