Garden Elopement Wedding

Garden Elopement Wedding

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Garden Elopement wedding, the Ceremony
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Serendipitous encounter

Jamie and Marnie’s love story began in a serendipitous encounter at a bar. Far away from their homelands in England and Australia.

Chance meeting

What started as a chance meeting blossomed into a beautiful journey. Marked by a unique tradition that would bind them together in celebration.

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Passion for wine

Their shared passion for wine formed a remarkable idea – collecting a bottle of wine for each milestone year in their lives together.

This collection would become a tangible symbol of their journey. Filled with the richness of experiences, laughter, and love.

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Garden Elopement wedding, wedding ideas & Tips

Deciding to take their commitment to the next level, Jamie and Marnie chose a Garden Elopement Wedding of a private residence.

With the sun casting a warm glow, they exchanged vows, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the gardens.

The intimate ceremony had Jamie’s dad and Marnie’s mum as witnesses.

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No. 1 guest

Adding a touch of sweetness to their union was their one-year-old son, who played the endearing role of No. 1 guest. The little one brought joy to the celebration, making the day even more memorable.

Champagne celebration after the Ceremony

The elopement plan was carefully crafted

Marrying on one day and, in a surprise twist, announcing their elopement during their son’s first birthday party the following day. The element of surprise added a magical touch to the celebrations.

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As they celebrated their love, they enjoyed the journey through each bottle of wine, toasting to the years that lay ahead. The wines were uncorked in chronological order, creating a unique timeline of their relationship.

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Photos by Glenn Alderson, Celebrant : Deborah Lilley & Videography by Scarlet Studios

Christie and Gavin, Kangaroo Island Elopement

Christie and Gavin, Kangaroo Island Elopement

Christie and Gavin

Kangaroo Island Real Wedding Elopement 

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Kangaroo Island, with its breathtaking natural beauty and serene landscapes

The perfect backdrop for couples seeking an intimate and meaningful wedding experience. In this blog post, we’ll take you on a journey to witness the love story of Christie and Gavin, a couple who chose simplicity and authenticity for their special day. Deb, their celebrant, shares her insights and the beautiful adaptation of a heartfelt poem that encapsulated their deep love.

 

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The Couple’s Vision: Simple and Meaningful

Christie and Gavin knew from the start that their wedding should reflect their genuine love for each other without unnecessary extravagance. They didn’t want to follow traditional norms but instead desired a ceremony that held deep meaning for them.

Deb, their wise celebrant, understood this vision perfectly. She believed that love should be at the forefront of the ceremony, and anything that didn’t resonate with the couple’s feelings had no place in their special day. As Deb puts it, “Christie and Gavin’s ceremony was very simple as they didn’t want unnecessary fluff that didn’t mean anything to them.”

 

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The Poem That Spoke Their Hearts

The poem Christie chose, an adaptation of “A Reminder for the One I Love” by Rachyl Taylor, beautifully captured the essence of Christie and Gavin’s love story. By altering some words to make it contextually relevant, Deb ensured that every word spoken during the ceremony held deep significance for the couple.

 

The Adapted Poem: A Love So True

“We say ‘I love you’ just about every day,

Sometimes the words are whispered as we fall asleep at night; sometimes they’re sung up the stairs or accompanied by a quick kiss as we are in the middle of something.

The words are always there, but sometimes we forget to think about how much they really mean.

Every time you hear each other say those three little words,

I want you to remember that they’re coming from the bottom of their heart.

I want you to remember that they love you for everything you are, and for everything they are with you.

I want you to remember that you’re the best person they have ever known, and they feel so lucky to have you in their life.

I want you to remember that true love is forever, and there is no love truer than the love you feel for each other.

I want you to remember that you’re the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to each other, your happy ending, your dream come true, your friend, and your love all wrapped up in one.”

Deborah Lilley CMC

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A Word from Our Photographer Glenn: Capturing Moments of Love and Authenticity

In the world of weddings, where emotions run high and love takes center stage, the role of a photographer is to freeze those moments in time, allowing them to be cherished forever. For Christie and Gavin’s Kangaroo Island wedding, it was an absolute pleasure and privilege to be their chosen photographer.

As a photographer, I’ve been fortunate to witness countless love stories, each one unique and special in its own way. Yet, Christie and Gavin’s wedding was something truly extraordinary. Their commitment to keeping things simple and authentic resonated deeply with me, and it made my job even more enjoyable.

 

Embracing the Authenticity of Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island provided the most picturesque setting for this special day. Its unspoiled landscapes & pristine beaches, offered a captivating backdrop for capturing the couple’s genuine love and connection.

From the moment I arrived, I could sense the intimacy and warmth that Christie and Gavin had cultivated. It was evident in the smiles they exchanged, the tender moments they shared, and the way they looked into each other’s eyes. It’s these unscripted, unposed moments that I live for as a photographer.

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While traditional wedding photography has its place, there’s something truly magical about candid shots that reveal the raw, unfiltered emotions of the day. For Christie and Gavin, I made it a point to capture these moments—the stolen glances, the heartfelt laughter, and the tearful exchanges between them and their loved ones.

As Deb, beautifully put it, “true love is forever.” My goal was to ensure that every photograph I took would serve as a lasting testament to this eternal love, not just for Christie and Gavin but for all those who were fortunate enough to witness their special day.

A Timeless Collection of Memories

In curating the collection of photographs from this Kangaroo Island wedding, my aim was to create a visual story that would transport anyone who views it back to that day, allowing them to relive the love and authenticity that filled the air. Whether it’s the gentle sea breeze ruffling Christie’s veil or the golden hues of the sunset behind the newlyweds, each image is a testament to the beauty of this special day.

 

Wild Side Ocean Retreat, Kangaroo Island

Wild Side Ocean Retreat

Off the beaten track at Kangaroo Island’s eastern end, Wild Side Ocean Retreat accommodation is an amazing holiday destination that is perched high on the dunes overlooking Mouth Flat Beach and the entrance to Willson River.

The eco-friendly holiday accommodation is the ultimate retreat; a place of natural beauty, indulgence, and solitude, with nothing but ocean between you and Antarctica. Switch off from civilisation, watch mother nature put on a show, and enjoy the comforts of this one-of-a-kind house. We promise an unforgettable KI stay.

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Marion Hotel’s Top 5 Unique Wedding Ideas: Unforgettable Celebrations Await!

Marion Hotel’s Top 5 Unique Wedding Ideas: Unforgettable Celebrations Await!

Weddings are a magical celebration of love, and the Marion Hotel is here to make your special day unforgettable.

Gone are the days of traditional ceremonies in a chapel or ballroom;  Marion Hotel KISS Package top 5 unique wedding ideas, unique and adventurous wedding ideas to turn your dreams into reality. Whether you prefer an intimate affair or a surprise-filled extravaganza, these ideas will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on you and your guests.

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1) Marion Hotel & Totoka Urban Farm Adventure

If you’re a couple with a taste for adventure, this idea will surely captivate you. Invite your guests to the Marion Hotel, where they will embark on a secret bus ride to the picturesque Totoka Urban Farm, just a short 20-minute drive away. Surrounded by lush greenery and the farm’s rustic charm, exchange vows in an enchanting ceremony. Afterward, return to the Marion Hotel for a memorable reception filled with drinks, food, and joyful celebrations. For the ultimate experience, your guests can even stay the night at the hotel, making it a weekend they’ll cherish forever.

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2) Intimate Ceremony & Lunch in "The Study"

Sometimes, the most heartfelt moments are shared with the closest of family and friends. Host an intimate ceremony and lunch in the cozy ambiance of “The Library” at the Marion Hotel. Surrounded by your dearest loved ones, exchange vows in a warm and inviting atmosphere, followed by a delightful lunch to celebrate the start of your new chapter together.

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3) Secret Wedding at a KISS Packages Venue:

For the more adventurous souls who love surprises, why not host a secret wedding at one of KISS Packages other venues or locations? This hidden celebration will remain unknown to your guests, leaving them pleasantly shocked when you reveal the exciting news during your engagement party at Marion Hotel. It’s a unique way to add an element of mystery and excitement to your special day.

Photo above: Magpie Springs Vineyard | Elopement Ceremony 

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4) Surprise Twist Engagement Party turned Wedding:

Why wait for the perfect moment to say “I do”? Throw an engagement party that your friends and family will remember forever. Imagine their surprise when, amidst the festivities, you reveal that the party is actually your wedding day! The Marion Hotel can help you plan this remarkable surprise, turning your engagement celebration into an unforgettable union of love and joy.

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5) Elope to the Treetops Room:

Picture this – just the two of you, the weekend away in the Marion Hotel’s Tree Top Room. That offers the perfect simple backdrop for an intimate elopement ceremony or just the simple legals only. Enjoy the luxury of room service, and to make it official, the hotel will provide a witness. It’s a romantic and stress-free way to start your journey as a married couple, surrounded by nature’s serenity.

Conclusion:

Your wedding day should reflect your unique love story and personalities. With these top 5 unique wedding ideas from the Marion Hotel, you can create a celebration that stands out from the rest and becomes a cherished memory for a lifetime. Whether it’s a private elopement in the Tree Top Room or a surprise-filled engagement party turned wedding, the Marion Hotel offers the perfect setting for your dream wedding. Embrace the adventure, make it extraordinary, and let the Marion Hotel turn your special day into an unforgettable experience.

The Rise of Wedding Content Creators

As weddings take on new forms, from elopements to micro weddings, a trend is emerging that adds a unique and positive dimension to these intimate celebrations—the presence of wedding content creators. Beyond the conventional roles of planners, photographers, and...

Peta and Lee’s Forest Wedding in a Tiny House

Peta and Lee’s Forest Wedding in a Tiny House

Meet Peta and Lee, the stars of our enchanting forest elopement story. Their love story was one of simplicity and beauty, a tale of two souls finding each other in the midst of life’s adventures. For their wedding, they decided to let nature be their witness and chose the serene Kuitpo Forest as their backdrop.

In the heart of this lush forest, nestled within the embrace of nature, stood the CABN Tiny House Bed & Breakfast. This charming, rustic abode became their sanctuary, a place where their dreams would come to life.

Their ceremony was a heartfelt and intimate affair, with the forest providing the perfect soundtrack to their vows. Surrounded by the majestic trees, Peta and Lee pledged their love for one another, promising to cherish each other for a lifetime.

Navigating Wedding Anxiety Together

Navigating Wedding Anxiety Together

Planning your wedding should be a joyful experience, but it’s common to encounter wedding anxiety along the way. Whether you’re envisioning a grand traditional ceremony, an intimate elopement, or a cozy micro wedding, this blog offers valuable insights to help you and your partner navigate the emotional ups and downs. From open communication and setting realistic expectations to prioritizing self-care and seeking professional help when necessary, these strategies will ensure that wedding anxiety doesn’t overshadow the excitement of starting your lifelong journey together.

Michaela made the ceremony planning and paperwork a breeze, even all the way from Canada! From our initial video chats to meeting her in person once we arrived, she made it fun! Providing samples and examples for our ceremony and helping us tailor it to our taste. It was everything we could have dreamed of!

MARRIED COUPLE – Isabelle & Daniel

Michaela was an absolute treasure! Michaela was so easy to work with and understanding of what we wanted on our special day. The communication in the lead up to our wedding day was perfect and she was happy to match our schedules for meetings. Michaela performed so well on the day, being a ray of sunshine

Emily & Tam

5 Tips for Choosing Your Elopement or Micro Wedding location

5 Tips for Choosing Your Elopement or Micro Wedding location

Choosing Your Elopement or Micro Wedding location

When it comes to planning your micro wedding or elopement, choosing the perfect location is one of the most important decisions you’ll make.

After all, your wedding venue sets the tone for your entire day and can make or break the ambience and overall feel of your celebration.

  1. Consider Your Style and Preferences

The location you choose should reflect your style and preferences as a couple. Are you more drawn to natural settings like parks, forests, and beaches? Or do you prefer the urban vibe of a cityscape or industrial space?

Consider what kind of backdrop and setting will make you feel most comfortable and happy on your big day.

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  1. Think About the Size of Your Guest List

Opting for a micro wedding or elopement offers the advantage of selecting a smaller, more intimate venue that may not be suitable for a larger guest list.

It’s essential to consider the number of guests you plan to invite and ensure that the chosen location can comfortably accommodate your group without feeling crowded or overwhelming.

Flexibility

This flexibility allows you to think outside the box, with endless possibilities for unique and memorable locations. While micro weddings or elopements may not be for everyone, they offer the opportunity to break away from traditional settings.

Think outside the box

In the past, we’ve held ceremonies in cliff-top caves, tattoo parlours, WWII bunkers, creek beds, backyards, on multiple cliff-top walks, showcasing the wide range of unconventional options available.

These locations would not be possible with larger guest numbers, emphasizing the exclusivity and intimacy of micro weddings and elopements.

  1. Consider the Time of the Year

     

    Winter:

    • Cozy atmosphere with crackling fireplaces
    • Indoor venues with soft lighting
    • Rustic decor creates warmth and intimacy

    Autumn:

    • Breathtaking views of colourful landscapes
    • Vineyards showcasing rich autumnal tones
    • Walking amidst the beauty of changing foliage
    • Enjoying the coziness of rustic settings

    Spring:

    • Outdoor venues bursting with blooming flowers
    • Natural light casts a romantic glow
    • Exchanging vows amidst lush greenery
    • Garden ceremonies with fresh floral scents
    • Picturesque settings like vineyards and outdoor terraces

    Summer:

    • Celebrating under clear blue skies
    • Beach weddings with the sound of waves
    • Gardens filled with vibrant summer blooms
    • Countryside estates offering a serene backdrop
    • Dancing under the stars on warm summer nights

Choosing Your Elopement or Micro Wedding Location
  1. Research Local Regulations and Permits

Depending on where you live, there may be local regulations and permits you need to obtain to hold your wedding in a certain location. Some councils require beach permits, while others don’t; some operate on a “first in, best dressed” concept.

For large weddings, we definitely recommend securing a site, while for smaller weddings, you can get away with not doing so.

Other locations like botanical gardens may require a photography permit, which, after years of experience, can work to your advantage. I might write another blog on this topic.

Be sure to do your research and make sure you have all the necessary paperwork and approvals before you book your venue. We can help you with this.

  1. Choose a Location with Meaning and Significance

Finally, consider choosing a location with personal meaning and significance to you as a couple. Maybe it’s the park where you had your first date, the beach where you got engaged, your family property, or even your backyard. Incorporating these personal touches into your wedding venue can make your day even more special and memorable.

 

Choosing Your Elopement or Micro Wedding Location can be a daunting task, but with these tips and advice from our team at KISS Package, you’ll be on your way to finding the ideal setting for your special day. Happy planning! 

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Dry Hire Wedding Venues: Complete Control and Creative Freedom for Your Dream Wedding

Dry Hire Wedding Venues: Complete Control and Creative Freedom for Your Dream Wedding

If you’re looking to plan your own wedding, you may have come across the term “dry hire wedding venue”. This type of venue rental allows you to have complete control over the space and create a DIY wedding that reflects your unique style and vision.

In simple terms, a dry hire wedding venue is a space that you rent out for a set period of time, and you are responsible for bringing in all the necessary equipment, vendors, and decor to create your dream wedding. This means that the venue provides you with an empty space, and you have complete creative freedom to transform it into your own unique wedding venue.

The beauty of a dry hire wedding venue is that you can let your creativity run wild. You can choose your own catering, your own entertainment, your own decor, and your own vendors. This allows you to tailor your wedding to your own unique tastes, and create a truly one-of-a-kind event.

While a dry hire wedding venue does give you complete control, it’s important to keep in mind that it can also be a lot of work. You’ll need to do all the planning, coordination, and execution yourself, or with the help of a wedding planner or team. But for those who enjoy the creative process and want to put their own stamp on their wedding, a dry hire venue can be a perfect choice.

Another benefit of a dry hire wedding venue is that it can often be more budget-friendly than a traditional wedding venue. Since you are responsible for sourcing your own vendors and equipment, you can shop around for the best deals and negotiate directly with suppliers to get the best possible prices.

When it comes to choosing a dry hire wedding venue, there are a few things to consider. First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure that the space is large enough to accommodate your guest list and any additional equipment or decor you plan to bring in. You’ll also want to ensure that the venue has all the necessary amenities, such as restrooms, power outlets, and parking.

In conclusion, if you’re someone who wants complete control over their wedding and the creative freedom to design their own space, a dry hire wedding venue may be the perfect choice for you. Just be prepared for the extra work that comes with it, and get ready to create a wedding that truly reflects your own unique style and vision.

Why KISS?

Booking a celebrant and photographer with a package for your dry hire wedding venue can offer many benefits beyond just having complete control over the venue. By choosing to work with a celebrant and photographer from the start, you can ensure that your vision for the wedding is fully realized and captured in a way that will last a lifetime.

Here are some of the benefits of booking a celebrant and photographer package for your dry hire wedding venue:

  1. Shared vision: When you work with a celebrant and photographer from the start, they are able to understand your vision and help you to achieve it. By collaborating with them, you can create a cohesive theme and atmosphere for your wedding that is unique and reflects your personality.

  2. Cost-effective: Booking a celebrant and photographer package can be a cost-effective way to hire two essential vendors for your wedding. You may be able to save money on individual vendor fees by bundling services together in a package.

  3. Time-saving: By working with a celebrant and photographer from the start, you can save time and stress by having two important aspects of your wedding planning taken care of in one go. This can leave you more time to focus on other aspects of your wedding planning, or simply allow you to relax and enjoy the process.

  4. Seamless coordination: When you book a celebrant and photographer package, you can expect seamless coordination between the two vendors. This can ensure that your ceremony and photography go smoothly, and that there are no delays or miscommunications between the two vendors.

In summary, booking a celebrant and photographer package for your dry hire wedding venue can be a great way to ensure that your vision for your wedding is fully realized and captured in a way that will last a lifetime. It can be a cost-effective and time-saving option, and can ensure seamless coordination between two essential vendors for your special day.

 

Mclaren Vale Institute Hall – Available with KISS Package as a “Dry Hire Package”

 

Overall, dry hire can be a practical and cost-effective option for a micro wedding with a large guest list, but it requires careful planning and coordination. It’s essential to work with reputable vendors and communicate clearly with your guests to ensure a memorable and enjoyable wedding day.