After having to reschedule their wedding five times over Kayla and Jac decided to elope in a way that was completely opposite to the wedding they’d eventually will have.
Tell us about the proposal.
Kayla had been acting a little strange, so I knew something was up. Kayla actually proposed on her birthday as she thought I’d be less suspicious! So we went for a day trip to Phillip Island, where we had our first proper ‘date.’ I usually plan out Kayla’s birthday, but this one was different. I wasn’t allowed to know anything! We played mini-golf (one of our favorite activities), grabbed some lunch, and a very nervous Kayla asked if we should go for a walk. So we went to Pyramid Rock on Phillip Island as it has a fantastic view.
I’m looking at the water and turn around, and Kayla seems very serious and begins talking about our lives and how much I mean to her and all saying these super beautiful words, with a tear, and now I’m like OMG, it’s happening, she’s going to do it now! We are both crying, and Kayla still has her letter to read. We eventually got to the will you marry me part, and of course, I said yes! Ahh, just reminiscing about this puts the biggest smile on my face!
Talk us through the decision to elope.
We are one of those Covid weddings.
We experienced the ups and downs of planning a wedding when Covid came along. Having to reschedule our wedding multiple times (08/11/20, 30/05/21, 04/09/21) brought so much stress and anxiety that it just took the fun right out of getting married. Especially when on the 30/05/21 date, we were two days out when restrictions were reintroduced!
We decided if we can’t have the big family wedding this next time, let’s just elope on the same day. Thinking that would be a safe bet (04/09/21).
Which was great in theory. However, when that date came around, we still couldn’t get married due to the Covid restrictions. So we had to reschedule our elopement as well! So, all in all, five date changes, but we got there, in the end, a year after our very first date on 08/11/21.
Tell us about telling your loved ones that you’re now married.
We told our family before we eloped, as we wanted to let them know. You actually start to get excited when you get to that point, so we wanted to share that moment with our family.
For us, everyone was very supportive and also understanding. Of course, our parents would have loved to have been there. But at the same time knew that wouldn’t be happening anytime soon with the way interstate travel was at the time. We made sure that we sent photos and had video chats with our parents and loved ones on the day. So that everyone felt a part of the day even if they weren’t there.
Talk us through the actual elopement.
When we decided to elope, we knew that we would still have to have the big ‘do’ with everyone. One because we do want to celebrate with all our family, and two, it was now fully paid for.
So our elopement, what we call wedding 1.0, was going to be the exact opposite of wedding 2.0, which is scheduled for 04/09/2022.
We brought new outfits, so a new dress for myself and a new suit for Kayla. All being a little extra, with the gold dress and velvet suit jacket.
We did everything ourselves, and after five wedding reschedules, I felt like a wedding planner myself!
We booked a large house for three nights and had decided that our best and closest friends would be invited to spend the weekend celebrating with us and then get married on Sunday. There were eight of us in total, and everyone helped over the weekend and on the day to make it magical. We set up as much as we could the day before, so we were all organized for the main event.
It started so nice and slow on the day, just cruising along. Our makeup artist did our hair and makeup. We didn’t realise how fast time was going until Hailey and Lana (Celebrant and Photographers) arrived, and it was all a go!
We had a lovely ceremony in which all our guests were a part of. Not doing the traditional vows etc., as we thought we would save that. Instead, we wrote each other a letter and, at the end of the ceremony, sealed it into a wine box to open at wedding 2.0.
After the ceremony, we had an afternoon of photos, drinks and snacks. Followed by a roast dinner with cake, more drinks, dancing, and games.
Looking back on the day, it was so perfect. There wasn’t any stress, and it was all about us, just us and celebrating our love with our closest friends. Honestly, after all the reschedules, we really think eloping was the way to go. Could we choose again would have decided to elope sooner!
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Photography by Lost in Art
Accessories Lovisa, Zamels
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Dress Boutique Ferrari Bridal
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Florist Fluers de Lyonville
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