Embracing the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Beauty of Intimate Elopements on the Sunshine Coast



As many wedding vendors are now realizing, COVID-19 may have changed weddings forever. We may have permanently bid adieu to grand banquet halls, hundreds of guests sitting elbow-to-elbow in neat rows, and receptions that feature dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Instead, happy couples are choosing to celebrate their love surrounded by nature and their closest family members - or maybe just a photographer, witnesses, and an officiant! It is never easy to accept that your "Plan A" may not be possible with the changing times... but after mourning the loss of their original wedding plans, couples begin to consider what is ultimately important to them and imperative to include in their "Plan B" wedding.


No longer just for rebellious couples who flee to Vegas, elopements speak directly to the root of why many couples choose to get married: the irrefutable love between two individuals. Elopement ceremonies shed the intricacies that come with planning a large wedding and embrace the beauty in 'just the essentials.' Choosing nature as a couples' elopement venue supports this philosophy of simplicity and keeps the focus on celebrating the unity of two people who, despite its vastness, found each other in this crazy world.


The following galleries are weddings with couples who have done just that - embraced the conditions brought on by COVID-19 by throwing more minimalist elopements to celebrate their thriving love, pandemic be damned!


Brooke and Rosario’s August elopement features a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, rocky headlands, PNW inspired architecture and a small collection of friends and family. Held at the incredible Pointhouse on Sargeant Bay the intimate group, along with the officiant and lone violinist, celebrated this beautiful couple seaside in the warm sun. Later, the couple sneaked off for their sweetheart portraits in the lush forest nearby and finished their session standing barefoot, along with the driftwood on a private beach.

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Photographer: Kelly Schuster

Planner: Coastal Weddings and Events (Melissa Tripp)

Venue: The Pointhouse

Caterer: Emelle's Catering

Baker: Cheeky Monkey

Violinist: Simon Gidora


Kirsten and Courtney’s September elopement was also held at the charming Pointhouse, a favourite venue on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of B.C. A small group of friends and family gathered to celebrate the couple’s love while welcoming fall through the warm colours in their flower arrangements and place settings. The couple truly embraced the pandemic by taking cheeky mask-wearing photos, choosing to celebrate the fact that despite all, they are healthy and able to celebrate the day among those they love most.

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Photographer: Kelly Schuster

Planner: Coastal Weddings and Events (Melissa Tripp)

Venue: The Pointhouse

Caterer: Emelle's Catering

Hair and Makeup: Fuzhan

Baker: Cheeky Monkey


Sharon and Greg's elopement was centered around an oceanic backdrop, beautiful archway, casual attire, floral accents, and the presence of a few close loved ones. In this case, the only attendees were their two best friends, who had introduced the couple years prior! This Baker’s Beach elopement aesthetically fulfilled the desire of having an intimate Pacific Northwest beach wedding to a “T”. The smokey sky due to the unfortunate forest fires across the border created a beautifully eerie effect, akin to photos of the Scottish highlands. This almost mystical backdrop only highlighted the glowing couple further, holding each other tightly among their officiant and two chosen witnesses. After their ceremony, the two went into the forest to take their sweetheart portraits, walking along a pathway surrounded by rocks, tall slender trees, and contorting Arbutuses gripping the bluffs above the shoreline.

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Photographer: Kelly Schuster

Planner: Coastal Weddings and Events (Kori Hudrick)

Cake: Sweet Athena

Kay and Earl’s September backyard elopement was intimate, with only their children from their previous partnerships present. Is there anything more beautiful than two families becoming one? The pink and purple bouquets and large sunflowers placed around their venue matched the more casual vibes of this elopement. For this couple, the ocean had sentimental meaning to them so they chose a backdrop of Davis Bay for their ceremony and group photos. They used this day to not only celebrate their love but also to embrace the goofy and fun-loving elements of their relationship. The more casual attire and minimalist decor are a testament to the fact that very little is required to create a gorgeous, emotional, and memorable wedding day.

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Photographer: Kelly Schuster


All of these couples used their elopements to reflect their personalities and enjoy a day that celebrated their love. COVID-19 may have limited the number of guests present and venue options, but you would never know by looking at these galleries that anything was sacrificed. They all capture beautiful couples having a memorable day among an intimate group of people they love, celebrating each other - as cheesy as it is, what more could you ask for from your wedding day?


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