Elope in St Louis

The word elope USED to mean "to run away with a lover, with the intention of getting married."
Today it means a small, quick, intimate ceremony without the stigma of running away or keeping it a secret.
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The setting is Walker Park in Kirkwood, MO. The bride wore silk and sandals. The groom wore a tie and sneakers.  The 10 guests stood inside the gazebo. The birds at the park were the music.  And in 5-10 minutes, it was all over. Married.

Elise + Jerod at Walker Park in Kirkwood
Elise Allen, 26, and Jerod Wright, 29, of St Charles got hugs and congratulations.  A group photo was taken by their wedding officiant, Carolyn Burke, who used several cameras from the groom and some wedding guests to take a picture of everyone who attended.  Burke then was on her way - perhaps to the next wedding ceremony.  "I performed over 150 ceremonies in 2014 in all shapes and sizes," exclaimed Burke who has been ordained since 2005.

Why did this couple want to get married here, and so simply?  In the midst of winter, it is easy to dream about running away, eloping, or just getting married on a beach somewhere warm and beautiful.  But, instead, St Louis is the destination.  St Louis?  Really?

Tie the knot, hassle-free

In the state of Missouri, there is no waiting period for a marriage license. You just go to any county clerk's office in the state, get your marriage license and, bingo, you are good to go.

In addition, there are so many inspirational spots with amazing views to host a simple wedding here, including the Gateway Arch, Bee Tree Park Overlook, even the City Garden downtown.

"People come from all over the Midwest, and they want to get married short, sweet and simple," says the Carolyn Burke - Wedding Officiant of Kirkwood. Elopements are on the rise and there are many reasons to choose to elope.  "I am quite flexible with my time," she says. "I am a last-minute specialist."

The demand to make elopements more memorable and romantic has given the idea for a new company, ElopeInStLouis.com.   Burke performs weddings as simple as a service only, or as complex as a deluxe elopement package for up to 10 guests with flowers and a professional photographer. In Missouri, you need to have two witnesses.

Many couples, like Allen and Wright, don't want anything too fancy.  Their wedding ceremony at Walker Park in Kirkwood costs only $50 for a simple elopement ceremony.

Carolyn Burke - Wedding Officiant specializes in military, elopement and same sex weddings.

Read more here: http://www.carolyn-burke.com