Holly & Mia met through mutual friends, and an instant attraction was undeniable.

In November of 2017, the purchased engagement rings from HLSK and Mia stashed them away for an upcoming trip to The Philippines. On one of the first mornings there, on the gorgeous Palawan Island, Holly and Mia woke at five amand hiked to the top of a large hill to watch the sunrise. With twinkling starts fading, fireflies buzzing and the sun slowly rising over towering limestone cliffs, gently illuminating the bay of El Nido town, Mia pulled Holly’s ring out and proposed.

The next three weeks were spent in a cloud of tropical island happiness. Only a week after the proposal, Australia changed its marriage equality laws!

After considering all that a wedding would entail, Holly and Mia decided to elope – something that would be extremely hard for the couple to keep secret for the following eight months while they planned.

Holly and Mia are lovers of nature and so an outdoor wedding was most appealing. They had done some hikes around some waterfalls in the Gold Coast Hinterland before deciding on Twin Falls – and incredible spot due to its unique double waterfall and caves that you have to walk through to reach it.

They found one wedding dress at a vintage store for $50, while the other was a second-hand dress that they found at the back of their wardrobe. They wore trekking boots down to the waterfall before being married barefoot, connected to earth.

While neither would describe themselves to conforming to one religion, Holly and Mia and spiritual people. Their wedding reflected some of the magical elements that inspire their spiritual practice, as well as a shared love of fantasy and faerie tales.

They hand-dyed their vows on special paper with tea and made a white sage smudging stick to burn and cleanse the ceremony area. Before the ceremony, Holly and Mia acknowledged the traditional custodians of the land, the Yugambeh Nation.

After the paperwork was finalised, Holly and Mia buried their vows in the earth along with a crystal and planted a native rainforest plant. Before they said goodbye to their celebrant, photographer and witness, they saw a tiny infant red belly black snake near the car park – a sure omen to new beginnings and good luck.

Photography Juliarts Photography | Venue Springbrook National Park | Celebrant Timothy Cook |Rings HLSK Melbourne | Florist Boutique Blooms Co. | Dresses Tree of Life, Vintage