Shot around Fitzroy in Melbourne, this photo shoot was set up by photographer Fiona Harding to show that weddings don’t have to be expensive, traditional affairs to be utterly beautiful!
“I wanted to theme this shoot around a city hall elopement”, Fiona writes. “That meant a tight budget, non-traditional, urban affair that was 100% about being fun, quirky and different. The vintage halter dress was the pioneering piece of inspiration and the shoot grew around that.”
Ollie and Emma ran away to Vegas to be married. The British couple wanted to do things completely on their own terms so that meant no guests and no fancy formality. They had a party for their friends and family back in the UK when they returned.
“We really wanted to escape and let off some steam after originally planning a very sensible wedding!”, the couple told me. “Vegas seemed the perfect playground and being free of guests meant we were able to do things exactly as we wanted. There was no pressure to please anyone other than ourselves.”
Amy and James’ aim was to spend as little as possible on getting married. They had a small ceremony at Boho Cornwall, a venue specifically designed for elopements, on May 13th.
“The inspiration for our wedding was just to be an intimate, family occasion, just us and our baby girl”, explained Amy. “We had no guests, no speeches, no cake, seating plans or first dances. We wanted it to be as environmentally friendly as possible too so my bouquet was from locally grown flowers, my dress was homemade and our rings were recycled. Plus, rather than asking friends and family for gifts or money, we set up a JustGiving page to help our local animal sanctuary.”
The bride’s gorgeous green dress was made by the groom’s mother. “I was adamant from day one that I wanted an emerald green dress”, she explained. “People tried to talk me out of it but I know my own mind and I stuck with it – and it was splendiferous.”
“We had both been to weddings before where all the ‘extras’ seemed, in our opinion, to detract from the core meaning of the wedding”, said James. “The union of two people was the most important thing to us. It all too often got lost after the ceremony in the endless photo line ups, welcomes, dances… not to mention it being a massive expense and headache to plan. We wanted it to also be nice and relaxed, intimate and simple.”
Patrick and Chris were planning to get married in October 2015. In fact they still are having a wedding then, but when the opportunity came to adopt their foster son, they didn’t want to wait a moment longer. So they flew to Vegas and eloped!
“Our wedding was very spur of the moment”, Chris told me. “We have a more traditional wedding planned for October (although we’re still only going to have 15 guests!) but Patrick LOVES Elvis and always wanted a Vegas wedding so when the opportunity came up we moved our wedding date and eloped!”
Claire and Joe always wanted to have a fun and stress-free wedding. So when Claire found out that Joe was going to visit one of his favourite ever places, she decided this was the perfect time for them to elope. The real twist is that Joe had absolutely no idea!
“When I knew Joe would be in California on business and he’d be working at his favourite race track, I decided it would be fun to just do something totally unique and fun”, explained Claire. “We had no parents, friends or family members trying to tell us what to do because they don’t even know we were getting married!”
“Although Joe knew we’d be getting married at some point soon (because we needed to get a marriage license) he had no idea he was actually going to get married at the racetrack and on THAT day. I’d secretly been planning the pop-up wedding for three months!”
The day was a bit chaotic and overall just a really great time”, she continued. ” Watching Joe walk towards me super happy and in complete disbelief was the most amazing moment. He totally did not see it coming.”
Jeffery and Amanda eloped at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum in Ohio. They had just their close friend Andrew as their officiant and his wife, Brittany, as their witness. “We chose our ceremony venue as the gazebo at Lookout Point, the highest natural point in Dayton, OH”, Amanda explained. “We picked it because of the abundant vegetation, beautiful architecture, and sentiment. It’s the burial place for my mother so it meant a lot to us to be married here.”
“We had initially talked about getting married October 31st 2015″, she continued. “After only a day of discussing that, we realised the stress of planning a huge event was something neither of us wanted. So we decided to get married, on December 21st, the winter solstice, which was three weeks away. The details of the wedding were less important to us than the final result of us being married.”