E l o p e m e n t | Fleeting Moment

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” - Wuthering Heights | Emily Bronte


That fleeting moment...

There is something undeniably magical about an elopement. The thought of a girl running towards a boy.... into the sunset. As an ardent romantic to think of such a fleeting moment warms my heart.

Last year we had many beautiful moments for Aileen en Gunther.


Aileen shares with us | Their Story


Elopement is seen as running or to get married secretly. In our case we did not run off to get married secretly, we just did the small things a little bit differently, we can classify it as unified Godly elopement. - Aileen

"... amazing time spent with our close friends and family" - Aileen

What stood out for Aileen & Gunther:

Intimacy definitely stood out for us, this was such an amazing time spent with our close friends and family. And of course bending the rules of “getting married” and doing it differently than the rest of the world.

What we enjoyed most was the fact that there was NO worldly struggles / measures / must and must not do’s , being united as one in front of God and not being stressed about anything else then celebrating our special day.


“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” - Winnie the Pooh
We would not want to change anything. - Aileen

That fleeting moment...

We wish that we had more hours , more hours to celebrate, to be united in that amazing spirit of becoming one in front of God.

We would not want to change anything. Everything fell in place, everything that we thought we needed - the big wedding , the food, all the flowers in that moment ment nothing because we were happy, joyful and extremely blessed. 

This elopement made us realise to be happy in the little things, have faith that God has the best planned for you and keep smiling.


Aileen's Tips:

If you are thinking about it , just DO IT! It is such a special and sacred bond of intimacy with you as a married couple and God without the influence of worldly expectations to please guests. 

When you want to really push through with elopement make sure that you have a pastor or someone that can guide and help you through the proses. 



Make sure your parents are there, for us this was extremely important. This is one of the biggest steps/ choices and you want their blessing over it. 


Capture this special day - at the end you only have photos to show your story. 


Take family photos you might not have the chance to share something like this again. 


On this day ensure that the person giving you off to your loved one as the bride to be is someone that walked with you through all phases of your life and supports you till the end (in our case in was my brother).


Do a pre-marriage course - helping you to build the necessary stability for your marriage.


Wear something YOU like and make yourself look beautiful

“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.” - Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy


Pay the extra money to let your hair and make-up be done, you will not regret it when looking back and gliding through your photos.


Still have your small reception- make it a time to spend with special friends and family.

“Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper”. - Revelation 19:9

"This is a blessing beyond measure for your marriage, the fact that these people stand in unity of the promise that you made in front of God, they are the people that will support you and help you. "- Aileen


If you are interested in our Elopement Package, please feel free to email:

info@meraciphotography.co.za or call +27 72 981 8918 (Business hours: 08:00 - 18:00)


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