WEDDINGS
04/25/2012 03:38 pm ET

Staged Elopements: Dream Weddings Without Nightmare Price Tags

Gary Schaeffer dreamed of golden Italian sunshine, succulent tomatoes Caprese and picture-perfect vistas.

In May 2009, when he was set to marry for the second time, he wanted to spend a little less -- or more specifically, spend differently on an event more focused on himself and his wife-to-be.

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