have you ever dreamed of just getting married??

One thing that the Covid lockdowns taught us was that marriage is more important than a big showy wedding. Family matters, love matters, getting married NOW matters. Small weddings and elopements are definitely on the rise, and that makes my heart sing.

This was definitely the case for Amelia and Ben. With a terminally ill parent, waiting for the big celebration simply wasn't an option. Love doesn't wait. Love finds a way. Love makes all things possible and beautiful.

A weekend in a gorgeous bed and breakfast near Ballarat, Victoria was decided upon, with an intimate, family affair to celebrate their love and their new life together. The important details were beautiful and meaningful, and let's face it, that's what love is all about, the details.

wedding ring sitting inside brass plumbing and bling sneakers with ribbon laces
bridal bouquet of fresh pink and white roses with sapphire and gold engagement ring in petals
wedding table setting featuring rose gold accents with  lasercut wooden name places
semi naked wedding cake with fresh roses and black lasercut personalised topper
wedding sign made of scrabble tiles with decorated face masks
white ribbon bow decorating handlebars of orange and chrome harley davidson
flat lay of grooms accessories with bb9 plushie and black lace

mother nature comes to the party

Driving up the freeway early in the morning, I was keeping a close eye on the weather, thank goodness for backup plans when you have an outdoor ceremony. There were lovely heavy clouds when I arrived ( I DO love the beautiful soft light they give), but we were all concerned that they would turn to rain, and sure enough, while photographing Amelia with her favourite childhood doll, we heard the patter of raindrops on the patio where the ceremony was set up.

The boys got into action and moved everything under cover without delay, a quick discussion was held and with the celebrant's blessing we decided to move forward as planned and see what happened.

With everyone holding their breath, a 5 minute wait resulted in the beautiful open air ceremony that Amela and Ben had dreamed of, and with their families watching, these two loved up awesome people became husband and wife.

plus size bride in monogrammed robe holding hands with mother in wheelchair  wearing pink robe
bide in white lingerie and robe seated with parents.  mother in pink robe is in wheelchair and father in suit is leaning
plus size bride in gown with veil over face holding childhood toy and telling story
father of groom helping to tie pink tie groom is wearing white shirt and black vest
groom in white shirt and black vest attaching buttonhole on stepfathers waistcoat
plus size bride in white gown and veil holding pink bouquet embraces father in black suit after first look
plus size bride in white gown with veil over face and carrying pink bouquet on fathers arm walking down aisle
pluse size bride and groom embracing tenderly during emotional wedding ceremony
plus size bride and groom standing in front of decorated arbour during outdoor wedding ceremony with park in background
plus size brunette bride with veil over face and holding pink bouquet looking at plus size groom in dark suit during wed

an afternoon of joy and sunshine

As often happens, once the rain stops, the sun comes out to shine all over the place, and this was absolutely the case for Amelia and Ben. Deciding to get the formalities out of the way, the dancing started, with the father-daughter dance being Rocking All Over the World by Status Quo, and man, did those two cut a rug!

After posing with Amelia's brother's pride and joy Harley Davidson (especially shined for the day!) there was a lovely catered sit down lunch, then a relaxing afternoon of enjoying each other's company with their family only get together.

THANK YOU Amelia and Ben for allowing me to take part in your beautiful family day. I truly wish you all a life time of happily ever after in each other's arms.

If you are interested in an intimate wedding ANYWHERE (I DO love to travel!) make sure you get in touch HERE to see if your date is available. I will get back to you within 24 hours to arrange a chat to show you how we can take the stress out of perfect wedding memories for you. And now, some black and whites, because those are nearly always my favourite!

father of bride removing veil from plus size brides face
mother of bride and bride in gowns holding hands
mother of broom in lace dress walking groom in suit and sneakers down aisle
groom smiling at plus size bride with veil over face during wedding ceremony
mother of bride seated in wheel chair with father of bride holding her hand and gazing tenderly at her
bride holding bouquet and grooms hand during ceremony
father of bride being comforted by wedding guest while crying during wedding ceremony
plus size bride in gown and denim jacket looking tenderly at plus size groom seated on harley davidson
plus size bride and groom sharing a tender moment after wedding ceremony
plus size bride in denim jacket dancing and laughing with plus size groom in suit