The gorgeous couple Amber Williams & partner Mark Gracie
Google Earth came in handy for this bride and groom when searching for “the perfect mountain” to elope to
The Victorian couple headed to New Zealand for their Queenstown elopement and followed up with an official ceremony back home in Australia. Amber Williams, a photographer herself, and partner Mark Gracie, a FIFO miner, rounded up their favourite photojournalist for the big trip. “Combining our passions of photography, mountains, snow, travel, aviation, weddings, love and adventure, we came up with a wedding like no other,” explains Amber.
“I spent a long time on Google Earth looking for the perfect mountain top to elope. I expected we would need to travel to Nepal, but fortunately stumbled upon somewhere a little closer to home,” says Amber. Although they technically had a handful of guests (their children, the pilot and the photographer), it was a ‘solo mission.’ “There was no one there to hear us say our handwritten vows,” smiles Amber. “This was about us.”
Back home, the pair were officially married by the bride’s mother Jacqui Clarke on November 6, 2015 with 100 guests at Gum Gully Farm in Silvan.
The wedding was full of personal touches and sentimentality, including Amber wearing her mother’s veil and Mark’s grandmother’s bracelet. As the bride is a vegan, most of the food and even the wine served at the reception was vegan. The couple spent over a year collecting antique plates and crystal ware for the tables, and the floral arrangements, decor and cake were all made and arranged by close family.