Cowbell creek elopement
Ellie & Matt
Length of engagement
almost 2 years
farm style elopement
One take-away from the day?
It really does go fast! I would almost set a time to mini-meditate here and there and take a breath in order to take it all in. I also wish we had a videographer. It wouldn't have to be a paid gig – even just task a mate with taking video vs photos. I do wish we had more footage to look back on
Notes from the lovers
Tell us about your decision to elope ?
I always wanted a bigger wedding but when we actually got engaged and became the centre of attention for friends and family, I didn't like it! I really wanted to just be alone with matt more often. It's a tricky one as people often think you don't want them there, and that it's about who they are, but it was more about us – I didn't like feeling watched or on display. I knew that if we had 'viewers' I wouldn't be myself and I'd try to deflect and diffuse my discomfort – and end up making way too many awkward-turtle jokes.
Photographer: Nevermist Photography
Florist: DIY stocked from tugan fruit and flowers
Celebrant & Picnic set up: the little wedding wagon
Rings: Handmade by the couple at Artisans Bespoke Jewellers workshop
Accessories: Concrete Jellyfish co
Hair: Lasorella Salon
Makeup: alysha maree makeup
Bridesmaid dresses: Sheik / Forever New
Jacket & Tie: MJ Bale
Shirt, pants and shoes: Politix
what drew you to choose a less traditional wedding style ?
I've always loved details and textures and I studied design so I certainly appreciated the work that went into this – from hand painted silks to sequins. I wanted to be sure I didn't want to wear white first though so I did try some other gowns on. In the end, while I'm not scared of commitment (we've been together nearly 10 years) something about a white dress was far too scary and 'real' – the colour just didn't feel right. I also didn't want to be paying so much for something that was one colour and one very obvious purpose. I plan to frame this dress so it becomes a two-for-one ... wedding dress and an amazing artwork.
must have's for the day ?
Comfortable shoes, lip balm, a bouquet (you just feel so extra) and a jacket – there is no point powering through if you're cold. If you can throw in some farm animals that is also a must!
Funny moments from the day ?
I made myself laugh way too hard in our vows because I threw in a quote from The Office. Beyond that, while it wasn't laughter as such we both couldn't stop smiling at the animals and just the day in general. Animals were just such a fun bonus.