Full disclosure: this isn’t a real wedding… BUT I had to feature it anyway because I love the idea of running away to a mountain and having an adorable and completely understated elopement ceremony!
“I have always wanted to photograph a real, true elopement and have never gotten the chance!” wrote wedding photographer Brittni Willie. “I think being from Utah, most brides think they must have elaborate weddings with everyone they know (and don’t know) in attendance and I wanted to challenge that and show people how beautiful and yet simple an elopement can really be.”
“I suggested the idea to one of my previous wedding couples two days before we actually shot the elopement. We planned the whole thing in two days which I also thing really adds to authenticity I wanted to capture in the shoot. There were multiple parts of this session that I didn’t want to feel forced, or include too many vendors (if any) and spend hours of shooting to get 5 ‘perfect’ shots. We spent $80 in total. I wanted it to feel REAL.”
Princess and Davis wanted to elope, but they also wanted to include their families – so they did both! The couple got ready together in their own home, the bride wore a dress from Modcloth (currently on sale for $32 by the way!!) and she even assembled her own bouquet.
They very much wanted a non-traditional wedding so they planned it in six weeks! They also went against all the traditional aspects of a wedding day. They woke up together, got ready together, and were able to enjoy every moment of their day together.
Brady and Sara both wanted a simple wedding that reflected their own style. They didn’t want to spend a huge amount, and their budget was just $2000, but they managed to pull it off. They kept their guest list tiny, and reused a lot of things they already owned.
“We didn’t have a lot of money to put into the wedding but that was okay with us”, began Sara. “It was laid-back, outdoors in the beautiful nature and just a freaking blast the entire weekend.”
“I wore my mother’s wedding dress that she wore in her wedding to my father in the early 1980s”, she explained. “It is also the wedding dress that my grandmother wore in her wedding to my grandfather (over 60 years ago). The dress was modified to fit my body and be a bit more modern, but it still held the vintage style as well. In my hair I had a handmade fabric flower hairpiece made by one of my best friends and her mother. It was made from extra material from my/ my mother/grandmother’s wedding dress. My bouquet was the same.”
Now this, my friends, is what being a Rock n Roll bride is all about. It’s not about flowers, or favours or a fancy wedding venue. It’s not about what you wear, who your bridesmaids are or what theme you have. Being a Rock n Roll bride is about doing your own thing, marching to your own beat, and saying “I do” in a way that feels right for the two of you. That’s exactly what Rob and Edie did which is why I’m so excited to share their wedding with you today.
Married in Melbourne, their ceremony was held at the Marriage Bureau in South Yarra. After the intimate service, the headed to the Windsor Hotel for dinner with their guests.
“We met while skating at a skate park in Melbourne. I fell off my board and Edie (who was also skating) came over to see if I was OK”, said Rob. “We struck up a friendship by talking about things we had in common, and I asked her out for dinner. We wanted a very small and intimate wedding ceremony. We decided to elope to keep it a small affair with only a handful of people closest to us invited.”
Claire of Be Eventful and Caro Weiss wanted to do a wedding shoot with a difference. They wanted to really focus on the couple and their love, so they decided to strip things right back. Their models were Jess and Matt.
“The inspiration behind our Walk the City shoot came from a quote I always looked back to when planning my own wedding, ‘We were together. I forget the rest’ by Walt Whitman”, Claire explains. “As a wedding-helper, I’m used to dealing with the stresses of timings, weather, problem solving and last minute panics that surround a wedding day.”
Jessica and Dashiell eloped in June at Migdale Water Mill Cottage in Migdale, Scotland. The bride wore a gorgeous vintage dress from the 1930s. “After calculating the cost of a big wedding for family and friends, we agreed that we’d be much happier spending 1/3 of the cost for a small ceremony in the Highlands”, she said. “It was simpler and more appropriate to find a beautiful location rather than to attempt to make a location beautiful.”
“We wanted an outdoor ceremony, surrounded by greens and grey, attended by wind and drizzle; very nature inspired, it was perfect! The ceremony was amazing. It was lovely to have a celebrant who outwardly enjoyed the experience as much as we did. We were married by Penelope Hamilton from the Humanist Society of Scotland.”