Inspired by a love of intimate elopements, and drawing inspiration from the blue skies and a shimmering pool at this super cute venue. Jamie + Cara – Brisbane City Celebrants & With Love – Brisbane Wedding Decorators are sharing their top tips for weaving “something blue” into your elegant elopement, creating a ceremony as intimate and unforgettable as this for The Something Blue Issue.

The vision for this romantic poolside elopement-styled shoot, was to inspire couples seeking a wedding that reflects their authentic selves, a celebration of love that’s both intimate and unforgettable, with ‘something blue’ elegantly incorporated into the day.

This gorgeous setting was created by combining blue hydrangeas with ethereal dried florals in a luxurious ground arrangement circling the ceremony stage. The hues of blue combined with the pool in the forefront, gave a feeling of serenity and calmness to the love-filled setting. The groom looking quietly confident added a fresh dimension to the hues of blue in a classic 3-piece navy suit adorned with a white boutonniere. As a celebrant, I like to thoughtfully blend in with the colour palette of my couple’s special day. This pale blue jacket subtly blended in with the blue tones of the setting, while allowing the groom’s attire to shine.

Other ways that you could include pops of blue in your elopement include:

• Glimmering accessories: The bride can wear blue jewellery while the groom accessories with a blue tie, or a blue tie clip for a subtle touch.
• Blue lighting: For a sunset or evening ceremony, you could add a modern edge to the setting with the soft glow of blue fairy lights, a custom neon or uplighting.
• Signature cocktails: Why not create a refreshing blue cocktail named after you as a couple, served in glasses with a blue sugar rim?

Your “Something Blue”

Make your “something blue” truly meaningful by personalising it.

• Carry a blue handkerchief gifted by a loved one for a sentimental touch.
• Incorporate blue gemstones into your wedding bands for a timeless reminder.
• Ask your seamstress to sew your names and wedding date in blue in to the lining of your attire. You could even have a precious family memento (Grandma’s vintage hanky) sewn into your dress.

Celebrant Tips

Remember, the magic lies in the little details:

• Let your celebrant know your colour palette and wedding style so they can perfectly blend into the aesthetics of your wedding, and the colour palette of your wedding photos.
• Write surprise personalised vows to each other that will make your ceremony glow.
• Ask family or friends to write and share some words about your unique bond.
• Select music that reflects your personalities.

Your elopement is a blank canvas for your love story. We hope you draw inspiration from this shoot and feel confident to personalise it to reflect your own unique personalities and style.

The magic of this shoot lay in all the details. Soft, romantic hues of blue painted the scene as standing together on the circular white stage, the real-life couple’s eyes locked and their love filled the air. The ceremony décor included delicate clouds of hydrangea in the softest shades of blue, cascading in a ground arrangement around the couple, allowing their beautiful connection to take centre stage.

The celebrant’s placement to the side of the couple, particularly for elopement weddings, allows us to guide our couple through their ceremony, putting them at ease while ensuring the couples(not us) are the focus of their very special day and ensures the photographer gets ample opportunity to capture all the special moments without us being in shot.

This styled shoot isn’t just about the aesthetics, and the beautiful tones of blue in the wedding styling; it’s about capturing the essence of an elopement – the intimacy, the connection, and the raw and beautiful emotions of an intimate ceremony at the beautiful Coastal Cottage venue.

Special mention to these talented wedding vendors for bringing this blue elopement-themed shoot to life! Photography by October Falls Photography, styling concept by Elope in Brisbane, and the stunning venue – The Coastal Cottage Brisbane. The bouquet & boutonniere flowers by Lilith & Co, the bride’s gown by Laneway Bridal, and the groom’s attire by Black Jacket Suiting, with hair and makeup styling done by Beauty By Corinne.