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Celeste + Cristian’s Tasmanian Elopement

Would you ever elope?

When Cristian and Celeste emailed us and said the e-word our hearts kind of raced for them. I remember at our first meeting Katie and I were asking all the obvious questions – “Why?!” “How did you decide?” “Will your parents be angry?”…we just couldn’t believe that they were doing it (and that they were taking us with them!). We were ridiculously excited. It kind of felt like we were breaking curfew or telling our parents we were staying at a friend’s house to study when really we were trying to get into an underage club in a different state. Oh, yes, there was a border crossing involved!!

Years ago Celeste had seen a wedding at the Port Arthur convict settlement in Tasmania inside the ruins of an open air chapel. She decided then and there that if she ever got married, this would be the place. So, on a sunny Tasmanian afternoon, we all drove from Hobart down to Port Arthur and stood in that open air chapel and captured her dream come true.

This was a ceremony that was sweet and true. When the celebrant asked if we would promise to support this marriage all throughout our lives, Katie and I looked at one another, unsuccessfully trying to supress our teary eyes, and responded “WE WILL!”. Our words were carried away on the breeze and are probably swirling around Antarctica right now.

And a penguin is smiling.

Love Katie & Sarah xo


  • Beautiful photos! They make me want to go right back to Tassie.ReplyCancel