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!