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AnnaBelle & Tim were another couple who had to postpone and change their original plans for they Tyrol elopement due to the pandemic. They had originally planned to get married in the fall of 2020 with a small group of family and friends, but with travel to Austria still uncertain they were forced to postpone until the following year.

They decided to get legally married back in the USA in 2020 but kept holding out for things to improve so they could finally get to Austria and say their vows to each other on the top of a mountain in Tyrol.

How Did You Get Engaged?

Tim and I designed our own ring in New York. We knew we wanted to spend our lives together and knew that we wanted to be with each other for every step. We found this amazing jeweller online and made the trip out to the big apple and picked out the ring together. A couple months later, I got home from a long day at work and fell asleep for a quick nap. I woke up to steak dinner on the grill, two dozen red roses on the table, potatoes in the oven and fresh caesar salad prepared (literally all of my favorite things) OH and wine. We sat outside on the patio of our new house by our fire-pit and were talking about how grateful we were to be with one another and share our lives together. At that point, Tim got teary eyed and next thing you know he was down on his knee expressing his love for me. Between the sweet and mumbled words, he did forget to actually ask me to marry him. After I said “WELL ARE YOU GOING TO ASK?!” He realized that between his nervousness that he had forgotten to even say the words “Will you marry me?”. He popped the question and it’s history from there.

How did you decide on your location?

Tim and I are somewhat big fat romantics. We wanted a day that was filled with love and be able to share it with each other. We didn’t want a huge wedding where we wouldn’t be able to speak to everyone there, be able to share the moment with everyone and have it go by super fast. We decided we wanted to elope, which was not a popular decision by our families. We wanted our closest friends and family there which included our own friend marrying us. We decided to start looking at international locations when we had chosen that the mountains is what we knew we needed no matter what. We also knew that we wanted to make this trip an experience and adventure that our families and friends would be able to look back on for years. After using my very limited skills on Instagram, we had chosen Austria. I followed a few hashtags of photos that I absolutely loved and thankfully that led us to Cat. I was beyond amazed by her photos and knew that it was a perfect fit for us.

What were the biggest challenges you faced in planning your elopement?

Well, COVID sure did throw a couple (or many) wrenches into our plans. We had to change our date multiple times and weren’t really sure when we would be able to make it out. Thankfully for us, we were able to make it more than a year after we had planned, but it was worth it.

What is your favourite moment from the day?

We decided to wait to do our vows on the mountain. We had been talking about them for over a year and were both extremely stressed out about making them meaningful. We were so thankful we waited. It was a great moment to be able to share with only each other and it’s something I will never forget.

Is there anything you are really glad you did? Or didn’t do?

We focused on what we wanted for our day, even if that meant upsetting others, to make sure that it was what we wanted. People thought we were out of our minds to travel across the world for our elopement, and we didn’t care whether or not they thought we were crazy. Once they saw the pictures, they all fully understood why we did it.

What advice would you give to other couples planning their wedding?

It’s your day. Make it what YOU want and make those moments for yourselves, not for other people.

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