This Non-Traditional Wedding Venue Will Make You Want to Elope
We know that planning a wedding can involve a ton of details and making decisions about everything from the dress to the cake. Wouldn’t you rather focus on the love of your life instead of worrying about having enough booze for the reception? There’s one Michigan-based wedding photographer who is helping couples celebrate their big day without all the stress and huge costs associated with traditional weddings. All you need is your one-and-only, a few close friends and your favorite secret place.
Last year, Emily Alt of Watassa Wedding Photography bought an Airstream with her husband Ian and decided to hit the road. To make a little extra cash while traveling the country, she decided to do wedding photography along the way. As Emily started booking more wedding gigs on her journey, she noticed that many couples were interested in elopements and low-cost weddings.
Inspired by her travels with her trusty Airstream, Emily decided to launch a new service for her wedding photography biz. Her “pop-up wedding service” eliminates the stress from wedding planning by offering an all-inclusive ceremony featuring her Airstream. Emily takes care of all the wedding details — everything from providing flowers and a cake, to wedding decor and photos — so the bride and groom can focus on their big day. Couples have fallen head over heels for Emily’s Airstream, thanks to the whimsical and joyous experience her traveling venue offers.
When it comes to selecting a wedding location, the options are truly endless. Emily parks her Airstream in the location of the couple’s choice, whether it’s an apple orchard or a favorite beach spot where two partners shared a first kiss. The goal of these “pop-up” weddings is to take the stress out of a typical wedding day and transform it into an intimate celebration to be shared with the people you love most.
The best part about these Airstream weddings is that everything comes in at a low cost of $2,000. Emily’s pop-up wedding packages include a ceremony for up to 10 guests, access to her Airstream for pre-wedding drinks and make-up, flowers for both the bride and groom, a wedding cake and a 30-minute photo shoot. Her husband Ian, a licensed officiant, performs each ceremony. Afterwards, many couples will head to a local restaurant or private home for the wedding reception.
Although Emily’s wedding service is based in Michigan, she’s able to travel to any location in the United States. She has performed wedding ceremonies in locations such as Santa Fe, New Orleans and Traverse City, MI. If you’re looking for a dreamy wedding venue for just you and your other half, you’ll be happy to know that Emily is currently booking pop-up weddings for this summer as well as 2016.
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(Photos via Emily Alt)