Tarren + Sophie ~ Cairns Elopement

It was an hour into the engagement party when Tarren + Sophie surprised their guests by exchanging rings and becoming Mr and Mrs Olufson. Tarren + Sophie originally planned to host a large wedding in Cairns. However a low-key and more intimate kind of wedding was more appealing. At the end of last year I received a call from Sophie explaining she wanted to change dates and have me photograph her surprise wedding. I was totally pumped! I LOVE surprises.

Close family and friends arrived at Wharf One, Cairns, to what seemed like any ordinary engagement party. Music by Drew entertained close family and friends and the venue was decorated with flowers by Nine Blooms. 45 minutes into the party the fun was about to start! Sophie had done a sneaky runner... and not from Tarren! She was preparing to walk down the aisle.

As unaware guests mingled, Sophie returned with a wedding dress on and her father leading her down the aisle. It was the perfect celebration! While guests were on a high from the surprise and Wharf One kept the drinks flowing and stomachs full, I took the newlyweds on a portrait session.Locals congratulated the couple and the skies created an epic show of colour. I'd love to see more surprise weddings. Why isn't this trending?!

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THAT Dress: Reformation  ~ Hair: Zedd Hair & Beauty  ~ Makeup: Brow Babes  ~ Rings: Bejewel, Cairns ~ Celebrant: Exquisite Weddings ~ Flowers: Nine Blooms  ~ Venue: Wharf One ~ Doughnut Cake: Duke's Doughnuts ~ Music: Drewboy