Real elopement – Kyle & Shannon, Warrandyte VIC
Real elopement – Kyle & Shannon, Warrandyte VIC

Real elopement – Kyle & Shannon, Warrandyte VIC


The team at Elope Yarra Valley are in the business of bringing small dream days to life, and Kyle and Shannon took up this opportunity to create a simply stunning celebration with their nearest and dearest.

Some real riverside romance unfolded as this darling duo exchanged vows before celebrating with hugs and cheers from each of their delighted guests.

Taking a moment to revel in their newly-married status with only each other and their talented photographer Aria Photography, they then enjoyed an intimate and private dining experience with their 20 guests.

It couldn’t have been more perfect and a true representation of their love, which is all that really matters.



In Shannon’s words…


The meeting.

Kyle and I met in primary school, we parted and went to separate high schools. We then reconnected at a mutual friend’s pool party in year nine. We have made the rest history.


The ‘one’.

In year 4 when we were scrolling through real estate magazines… saying, “one day we will live here together,” and yes, of course they were the typical white picket fence.


The proposal.

We had been together for 13 years, we had returned home from swimming lessons with our two little ones (three year-old and one year-old) the house was chaos, I was prepping dinner and Kyle got down on one knee with a salad onion ring I had just chopped… I thought he was joking, I ate that ring, oops.


The process.

I was super relaxed with it, I had a vision and just rolled with it.


Style inspiration.

I wanted a low-key intimate ceremony and dinner, followed by a party. My inspo was pulled from my everyday love of pretty things. I LOVE pink.


The dress.

I knew I wanted something different, but not crazy. I went dress shopping. I loved my experience at Karen Willis Holmes, but didn’t find the ‘ONE’. I had previously seen a Rime Arodaky Jumpsuit that I LOVED, but didn’t have the time to order new. I got onto where I found my dream dress, it was the jumpsuit I had loved but in a dress version. I was in Aus, it was in New York… I had a hairdressing client come to see me the day I had found it, believe it or not she was travelling to NYC the next week and was happy to inspect the dress and bring it home to me. I saw it as a sign and rolled with it, and I am so glad I did.


Favourite moments.

I cant say I have a favourite moment, I loved the entire day equally.


Meaning of marriage.

To be a family and love as one, to be on the same team and to always work together.


Wedding soundtrack.

Background music: Simple Things by Ziggy Alberts

Aisle: Hold by Vera Blue

Signing: You’ve Got The Love by Florence and the Machine

Recessional: Wedding Song by Angus & Julia Stone


Funny stories (or near disasters).

Just the typical toddler outfit meltdowns, otherwise I was rolling with the rest.


Planning surprises.

Obviously the cost of all things wedding all add up, I was surprised at how quickly that happened.


Words of wisdom.

Roll with it, don’t stress the small stuff.


Last words.

I Loved that we had such a short time to plan it (engaged at the end of August and married at the start of December). It meant I could not change my mind, I had to stick to my guns. I feel like the longer you have to plan the longer you have to ponder and the longer you have to divide payments and over spend.



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Wedding planners: Elope Yarra Valley – I cannot recommend Elope Yarra Valley high enough, they made this wedding planning gig so stress free and I loved every part of our special day with them.

Ceremony venue / location: Warrandyte River

Reception venue / location: Next Door – Warrandyte for private intimate dinner of 20 , Followed by a Party of 110

Celebrant/Officiant: Kate Hayley Civil Celebrant

Photography: Aria Photography

Videography: Directors Edge

Styling: Myself

Florist: Edward & I

Hair: Bessy – Maiden Empire

Make Up: Dana Vaughn – DMV make up artistry

The Dress(es): Rime Arodaky – Still White

Veil / headwear: Culturess

Shoes: Windsor Smith

Rings: Windfall Jewellery

Grooms suit: Jacket and Shirt – Pure Linen by Country Road

Bow ties / ties: YD

Catering: The Grand Hotel Warrandyte – AMAZING food! I wish I could have feasted!

Bar: Next door Warrandyte

Favors: Lux Cake and Cookies – till death do us party cookies

Stationery / Signage: DIY

Entertainment: Crowd Pleaser

Décor: DIY, Edward & I , Poppies for Grace

Hire: The Neon Studio, The Boutique Hire Co

Honeymoon: We had a little get away for 3 nights after the wedding. One night kid free In a cute B&B in Warrandyte, Two nights at the Crown with the kiddies. Big Honeymoon not yet booked.

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