Elsewhere offers a curated elopement experience combining three essential ingredients:
~ An epic celebrant - to get you married memorably
~ An exceptional photographer - to capture every emotion
~ An incredible place to stay - a place as special as your love.
But actually, Elsewhere offers more than that. It takes the researching, planning, and stress out of your hands. It says: trust us. We’ve got you. We’ve done this together before and we’re here to make getting married as cruisy, enjoyable, yet remarkable for you as possible.
Our exclusive accommodation partners have each been hand-picked for specific reasons. The spaces are a true labour of love from each of the owners – what they have created are among the most unique and unforgettable to be found in regional Victoria. They each have a sense of connection to nature, situated away from the ‘noise’ – the noise of the city, of people, of the hype or commotion associated with ‘weddings’. Of course, each accommodation also shares a cosy and rustic yet luxe style, making them the perfect romantic escape for newlyweds.
Our offerings are distinct from ‘microweddings’. We’re about elopements in their original, stripped-back, intimate-as-ever sense, and for this reason we strictly limit guests, if any, to 2-6 inclusive of your two legal witnesses. This is part of an agreement with our accommodation partners and it’s because of this agreement that we have an exclusive partnership to provide elopements in conjunction with them. We think this is pretty cool.
But this guest limit also exists to sculpt the experience into one that is truly focused on just you two. This gives us the capacity to really slow the pace and relax into the flow and spontaneity of the day. In our experience, the best marriage-making moments are the most present, connected-feeling ones which unfold organically. Such moments more readily do when it’s more or less just us and you.
It’s particularly satisfying knowing that couples not only get to make a meaningful morning or afternoon out of their marriage, but a memorable mini trip out of it. To turn it from a blink-and-it’s-over moment into a few days’ experience… or even beyond, with the opportunity to return and stay at the beautiful site of your marriage on future anniversaries or milestones!
For us, it’s not about an in-and-out, quick and dirty, 'no-frills' version of marriage. It’s simpler and smaller-scale than a wedding, yes, but it’s about the creation of an immersive experience around this exciting milestone nonetheless, one that goes an extra step beyond your ordinary elopement and one that feels no less special than getting hitched any other way.
Kahani has a refreshing and relaxed ceremony style. She likes to think of her personality as excitable yet relatable, and she loves to infuse a seamless blend of humour and romance into the words she weaves. Perhaps most importantly, her approach to both the prep process and each couple’s ceremony itself is a highly personalized one. She’s also Elsewhere’s Admin Queen. Kahani is really good at being (or seeming) sophisticated and eloquent one moment and an absolute dag the next, and she’s really shit at keeping earrings in her ears.
Ryal brings such warmth to the photos he produces and through his personality as a photographer which makes all the difference to a couple’s special day. He loves capturing the little in-between moments just as much as the big ones, and while offering guidance, his approach is ultimately to represent a couple exactly as they are rather than imposing on them a constructed style of his own. Ryal is really good at mumbling silly things to make people laugh and he’s really shit at abstaining from cake the moment it’s served at a wedding, almost before anyone else gets a piece.
Ryal and Kahani have been making magic at far too many weddings to count both individually and as a duo, but through Elsewhere they relish the chance to slow it down with couples, to enrich their experience of getting married, and to bring the focus right back to the most important, most special, most marvellous part of it all: you two.