Celebrant Joshua Withers and partner Brittany dreamt up the Pop-Up concept whilst contemplating the stress and expense that often comes with a wedding. “Wouldn’t it be amazing if a couple could have it all in a ‘fancy elopement’” pondered Brittany, “a beautiful dress, personal vows and amazing photos to show the grandkids!” And with a little help from some talented industry pals, the Pop-Up Wedding was born.
Taking place in carefully selected venues around the country, Pop-Up events are beautifully styled, personal celebrations that allow couples to tie the knot with ease. Individual weddings go for about an hour and involve a short ceremony with up to 20 guests, followed by a portrait session with a top photographer – in this case, the brilliant Paul Bamford of Finch & Oak. Cake, bubbles and a bouquet of choice to keep are all included too.
The fuss-free nuptials were the perfect choice for this young couple. Simon and Cara-Mia had always planned to elope – despite having big families, a big wedding just wasn’t their thing. “We wanted our day to be simple and sweet,” says the bride “purely about the two of us promising ourselves to one another.” The pair were surprised to find that eloping actually requires a lot of planning, so when they discovered the Pop-Up Wedding they knew it was just right for them. Styled by Signs of Wear, their stunning Summergrove Estate wedding was a breeze. “Absolutely everything was organised for us and they made the day so personal.”
One thing the bride was happy to organise herself was her gorgeous two-piece wedding dress. “I put together my outfit after spending hours trawling through Brisbane,” she tells me, and would you believe it only cost $50?! A floral wreath by Raindance Boutique and her late grandmother’s pearl choker completed her sweet look.
So there we have it – proof that it is possible to have an utterly gorgeous wedding that’s personal, stress-free and won’t break the bank.
Planner: The Pop-Up Wedding Co. | Photography: Finch & Oak | Venue: Summergrove Estate | Celebrant: Joshua Withers | Stylist: Signs of Wear | Bride’s dress: Hopscotch | Flower Crown: Raindance Boutique | Groom’s suit: Topman | Rings: Ari Jewellery | Hair & Makeup: Alana Mevissen