Both recently having moved to Charleston in the USA, it was on the classic avenue of Tinder that Amanda and Tim first connected. A romantic proposal on a sunset cruise in Positano that had a bit of an audience, “I (Tim) had thought the cruise would be private, but I had to nervously (and quietly) go through with proposing next to two other couples”, paving the way for an equally romantic elopement.
Dreaming of a day that was both quiet and intimate, allowing them to be completely focused on one another, Amanda and Tim planned their day exactly how they wanted it to be. With the golden light of sunset, the backdrop of the Brisbane river and just their celebrant Jaime of Brisbane City Celebrants and photographer Still Wild Love present, this was a day that was intimate, beautiful and full of magic.
The couple chose Kangaroo Cliffs, overlooking the river for their ceremony, during the golden hour of sunset. “We chose a rocky outcrop on the Brisbane River, known for its backdrop of the city skyline. It’s a popular spot, and we had to sneak ourselves in between other people having picnics and photoshoots despite it being the middle of the week.”
Tim worked with Mitchell Ogilvie to create a classic black suit for the day. He tells “Despite having a small ceremony, I still wanted to look the part, and to have a suit I could feel good wearing for future occasions. I’m a bit of an odd shape, so I had to get something made-to-measure, but I saw it as an investment since I would be wearing it again. Although I didn’t have any groomsmen to share the occasion with, I got to design the suit at Mitchell Ogilvie with some help from Amanda. I paired it with a Bucherer-edition Tudor watch that I tend to reserve for particularly special occasions.”
“Amanda teased me before she left to get ready about not showing up at the altar,” laughs Tim, “but then her uber driver dropped her off at the wrong location. She was late and had to run in her wedding dress to the location.”
Shares Tim “We wrote our vows and found that doing so added to the deeply personal nature of our ceremony.”
Amanda found her white gown at Sentani. She tells “I didn’t want to go shopping for an official wedding dress without my mom, so I just wanted to get a simple, but elegant and modern, dress. The dress I had picked out online wasn’t available, so the sales clerk pulled some for me to try on. I ended up picking one of the dresses she pulled for me because it fit perfectly without any alterations being needed, and it made me feel beautiful.
Since our family and friends couldn’t attend, and since Dad passed away when I was young, I wore specific jewellery to represent them. That way it was like there was a part of them there that day.”
The newlyweds made the most of the glittering city backdrop for a private photo session with their photographer. “Trang did a great job of creating a relaxed, intimate atmosphere, resulting in photos that were an authentic expression of who we are as a couple” noted Amanda. “Even though we didn’t have a larger wedding, Trang went above and beyond to capture extra moments that might otherwise be missed in an elopement, such as cutting our cake.”
In honour of her parents, Amanda recreated their wedding cake to add a little tradition to the day “It was a Prosecco cake with Bavarian crème, vanilla bean icing, and fresh berries.”
A big beautiful congratulations to you both Amanda and Tim! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day and thank you to Jamie & Cara of Brisbane City Celebrants and Still Wild Love for sharing this beautiful day with us.