We had so much fun with Robin and Olaf that I’m kind of at a loss for words…I feel like I say this all the time, but our couples are SERIOUSLY AWESOME.
Steven and I are pretty far into planning our winter elopement in DC, so talking with Robin and Olaf about their plans for a similar wedding was a blast! Robin picked out a great coat for a wedding, off-white and pretty and textured, because it was seriously freezing on their wedding day! It was technically Fall, but I refuse to believe that because it had to be about thirty degrees — so, winter wedding it is! :)
Lots of people want to get married when the weather is comfortable, but I have to tell you guys — there’s something really special about winter weddings. I think the cold makes people giggle more and it’s definitely great for cuddling, it feels kind of magical in the winter time when there are fewer people, everything is quiet, and it’s so peaceful. Robin and Olaf brought awesome coats for their winter wedding, but we took some photos with their coats off (cause wedding outfits are the cutest!) and they don’t even look the tiniest bit cold. Wedding magic!
My favorite thing ever happened while talking with Robin about their upcoming wedding. After we finalized the location and were getting ready, she sent this to me in an email, “We finally got excited about this! Prior to this, getting married was more thought of as a chore….like going to the dentist.” Apparently she and Olaf had the most hilarious inside joke ever about getting married being their “dentist appointment”. So, when he went out of town right before their wedding, she left him the most adorable note in the universe:
Seriously, they are THE BEST! So much love!
I asked Robin and Olaf to share some advice for other couples planning winter weddings and elopement weddings in general:
What’s the story of you guys? How did you meet, fall in love, and decide to get married?
We both are professional tree-huggers and we met at an international conservation NGO in 2007. There was initial interest, but we both were seeing other people at the time. Eventually, after being co-workers and friends, we started dating in 2009. Robin would say that Olaf took his sweet time asking her out (she’s old fashioned and doesn’t make the first move). Olaf would say “….eh, maybe I did. So what? It worked out” A few months later, we made our first trip to Costa Rica, and then our fate was sealed.
There was never a romantic notion of being on one knee and asking for marriage (Robin’s old fashioned, but yet totally modern). There were lots of discussions of “yeah, we should get married some time. That’s a good idea.” Robin didn’t want an engagement ring, just a steam mop and a rescued pit bull. After she got both, she knew Olaf was serious and it was time to make it official.
What was your vision for your wedding day?
Go-with-the-flow, no unnecessary pomp and circumstance. Casual, laid back, but with lots of amazing photos.
How did you begin your search for wedding vendors, and how did you find Pop Wed Co?
For the longest time, we just didn’t know what we wanted to do. First, since we love to travel, we thought about eloping in some far off land. Then, we ended up getting some renovations to our kitchen, and our dog developed a penchant for going to the vet, so that idea was scrapped as it seemed financially unrealistic. From there, we started looking at more local options, but they seemed too canned – like everyone who ever wanted to elope did that. We stumbled upon Pop Wed Co and thought it was ridiculously perfect – unique, untraditional, individual – everything we wanted. We found it this summer, but there weren’t any available dates for the coming months. We were on the site again in September lamenting how it was such a perfect option, but yet there was probably a huge waiting list. But as fate would have it, there was time available on November 15th. From there, we didn’t waste any time securing our spot.
Why did you choose to have an elopement wedding instead of an event-type wedding?
Event-type weddings are so far from us and what we like. Neither one of us like to be the center of attention. It was important that the day just be about us, and for us to have fun and be true to ourselves.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Everything! For us, being outdoors on a beautiful day, which is quintessential us, made the day all the more perfect. It was nearly freezing, but Maggie was right, we never looked cold in our photos! Also, we loved the super-delicious cake. We salivate thinking about it.
What advice would you share with a couple who’s currently planning a popup wedding?
Have fun, be yourselves and go with the flow.
Who made your outfits? They were awesome!
Bride’s Dress – JCrew
Bride’s Coat – Ann Taylor
Groom’s Suit + Overcoat – JCrew
Hairpiece – Element4you on Etsy
Blue Floral Pocket Square – Knot Now Bowties on Etsy
Dried Flower Bouquet and Matching Boutonniere – The Blaithin Blair Shop (Etsy)
Earrings – Beaded Treasure by Sue (Etsy)
Wedding rings – Brilliant Earth
Bracelet + Necklace – vintage family pieces
Thank you so much to Robin & Olaf for sharing their story and wedding photos. And congratulations!