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Charntelle & Michael | Elopement

When Charntelle first contacted me 7 months ago to say they were eloping at Ayers Rock and wanted me to fly up to photograph it, I was insanely excited. It sounded beautiful, a sunrise ceremony overlooking Uluru, only 2 guests, followed by some portraits through the red sand dunes and dirt tracks.

It honestly was just as perfect as I had been imagining.

I arrived at the lookout about an hour before the sunrise with a blanket of stars covering the sky.

Ayers Rock Wedding Photographer: Surise

Quite possibly the most breathtaking aisle I’ve ever seen

Ayers Rock Wedding Photographers: Bride & groom arriving at ceremonyAyers Rock Wedding Photography: Elopement ceremony

The ceremony was incredibly emotional; their vows were so heartfelt and beautiful.

Uluru Wedding Photographer: Bride & Groom during ceremonyUluru Wedding Photographers: Kiss the brideUluru Wedding Photography: Kissing behind bouquet

The sun broke just moments after they signed the marriage certificate.

Australian Wedding Photographer: Sunrise ceremony

The morning light was so incredible. I think I’ll be doing many more sunrise shoots from now on.

Australian Wedding Photographers: Dessert bouquet at sunriseAustralian Wedding Photography: Bride & Groom portraitsAlice Springs Wedding Photographer: Bridal portraits

The whole morning was so relaxed and they were just so happy!

Alice Springs Wedding Photographers: Desert portraitsAlice Springs Wedding Photography: Groom portrait

Walking back down the aisle. I love this shot so much, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) in the background and the track meandering through the scrub.

Elopement Photographer: Bride & Groom walking down the aisleElopement Photographers: Bride & Groom holding hands

The whole elopement came about after they planned a 2 week road trip and decided to get married while they were away. So this red dirt road sums up the whole trip.

Elopement Photography: Australian Desert weddingNorthern Territory Wedding Photographer: Red Centre Elopement

Charntelle & Michael, thank you so much for inviting me to share this intimate day with you. Congratulations again!

I’m sure all your friends and family got the shock of their lives when you showed them what you’ve been up too :)

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  1. Jocelyn January 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Wow Kel, these are sooo amazing!!!

  2. Kelley Bodycott January 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE them they were worth the wait. You are so clever :) Might have to get some tips from you.

  3. Lauren January 7, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    So gorgeous! It all looks perfect, the colours are amazing!

  4. ayesha January 7, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    omg… these are absolutely gorgeous!!! the light is breathtaking, as is the scenery… what incredible memories for them!!! and such a beautiful ceremony… really, one of the most beautiful i’ve ever seen. haha i’m so jealous you got to shoot something like this :) but you totally killed it!!

  5. Lindsay Taryn January 8, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    oh my godddddd I LOVE THESE SO MUCH!!! and i love how you captured kata tjuta from afar too (it still stands as the most beautiful place i’ve ever seen). so gorgeous! :D

  6. Nora January 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Wow Kellee! Captured so beautifully.

  7. Bec January 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    So jealous! I love this ceremony. I love unique! well done!

  8. Helen Knights January 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Wow! I bet they’re ‘over the moon’ with these photos. So special.

  9. Maria Hedengren January 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    What a location! That aisle really is breathtaking. Awesome couple, good job Kellee!

  10. Martin Pemberton January 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    Great images, would love to photograph an elopement

  11. ALMA January 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Awesome work and awesome spot!!

  12. Derek Christie January 9, 2012 at 5:12 am #

    This is so romantic. Beautiful light and you’ve captured them perfectly. I can see they are totally in love. I like the close up of them holding hands. Lovely.

  13. sam hurd January 9, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    hmmmm i could seriously see that first image as a giant print on my wall :)

  14. Dacia Rolando January 9, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    Beautiful! That first shot is especially stunning.

  15. Johanna January 9, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    So intimate and warm set. The location is just breathtakingly beautiful.

  16. Alisa January 9, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Now that is an intimate wedding! What a wonderful way to start your life together. Beautifully done, beautifully done.

  17. Dan January 9, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Striped down, this is what a wedding is all about – two people and their insane depth-less love for each other.

  18. Mark Quade January 9, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I totally agree with Sam. I WANT that first pic on my wall! Seriously amazing work Kellee, and yeah I am more than a little jealous :)

  19. Tracy Morter January 9, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Simply stunning!

  20. Lara January 11, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    This is so beautiful and intimate. What a loverly way to get married.

  21. Erica January 11, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Great work, what an amazing location. :)

  22. Shyann January 13, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    I love this Kellee!! So beautiful and touching. It looks like such a special moment between the two of them, you did a wonderful job capturing everything!

  23. mercedes January 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    This. Is. Amazing. <3!

  24. Ric Latham January 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Beautiful work! Gorgeous couple too!

  25. andy stenz February 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    what an amazing and beautiful wedding.

  26. Charntelle and Michael Suitor February 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    Thank you Kellee ssoooo much! We love every single photo, as did our families when we got home. I wish you lived here in Brisbane so i could give you a huge THANK YOU hug!! :)

  27. Derek February 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Gorgeous! Such an amazing location and beautiful work Kellee

  28. Michael Ralph June 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    amazing location

  29. Hilary Cam March 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Amazing wedding Kellee!!! Gorgeous scenery, couple, details!