two brides walking on the rocks at You Yang regional park

Queer Backyard Elopement in Lara


Kat and Terri had to think fast with all the restrictions in place due to COVID 19. They completely change their wedding plans.

They met online and quite quickly discovered they were made for each other. Their wedding story was almost completely different from the one that I am about to tell you about.

These two sweet mischief makers had made plans to turn their engagement party into a surprise wedding in April. With covid-19 restrictions almost changing daily at the the time, Kat and Terri hatched a new plan.

They decided to move up their wedding date up a few weeks and have a smaller more intimate affair in their very own backyard. They made their own wooden arbour and set it up under a big bushy tree at home.

The couple spent a quiet morning at home together and with a little help from a close friend they had their hair curled and plaited and makeup lovingly applied.

Kat had not seen Terri’s champagne coloured dress until the moment she walked down their backyard aisle. The look on both the brides’ faces when they saw each other for the first time in their wedding suit and dress gave me goosebumps. There was electricity in the air. It was truly an emotional moment.

Family friend Mary, officiated the legal part in a warm layback fashion that suited the couple perfectly. Their vows were so heartwarming and uniquely them. I felt so honoured to be able to hear them in person when so many of their family and friends couldn’t make it due to 5 people only at Victorian weddings rule. You can hear their wedding vows when you watch the wedding video.

The ceremony ends and a bottle of Moet champagne is popped open. The brides share some cuddles and kisses with their furry family. Dogs at weddings are a delight to capture!

After Kat and Terri’s wedding ceremony at home in Lara, Victoria, just outside of Geelong, we headed to several gorgeous locations for couple portraits. First stop was You Yangs Regional Park with its granite rocks and volcanic plains. The views from the top are spectacular.

These two beautiful humans didn’t need much direction from us, they were instantly relaxed and couldn’t stop touching each other. We were able to make some beautiful natural portraits and get the drone out of its box and see the whole environment around us.

Our last stop was the Avalon Beach were Kat and Terri like to take their dogs for daily walks. We laughed and joked around and can’t believe how lucky we were to have spent this perfect first few hours of married bliss with two amazing brides.

Kat and Terri’s special COVID-19 wedding elopement story also appears in the news read it here.

Planning a wedding during the COVID-19 pandemic? Looking for a photographer and videographer to double as your witnesses? Please get in touch with Reuben and me, we’d love to hear from you.

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