Two lovers from Newcastle, Sydney had their elopement plans turned upside down and inside out. Previously booked and planned for a New Zealand elopement, those plans quickly began to slip out of reach due to most recent outbreak of ‘he who shall not be named’.
You see, the significance of their date to be married was important. March 26th is also Bitsy’s grandmother and late mother’s wedding anniversary and to share this was them, was symbolic of them being in their presence also.
So naturally, when Bitsy reached out the week before, I was determined to turn this around for them.
Within a few days, we had a team of Tasmanian vendors on board: Merren from Cinta Celebrate Love (Celebrant), Omar from By the Wilde (photographer) and Ali from The Floral Criteria (Florist. Unfortunately, due to all the sudden Government changes, we were unable to proceed with the MUA and Hair Stylist this time round.
Nevertheless, the show had to go on and Bitsy being the proactive boss woman that she is, took a crash course in make up and hair the day before they eloped. It is safe to say to, she nailed it and looked drop dead babe’n!
The official legal ceremony took place in the rainforest on Mt Kunanyi. It was filled with cascading green ferns and growing moss. It was still and quiet with the just the right amount of light piercing through.
Bitsy’s gold sequin dress glistened in the light and she swapped her gold heels (that said Bitsy on one strap and Tobes on the other) for some kick ass gold sparkling casual sneakers (how cool is she?).
The incredible Merren created the perfect balance of heartfelt words paired with laughs and joy. Both Bitsy and Tobes had asked if Omar and I could be more their witnesses and it was our absolute honour to be able to share these most intimate moments with them.
It is truly remarkable to see love in human form.
From the way that Tobes looked at Bitsy, to the way that Bitsy found comfort In Tobes. Pure love.
Post ceremony, we collectively raised our glasses and made a toast to the pair and drank celebratory champagne; Billecart-salmon Brut Reserve to be exact, a favourite of Bitsy’s mums.
The loved-up pair then went on inner city adventures with @bythewilde to capture those freshly hitched shots. This included a mandatory stop at Hobart’s, The Standard which called for salivating popcorn chicken. My kinda people.
Their day ended with a final stop at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens for a sweetheart setup for two. This included a full styled set up and grazing. A complimentary circular arch draped with vintage cotton framed up these lovebirds. The floral design included cascading roses from three brass Moroccan vases filled with colours of red, dusty pink and whites dripping onto some gold palms on the floor paired with the fruition of grapes.
I distinctly recall saying goodbye to Bitsy and Tobes feeling a heart full of love and pure happiness because they did it. They got to marry each other and can now call each other Husband and Wife. And I am so grateful that we got to be apart of it.