While nymphs used to hide their naked forms with peonies to protect themselves from prying eyes, the peony has a great value in Chinese culture. Indeed, it is considered a symbol of royalty and honor. The Chinese name peony could even mean "the most beautiful".
A moment just for two, to unite and exchange vows in complete intimacy.
Eyes in eyes, elopement is the creation of a strong memory in their life as a couple.
For some, it can take the form of a secular or religious ceremony.
But above all, it is a timeless, wildly romantic interlude that belongs only to the couple.
Photographed by Gabriella Vanstern