Emma & Corey's Intimate Bunkers Beach Wedding
Date: 15th October 2015
Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Bunkers Bay
Wedding Planner: Margaret River Elopements
Interview with the Bride
Corey and I have been together for five years. Whenever we talked about getting married, we always said we wanted to have something small and intimate.
We still wanted to make it special with a beautiful setting, get dressed up in a dress and suit, and have amazing photos to keep memories of our day. Later we shared with our friends and families.
We found Margaret River elopements online about five months earlier. We didn't tell anyone about our plans and it was really hard to keep such a big secret from everyone. Especially when we realised we knew the photographers Luke and Kate Gerson because they photographed my sister’s wedding last year and were friends with her husband. We had to email them and explain what we were doing and not to reveal our secret. And just like everyone else involved they were brilliant and more than happy to pay along.
On the day of your wedding did it feel right, like you had both made the right decision to have just the two of you?
We loved the idea of just the two of us on the beach. It was the most perfect day even though it rained that morning and I was worried. But the weather cleared and we saw dolphins and whales while having our photos taken. The beach was so quiet too. It was perfect and felt so right for us. We knew it would have been too hard to choose only a couple of people to be there from all of our family and friends. So it was better to have no one, so no feelings were hurt. So far everyone has been really happy and impressed.
What did you do on your wedding day?
Because I was getting my hair and make-up done by Jasmine, I felt sorry for Corey. So I surprised him with a 'man spa’ package at the Pullmans resort spa for two hours. I also drove into Dunsborough to pick up the flowers and spent the morning drinking champagne & painting my nails. It was a really relaxing day – totally the opposite for every other bride I know!
Anything you would have changed?
There is absolutely nothing we would change! The day ran so smoothly and stress free and the organising in the run up to the big day couldn’t have been easier.
I did forget my bouquet when we walked down to the beach together, but it didn't matter at the time. Caz even ran up to the resort to get it for me! She did an amazing job with organising everything.
How did friends and family react when you told them and did you have a party with set for a later date?
We had the ceremony on the Thursday and we had all our close family and friends coming to Dunsborough on the Friday for my 30th birthday that weekend.
We planned on telling my parents, sister and her husband on the Saturday afternoon separately before we told everyone else. But it wasn't as easy as we thought getting them away from everyone else.
We eventually told them on the Sunday morning. They were all so excited and so happy for us. My dad had a small feeling that 'something' was going to happen as Corey had gone to visit him at home two weeks earlier to ask for his permission to marry me. There were a lot of happy tears!
Best advice for some else thinking about an intimate wedding?
Go for it! Couples have to remember the day is about them and no one else. We don't regret a thing. The day was so special, and the photos are a great memory of it. Everyone we have told, thought it was a great idea and told their friends.
Nicole Mallett Editor of CTCW:
I was very blessed to be a witness for Corey and Emma's day. Before this day I had never met Corey or Emma, yet as their ceremony was being read I just felt so happy for them this was a beautiful story about their lives. Everything felt right..
An elopement is no less than a traditional wedding. If in your hearts this is the type of wedding you want, then do it. Listen to your heart, because I will forever cherish this experience.
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Wedding Co-ordinator: Margaret River Elopements