This is what ELOPING looks like…..BEFORE the ceremony. Rachel and Peter had no guests at their wedding, so they weren’t constrained with rigid thoughts about how their wedding should be. Everything they chose to do was intentional and just for themselves. They got ready together in the same room while enjoying an anticipatory glass of bubbles. Peter buttoned-up Rachel’s dress and the final touch was that Rachel affixed Peter’s buttonhole to his suit jacket, doing it twice to ensure it was positioned, just so. They walked hand in hand to the ceremony location, relaxed as anything, and at ease in each other’s company. Just before we started the ceremony, I fixed Rachel’s gorgeous dress and then the stage was set, but not for a crowd…….. for an intimate party for two.
This is what ELOPING looks like…..DURING the ceremony. By cutting out the external stimuli, Rachel & Peter didn’t have to censor themselves in any way: they were free to be fully in the moment. At one point, Rachel placed her hand on Peter’s chest to feel his heartbeat: it was intensely beautiful and intimate. I asked them a series a deep-dive questions that allowed them to be spontaneous and share insights about their relationship, like their favourite memory together and what they’d learnt from each other. By getting married with just the two of them, Rachel & Peter made a commitment in front of the only person that mattered; their partner.
This is what ELOPING looks like…..AFTER the ceremony. It was a chance for Rachel & Peter to unwind, to stroll among the vines hand in hand, high on untold possibilities after their heartfelt ceremony. They were grounded and connected and full of joy, safe in the knowledge that day in, day out, come rain or shine, good mood or bad, that they had found the one person that they want to tackle all of life’s challenges with. What an aphrodisiac! After myself and the photographer Ben left, they still had the evening to spend as they chose. Maybe too cold for a swim but the snuggling up in front of the fireplace with a glass of vino was surely on the cards. All in all, it was a bit of midweek magic that you wouldn’t get at a big wedding.
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Hey, I'm Julie - most people know me as the Irish celebrant!
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