Eloping is the New Black
Elopements with elope.yv | elope.aus
It would be fair to say that this year didn't turn out as planned. 2020 started off a blaze with fire and now has been taken over by covid-19. We have seen the Australian spirit at its best and there have been moments where we have been so very proud to belong to the land down under.
Just over 5 years ago now, Sharne (co-owner) and I worked out that there was a little gap in our lives. We had a few couples asking for our help with legals type elopements and then wanted more - "Do you know a good photographer?" "Can you point me in the right direction for a great hair and makeup stylist?" "Would you know a florist that can make me a little bouquet?" "OH, what about a videographer?"
And so the elopement on steroids (as we called it in house) was born... better known now as our micro wedding package. We devised our micro wedding packages before it was even a THING. Eloping was the NEW BLACK and we had the next level covered as well.
Being in this industry for such a long time we wanted to find a way to bring some work to our colleagues in the quieter winter months, mid week, just to keep everyone ticking over. Our videographer, hair and makeup artists, florists, cake makers and of course our favourite wedding venues are now all a part of our forever growing brand.
What we didn't know back then, when this little light bulb moment started, was how incredibly busy this new adventure would be. Our inbox is full and our suppliers are booked more days out of the week than not.
We couldn't be luckier with the partner venues who have come on board so far. Balgownie Estate, Coombe Estate, Gum Gully Farm, Lindenderry Estate, Billabong Falls, Yering Gorge Cottages, The Log Cabin Ranch, Flowerdale Estate, Stones of the Yarra Valley, Marnong Estate, The Portsea Hotel, Sorrento Hotel, The Grand Hotel | Next Door Warrandyte are all amazing venues who we work alongside. The list seems to just keep growing!
Our couples pick a location or venue, tell us their ideal date and we do the rest! Literally they just turn up and get married, oh and maybe write a few nice love notes to each other that they want to share on the day.
During this crazy pandemic we have found ourselves out on incredible cliff tops, barefoot on the beach, some gorgeous local parks and gardens and even lobbed ourselves on the front porch of their family home.
The beauty of what we do is we can literally marry you anywhere (well maybe not in a shark tank) But we can marry you up in a BALLOON as you are enjoying the magnificent views of the Yarra Valley, City or now more recently Mansfield.
If you want to chopper your way in why not. We can sort that part out for you too, with many of our winery locations happy to see a helicopter land in their wide open spaces.
We have separated our packages out into the most popular three categories. A Typical Elopement, The Short and Sweet and the Micro Wedding but we also have amazing Adventure packages too. Ironically during this crazy pandemic we have utilised all three. And now looking towards our sunset elopements | micro weddings towards the end of this year when hopefully we have seen the back of this crazy thing we call 'rona'. If not we have all the bases covered!
We can appreciate that it has been a challenging time for everyone. Planning your big wedding since you were about 15 and now having to 'pivot' in every sense of the word or just wait (till who knows when) for that fairytale to come true. But one refreshing thing that seems to be brought to our attention right now is that some of our couples are feeling a sense of relief. They just want to get married and when they stripped it all back, they were happy to not have to invite the next door neighbour, sorry, not sorry, the 5 only, 10 only or 23 mini wedding just seemed like the perfect excuse, the perfect excuse to just invite those that they really want to be apart of their day. And sometimes that was literally just themselves and our fabulous elopement team! 1X Celebrant, 1X Couple, 1X Photographer (witness #1) 1X Videographer (witness #2).
So, this is it, do you elope? do you wait? do you start planning a micro instead?
No matter what your vision we surprise ourselves too with the packages we create for our clients.
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