When Alisha had a serious accident in 2015, any plans of a wedding came crashing to a halt. That is, until a few years later, when Michael suggested the pair tie the knot in secret.
“This seemed like the perfect opportunity to have a wedding exactly the way we wanted without any of the fuss. Plus, Mick doesn’t like attention or pressure and I could do without the stress of planning a big wedding!” laughs the bride.
On November 7, 2019, during a week they both coincidentally happened to have off from work, the couple from Northern Victoria headed to Melbourne to exchanged vows. Only two witnessed the vintage wedding ceremony held beside a pond in Fitzroy Gardens— Alisha’s grandmother and Michael’s mum.
“Our wedding was perfect in every way. We didn’t have fancy cars, flower girls, five bridesmaids or two wedding dresses but we had FUN,” smiles Alisha. “We wanted a relaxed day, not overly structured or formal, a little ceremony and some photos to remember it by.”
“When we returned home the next day and made our way through friends and family, every single person was both shocked and extremely happy for us. Any disappointments were completely overshadowed by love for us as a couple.”
Photos courtesy of Sarah Matler Photography.
The bride and groom arrived separately via Uber.
“Mick and I purchased our rings locally and each time we went in the store we had to make sure we didn’t see anyone we knew,” says the bride. “Trying to get married in secret in a small town proved very challenging!”
Along with her beautiful bouquet and a button hole for Michael, Alisha had two rose and ranunculus wristlets made — one for each of their witnesses.
After the photos were said and done, the wedding party of four enjoyed a quiet Indian dinner together to celebrate.
Brides Accessories: Bras N Things / Brides Gown: Spell and the Gypsy Collective / Brides Shoes: All About Shoes / Celebrant: Amanda Matler - Let's Elope Melbourne / Flowers: Annie Dillon Florist and Gifts / Grooms Attire: Identity Menswear / Grooms Shoes: Identity Menswear / Hair: HM Allure / Makeup: HM Allure, Glam by Jac / Photographer: Sarah Matler Photography / Rings: Kyabram Showcase Jewellers / Transport: Uber / Venue: Fitzroy Gardens / Wedding Night Accommodation: Punthill on Little Bourke