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Jewellery/ring designer Lunn’s Jewellers, Belfast Ireland Dress shop David’s Bridal

Dan Elliott and Leigh Blenkhorn wanted their wedding to be like a marriage, just two people. The Barrie couple eloped to Edinburgh, Scotland and was married at Lothian Chambers Oct. 28, 2015.


e didn’t tell anyone what we were doing, not even our parents,” Dan said. “We wanted it to be a special moment for just the two of us.” Dan and Leigh both grew up in Barrie went to Barrie North Collegiate, but it wasn’t until prom in 2007 that they even noticed each other. “There was a big group that went together. Dan and I were the only two solo people, so some friends shoved us together,” Leigh said, adding that they even have one of those awkward prom photos of the two of them. “I know we went to the same school, and I think we were even in the same class a few times, but when I saw Leigh all dressed up for prom, it was like ‘Whoa, who is that?’” The couple dated through the rest of high school and college. They eventually bought a home in Barrie and while the two had discussed marriage, they were both quite happy without the wedding. “I didn’t really see why we had to get married. But then, we were planning this trip to the U.K. and I figured it would be a once in a lifetime trip, so it would be great to get married,” Dan explained. “I contacted a

Tux shop/men’s shop Moore’s, Barrie Bride’s shoes Jenners of Edinburgh

company in Ireland that sets up elopements. I wanted to surprise her with a wedding.” But the response was bad news. There wasn’t enough time to get to proper paperwork from the government. “Also, apparently it’s illegal to surprise someone with a wedding,” he added. There wasn’t a proposal. Dan just brought up the fact they couldn’t get married casually in a conversation a few weeks before they left on the trip. “My proposal was ‘Oh, by the way we can’t get married in Ireland,’” Leigh said. Dan said once he opened the wedding door a crack, Leigh kicked it in. Since Ireland was out, she searched requirements for Scotland. “We had just enough time to get all the paper work in. So all of sudden we are getting married in Scotland in a month,” he said. But now, the race was on. Leigh was able to purchase a dress off the rack. “I was worried I wouldn’t find something I liked, but it was perfect,” Leigh says of the ivory tea-length strapless lace gown with beading. Dan purchased a grey three-piece suit and a new pair of sneakers to match. Wanting to incorporate a piece of their history into their future, Leigh cut pieces of


Hair stylist Medusa, Edinburgh Florist Narcissus, Edinburgh, U.K Photographer Lauren McGlynn Photography, Edinburgh Venue Lothian Chambers, Edinburgh Dinner North Bridge Brasserie at The Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh Reception Venue and Caterer Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, Barrie Invitations Email invites made by the bride Cake Chocolate chip cookies by the bride’s cousin Reception flowers Fendley’s Flowers, Barrie


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Wedding Trends 2017  

Wedding Trends is a magazine published once a year featuring local weddings and resources as well as a 9 page planner to help future brides...

Wedding Trends 2017  

Wedding Trends is a magazine published once a year featuring local weddings and resources as well as a 9 page planner to help future brides...