Who we are

Runaway Romance is a specialised wedding planning company based in Johannesburg. We focus on small, non-traditional weddings, elopements, micro weddings 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 R17 000, ranging up to R33 000 depending on your individual celebration needs. (It doesn’t include the cost of other vendors.)

We are now also offering special Lockdown Elopement Packages to couples who just can’t wait to tie the knot or who had to change their existing wedding plans.

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

Kristina & Matt

We cannot begin to thank Louise enough for being so instrumental in helping us to have our perfect elopement. We could not have dreamed it would be any more beautiful than it actually was. Huge thanks to Louise for being constantly available to advise and reassure us during the planning process, and being there for us on the day to make sure it went as smoothly, calmly and beautifully as it did.

Tony & Julie

Throughout the whole process of arranging our wedding we found Louise to be very helpful and responsive to our requests. Louise is a lovely person and someone that is passionate about her business and really makes every effort to make sure her clients have a very special day. We both absolutely loved our day and Louise was a major part in that, every part of our day was amazing and we wouldn’t have changed anything.

Ashleigh & Sean

Thank you so much Louise and team at Runaway Romance without you we could not of had our special day so perfect ... Planning an elopement from the DRC and had never visited Cape Town before this would of been impossible without you xo love 💕 #SMASH

Tami & Shane

I want you to know I am very grateful for everything you did for me. From the moment we met I just thought you "got me" with the non-wedding-wedding , no-white, no-cliche's. It was peak silly season and I changed my mind so many times - you took it in your stride. There was a lot of judgement for us, especially me, about eloping and not inviting anyone but seeing your other couples and everything you said made me feels so much better. The day was everything that we wanted, chilled, about us, no drama-llama's and we are so happy. You really are the elopement-guru.

Chelsea & Nathan

Louise was so friendly and made sure our experience was perfect and did everything she could to make sure of it. She did some extra, special things for us. It was perfect, can’t thank her enough! Runaway Romance was exactly what we expected and more.


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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 say that I applied this philosophy to my own wedding late last year (what a blast!!) and to be able to help you as a couple get married in this way too. After all, it all about celebrating your 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!

And I shed a tear of happiness at every elopement and wedding I have the privilege of being a part of.



Elopements, Weddings, Engagements & Anniversaries


View our latest work by clicking on the Portfolio pictures below. To access our Blog scroll below the pictures and click on the 'View Our Blog' button.

Angela & Armin’s commitment ceremony (Part 1)

Angela and Armin decided to commit to each other in Cape Town while in South Africa on a holiday. We spent two days together so that they could make the most of it. We worked with 25 Weddings/Studio 25 again on this project. We started with a boudoir shoot and a couple shoot on the […]

Natasha & Calvin’s Stellenbosch vineyard elopement

Natasha & Calvin travelled to South Africa from Canada. When they left Canada, it was -30 degrees and +30 degrees when they landed in Cape Town… quite a temperature change, but that also means great weather for their wedding day! The beautiful Webersburg Estate was the venue for their nuptials. They got ready in the […]

Cindy & Warren’s intimate mountain-side wedding

Cindy and Warren contacted me a month before they wanted to get married. They had been engaged for about 7 years and were also expecting their first child two months later (she arrived exactly 1 month after their wedding!). They’re a relaxed, go-with-the-flow kind of couple who love a view and eating good food with […]

Tami & Shane’s Knysna forest elopement

Sometimes you just have to do what you want and what makes you happy. As Tami says, “we’re no drama-llamas” and that’s exactly what they got when they eloped to Knysna… NO DRAMA! Tami & Shane are a couple that have a great time together. They laughed through most of it and really looked like […]

Ash & Sean’s romantic Cape Town elopement

Ashleigh and Sean just make total sense as a couple. They are adventurous (they were living in the DRC at the time they got married), have fun together and always seem to be smiling. They got married in Cape Town (Sean’s home town), at the stunning Cellars-Hohenort, under their palm arch. Ash’s parents and family […]

Chelsea & Nathan’s summer safari elopement

Chelsea & Nathan took the year end trip of a lifetime, making their way from Egypt to South Africa. They spent time in Kenya, saw gorilla’s in Rwanda and sat in the Devil’s Pool at Vic Falls. But nothing compared (in my humble opinion) to their beautiful elopement at Misava Safari Camp, one of the […]

Kim & Shaun’s boho garden elopement

The historic Foxwood House was the setting for Kim & Shaun’s boho inspired elopement. They said their “I Do’s” under the trees in front of close family and friends. When everyone left for the reception, they shared a romantic picnic for two on the grass before they headed off to the next party. Kim is […]

Jessica & Ademar’s Winter Wedding

Angolan couple, Jessica and Ademar chose Cape Town for their winter wedding. They weren’t keen on doing a traditional wedding in Angola and were looking for something different. So of course we could help them! They tied the knot is a Catholic ceremony at the beautiful St Agnes church in Woodstock. Their reception was held […]

Erica & Brent’s Cliff-side Elopement

This was one of those elopements that makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside! I don’t think I stopped smiling the whole day. Brent is South African, with special childhood memories that brought him back to Plettenberg Bay. His beautiful bride Erica, from the USA, hadn’t been to the Garden Route, so what a […]

Kerry & Pete’s Bush wedding

Kerry & Pete met in the UK but now live in Dubai. Kerry wanted to come home to South Africa for this very special day and to show off our beautiful country at the same time. They said their I Do’s under a huge tree, in front of friends and family from all over the […]


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