WEDDINGS
03/26/2012 03:25 pm ET

Eloping Does Not Mean What It Once Did - NYTimes.com

IT was minutes before the wedding, and the planner left nothing to chance. The reception hall, a plank-floored farmhouse in the Santa Barbara, Calif., wine country, had been decorated in peonies. The dinner menu, rendered in calligraphy, promised wild mushroom tortellini and halibut with verjus. In a field outside, a photographer and videographer stood at the ready, near a ceremonial canopy draped in velvet and the aisle strewn with guinea feathers.

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