Brisbane City Elopement
Bec & Michael
Length of engagement
decide on your feeling or vision or vibe for your day as a couple and don’t deviate from it. We definitely got advice from our friends and family but we made sure we stayed true to us throughout the whole thing. If you stay true to that vision then everything else will fall into place.
Notes from the lovers
must have's for your Brisbane city elopement
Bec: My must haves were definitely a fragrance just for my wedding day that I hadn’t worn before so I could create a scent memory of the day. Coffee for sure, a good breakfast to start, lots of water to stay hydrated, a snack for when you’re getting your photos done because you probably can’t stop for a meal between your ceremony and your photos. Also for me with anyone getting married in July/August the Brisbane winter winds meant I had to have lots of spare pins for my hair, a warm jacket that I could get over my dress without crushing it and powder and lipstick for touch ups.
Michael: definitely agree with coffee, snacks and water. We also luckily had a family friend that was our driver/pack mule/assistant photographer who just made everything so easy. If you don’t have a bridal party definitely have someone on hand that can help with those things your bridal party would usually do.
You approach to the planning process and advice for future couples
We found the planning process four our Brisbane city elopement quite easy actually. We knew from the beginning we wanted a non traditional wedding so the ceremony part didn’t require much planning as we knew we’d do a registry wedding with no guests so the only part to plan was the party afterwards (at Canvas Club, Woolloongabba) celebrating our nuptials. Planning for that took some time as we needed to find a venue that was our style, served the kind of food we liked and would cater for alcohol free options as Michael is sober. We also had to make sure that we found a venue that we could flex easily if Covid limitations changed.
My best advice if you’re planning a wedding now is try to be as flexible as possible. Our guest numbers were fluctuating up to the day before with Covid and we had a lockdown only 2 weeks before the wedding so being flexible definitely helped with the stress of that. While we didn’t use any tools per se the most useful thing I used was a good old fashioned paper planner. I could coordinate guests, budget, venue communication, invitations, shot lists for the photographers, contact details all in the one place. Oh and a wedding Pinterest board also helped with communicating our ideal photography, outfits, hair etc
Photographer: Maddison Jayne Photography
Florist: Florals by Blush
Celebrant: RBDM Brisbane
Reception venue: The Tailors, venue space at Canvas Club
Entertainment: a very tirelessly curated Spotify playlist that I (the bride) worked on for months
Bridal gown: Forever New
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair: Dolls and Sailors
Makeup: KM Makeup studios
Groom Shoes: Florsheim
What did the morning look like? What did you do after the ceremony & portraits?
I think in the spirit of our day being very much about us as a couple and with no bridal party getting ready together just kind of fit with that. We were able to start our day with breakfast together and while we did some things separately (like hair and makeup for me) we put our full outfits on together and had photos together which I think helped with things like nerves because we had each other there. But we also didn’t have to sacrifice things like a first look because I could still get dressed in another room and then have my first look with Michael. I think it also made for really authentic bride and groom portraits of us because we had each other there to make us laugh and keep us relaxed as neither of us love having our photos taken.
[After portraits] We ended with a Maccas run because we were starving (remember how I said you won’t have a chance to eat, I say this from experience!) and then we were able to go back to our hotel and take everything in with just the two of us. We literally watched an episode of a tv show to laugh and unwind and just spend time together quietly before the party with all our family and friends.
Stand out moment for us was definitely the way we documented the reception. We both love the perfect imperfection of Polaroids and so we decided to have Polaroid cameras around the venue for people to document the night and we had a box for them all to go in for albums later. It was a great way to document outside of traditional photos by a photographer or on our phones, to introduce people who hadn’t met before and something fun for the guests to do as well.
One take away you'd love other couples to know
Don’t overthink the day too much. Stressing yourself out over the day will only take away from it for you as a couple. Keep it simple, keep it fun, take the time to have a moment just as a couple and enjoy your day. I think what worked for us is we were quite unwavering in how we wanted the day to be. We wanted intimate so we didn’t invite every member of our family or every friend we’d ever had, we invited the people who matter most to us, our closest family and friends and we didn’t apologise for that. I think stay clear to your vision and stay clear to who you are as a couple and don’t let your day get away from that.