Who we are

Runaway Romance is a specialised wedding planning company based in Johannesburg. We focus on small, non-traditional weddings, elopements and destination weddings to South Africa.
We use non-traditional venues and suppliers to create intimate celebrations that have never been seen or experienced before.
We use our unique perspective and knowledge of small weddings to give you a stunning alternative to the hype, cost and pressure of typical wedding ``productions``.
Our couples are the trail blazers of the world. Inspired by adventure, you are the ones who celebrate your love in an authentic, out of the ordinary and completely ‘YOU’ way.
Runaway Romance is all for less hype, more happy!


Unique, intimate and memorable

What We Do

We do madly in love. We do travel and adventure. We do family.
We do once off. We do extraordinary.We do happy.
We don’t do getting into debt to get married. We don’t do trend chasing.
We don’t do wasteful. We don’t do judging.

All 3 of our specialised wedding planning packages include nothing less than start to finish supplier sourcing and management, creative concepts planning, logistics and budget management, full event set up, professional on the day hosting and event breakdown services.

Our wedding planning service fee starts from R15 000, ranging up to R33 000 depending on your individual celebration needs.

Destination weddings to South Africa

This is when you are living outside of South Africa but are (rightfully so) wanting to come to our stunning country to celebrate your ‘I Do’s’. Maybe it’s just the two of you or maybe you’re bringing some family and friends. This will be the best wedding come honeymoon decision you ever make.

By being part of so many local weddings that are creative, adventurous, out of the box Runaway Romance is able to source suppliers, venues and destinations that are wow’ing new comers and locals alike, giving you direct and reliable access to the best of South Africa and her hidden gems.

For our destination couples we are on hand a full week before your wedding day to make sure your pre-wedding events and expeditions are as well planned and stress free as your special day.

Who would have thought that getting married half way around the world and creating once in a lifetime memories could be less stressful, more affordable and triple the fun of a wedding in your home town?

Small weddings

If you have decided to treat yourself to a different kind of wedding experience, one that is full of romance, is totally focused on what you love the most as a couple and is like nothing you or your guests have ever experienced, then our small wedding package is perfect for you.

By having less than 80 guests at your wedding day celebration you allow yourselves the creative freedom to really have the wedding you want in the exciting non-traditional venue you love. Your wedding day budget is able to include the luxuries and experiences you never could with a big wedding (Think butternut soup for the masses vs Caviar for a few.)

These wedding days may be small in numbers but are big on heart.


Without a doubt the most romantic thing you can do for each other, an elopement allows you to start your married life with just your nearest and dearest present.

Exciting, adventurous, desperately romantic and visually breath taking our elopement package is perfect for the trail blazing couples of the world who aren’t afraid to do life their way.

Elopements open up a world of possibilities giving you and your 10 or less guests choices of venues, destinations and suppliers that are light years ahead of what is available in the traditional wedding industry at the moment.

Elopements can be arranged on fairly short notice and have a very special place in our hearts and company.

We would also love to be part of your out of the ordinary romantic moments which include personalised proposals, styled couples shoots, vow renewals as well as engagement and anniversary celebrations. Please get hold of us to find out more.


Making that special moment even more memorable

Kind Words

Jason & Nicole

We were tentative about getting a wedding planner because we felt like it was an expense that we didn't need, but it was the best decision that we made (other than deciding to get married!) Runaway Romance provided calm advice and guidance throughout the process, turned our haphazard collection of ideas into a coherent aesthetic and was able to plan our perfect wedding despite us being on the other side of the world. We loved their honest, unbiased opinions on everything. Thank you so much!  

Tamsyn & Andrew

In many ways Runaway Romance helped us get back to the place that we felt we were being pressured away from. Our wedding was spinning out of my control and it was down to your kind and valuable words that we have really brought it back to exactly what we always wanted.

Megan & Brent

I am at a loss for words to describe the service received from Runaway Romance. From our first meeting to dismantling the decor, everything was handled professionally. I had my reservations about a small wedding, but there wasn't any part of the traditional wedding that we missed. The service provided was excellent and extremely good value for money. The emotional support that we received was above and beyond. Thank you for everything!

Yu-Shan & Serafim

We were never quite sure whether we wanted a traditional wedding or elopement. However working with Runaway Romance helped us find something as special, in-between. We loved that our special day felt like our other holidays together - we got to share an amazing beach walk & late breakfast, while everything that followed was organized and managed perfectly. We’re so grateful that we got to focus on the most important detail of the day, each other. Thank you for reminding us of that!


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Meet Louise

I’m Louise. A South African based wedding planner focusing on the small and non-traditional. I truly believe that small can be huge and simple can be extraordinary.

Louise Schnetler


Events have always been in my blood. I was always the one to organise get togethers and host parties. I went so far as to study it as part of my honours degree. So of course, I found myself in the corporate world, as a conference producer and later as an events specialist at a law firm.

A few years later I started developing and learning more about my lifelong love of flowers. I was mentored by an amazing floral designer and now TV show host and helped her manage the weddings she had taken on. I had found my absolute bliss!
After leaving the corporate world, I found myself in the position to branch out and do my own thing and do something I truly love and feel passionate about. My dreams came true when I heard about this gem of a business. The stars aligned, the universe listened, I found my purpose! And here I am, the very proud owner of Runaway Romance!

As a more “mature” bride, I am drawn to the philosophy that Runaway Romance is built on – Less hype, more happy! I am proud to be applying this philosophy to my own wedding later this year and to be able to help you as a couple get married in this way too. After all, it all about celebrating love with those who matter most.
I love taking my dog for afternoon walks in the park and smelling as many flowers as I can along the way. I really love drinking champagne and dancing – throw in some macarons and I’m in my happy place!



Elopements, Weddings & Engagements


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Perlé and Mike’s Italian inspired wedding celebration

Perlé and Mike have known each other for almost 20 years and have been business partners for over a decade. Over the years, their love grew and they finally both themselves unattached a few years ago. The time finally came to officially tie the knot in December 2018. They had their ceremony at their home, […]

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Julie & Tony’s whirlwind elopement

Tony and Julie had a trip to South Africa and Namibia planned to celebrate Julie’s birthday. They decided that getting married would be a great way to start their epic adventure. With only one day in Johannesburg before they went off to the Kruger Park, we had a whirlwind celebration to plan! Julie and Tony […]

Rosemary & Gareth’s coastal Cape Town elopement

Rosemary & Gareth flew into Cape Town from the UK with two days to get married before going to see Gareth’s family in Pretoria for a post ceremony celebration. Predictably, the unpredictable Cape Town weather made things interesting. Luckily it cleared enough to allow for a beautiful ceremony under a huge tree, overlooking the Atlantic […]

Tania & Duncan’s eclectic Joburg Shindig.

Two more pure and gentle hearts you have never met. Their day, the people who surrounded them, the perfect balance between the exciting visual treats, the tasty treats and ALLLLL the feels, was just mind blowing and totally proves Tania and Duncan are meant to be doing this thing called life together. Nice to Meat […]

Time for new blooms (& a beautiful new owner)

The most exciting thing in life is growth and the change that comes with that! For anyone who knows a little about us or me, you will know Runaway Romance was built on and will always uphold the importance and beauty of intentional focus and personal meaning when celebrating the important life event that is […]

Shannon & Tyler’s small cityscape wedding

By day these two are your typical professional power house couple. By night they are tea drinking, cat loving, oh do we love a good dance, throw some gold and glitter into the mix, why the hell not, kinda people. We had the best time creating a mix of sophisticated and whimsical elements for Shannon […]

When two worlds meet in the South African bushveld

It’s an amazing thing to see how different couples bring their hearts and souls to their wedding celebrations, to truly make it ‘theirs’. For Raine and Ernst it was all about the feeling. How the space, air and open bush made them feel back home. How their guests would feel about the million little details […]

Laura & Dan elope to Emily Moon

If you ever wanted an elopement that inspires you to make the most of everything South Africa has to offer as a wedding/honeymoon destination, then Laura and Dan’s riverside celebration is it. They made their way down the Garden Route (stopping at many a golf course along the way) to Emily Moon River Lodge where […]

Small Stellenbosch wine lands wedding

On the most spectacular Cape Town summers day, this group of travelers celebrated Denise and Eoin’s small winelands wedding. The day was non-stop laughter, fun and festivities as the group of family and friends from around the world finished their week of South African exploring in Stellenbosch, to witness these two’s “I Do’s”. From the […]

Chris & Blaire’s Waterfall Elopement

Chris & Blaire where inspired by our ‘Waterfall & Wild horses’ shoot to travel from across the seas to have their South African elopement under the same beautiful waterfall spray. To say this was an adventure trip for them is an understatement. They had so many curve balls thrown at them (including an unplanned back […]


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