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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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Shhh…it’s a secret

Yesterday I photographed something very unique. Not only was this my first wedding at Uluru (Ayers Rock), but it was actually my first elopement!

I woke up well before the break of dawn to head to the most picturesque lookout and watch two wonderful people tie the knot in front of only two guests a the sun rose over Uluru behind them. To say it was magical is an understatement.

I’m still on such a high, I just can’t find the words to describe it.

There’s not too much else I can say for now & this photo of the bouquet is all I can show you until they break the news to the rest of their family and friends back home.

Ayers Rock Elopement Photographer: Australian Native Bouquet

Stay tuned for another week or so…

**EDIT** If you’ve stumbled on this post more recently, you can check out the full elopement here.

Also, if you’d like to take a glimpse at some my own personal travel photos from the rest of my stay in this magical place. Check them out here. From the desert blooms, another sunrise, wandering around the base of Uluru, the incredible changing colours sunset, and a trip out to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and more!

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