Elsie & Darryn’s Low-key Boho Wedding at Bellbrae Harvest

Words by Amy Richardson / Images by Kyra Boyer
May 27, 2019

After meeting and falling in love on an island called Flores in Indonesia, this South African boy and Aussie girl spent the next four years travelling the world and jumping through immigration department hoops. Elsie and Darryn celebrated his long awaited move to Australia by tying the knot at the gorgeous Bellbrae Harvest in Torquay, with a mindfully crafted wedding perfectly captured by Kyra Boyer.

The couple’s goal for their wedding was to create a day that felt like it represented their relationship, and let their love be the focus. Elsie shares, “We wanted to feel comfortable and for our guests to feel the same. We kept things simple, skipping the traditions that weren’t meaningful to us –no bridal party, no cake, no garter toss, no unrealistic promises.”

Their ceremony and reception were all held at Bellbrae Harvest Estate, with 65 of their loved ones and their puppy, Milton. The venue provided all the furniture and props for the day, and the stunning natural surrounds provided the décor. Having known the bride for over 20 years, Elsie’s mum’s best friend and celebrant Anne Woodward married the couple in a personal and intimate ceremony, with genuine and authentic vows the pair wrote together.

Having a vegetarian menu was a priority, so Elsie and Darryn enlisted the help of Little Miss Merlot to whip up a cocktail style veggie feast. The bride shares, “The ladies at Little Miss Merlot were amazing. They were able to make whatever we asked for and the result was more delicious than we ever imagined (even the meat eaters were impressed!).” The wedding cake may have gotten the chop, but dessert was still on the table, in the form of sourdough donuts from Saint Dough Co.

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In the bride’s own words - “I had a little bit of dress drama! About a month before the wedding I tried on my dress and something didn’t feel right. I realised that it wasn’t the right dress, that I didn’t feel like me. Every time I pictured our wedding, I imagined me in another dress – a dress named Piper!” So just four weeks out from the wedding, Elsie popped on a plane to the Gold Coast to visit the Grace Loves Lace flagship boutique, nabbing her dream dress.
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With only seven months to plan their day, Elsie and Darryn found choosing the right venue a challenge. Elsie shares, “We wanted something natural, relaxed and beautiful. Once we visited Bellbrae Harvest, it was such an easy decision. It felt right immediately”
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Darryn doesn’t consider himself a suit kind of guy, so opted for a chino and blazer combo from Politix, fitting in perfectly with the relaxed vibe of the day. We reckon Milton the pup made for a pretty doggone perfect accessory too!
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Created by local Ocean Grove florist, Moss Industry, Elsie’s lush bridal bouquet featured white phalaenopsis orchids, wild grasses, a touch of burgundy and plenty of green foliage for a wild, organic look.
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It’s crystal clear that Kyra Boyer takes smashing photos, but we love hearing from couples about what it is like in front of the lens. Elsie shares, “I couldn’t recommend Kyra highly enough. She was perfect for us! She made it fun, she made us laugh, she captured our energy beautifully and we are so thrilled with our photographs.”
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Credits

Images Kyra Boyer | Bride's Dress Grace Loves Lace | Bride's Shoes Edward Meller | Groom's Suit Politix | Celebrant Anne Woodward | Flowers Moss Industry | Catering Little Miss Merlot | Entertainment Luke Biscan | Venue Bellbrae Harvest | Doughnuts Saint Dough Co | Hair & Makeup Cassandra Debruin | Table Flowers From Earth | Succulent Favours The Little Plant Shop |


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Perth Limo Hire 5 months ago

Congratulations Elsie & Darryn on your marriage. I love the wedding photos where you have included your dog. Having your pet at the wedding at the wedding is getting very popular especial the dogs as they don’t like to spend along time alone. We have a Wedding Car business in Perth called Perth Limo Hire / Perth Quality Limousine and has a lot of wedding this year with the pets included. No pets have been asked to be transported in the limousine yet but I’m sure the day is getting closer.

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