Although large and grand weddings are beautiful, I must admit, I have a little penchant for the small and intimate kind and there's no smaller and intimate wedding than an elopement. Enter Mel and Nick. A gorgeous couple who are clearly mad about each other and were hankering to dig their toes in the sand while saying their 'I do's'.
Mel and Nick had booked a P & O cruise and decided to combine a holiday with a wedding. Enter Two Little Rows. In keeping with their simple wishes, I organised all the essentials.. a beach, a celebrant, an arch, a bouquet and one enthusiastic wedding coordinator - me! Mid January, Mel and Nick set sail for beautiful Moreton Island, Queensland with close family. We would be waiting on the beach to meet them when they arrived.
While planning weddings on islands has always been a forte of mine, Moreton Island presents a few more challenges than an island like Stradbroke. For those who haven't been to Moreton Island, you can think of it as kinda like Stradbroke Island, only 40 years ago... no bitumen roads, small beach shacks and a slow, meandering trip over on the ferry. So chilled but a little more of an issue when you're working with flowers in the January heat without refrigeration and you need transport and staff on a beach that can disappear at hide tide. Careful planning was crucial to make it all happen the way Mel and Nick wanted. Lucky thing I had the lovely and talented celebrant, Marie Pentland on the team. Marie lives on Moreton and was boundlessly helpful sorting out all the little picadillos of organising a wedding on Moreton Island.
When the moment arrived, we met Mel, Nick and their family, handed Mel her bouquet and we were ready. It was beach all the way with the bride in her bikini and the groom in board shorts. Marie led them through a beautiful ceremony and when it came time for Mel and Nick to share their first married kiss, Nick surprised everyone by picking Mel up and running down to the water where they both jumped in. What fun! That one little act summarised the entire feel of the day and the relationship between the two of them. Warm, fun and so in love.
Mel and Nick didn't want any formal photos, so I bought my trusty Nikon along and snapped a few shots before they boarded the ship again for a celebratory meal and more fun. Said Mel, "Thank you for everything, for an amazingly beautiful wedding. Nic, myself and our family were so happy. Thank you again for making Nick and my day so special."
Now that's the way to elope! Thank you Mel and Nick for asking me to share it with you. X