Do you sometimes wish you could be a runaway bride and scamper off to somewhere like Las Vegas to be wed? Johanna and Paul did too. Johanna is a celebrant who works in the wedding industry, helping other couples to plan their big day. So it's really a bit of a surprise that her own wedding was an elopement. They made their commitment to one another wearing jeans and with minimal fuss, and celebrated their reception with a bottle of Spumante in the car, headed out for burgers and coffee at Akuna Bay in Kuring-gai National Park, New South Wales. So when it came time to celebrate their five year anniversary and renew their vows, they decided to splurge a little and celebrate at the Little White Wedding Chapel, with a copy of her mother's 1964 wedding dress and a very wonderful pair of shoes...
"My favourite part was realising that we were both more nervous doing the fancy stuff, even though we'd been together for five years," laughs Johanna. "The reconnection of our commitment was really special."
They even captured a few of their favourite moments on Hipstamatic print on their iPhones. I really love the nostalgia and incredible sense of place in these images! Congratulations to Johanna and Paul, may all your future escapades be as wonderful as this one was.
The amazing team:
Dress: Copy of Bride's Mother's 1964 wedding dress made by Jo Mosely of Ascension Custom Clothing
Shoes: Iron Fist "Ruby Slippers"
Location shoot: Neon Museum
Photographers: John Michael Cooper ALTF.com
Staff Photographer for Little White Chapel
Makeup & Hair: Lori White
Johanna's website: www.vowsnow.com.au