We love a barefoot bride and groom and they don’t come much cuter than Noosa couple Lauren and Levi. The pair met working in the aisles of their local supermarket as teenagers and have since grown up together, studied together, travelled together and started their own smoothie business together.
The couple’s beach elopement was certainly a lesson in togetherness. The two took off in an old Kombi with Janneke Storm and her camera in tow, ready to capture the relaxed “I do’s” on the surfer-dotted coast. “It was always going to be somewhere in the Noosa National Park as it’s our favourite place to explore, swim and frolic in the wilderness,” tells Lauren, “but we didn’t pick the final spot till the afternoon before.”
The vows were kept short and sweet, officiated by Kim Morrison and witnessed by only two guests and the couple’s pups, Charlie and Hugo. The location itself needed little decoration, bar a a floral garland by Heavenly Blooms tied between two ancient gums. Once husband and wife, the pair sat down to a private picnic before heading to the waves for a sunset swim.
In keeping with the laidback vibe of the day, Lauren wore Spell Designs complete with flower crown, and hair and makeup was kept natural and glowing (thanks to KJ Artistry and Cassie of Edward Brown).
"The ceremony was very tiny, only us, 2 witnesses, celebrant and photographer and our two dogs Charlie and Hugo," Lauren shares. "We hadn’t told anyone at all, but were busted by a few friends as they walked past to go surfing!"
Levi donned a bow tie and suspenders with his Roger David rolled up chino and shirt ensemble and his top-knot was in fine form that day.
When it came to their wedding rings, the pair were not fussy. “We used Lauren’s old favourite turquoise ring on the day and made Levi a quick ring out of twine and glue. We’re still deciding whether or not to get real wedding rings!” They laugh.
Heavenly Blooms provided the bright and beautiful florals and Lauren's vibrant crown was the perfect accessory for this carefree bride.
“Our philosophy for the day was to do exactly what felt right for us.” Shares Lauren. “We decided to keep it super simple, intimate and secret because that’s what made us happy. We have always felt that you shouldn’t do anything a particular way just because it’s what you’re supposed to do."