Tampa Elopement: Delaney + Bennet

Like so many others this year, Delaney and Bennet’s original wedding planned got turned upside down when Covid hit. They took it all in stride and opted for an elopement instead. They spent the day FaceTiming friends and family and said I do on their own little slice of beachfront.

Check out the photos and Q&A with the couple below!

Photography: Lifelong Photography Studio

Venue: The Current Hotel

Dress Store: NY Bride & Groom Raleigh

Cake : Publix

Hair & Makeup: Kylelynn Cosmetics

Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies

Flowers: The Faux Bouquets

Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

A: We met on the dating app Bumble! I was in grad school and he was working and he swept me off my feet. We both agree that our first date was the best first date we had ever been on. Little did we know that it would be our last first date! It was so good in face that Bennet brought me back to the same restaurant and recreated our first date when he proposed to me! He even had my favorite dessert and champagne waiting inside after I said yes! The man knows that sweets are the way to my heart!

Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? 

A: Originally we had planned a large wedding with over 250 guests. When Covid-19 began to spread through the US we quickly realized our wedding plans were going to change. We ended up eloping with just the two of us. It was a very simple ceremony with a clean and classic palette of blues and white. I had already purchased my bouquet from The Faux Bouquets on Etsy and that was really the centerpiece of our wedding.

Q: Did you personalize the day in any way ? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

A: Although we couldn’t have guests, we made it a point to FaceTime both of our families throughout the day. My bridal party and my mother video chatted  with me while I had my hair and makeup done and Bennet was able to chat with each of his groomsmen before the ceremony. The most meaningful and emotional part of all of this was when we were able to FaceTime my father before I walked down the aisle. There wasn’t a dry eye between us! It was so special for him to be able to see me since he wasn’t able to walk me down the aisle. After the ceremony we celebrated with our families via video chat. Bennet’s family even surprised us by being dressed to the nines and having champagne in hand!
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: Reading  our own vows that we had written ourselves was the most special part of our wedding day for me (Bennet might say that it was when he opened his Millennium Falcon LEGOs that I bought him as a wedding gift). I finally, after almost 4 years of teasing him, told him that I loved him to the moon and allllll the way back. We were surprised by just how similar our vows were and it made it even more special that we were able to focus on just one another during our ceremony.

Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

A: I knew that I wanted a classic and elegant dress. At the first wedding dress boutique I went to I tried on about 15 dresses and was shocked when I found me dress. I never thought that I would have that ‘bridal moment’ but when I put my dress on I knew it was the one and began to tear up. It was so perfect I said ‘yes to the dress’ before I had even checked the price! Luckily it was within budget! Bennet chose his own suit, which we ordered the The Groomsman Suit. We loved the way that the blues in the suit worked with the blues in my bouquet.

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

A: My advice would be to keep everything in perspective. I was told repeatedly throughout our wedding planning process, more specifically as our wedding planning was unraveling due to Covid-19, how well I was handing it all. My response was always that it’s nothing I can control and in the end I would still end up married to Bennet, which was all the mattered. Was I disappointed that all my hard work and planning wasn’t able to come to fruition? Absolutely. Is there anything I would change about my wedding day? Not a thing. I was able to marry the love of my life. Everything else is just extra.