Dallas McMaugh, South Coast Civil Marriage Celebrant,

M: 0400 189 875, E: dallas@idoidoweddings.com.au

Whether it’s a barefoot beach elopement on some secluded stretch of paradise or a ceremony under a shady leafy canopy at a bush retreat or perhaps a picnic in the park, there really is something very special about an elopement - very intimate, very low fuss and very much all about the couple.

 do so many elopements - and I think they are becoming increasing popular - so  I thought the whole "Let's just elope" style wedding finally deserved its own page on my website so here it is. Still very much a work in progress so keep checking in.

beach elopement wedding 

 Even the dictionary definitions of "elopement" are tantalisingly illicit and very romantic:

1. to run off secretly to be married,

2. to run away with a lover

Sometimes my couples are combining an overseas holiday with a destination elopement wedding, I've done elopement cermeonies for couples from Israel, Germany, England and Ireland to name a few, but sometimes the couples are only coming from the next suburb so I don't think elopements are so much to do with distance but more to do with desire.

In my experience couples opt for elopements for a number of reasons. Sometimes an elopement is the wedding they've always dreamed of, their a romantic vision, some couples don't want the expense and fuss and of course, stress, of a big wedding. Some want their ceremony to be a private exchange between themselves. And sadly,  the stress involved in negotiating family expectations can sometimes just become too overwhelming for couples and they decide to just run off and do it their way.

Of course an elopement need not deprive family and friends of a celebration as often there'll be a party announcing their wedding on their return which allows everyone the opportunity to congratulate and celebrate them.

And while you can always opt for a simple ceremony in a Registry office this may feel a little too confining and restrictive.

If you would prefer a beautiful beach setting or a bucolic bushland setting the south coast and Shoalhaven has these in abundance.

And of course you can still have your flowers and your frock and most runaway brides do as you will see from the photos below.

 Hyams Beach elopement

Claire and David eloped to Hyams Beach. Claire's sister and brother in law and their two were the only guests. I especially liked David's shirt, a traditional Filipino barong.

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 elope beach wedding


 Kangaroo valley elopementKangaroo valley elope

Simple and sweet and stylish. Michael and Natalie ran away together for two days devoted pretty much entirely to having the wedding they'd dreamed about. Natalie wore a slightly retro cream dress topped off with a fantastic fascinator. Photographer Nora Devai multitasked as witness as did Heavens hostess Jan who was witness and ring bearer. Despite having two very important jobs Nora perfectly captured the relaxed happy mood. 

For some gorgeous Pinterest elopment inspiration click here