About a year ago, we ran a competition for one lucky couple to win a wedding shot by us…
We had so many fabulous entries…from black and white movie themed days to weddings set in school-houses to fully styled opulence…there were so many wonderful days being planned, and it was such a tough choice for us. But in the end we went with a wedding that fit our philosophy best: a simple backyard affair.
However, what really gave this wedding the cherry on top to take out our competition, was that all guests would be invited under the impression they were attending an engagement party. Then, mid-way through, our gorgeous couple Hailey and Mick planned to announce…”Well actually, we’re getting hitched!”
We had never shot a surprise wedding, and were so thrilled to award Hailey and Mick as our competition winners for doing so!
So how does a couple pull off a surprise wedding exactly? Hailey and Mick both greeted their guests in plain clothes. They told everyone that the reason we were there (and the videographer too!) was because they had bought their wedding photography package and it came with a complimentary engagement shoot. Clever, right?!
Hailey is an incredible graphic designer and together with Mick they put in so much work to their day. They completely transformed their house into the perfect backyard wedding venue and we had so much fun sneaking through rooms and blocking windows to make sure none of the guests could see Hailey change from her engagement dress into her wedding outfit.
A couple of hours in, Hailey and ourselves snuck into her bedroom and brought her mum in with us. Hailey closed the door. On the back of the door was her wedding dress. No words were exchanged…her mum simply saw the dress, gasped, and then hugged the life out of her beautiful daughter before helping her into her wedding attire. It was such a special moment for everyone in that room.
Meanwhile Mick, out on the verandah, told all the guests he had an announcement to make. He thanked everyone for coming and then said he wanted to introduce a special friend of his – a marriage celebrant. The response from guests was absolutely incredible – cheers, punches in the air – total jubilation! In the meantime we were trying to sneak Hailey out of the house and down to the ceremony. At one point Mick accidentally saw her (see hilarious photos below) but it didn’t ruin a thing!
Hailey’s dad was then asked to escort her down the aisle (backyard path) and within minutes they were announced husband and wife! All captured in the home they love. In front of the people they love. In just the way they wanted.
Love Katie + Sarah xo