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

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.

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!


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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


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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 […]

When traditional wedding DO’s should be DON’Ts

I recently read an article about do’s and don’ts for weddings. The one thing that stood out for me is that the traditional DO’S are actually better as DON’TS! And as you know, non-traditional is how we roll! So here are the top seven things we would change. 1. Wear a white dress White dresses […]

Chelsea & Lorin’s Safari Elopement

Chelsea & Lorin flew out from the USA to live their dream and get married in the South African bush. The setting for this beautiful event was Kruger Sunset Lodge in the Mjejane Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. They clearly adore each other! They were beaming with happiness and many a tear […]

Louise & Peter’s small Johannesburg wedding

Louise (yes that’s me!) & Peter tied the knot of a very rainy day at the historical Johannesburg Country Club in Auckland Park.  The outdoor gazebo area had been booked for the ceremony but at the last minute it was moved inside because of the waterlogged lawn. The rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits! While guests […]

A fairy tale forest elopement

Pamela and Justin dreamt of eloping to Finland to get married under the Northern Lights. Before they could, they received the exciting news that they were expecting a baby boy! They still wanted to tie the knot but a bit closer to home. We were asked to find a beautiful forest for them to say […]

Kristina & Matt’s secret vineyard elopement

The tranquil surroundings of the Grande Provence vineyards in Franschhoek make for the most amazing, secret elopement. Kristina and Matt are both teachers from the UK and have taught in some interesting places like Uzbekistan and Angola. After visiting South Africa a couple times before, they decided to return for this special celebration and we’re […]

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 found themselves unattached a few years ago. The time finally came to officially tie the knot in December 2018. They had their ceremony at their […]

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 […]


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