Featured Elopement Couple: Mark + Victoria
Planner: Wild Goat Events
Location: Little Wategos, Byron Bay
Photographer: Celia Galpin Photography
Bouquet + Boutoneeire: Nikau
Bridal Hair and Make-Up: Face Alchemy
Celebrant: Byron Bay Wedding Ceremonies
Mercedes Transfers: Byron Bay Luxe Limousines
Byron Bay Accommodation: Elements of Byron
The Back Story: Victoria and Mark chose to elope only 5 weeks out from their actual wedding date. The couple were in the early stages of planning a 2019 destination wedding in Italy with friends and family, when they quickly realised the focus was becoming more about pleasing their guests than each other. They took a step back and really thought about what marriage meant for each of them. They decided that an intimate ceremony was more representative of who they were as a couple – something private, with no controversies. So they escaped, to beautiful Byron Bay, holding their official ceremony in secret, with only the two of them present.
The Brief: To create an intimate, sunset elopement setting, with minimal styling, to highlight the beautiful beach location.
The Wedding Day: Victoria and Mark spent the entire day exactly as they wanted, by each other’s side. Their remote ceremony location meant a little pre-wedding adventure in the form of a rugged cliff walk (Victoria managed this oh so gracefully in her lace wedding dress and stiletto heels), followed by a heartfelt sand ceremony during their vows to symbolise their union. Myself and Celia were on-hand to witness the ceremony and sign the marriage certificate, followed by a champagne toast and a beautiful sunset shoot around the Little Wategos beach and cliffs.
The couple put a lot of trust in us from the start, as they weren’t familiar with the area. Through our local knowledge and little black book of vendors were able to guide through each aspect of their elopement, from their choice of wedding location & celebrant, to arranging luxury transfers, floral, beauty and of course, photography to capture the special day. As a little extra touch, we had Victoria and Mark create a playlist to accompany their intimate ceremony and for added ambience during their post-wedding shoot.
Ceremony Style: Victoria and Mark opted for a circle of white rose petals, scattered in the sand, styled with our matching rattan stools and mini stool as the signing chairs and table
Sand Ceremony: A last minute addition to their ceremony, a miniature bottle of Brookie’s gin (raided from their mini-bar earlier that afternoon) was emptied and then re-filled, with handfuls of sand, symbolising the foundation of their relationship and their life-long commitment to each other
Floral: Victoria wanted a classic bouquet, brimming with white roses and touches of greenery (+ matching boutonnière for Mark)
Ceremony Vibes: Aisle Song: All of Me, John Legend, Signing Song: All my love, George Ezra
Why hire a planner? A good planner will guide you each step of the way, from recommending the perfect vendors suited to your individual style and budget, to ensuring that your wedding day runs seamlessly, with no unwanted surprises. Things don’t always go to plan, so an added bonus of a planner is enjoying the piece of mind knowing that any unexpected occurrences can be dealt with promptly (and without your knowledge). After all, it’s your wedding day and that’s all you should be thinking about. For this particular elopement ceremony, there is an interesting story with a deceased kangaroo that I won’t go into…but trust me, hire a planner (aka crisis manager).