This will not be a secret, so it's technically not eloping (what would you call it??). I'm not engaged yet, but we have been talking about our future wedding and I feel like I will be getting engaged soon. My father passed away when I was a teenager and I have always hated the idea of not being able to have him walk me down the isle (and the thought of someone else doing it seems even sadder for me) or do the father/daughter dance. I really don't have any friends that I think I could have be my bridemaid. My entire extended family consists of less than 10 people. I don't think that it would be possible for me to be happy with an actual wedding.
I really want to go to some beautiful place, just him and me (depending on the cost of transportation/hotel and the distance, maybe bring our moms, brothers, and SILs (and a toddler nephew)) and then stay for our honeymoon. We would have a party celebrating our marriage with everyone else after we got back.
How does this situation work? Would we still do the STDs, engagement pics, fancy invitations (with the party date), and everything else? Is there a website that would help me with planning something like this when it is closer to time?