A bride wore a $17,000 wedding dress with hiking boots to her mountaintop elopement

A. Light PhotographyJasmine and Scott Derris shared the cost of their elopement with Insider.
  • Scott and Jasmine Derris eloped on a Colorado mountain in October of 2020.
  • The couple spent money on their wedding attire and rings instead of a big party.
  • For Insider, the Derrises broke down how much everything cost for their $US56,853 wedding.
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Jasmine and Scott Derris met as many modern couples do: online.

A. Light PhotographyThey met on Tinder.

The couple connected on Tinder in Michigan in 2018, and they quickly became an item.

Scott proposed to Jasmine just over a year after they met. They planned their wedding for October 30, 2020.

Jasmine is an aesthetician, while Scott makes schematics and processes parts for tanks.


After going back and forth about it, the couple decided to elope.

A. Light PhotographyThey eloped.

Jasmine and Scott thought about having a traditional wedding, which would have around 120 guests. They looked at wedding venues in Michigan, but they didn’t see any space that felt like them.

And the more they thought about a big wedding, the less appealing it sounded.

“It’s a lot of accommodating,” Jasmine said of hosting a big wedding, as she knew she and Scott would have to compromise what they actually wanted their wedding day to be like to make their families happy.

So after moving to Colorado together, the Derrises decided to elope.

They planned to keep the cost of the actual wedding ceremony low so they could spend more of their wedding budget on elements that really mattered to them, such as their outfits and jewellery.

The Derrises hoped to spend between $US50,000 to $US60,000 on the wedding.


Jasmine and Scott used Simply Eloped to plan their wedding.

A. Light PhotographySimply Eloped is an elopement planning service.

Simply Eloped is a wedding planning company that specialises in elopements.

The company, which operates in 17 states and Washington, DC, offers elopement packages, providing couples with an officiant, photographer, and anything else they might need to make their day happen.

Couples can also customise the packages, ensuring their weddings are exactly as they envisioned them to be.

Jasmine told Insider that they decided to use Simply Eloped because of the company’s ability to balance an easy process and customisation.


Simply Eloped’s “Bloom Package” was perfect for Jasmine and Scott.

A. Light PhotographyThey used the Bloom Package.

The Bloom Package includes an officiant, a wedding photographer, a bouquet and boutonniere, and advice on where to have the ceremony.

The Derrises used the package, and they also added on a few custom additions to ensure their elopement was exactly as they had been imagining.

They said their vows at Lost Gulch Overlook in Denver at sunrise.

A permit to get married in the space costs $US20, and Simply Eloped also charges a $US125 travel fee, both of which are factored into the Bloom Package.

Elopement package: $US3,293


Photography and videography costs were the bulk of the Bloom Package.

A. Light PhotographyThey had a photographer and a videographer.

Alisha Light of A. Light Photography photographed the wedding, while Roo Smith provided video services for the day.

Jasmine told Insider she felt really comfortable around both Light and Smith, which made the day more fun.

The pictures cost $US750, and the videographer was $US1,000. The fees were part of the total cost of the Bloom Package.

Photography and videography: $US1,750


A violinist played during the couple’s wedding, which was one of the highlights of the day for Jasmine.

A. Light PhotographyThe music was custom.

Jasmine is a big fan of the “The Legend of Zelda” video games, so she asked the violinist, Rebekah Durham, if she would be able to play music from the games when she walked down the aisle.

Durham agreed, so Jasmine’s walk down the aisle was even more meaningful to her. The music was included in the Bloom Package.

“I cried when she started playing,” Jasmine said.

The photographer was also a “Zelda” fan, which made Jasmine feel at ease on the wedding day.

Violinist: $US325


Jasmine’s wedding dress took up a big portion of the couple’s budget.

A. Light PhotographyThe dress cost $US17,000.

Jasmine knew the dress would play an important role in her wedding, as she saw it as both a garment and a memento from the wedding day.

“I’m a stickler for keeping stuff that has a lot of meaning to it,” she told Insider. “Even down to movie ticket stubs. I’ll keep them forever.”

She chose a long-sleeve, backless Limor Ben Yosef dress that she bought at Roma Sposa in Michigan.

Jasmine was drawn to the gown’s sleeves, as well as its geometric lace pattern because it reminded her of a symbol from “The Legend of Zelda.”

Button detailing, an angular neckline, and a long train gave the dress touches of glamour. She paired the look with flowers from The Ruffly Rose, which were included in the cost of the Bloom Package.

Jasmine preserved the dress, so if she has a daughter someday, she could wear it at her wedding if she wants.

Wedding dress: $US17,000


Jasmine paired the dress with an affordable hair clip instead of a veil.

A. Light PhotographyThe look was simple and elegant.

The hair clip, which was designed by Dareth Colburn, gave Jasmine a windswept and romantic look. It cost just $US79.

Dacia McGee styled her hair, which was a bit pricier at $US450 because Jasmine also paid for her travels.

Kat DeJesus did Jasmine’s makeup for $US200.

Hair and makeup: $US729


Jasmine spent a little over $US600 on the two pairs of shoes she wore to the wedding.

A. Light PhotographyShe wore two pairs of shoes.

Jasmine wanted to wear patent leather Christian Louboutin “Hot Chick” heels to her wedding, but they weren’t practical for climbing a mountain.

She wore the $US560 heels for photos and changed into $US100 Merrell hiking boots for the actual ceremony.

Shoes: $US660


Scott spent $US7,500 on a custom suit for the wedding.

A. Light PhotographyScott’s suit was custom.

Scott wanted to invest in a suit he loved for the wedding, as he would be able to rewear it to many occasions going forward.

He and Jasmine worked with Bespoke Edge to create his dream suit, which featured a black jacket, pants, shirt, and vest.

Jasmine is a big fan of Keanu Reeves, who often wears all-black looks, so Scott’s ensemble was inspired by him.


A silk tie and a colourful interior gave the suit dimension.

A. Light PhotographyThe jacket was embroidered with the wedding date.

Every aspect of Scott’s outfit was customised, and he added some of his personality to the interior of the jacket by incorporating his favourite colour.

The wedding date and Scott’s initials were also embroidered on the inside pocket of the jacket.

Groom’s attire: $US7,500


Jasmine’s wedding rings were the most expensive aspect of the wedding at $US24,000.

A. Light PhotographyThe engagement ring featured a two-carat diamond.

The couple designed Jasmine’s rings together, ensuring they were ideal for her to wear each day.

They worked with Trice Jewellers on her square-shaped, two-carat diamond engagement ring on a gold band. It also features a peek-a-boo diamond underneath it.

She paired the $US18,000 engagement ring with a $US6,000 wedding band, which was covered in smaller diamonds.

Scott’s ring was custom-made with white and yellow gold, giving it a unique shine. Jasmine also bought him a more casual ring he could wear in his day-to-day life since Scott isn’t a big jewellery person. Together, his rings cost $US3,400.

Rings: $US27,400


The couple paid less than $US100 for their wedding cake and cupcakes.

A. Light PhotographyThe ‘Zelda’ theme continued with the cupcakes.

Flick of the Whisk designed “The Legend of Zelda”-themed cake and cupcakes for the Derrises to enjoy on their wedding day.

Cake and cupcakes: $US85


The couple also stayed in an Airbnb the night before the wedding.

A. Light PhotographyThe wedding was at sunrise.

Since they were getting married at sunrise, Jasmine and Scott stayed in downtown Boulder the night before the wedding.

Jasmine still had to wake up at 3 a.m. to be ready for the 6:20 a.m. ceremony.

Airbnb: $US686


Simply Eloped helped the couple write their vows.

A. Light PhotographyThe officiant was provided by Simply Eloped.

Jasmine and Scott both filled out a survey for their officiant,Kiran Herbert, ahead of the wedding so she could customise their vows.

The cost of the officiant was included in the Bloom Package.

The officiant, photographer, videographer, violinist, and Jasmine’s maid of honour were the only attendees.

She was glad the event was small, as she thinks exchanging vows is a private moment.


Jasmine’s favourite part of the wedding day was the first look she and Scott shared.

A. Light PhotographyThe first look was a highlight of the day.

“It’s a forever moment,” she said of the first time Scott saw her in her wedding attire.

Their surroundings added to the romance of the occasion.


The Derrises ended up spending just over $US56,000 on their wedding.

A. Light PhotographyThe wedding was expensive even though it was intimate.

The couple invested their money in their outfits and jewellery for the wedding day, choosing to focus their budget on items they would be able to keep forever.

Final cost: $US56,853

See a breakdown of the couple’s elopement costs below.

  • Simply Eloped Bloom Package: $US3,293
  • Dress: $US17,000
  • Shoes: $US660
  • Hair Pin: $US79
  • Hair: $US450 (travel fee included)
  • Makeup Artist: $US200
  • Grooms attire: $US7,000
  • Bride’s custom rings: $US24,000
  • Groom’s custom rings: $US3,400
  • Airbnb: $US686
  • Wedding cake and cupcakes: $US85

Jasmine doesn’t want couples to feel forced to have big weddings.

A. Light PhotographyElopements are a great choice for many couples.

“Focus on everything that makes you happy, not what makes everyone else happy,” she advised couples planning their weddings.

“At the end of the day, it’s about you two, and it’s only about you,” she said. “Focus on the moment and not the others. Not everybody gets married, not everyone finds their special someone. So be deep in that moment.”


Jasmine loves how comfortable she is around Scott.

A. Light PhotographyThey’re at ease with each other.

“I love the comfortability we have around each other,” she told Insider. “I don’t have to shun my emotions or act a certain way.”

“I can be myself around him, and he can be himself around me,” she added. “We can talk about almost anything without having any second guesses.”

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