Did you know that Australia has 40 distinct ecoregions and some of the most stunning territory on the planet? Yup, it can be tough to choose where to say “I Do” (mountain? desert? forest?) when you live in a country as awe-inspiring as Australia, but, if we’re being honest, there’s something about the beach that will always have our hearts. If you’re still on the fence, take a peek at the slideshow below — you might be convinced to go coastal!
Intimate, heartfelt, and overflowing with love, this Australian elopement beautifully captured by Sophie Baker Photography is what my wedding blogging dreams are made of. My love started with the Bride’s gorgeous Graces Loves Lace gown and then just seemed to grow with each and every gorgeous image, making me head over heels for this love-filled gallery.
From Sophie Baker Photography…Karla & Dave have the most authentic, deeply-rooted love for each other. They eloped in the morning beneath a chandelier-draped tree in the hinterland’s of Australia’s Gold Coast with 5 of their nearest and dearest friends. It was the most relaxed, genuine, heartfelt experience I (the photographer) have ever been involved in, and I walked away having gained two great friends in Karla & Dave. We met back up after their ceremony near sunset to continue their portraits. Karla’s ring is a smaller replica of Princess Kate’s.
I think about 99.9% of the weddings I see give me the travel bug… this Queensland countryside affair is no exception. Fortunately for us, this couple took full advantage of the stunning backdrop and were also kind enough to share their beautiful day with all of us. It’s the kind of effortless elegance we crave and we’re lucky The Arched Window Photography was there to capture every moment.
From The Bride…Mick and I met through a mutual friend at two separate sporting events – the cricket and the rugby. After having a good chat at the cricket (during a rain delay), neither of us didn’t think much more of it. By chance we saw each other at a Reds v Western force game, had another couple of drinks and a chat, after which he asked me out.
About three weeks in I knew he was the one. Having both been married before, and neither of us overly backward in coming forward, we were pretty upfront about who we were and what we were after in a partner. By chance, our needs/wants/goals etc were very similar and in most instances the same.
Proposal was very low key. We were at the farm for the weekend and upon waking up one morning, he asked me to marry him. No fireworks, not string quartet etc, but that wouldn’t have been very Mick. We had talked about it previously, but neither had a real need to get married initially. We were with each other because that’s where we wanted to be – we didn’t need to be married, but after a while we both wanted to.
What I love most about Mick is that he is who he is. There is no pretence with him, and as such he has a confidence without being arrogant. He is as honest and loyal as the day is long, and is the most genuine person I know. Mick loves the confidence that I give him.
Being able to share that experience with our family and close friends was the best part of our day. We didn’t have a huge wedding but those that were there were the ones that will be in our lives in the future.
My advice to other brides is it will all be fine… We had our reception in an open air marquee. Despite rain in the lead up week and ominous clouds on the day ( which looked great in the photos ) there was not a drop of rain on the day. The roof stayed off the marquee and the night was lovely. I did have moments of terror however.
That you can always aim for the wedding, that isn’t a wedding, but you will most likely end up with a wedding….
I tried to be as simple and what I thought was as elegant as possible. We did a country wedding, but we didn’t want too casual. Sarabah Estate was a big help in that regard, and we tried to keep it less formal by using local flower pods etc to decorate the tables alongside candles and flowers. Everything was shares of white, highlighted with waxy green leaves and Crow’s Ash pods.
Mick is from Canungra and it was important for him to have a wedding at home. We didn’t even consider having it anywhere else – it just felt right. It also meant that we could use our property for the photos which made it special for us.
A short honeymoon straight after the wedding – we kept it simple and went to Noosa. A very low key week – lots of good food, wine, trips to the beach and surrounds, and sleep-ins. We were shattered after the wedding and it was great to just relax after it all…. We may head overseas next year.
Photography: The Arched Window Photography | Florist: Friday Flowers | Wedding Dress: Julie Tengdahl Bridal Couture | Wedding Cake: Cakes By Judy C | Stationary: Urban Weddings | Ceremony Venue: Sarabah Estate Vineyard | Reception Venue: Sarabah Estate Vineyard | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: The Powder Room | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Celebrant: Tarnya Bennett | Hair Dresser: Luke Reynolds Hair Dressing | Jewelery: Paula Hall Designs