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Anyone that knows me well might tell you that I have a pretty active imagination, from when I was a little girl imagining fairies & dragon (yes, I was that type of kid!) to even now, imagining & designing concepts in my head for my couples – whether that be for them to try themselves or just be inspired by. This was that type of shoot… I had dreamt about photographing a hot air balloon wedding – ever since I saw the movie UP I think (one of my faves, thanks Pixar!) but I wanted this to have a happy ending, without any tears & heartbreak (that movie always makes me ugly cry!)

Centred around two people, crazy in love – wanting to elope but not wanting to sacrifice beautiful moments – we gathered in the Byron Bay hinterland to document them promising their love to each other for the rest of their days. Intimate, romantic & simply beautiful… I hope that this inspires engaged couples to think outside the box and not settle for the ‘we have to’ because it’s ‘always done.’ I hear those words way too often!

Here’s a glimpse into this elopement story:

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We took some portraits on the gravel road which leads to the Tyagarah airstrip, home of Byron Bay Ballooning… how pretty is that light and those florals. I was in heaven!

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… and then it was time. Fully inflated, we all climbed inside the balloon to take the photos I’d only dreamt about. Needless to say, I was pretty giddy with excitement – and there were loads of squeals from all the girls involved. Seriously the best Tuesday ever!

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Afterwards, we made our way back down to the picnic scene Ngaire from The Event Stylist & Co had created, adorned with florals, silks and hand illustrated place cards – it was almost too pretty! (if there is such a thing!)

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A huge thanks to the following vendors for bringing my vision to life:

Venue & Hot Air Balloon: Byron Bay Ballooning, Byron Bay

Planner & Stylist: The Event Stylist & Co  | Videographer: Fable House Films | Prop Hire: Coco & Confetti | Florals: Floral & Mineral | Bridal Gown: Begitta Bridal & Couture | Silks: Songbird Silk | Paper Goods: Lindqvist Ink | Celebrant: Inner Circle Ceremonies | Hair & Makeup Artist: Stacey Hermann | Cake: Amanda’s Cakes | Wooden Bow Tie & Suspenders: Wood & Beau | Grooms Attire: Made With Class Suits | Models: Gorgeous Katie & her real life sweetheart, Jackson

To see some of my thoughts about the shoot, press play below:

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