MY ELOPEMENT ON THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4TH. GIBRALTAR, U.K.
The day of our wedding we woke early up with big smiles and our hearts filled with excitement. We still had a few requirements to fulfill in order to be married abroad so we spent the morning rushing around the narrow -and still quiet-streets of Gibraltar acquiring signatures, official stamps, and collecting last minute wedding items.
After the last little bit of running around was completed my groom-to-be and I ordered up lunch and started the hustle to get ready -or rather I hustled, he just lounged and read while I got ready.
Before I had a chance to glue my eyelashes on, our wedding photographer was on-site and ready to document our day.
keep scrolling to see the work of Andreas Holm Photography documenting our day.
THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS BY ANDREAS HOLM
Our wedding day was no different than any modern day wedding, except we didn’t have family or friends arriving, in fact we didn’t even invite a single guest. The only person we welcomed was our photographer Andreas Holm.
We were truly eloping, just as John Lennon and Yoko Ono had, on the rock of Gibraltar.
We rushed around our suite getting ourselves ready, Andreas was there to capture the blur of emotions and excitement that we -even as elopers- were experiencing.
Craig was the first to get ready in a classic blue suit, he in turn would wait for me downstairs on the grounds of a beautiful 18th century library, this is where we would do our first look. Shortly after I completed dressing up in my wedding day attire I would follow Craig to the library to reveal my custom made wedding gown. This was the first time Craig was to see my dress -the dress I had envisioned wearing, the one I spent months creating with a dress maker abroad. This day was all finally happening, our wedding day had started.
With our wedding vows, an extra set of shoes, and our Orox Rucksack we made our way down the busy streets of Gibraltar towards to the Alameda Gardens. Within the serene garden grounds is where we said our vows, laughed, and cried –accompanied only by our photographer. It was an absolutely perfect ceremony –unscripted, and private.
After exchanging our vows in the Alameda Gardens we found a taxi and picked up our little wedding cake from a local bakery. The next step was to have ourselves a celebratory dinner at The Landings Restaurant on the waterfront. During dinner we took turns reading AdLib wishes that we had brought, each filled out from our friends and family members back home. Afterwards, we broke into our coconut wedding cake, just like the little cake we had on the day we got engaged.
We finished our wedding evening with Andres capturing photos of us on the southern-most point in Europe with sprawling views of Africa's mountainous range -specifically Morocco. Our wedding day was filled with lots of unplanned adventure, from walking through the streets of Gibraltar in our wedding attire, finding a last minute location to say our vows, and walking into a boxing gym and taking wedding photos; our elopement stands out as one of the absolute best days of our lives. We were thrilled to be able to start our married life in this way, a day filled with us giving each other all of our attention, getting ready together, and having our first dance on our suite balcony over looking the Straight of Gibraltar.
The day after our commitment ceremony, we ran to the registrar’s office and where we were legally paper married. Complete strangers who we found outside the office were our witnesses, adding more adventure to our marriage.
Later that day, on our way out of Gibraltar, we made our way to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar and hung out with the curious thieving Barbary apes. They are the only population of wild monkeys in Europe and certainly not afraid of people as one ran across my back and made a grab at my wedding bouquet.
As wonderful as our actual wedding ceremony was, was also the 11 day honeymoon that followed.
Check back soon to read about the rest of our time in Spain and to find out where else we traveled to.