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They Flew To Austria And Eloped


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Why You'll Love This Wedding

Karen and Josh hopped on a plan from their native California and flew to Austria for their European elopement. With the help of  High Emotion Weddings, they were able to orchestrate the picture- perfect destination wedding. 

Karen goes into more detail on how they ended up eloping to Austria. She was also so kind to share her budget breakdown. Having an idea of how much having a European elopement costs is fantastic information if you're  in planning something like this for yourself.

Color Story: White & Grey

Decor Style: Beautiful

Ceremony: Outdoor wedding ceremony

Reception: Outdoor

Wedding Season: July/ Summer

Location: Salzburg, Austria

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About The Day

From High Emotion Weddings - By far one of the most emotional and happy elopements we have ever had the pleasure to plan and design - Karen and Josh came all the way from California, to tie the knot in beautiful Austria, during their European vacation. They immediately fell in love with the amazing views of lakes and mountains at the Fuschl castle, very close to Salzburg, right in the Austrian Alps.

Mid July, the sun was shining in the turquoise waters of the lake and Karen's blue eyes were sparkling. Their laughter filled the entire hotel with the best vibes ever. We arranged their legal ceremony on a private terrace facing the lake and mountains, followed by some bubbles and romantic photos by the very talented Katka Koncal. They also had their private five star dinner in their very own private gazebo on the lake shore, decorated with rich greenery and white flowers - it was just like stepping into a magical land...

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Planning A Destination Wedding

I was engaged! It was time to plan the wedding. Josh and I wanted to enjoy this experience. We wanted our wedding day to be all about us! It was clear we were eloping! We knew we were going to be traveling in Europe for the honeymoon but we didn’t know the exact destination we were going to get married . I needed help! 

I found Irene from  High Emotion Weddings quite quickly in my search for wedding planners in Europe. She has this elegance that you can see in every wedding she has done. It's hard to find that level of consistency. I had to know more about her and if she was available for us. I quickly sent an email. Irene promptly replied and answered all my questions.

Securing her as our wedding planner was an easy decision. We are in California and planning a wedding in another country comes with challenges. Irene and Mihai helped us find the country that we could have a legal ceremony without to many restrictions. Within Austria they helped us find the perfect location based on how we envisioned our wedding day. They helped us navigate the legal paperwork like rockstars because it’s confusing. This awesome duo then helped us find fantastic vendors to pull the details of the day together

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The Location & Vendors

We choose the Schloss Fuschl Hotel for our Wedding location. It’s beautiful and we could escape into our own world for a few days where we could be spoiled. Irene and Mihai helped us with every detail from reserving our room to the ceremony and dinner location at the hotel.

The make up artist, the salon blow out, the nail appointment, the massages, the champagne, the five course dinner, the wedding cake, all of the beautiful flowers, the amazing Katka Koncal and her husband, Daniel, for the stunning photography ......absolutely everything that we needed they helped coordinate. Ultimately we could not have had a better experience and we couldn’t say enough nice things about these two wonderful people

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Wedding Budget

Karen and Josh were kind enough to share their wedding budget with us, but please note that prices vary depending on the season and prices may fluctuate as time goes on. 

Legal ceremony including paperwork: $1380
Venue space rental: $1100
Accommodation 3 nights: $1650
Photography: $1200
Decor: $1750
Make-up & hair: $300
Planning, design & coordination including travel expense: $2160

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