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.
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 |