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A Simple yet Edgy Lockdown Elopement Planned in a Week!

Emily, Shane and their five doggos were not going to let a little thing like a worldwide pandemic stop them from getting married. So, before lockdown came into full effect in Australia, they decided to postpone their big wedding that was planned for July and to elope with their five dogs in tow!

With the help of their super accommodating vendors, they managed to pull an elopement together in under a week! Unfortunately their original photographer was in full lockdown and unable to shoot their new date, thankfully they found Carly Co. who was available at short notice.

“The best thing about our wedding was that we had our five dogs roaming free, and we didn’t have the usual wedding attire. Rin, our celebrant, made our ceremony so personal, I was genuinely surprised. The questions we answered let her tell our love story better than we can tell it ourselves. I thought I would shed a tear but didn’t think Shane would at all. Rin had us both laughing and sobbing which I didn’t think was possible. Our ceremony was perfect in every way. It was so laid back and easy to just be in the moment.”

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Burnley Gardens Elopement with the Bride in Red

If you’re planning a smaller post-pandemic wedding then you’re going to love reading all about Jodie and Joe’s intimate day. They eloped with just a couple of their friends there, and then later planned an ‘engagement party’ where they could tell everyone they’d actually already got married!

“Our elopement was at Burnley Gardens in Victoria, Australia.”, Jodie told us. “Only our witnesses, celebrant and photographer were there… Oh, and our 12 month old labradoodle Banjo. He got his own white collar and lead for the occasion. Afterwards, our witnesses and us went to a restaurant for dinner. We got married on a Wednesday and all of us returned back to work the day after. It was fun having a secret from work our family and friends!”

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Dark & Romantic Cemetery Wedding with Traditional Scottish Touches

Kate and Jordon were married in an intimate ceremony at Mt Thompson Crematorium, where the bride works, in Holland Park, Brisbane. They wanted the wedding to reflect their lives and everything they’ve built together. They included nods to the bride’s Scottish heritage such as the tartan sash attached to her Sherri Hill dress and by having a handfasting and whiskey ceremony. The wedding cake was made with Belgian chocolate as a nod to Jordon being born in Belgium.

“I walked down the aisle to To Build a Home by the Cinematic Orchestra”, Kate began. “Jordon is a carpenter and we always make pun’s about ‘building a life together’ so it was a perfect fit. Jordon’s parents had passed away and our celebrant, who was Jordon’s mother’s best friend, gave a beautiful tribute. The final song was Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine, a song that was on Jordon’s mum’s favourite album and played at her funeral. Our nieces, nephews and best friend’s children acted as junior groomsmen and junior bridesmaids. My son Ty walked my down the aisle in his traditional Clan Ranald kilt.”

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Elegant Dive Bar Wedding Down Under

Both big music fans, Broden and Marnie met at a Jezabels gig in Brisbane. They bonded quickly, geeking out over their mutual music taste, and after exchanging thousands of messaged post-gig, they became a couple. They didn’t officially get engaged in the traditional sense. They were apart for a few months (Marnie in London and Broden in Australia) and one night during a marathon five-hour Skype call they just kind of mutually decided that they should get married. Instead of an engagement ring for either of them, they got matching mallard duck tattoos on their chests.

They were married in September, back in Brisbane, and once they found their venue, Cupo, they knew it was the one. “We wanted the same kind of vibe as the dingy bars and music venues we love to hangout in”, wrote the bride. “We wanted to capture the vibe where we feel at home but we also wanted some dashes of class in there – somewhere you could imagine a rockstar hanging out. We wanted it tough around the edges with just enough glam and one hell of a party.”

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Casual Winter Weekend Wedding with a Mustard Dress & Warm Colour Scheme

Their relaxed and colourful day was held at Donnelly River Village in South West Australia. Erin chose a mustard wedding dress and Glen, a smart casual combo of brown trousers and a matching mustard bow tie. The August wedding (which is winter down under remember!) played homage to the season with a colour palette of burnt orange, mustard and burgundy, particularly in the flowers. As a florist, having lots of beautiful arrangements was a must for this bride!

The wedding was a weekend-long celebration with an early morning ceremony on the second day followed by a brunch time reception. Afterwards their guests had a chance to explore the village. Then then hosted a dinner and wedding games in the evening.

“Our ceremony was meant to begin at 9:30am (it was 5°c but sunny), but due to a wardrobe malfunction (my zipper broke and I had to be sewn into my dress) I was 45 minutes late. This is where we realised that having an amazing celebrant is crucial as he was able to keep the guests entertained, along with our musicians. We had a lighthearted and fun ceremony, with tossing a coin as our way to decided who said their vows first. Our musicians (family friends) played a song they wrote specifically about us while we signed the registry. Everyone had doily cones filled with dried rose petals to throw as confetti.”

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Young Hearts Run Free: Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet meets Frida Kahlo in a Botanical Gardens

Nat and Alfredo got married at the Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia on the 24th of August. They were inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet and Frida Kahlo for their theme. The bride explains, “Both are visually captivating with symbolic imagery, but at the heart of it, are about two people who connect and commit to each other. They’re not fairy tale love stories but are about the strength of love. I’ve always loved the symbolism in Romeo and Juliet and it was also something the represented Rome (where we met) and Alfredo’s background.”

As the bride works in the wedding industry, she didn’t want their wedding to be in any way traditional, or for her look to be too classically bridal. “I wanted something that was fun, party-like and not weddingy”, she continued.” I wanted the wedding to really represent us and our relationship as well as our contrasts. Working in the wedding industry I was over seeing the same style again and again. The word bespoke gets thrown around a lot but it’s not always really true at all – it’s all the same thing with just a slightly different colour palette. I wanted my wedding not to look like a typical wedding and to be a reflection of our interests and style and for it to feel like a fun party.”

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