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Caitlyn & Aramis- REAL WEDDING - Phoenix Aurora

Caitlyn and Aramis celebrated their wedding day on the 31st of October 2022 by eloping in Canberra at the Old Parliment House grounds. Lots of personal details went into this intimate celebration of love, celebrated with a mixture of Halloween and Heritage vibes, with a custom Lego cake topper and blue Docs, what more could you want!

Photography Credit: Michael Conlin of Mel Hill Photography

When did you know Aramis was the ONE?

I knew Aramis was the one when my birthday rolled around (a few weeks into the relationship) and he threw me my own little birthday party as best he could. It was so early in and he was already doing the absolute most he could to learn about what made me happy and to give me things that I never got as a kid.

Tell us how Aramis proposed - We love a good ring story!

So we had always agreed that a quiet toned-down proposal was best since we're both stay-at-home introverts, and one day he just got down on one knee in our apartment with an alexandrite ring and asked me to be his wife. When I said yes, he gave me a box of KFC wicked wings to celebrate ahahaha.

When you first started wedding planning, what where 3 of the most important things to you both about your wedding day?

We wanted our only attendees to be people who had played an active role in our relationship and its growth, so attendance was limited to close friends.

We also wanted it to be as simple as possible, so we limited our spending to special pieces we could keep and reuse such as my wedding gown (from yours truly), his suit and our flowers.

Our final piece of planning was to make the process as fun as possible and staggered out to take away stress, so I took the liberty of designing a Lego wedding cake topper with a manual so that we could take the time to build it together leading up to the wedding.

Where did you choose to get married?

Old Parliament House in the Senate Gardens (Specifically the Rex Hazlewood Rose Gardens)

What vendors did you use for your wedding?

Suit: Institchu

Dress: Desert Moon Bridal (Phoenix Aurora)

Florist: Kettle n' Petal

Celebrant: Michael Bower of Canberra Small Weddings

Photographer: Michael Conlin of Mel Hill Photography

Venue: Old Parliament House Senate Gardens

Cake: Sweet Bones Bakery

Catering: Queenies in Kingston, ACT

How did you pick your venue?

We were originally getting married elsewhere and lost our booking the month before, and the NCA (National Capital Authority) were a great help finding another alternative venue on short notice. After checking out the spot we loved the rose archways and booked it immediately.

What vendors did you spend the most time researching and trying to decide on?

Most of our time was spent researching our celebrant and photographer, as we knew they would be responsible for orchestrating not just us but our witnesses on the day, as well as creating the vision we were after with our photos.

Did you find it difficult to bring your wedding under budget? If you feel comfortable please share your budget with us.

Not really! We paid things off bit by bit as they came up so we weren't really spending large sums at a time to pay off the wedding. Altogether I think the wedding cost us between $5,000 to $6,000 for everything (clothes, accommodation, venue, food, flowers; etc).

Do you have any advice for other couples planning a wedding on a lower budget?

I would say a list of everything you want included in your wedding is key, and having it ranked by most to least important to you. It helped me prioritise what needed to be paid off or secured first so that everything I 100% wanted was there on the day.

When you look back on your day, what is your most favourite memory?

My favourite memory by far of the day was meeting my husband at the altar and holding hands. I don't think we were supposed to keep holding hands the entire time, but we're both fidgeters and it helped us both keep grounded during the ceremony.

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