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Wedding Theme: 3 Real-Life Runaway Brides

Real-Life Story: Runaway Brides

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For engaged couples looking for something more "them" than a cookie-cutter mega-wedding or a bare bones Justice of the Peace affair, there's a new movement afoot. And feet have everything to do with this new trend. Couples everywhere are incorporating their love of fitness into not only their life but their nuptials. Here, we introduce you to three real Runaway Brides who tell you why and how they did it.

Allegra Frolow: The Inspiration

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"My husband and I met through a running group. We picked another runner, who was ordained through the Universal Life Church online, to officiate our wedding since he knows both of us, as well as my parents (who are also runners). Many of our wedding guests were our runner friends. It only seemed fitting for at least a portion of our wedding to incorporate running."

Allegra Frolow: The Aww Moment

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"At the end of our wedding, I changed from my wedding dress into a white sundress and running shoes. My husband changed from his tux into a black running outfit and shoes.  We made our exit by running out through the tunnel of guests throwing lavender," Frolow says.

Allegra Frolow: The Happy Ending

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"Since it was summer in Texas, we only ran far enough to get out of sight. Then, we took a break waiting for our ride to pick us up and take us to the state capitol, where we put our wedding clothes back on to take pictures.  It turned out perfectly. People still tell us how cute our exit was. I wouldn't change a thing!"

Katie Ingram: The Inspiration

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"We wanted to start our marriage the way we live our lives! I'm a long-time runner and more recently a triathlete, and my husband is a runner too."

Katie Ingram: The Aww Moment

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"We got married in a surprise ceremony on New Year's Eve. The next morning my new husband and I ran a 5K and then hosted a brunch for everyone. I even had special 'Just Married' technical tees made for the 5K!"

Katie Ingram: The Happy Ending

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"I have absolutely no idea what our chip time was—I didn't wear my Garmin and I don't really care. What matters is how we rang in the New Year and our marriage—being outside, running, with friends. Our life!" Katie's blog, Run This Amazing Day, makes it clear that fitness is much more than her wedding theme of choice; It plays a role in every day of her life.

Wendy Bazilian: The Inspiration

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While California couple Wendy and Jason Bazilian had a fit beginning—they met as camp counselors and bonded as swim instructors—they opted for a beautiful, traditional wedding on the beach. But when they renewed their vows this year, they decided the Las Vegas "Strip at Night" half marathon would be the perfect way to do it. "We always aim for a ‘well-lived day,’" Wendy says. “Working together to achieve a goal like running a half marathon takes commitment and work, just like a marriage .The renewal is icing on the cake—without the extra calories!"

Wendy Bazilian: The Aww Moment

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"We’ll be wearing ‘love’ gear and I plan to make something ‘blue’ for us out of the fabric from our bridesmaids' dresses. Jason’s planning on carrying his wedding tie attached to him and slipping it on during the ceremony. I’ll definitely have flowers in my hair and maybe my veil."

Wendy Bazilian: The Happy Ending

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"Every year since our marriage, we’ve celebrated the Chinese New Year by sending a card with a ‘Jump’ pic of us together—a photo of us in mid-air somewhere in the world. This symbol of our love and our love for being active has become our trademark."

Want to Be a Runaway Bride?

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This Runaway Bride phenomenon has become so popular you can even buy a custom-made Wedding Running Dress from Oiselle!