Elopements

“We eloped and Bethel helped us create memories that will last a lifetime!

Bethel did the most outstanding job lovingly creating, handling and delivering our elopement ceremony. With it just being the two of us, it was paramount that we partner with an officiant that we would be proud to include in our perfect day, share with our family and friends back home, and remember for years to come. When we met Bethel, we knew immediately that our search was over. “
— Lauren + Nick, Sunset Cliffs, San Diego
Image by    Cassidy Jo Photography   , Marilyn + Chris, Windansea Beach, La Jolla

Image by Cassidy Jo Photography, Marilyn + Chris, Windansea Beach, La Jolla

There are many reasons why my couples choose to elope, but the end result is the same: a batch of intimate moments that allow the two of you to focus on each other, and on your relationship, instead of on the many other things that become part of a larger wedding.

Which is why I absolutely LOVE being a part of elopement weddings!

The couples who choose me for their San Diego area or Temecula elopement are looking for something personal, and something created specifically for their relationship, even though it is only for the two of them (or the tiniest handful of people). And that is what we do together!

“It’s been about a month since we eloped and Bethel has kept in touch with us. She mailed us keepsakes from our ceremony including the homework answers my husband wrote and mailed to her from boot camp. Bethel is thoughtful, kind, personable, and professional. She genuinely wants you to have the ceremony that you want and will do whatever she can to make it yours.”
— Marilyn + Chris, Sunset Cliffs, San Diego

We go through the same process as my couples with larger weddings, including the "homework" assignment about your relationship. This allows me to get to know you better and therefore to celebrate you in the way you deserve to be celebrated.

I get great joy out of working with my couples to create a customized elopement ceremony that incorporates your beliefs and values, celebrates who you are as a couple, and includes components and traditions that represent you best! Even if there is no one there to hear but you two, I want your elopement ceremony to be worthy of those moments, as we kick off your marriage in a special way.


The Elopement Process - Us Working Together

Image by    Vallentyne Photography   , Shenee + Lainey, private residence in Oceanside

Image by Vallentyne Photography, Shenee + Lainey, private residence in Oceanside

Although much of the process for an elopement is the same as what I do for a larger wedding, the focus is on creating a more intimate experience, either with only my couple (and often a photographer), or with fewer than 10 guests.

  • An initial meeting (virtually via Zoom): This is where we talk about your wants and don’t wants, the ceremony creation process and what working with me feels like, and then determine if we’re the right fit for each other.

  • If we are the right fit: I email you a link to an electronic contract, you sign it and pay the $200 retainer fee, and I am locked in for your date and time! All done online with ease.

  • I will lead you through every step: The elopement ceremony creation process, the how you get your license, and all the other needed details. I have your back!

  • Everything can be done electronically and remotely: Most of my elopement couples are from outside San Diego, if not many time zones away, so I make sure everything leading up to the ceremony is an easy process, no matter where you live and how busy your full life already is.

  • You will have two assignments from me: Because it would be tough for me to create an elopement ceremony that is perfectly you, without your input. These assignments help me make sure every part of the ceremony reflects you and allows me to include your voice and what fits you best.

  • Assistance with writing or choosing your vows: Vows can be scary, wanting to get them right, so I make sure I give you plenty of guidance, suggestions, and even samples of what my couples have done in the past.

  • Fine-tuning the draft ceremony to your perfection: We work together to make sure it all fits you as a couple and represents how you see marriage and commitment.

  • Your ceremony delivered by me with the emotion that it deserves: Even more than professional, punctual, and caring, which I definitely am, I love, and am truly honored, to be celebrating you two in such an intimate way!

  • Taking care of your marriage license for you: After your wedding, I take care of promptly submitting your license either by hand or by mail (depending on the issuing county of the license).

  • Immediate important details follow-up: I will email you details in regards to getting certified copies of your license and name change (if either or both of you are changing). I will also mail you a copy of the submitted license and a copy of your ceremony as a keepsake, plus a keepsake certificate that I create for you too.

  • And P.S. I keep in touch on your anniversary, emailing you your vows each year, for as long as you enjoy getting them!


Pricing

My pricing for an elopement is simple since I only do it one way - a customized ceremony created specifically for you.

“Bethel was the perfect choice to marry us at our private elopement ceremony on the beach. It was very important to us to have the ceremony feel like “us” and to be a reflection of our relationship. My advice to all you love birds shopping for vendors - select Bethel - she will create a ceremony that you will remember, and she is worth every penny!!!”
— Julia + Genesis, Coronado Beach, Coronado

$395 - Meant for 10 guests or fewer. This covers all of the time dedicated to designing and writing a customized ceremony that truly celebrates you and your relationship, with your voices. Includes as much guidance and communication as needed, as well as the time prepping for and officiating your ceremony.

Please Note - I happily offer a discount on elopements for active military couples, so please let me know if you are. Also, additional services, such as travel beyond approximately 30 miles/minutes from zip code 92003, may be extra.

Image by    Madeline Barr Photography   , Lauren + Nick, Sunset Cliffs, San Diego

Image by Madeline Barr Photography, Lauren + Nick, Sunset Cliffs, San Diego

Banner Image at page top: Image by Alohabug Photography, Briana + Paige, Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego