Melbourne elopement photographer
What are elopements?
By definition, Google's says, 'Elope' is to run away secretly to get married. And wikipedia refers to it as a way of conducting a marriage in a sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving a hurried flight away from one location to another with the intention of getting married.
Essentially, it's a wedding ceremony, without the reception, and the celebrations, the first dance, the speeches and the bouquet toss.
So are you thinking of having a smaller, more intimate wedding ceremony that requires less work, stress, expectations and people?
How do you elope?
Have you heard of the stories where people run away to Las Vegas and get married? It's like that, but in Australia, it can be a little different, but that really depends on what your overall aim is, i.e. do you want to be legally recognised as a married couple, or would you prefer to do something that symbolises your commitment to one another?
In the US, there is such a thing as self-solemnising your marriage, where you don't require an officiant. But in Australia, this is not recognised legally, rather it is viewed as a symbolic occasion. So you can technically hold a ceremony, where you commit to each other, but it just won't be recognised by law.
In order to get married legally in Australia, you require a registered celebrant, two witnesses and signed legal documents, which the celebrant will have explained and provided you to sign before you can get married. So it kinda takes the whole excitement of running away together to get married secretly. But just so you know, your witnesses don't have to be your parents!
Where can we elope?
There are really two main ways you can elope; at a marriage registry office, or you can pick a location. If you need ideas, I would suggest picking a location that has some significance for you. Make sure when you approach your potential civil or marriage celebrant they will give you an array of ideas to make your wedding fun and less traditional!
A lot of elopements I've witnessed are normally conducted at parks like the Carlton Gardens, St. Kilda Botanical Gardens, The Treasury Gardens. In some cases, there is the back yard wedding at your home. You can pick any location to get married anywhere, but make sure you call the councils to ensure you don't need a permit to be married in those areas. I am going to provide a to do list when it comes to planning your elopement.
Remember...elopements are great for those who don't have a big network of friends, or even those that want to keep things small, whether it is to keep the budget down or to keep it a big secret (which is what elopement means anyway!)...
Things to consider when eloping
Because it is your ceremony, just remember; you do you, so make sure whatever your decisions are, are based on what it means to you both, and why your relationship is special.
Here are a few things to consider when eloping;
- Will you invite your friends and/or family to celebrate with you?
- What location will you hold your ceremony?
- What will you wear? Is it going to be more casual, formal, semi-formal, creatively quirky?
- Are you going to celebrate after the ceremony?
- Will you hire an elopement photographer?
- Are you going to write your vows?
- Will you consider doing another wedding? (also known as a commitment wedding, because you are technically legally married)
- Are you going to make an announcement before and/or after the wedding?
- Are you going to have a honeymoon?
- Will you have wedding rings?
Elopement photography service
Yes! we do cater for "Micro Weddings" or "Elopements" in Melbourne. They certainly have become a norm in the wedding industry and I love them just as equally as standard traditional weddings.
Elopements themselves do have their own unique and meaningful elements that make them all the more personal, intimate and beautiful in their own way. And I love photographing them because it gives us a chance to create photographs that are so much more meaningful to you.
Prices start from $750