JUST THE TWO OF US
ELOPEMENTS BY TABEA MARIA-LISA & TOLDOFOTO
Actually it all started when Kathrin and David decided to get married not in that typical swiss way but doing something who reflects more their personal intention what marriage is all about: it is about two people who are willing to spend their lives together in intimacy and honesty. To vow these things to each other they opted for an elopement in the Scottish Highlands.
Some people may say that when couples elope it is mostly because they dislike an imposing wedding with lots of relatives and friends, or that they wish to avoid objections from parents or religious obligations. Such an opinion is linked with the literally sense of the verb «to elope» which means to run away and to not come back to the point of origination. Today it is more likely to understand an elopement as a wedding, on which intimacy, authenticity and aesthetics are very important for the bridal couple – they want to create a unique and very intimate event just for them.
On an elopement two people promise forever to each other just for them – not for everyone else and simply because they want to. To elope mostly means to get married in style, more specifically in the bridal couples own style. So since the Style and all the pretty little details matter that much on an elopement, Kathrin and David decided to have someone on their side who would make sure that the sense of their intimate wedding would be reflected in these details. So that’s the point at which Tabea Maria-Lisa comes into play since the two only wanted her nor anyone else as their Floral Designer and Stylist.
So that is where and when our elopement journey started. Back in Switzerland we both knew that this elopement wasn’t just a unique and very wonderful event but that we all fell in love with this kind of wedding. And when you are a professional in wedding business you do not want to withhold such incredibly experience from your customers. And since we also had such a funny and uncomplicated time together in Scotland we were sure that working together would be a perfect match. So that was sort of the birth of «Just the two of us – Elopements by tabea maria-lisa & toldofoto».
The shoot we present you today isn’t just an inspiration or styled shoot but more our way to show what couples get when they decide to have an «Just the two of us» Elopement – the shoot reflects quite perfectly our style and how we work. So let us tell you some thoughts why it is like that.
For us, toldofoto, Elopements are quite the best kind of wedding with which we can show what we are capable of. Let’s limit all these things why to two arguments: First, it is no secret that photographers and filmmakers get most of the top shot pictures of a wedding during the couple shoot since you have the time to stage everything perfectly and you have to manage only two peoples. But often this time is very limited – not so if you do an Elopement where you have no other obligations, for example like group photos. Second, as wedding photographer and filmmaker you can get a little bit frustrated when for example you have a really gorgeous couple but the setting (styling, flowers, reception etc.) do not match with them. On a «Just the two of us» Elopement we’ve got the possibility to find perfect places where for example the light is perfect or the background fits perfectly the styling.
For us, TML tabea maria-lisa, Elopements are these kinds of wedding where our creativity has no limitations. We are quite proud to say that we only do weddings on which the floral design and styling reflects our style but sometimes – especially when you already work quite impressive which isn’t that cheap – you’ve got some limitations, for example the budget and then you can’t style every little detail on a wedding. For example you have to go with the tablecloth and the chairs that the venue is offering although a different tablecloth and furniture would point up the styling. Or it isn’t possible to get the most perfect chairs for 120 guests since you only found ten of them. Further for us the details are very important because we think that they are the things who make the difference between a good project and an outstanding. On an «Just the two of us» Elopement the styling is limited to two peoples, so we have the resources that in the end everything fits perfectly.
Enough about us. Let’s enjoy the pictures and the film of our first «Just the two of us» Elopement. It took us almost six months to plan everything and find all the places, furniture and all these very talented service providers. So first of all we say thank you for everyone being involved – you couldn’t realize our dream more perfectly. That is what we call team work. And thank you for being so patient and for letting us take a hand sometimes – we know that this wasn’t always easy. You all did such a wonderful job that we are sure we will work with you together very soon.
For further information what a «Just the two of us» Elopement involves, please visit the following sites: www.toldofoto.ch/elopements and www.tabeamarialisa.ch/elopements.
Lots of love,
tabea maria-lisa & toldofoto
concept, idea & organisation: just the two of us – elopements by tabea maria-lisa & toldofoto
floral design, styling & stationery: TML tabea maria-lisa
photography & cinematography: toldofoto
cake: kuisine & TML
ceremony: stud. theol. Susanne Kühni (Universität Bern, Theologische Fakultät)
couple: Susanne & Paolo Garrisi
dress: ALICE by Temperley, London
dressing gown: Signora Pinella
hair styling: Barbara Abbate via aerni, Bern
make up: Nadine Morosi