Love Me WILD! Great Ocean Road Elopement

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Love her, but leave her wild… – atticus

I recently did a trip down to Melbourne for work, and while I was down there I thought it would be a good opportunity to grab my girlfriend Kim and her reluctant-to-participate boyfriend, Johneey (THANKS SO MUCH JOHNEEY, YA TROOPER!), and head out to the Great Ocean Road (where I have wanted to see/shoot for a very long time!) to shoot a cheeky styled elopement.

I’m so drawn to the wild, raw, beauty of this part of the Australian coastline. The rain and winds were pretty hectic. We had originally planned for a Sunrise shoot, but we awoke to what seemed like cyclonic conditions. It was POURING rain, and blowing a damn gale! So we stayed bunkered in at our Airbnb (which was super cosy and cute, btw. And our host, Duncan, was SO accomodating – highly recommend if you’re visiting the area!!!) and waited for some clear skies. The clear skies lasted all of a few minutes each time, so we just drove down to Loch Ard Gorge, and as soon as the rain cleared up, we sprinted to our shoot location. As soon as we got there, another storm settled in, so before I could even fire the shutter button, we had to piss bolt (piss bolt: aussie slang for ‘exit quickly’) back to the car. This actually happened the entire day of shooting, so we literally had about 10 minutes out of the entire day to capture these shots! What a ride!

Massive shoutout to Kim from Anatomy of Flowers, who also did the florals, and the incredibly talented Cassandra from Cassandra Renee Couture for loaning her STUNNING Logies and Aries gowns.

HAIR & MAKEUP // Nikita Pere Makeup
PHOTOGRAPHY // Nikita Pere Photography
GOWNS // Cassandra Renee Couture
FLORALS // Anatomy of Flowers
LOCATION // Great Ocean Road

After we finished up at Loch Ard Gorge, and got back to our accomodation to pack down – we thought we’d chuck on the Cassandra Renee Couture “Aries” gown to capture a few more cheeky shots!