12 september 2020

Venue: Tuileries Rutherglen

Flowers: Beechworth Floral

Signage: KY Designs

Rings: John Wohlers Jewellers

Grooms attire: Judds Men

Celebrant: Melissa Thomas

When I received my first message from Candice, she and Daniel weren't engaged yet!

But she KNEW he was going to pop the question soon, and she KNEW what she wanted on her special day, and as the biggest compliment to me, she KNEW she wanted me to be her photographer, it was never going to be anyone else (blush). She wanted a small intimate wedding, nothing extravagant, nothing pretentious, but when COVID-19 restrictions came into full swing she didn't have a choice about the matter, and her small wedding became a tiny five person elopement.

Within weeks of our first chat, Daniel asked for her hand. Candice planned the whole day within 24 hours (talk about impressive organizational skills) this girl needs to consider a career in wedding planning! The celebrant, the flowers, the venue and all the little details that were important to her and Daniel were decided and booked, for a September spring elopement.

On the day, I arrived at their home and felt like we were old friends, since I had chatted to Candice so much in the months leading up. The ceremony itself was as small as legally possible (and COVID-19 approved). Melissa Thomas was their gracious celebrant, pausing as the two erupted into laughter over mispronounced vows. It turns out that Daniel has the kind of laughter that puts everyone into giggle fits!

Candice's sister Emma and I signed as their witnesses followed by a stroll around the gorgeous grounds at De Bortoli for bridal portraits, filled with as much confetti and Emma's arms could throw (and it was a lot). We ended the afternoon with a drive out to a little dirt road for sunset photos, where Emma made the last of the confetti rain down!