A quick note: I generally don’t refer to our popup weddings as “guerilla weddings”, because love isn’t evading some sort of enemy or anything, and I don’t think it’s the best term. But in this case I think “guerilla wedding” fits pretty nicely, since our group was especially keen on avoiding security at this location. Not that they’re the enemy! But, you know, weddings > “no weddings here” security rules. Read on!
If you’re like me, then you’ve loved the giant elephant at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum since before you could say “Fénykövi” (which is, apparently, the official name of the elephant). When Steven and I first started talking about joining forces as Pop! Wed Co, I could not stop thinking about finding the perfect couple to marry in front of the giant elephant. To me, it screams DC and adventure and awesome, all at once.
So when Jennifer and Michael emailed us and they mentioned Jennifer had just gotten back from a safari trip, we were immediately stoked. And then nervous. Because that elephant totally faces security and there are something like eleventyhundred security guards at the front door, just hanging out. And it just seems like maybe they wouldn’t allow weddings. But that’s the whole fun of popup weddings — go for it and try not to get kicked out of the most epic locations in DC!
So we arrived at the museum and assembled the group — Jennifer, Michael, and a handful of family and friends. And we went for it! Tons of people started to crowd around when they realized what was happening. Steven got all the way to the vows, which are RIGHT before the kiss, and then suddenly we were swarmed by security. But Steven, being the force of awesome that he is, pronounced Jennifer and Michael as married right before we walked out of the museum so that it was their official marriage location. And then we finished up the ceremony on the steps outside!
It was the first time we’ve ever gotten kicked out of a location, and the first time an elephant has been in our wedding photos. Maybe even the first wedding ever at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum?! And it was AWESOME!
After the ceremony, I stole Jennifer and Michael for some portraits and then they rode away on Capital Bikeshare bikes :) So much DC in these photos! Lovvvvve!
Thank you to Jennifer and Michael for including Pop! Wed Co in your wedding day. We will never forget our awesome wedding adventure with you guys! <3