Fran & Jonny's Sweet and Simple Cockatoo Island Elopement
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Fran & Jonny’s Sweet and Simple Cockatoo Island Elopement

Homemade cake, personalised toppers and bouquet!

Like most engaged couples Fran and Jonny had to re-evaluate their wedding plans due to ‘you know what’. They decided on a Cockatoo Island elopement with nine of their friends (and kids). Their plans originally were to “get married in Scotland, have some quiet time together, and then travel to Ireland and Canada.”

Fran and Jonny love Cockatoo Island because it is so different, so peaceful (if you know the right spots) and they love to just sit with a picnic by the water and relax. It was important that they have some photos by the water with their tea and biscuits. On the morning of the wedding the forecasts were not great and it was pouring with rain. But by the afternoon the sun made an appearance and it was a gorgeous spring day! It was perfect for showing off Sydney Harbour to their family back home in Canada and Ireland. Jonny had worked hard to set up the broadcast of the ceremony live which included purchasing colour coordinating lapel microphones for the bride and groom. They also added to the experience by having bubbly delivered to their families so they could feel more involved with the celebrations.


Other awesome and fun things about Fran and Jonny’s Cockatoo Island Elopement:

Fran made the delicious cheesecake and they made the figurines themselves.

They were searching for fairy lights for the garden but could only find dinosaur-themed ones so they thought – why not!

Who needs extra styling when it is spring and the bushes are in full bloom?!

However on Cockatoo Island seagulls are also in full bloom – having babies and protecting their young! This resulted to a change in the ceremony location and accommodation.

The bouquet and boutonniere were made over eight months by Fran from shavings of maple wood.

Fran made Jonny’s wedding ring from the scroll of an old violin.

There is a reason I always have the rule – “never move the cake” – see the photos for why. Thank goodness it was an easy fix!

Cockatoo Island Elopement – All the Details

Accommodation and Venue – Cockatoo Island Harbour View Apartments /  Celebrant – Oliver Thomson /  Dinosaur Fairy Lights – Kmart /  Hair and Makeup – a Friend  /  Cake and Toppers – Fran and Jonny  / Bouquet and Boutonierre – Made by Fran from maple wood shavings /  Dress – Second Hand  /  Invitation – Art By Molly  /  Gifts for Guests (Ceramics) – Le.Ku Ceramics  /  Engagement Ring – Rockhounds, The Rocks  /   Wedding Rings – Fran made Jonny’s ring from the scroll of an old violin

Thank you Fran for your lovely feedback, “Gemma’s kindness and excitement gave us the confidence to feel at home in front of the camera for the first time in our lives. She shared in our happiness, and her amazing photos have given us so much joy, as we’ve looked back at a day which seemed to go by so fast. She was quick to respond to any email, and was overall a pleasure to work with. Thanks for coming to our tiny wedding and making us laugh lots!”

If  you are considering a Cockatoo Island elopement then please get in touch. I would love to chat about ideas with you.

The signing table with the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour for the wedding ceremony for this Cockatoo Island Elopement

A very creative invitation representing their Irish and Canadian backgrounds and the ferry for their Cockatoo Island Elopement

Sunny day in front of the apartments overlooking Sydney Harbour for this Cockatoo Island Elopement

Just nine guests sitting in the shade of the deck for this intimate Cockatoo Island Elopement

Newly married and big smiles for Fran and Jonny in front of the blooming bushes at their Cockatoo Island Elopement

Beautiful sandstone building backdrop for their couple portraits at their Cockatoo Island Elopement

Sandstone backdrop as they walk to their favourite spot for tea and bikkies at their Cockatoo Island Elopement

The amazing industrial structures make a dramatic backdrop for this Cockatoo Island Elopement

Celebrating with tea and biscuits by the water was the number one photo they wanted at their Cockatoo Island Elopement

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