The thought of planning a traditional wedding with a seating plan, alternate drop meals, and a garter toss just didn’t fit with Steph and Curtis’s vision. Instead, they contacted the team at Elope Brisbane and booked the Simply Elope package with just the essentials – celebrant and photographer.

Steph and Curtis decided on a 7pm ceremony, to coincide with their anniversary time, so the hunt was on to find a ceremony location in Brisbane with night lights. Mowbray Park at East Brisbane alongside the Brisbane River was the perfect location, with the giant Fig trees decked in fairy lights providing plenty of light and ambience for the occasion. The heritage park looks over the river to the Story Bridge, which is also lit up at night, and provided gorgeous backdrop for the photos.

Steph grew out her golden hair and curled it for the ceremony. She looked gorgeous in a J’Adore sparkly purple evening gown, topped with a black wool cross over. Silver heels completed the look. Curtis was matching in a smart grey suit with a purple tie. He managed to include his lucky Meerkat socks to top off the outfit.

The couple organised a pre-wedding photo shoot in the afternoon to enable them to have some daylight snaps, then met their families at a Kangaroo Point bar for a sunset drink. Once the sun set, the families headed to Mowbray Park and were relieved to see the area had plenty of parking available.

The winter evening was crisp and clear, and the park looked magical. Steph and Curtis exchanged their marriage vows under an ancient fig tree, watched on by just their closest family. Their mums witnessed their signatures on the marriage certificates, and after a couple of family photos, the newlyweds and their parents drove off for a celebratory dinner in the city.

We loved working with this genuine couple and were so pleased we could bring their wedding vision to life.

Ceremony Venue: Mowbray Park, East Brisbane

Photo Shoot Venue: Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha

Photographer: Romana Saeheng

Celebrant: Cheryl Landsberry