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The bride who swapped her wedding day for a life on the road

When travel obsessed Tessa Juliette realised how much a wedding would cost, she hit the road - literally.

Like all newly engaged couples, Tessa and Matt faced the unenviable task  of sitting down to figure out how much their dream wedding would cost. And when they say the numbers, the couple – who’d met through their mutual passion for globe trotting – realised that they’d rather put their life savings towards a travelling adventure than blow it all on one day.

“It was how we fell in love. Most of my favorite memories of our relationship take place while travelling abroad. Now society was dictating that even for a modest wedding we had to spend tons of money - that could instead be spent on travel. Anyone could have seen the look of horror on my face when we were listing out prices,” she writes in a blog for the Huffington Post.

When Matt was offered an internship in Switzerland, the couple took the decision to cancel their plans of a big white wedding and go base themselves on the continent. But even though their temporary home would afford them countless opportunities to travel around Europe and beyond, Tessa couldn’t help feel a little disappointed.



“EVERY GIRL DREAMS ABOUT HER WEDDING DAY AND I WAS NO DIFFERENT. I HAD PINTEREST BOARDS GALORE."



It didn’t take long for Matt to notice that Tessa was pining for the wedding day she’d never had. And he had a plan.

“On a casual lunch date on a sunny afternoon, Matt unexpectedly suggested a plan. Specifically, a way to make me feel like I had a wedding while giving me beautiful wedding pictures to look back on, without actually spending a ton of money on something that wasn’t our passion.”

And so it was that the couple donned their wedding finery all over Europe, photographing themselves in some of the most beautiful locations on the continent. A remote clicker later and the pair became “addicted” to creating a ‘wedding’ album like no other. And their relationship went from strength to strength.

“As much as we loved each other, we didn’t necessarily take the time to tell each other very often. Now we were in amazing places, in front of gorgeous scenery and getting a chance to tell each other that in a substantive and truly meaningful way every few days. It was magical.”


SPAIN: PLAZA DE ESPANA

The pair did eventually hold a small ceremony for friends and family when they returned home to Florida, but their unique wedding album will forever live on in their memories.

“Now when I look at those pictures, our love is all I see — and that means more to me than any wedding ever could.”

Congratulations Matt and Tessa!


SWITZERLAND: CHâTEAU DE CHILLON

"On this day we had been traveling and exploring all morning via train. It had been raining/snowing basically all day. Not optimal weather conditions for pictures but all the scenery had been so magnificent nothing dampened our spirits. Our last stop was the Chillon Castle [pictured above]. It was already closed when we arrived but there is a beautiful park along the waters edge that we decided to walk. The rain suddenly stopped. We quickly changed clothes and set up the camera - we took our time taking pictures through out the whole sunset. The rain didn't start back up again until we were walking back to the train station to finally head back to Geneva for the night. A truly perfect day."


GERMANY: NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE

The pair did eventually hold a small ceremony for friends and family when they returned home to Florida, but their unique wedding album will forever live on in their memories.

“Now when I look at those pictures, our love is all I see — and that means more to me than any wedding ever could.”

Congratulations Matt and Tessa!

Images: @travel_wheretonext.


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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.

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