Susie & Ethan’s romantic Blue Boat House Elopement Photography, and a few handy notes on How to Elope in Perth and plan your very own intimate Perth wedding!
When Susie & Ethan called me in March 2020, when the world was rapidly changing and everything felt a little frantic, they said they knew they were sure of one thing – they wanted to get married before any lockdowns began. They weren’t planning to elope, but they knew that they wanted to be together and why not do it now? And so, we set to work organising a beautiful, intimate Perth Elopement in a matter of days.
Their florist, celebrant, best man & maid of honour, and myself all pulled together to create something that was a true pleasure to be a part of. As much as it wasn’t what they’d planned or imagined, Susie & Ethan’s love shone through on this day, and I’ll be forever grateful that I was able to document their Blue Boat House Elopement Photography.
If you’re from Perth, you might immediately roll your eyes at the idea of wedding portraits by the Blue Boat Shed. I get it – I used to do the same. But since then, I’ve realised there’s a reason this sweet little boat house is iconic, and we should celebrate it! As random and quaint as it is, this little Blue Boat House, set against the Derbarl Yerrigan, is also romantic and beautiful. Luckily for Susie & Ethan, the onset of the pandemic also meant it was absolutely deserted when we arrived there for their Blue Boat House Elopement Photography! The rain held off just long enough for us to get some shots on the long jetty – taking care as they walked along the jetty’s old wooden boards – and a rainbow even made an appearance in the background. It was really something special.
The Blue Boat House, officially named the Crawley Edge Boatshed, was built in the 1930s and has changed ownership a number of times. Despite its prominent location along Mounts Bay Road, it didn’t become a tourist attraction until the 2010s when people began to take notice of it on social media. This unassuming little shed was suddenly world-famous, thanks to a fresh coat of paint and the rise of social media.
Before the Blue Boat Shed was Instagram famous, it was well-liked by local photographers as a spot for wedding portraits. Blue Boat Shed Wedding Portraits are traditionally known for being posed and a little corny, but they don’t have to be that way. Susie & Ethan’s Elopement Photography is proof of that!
Luckily, there’s no need for a permit or any kind of registration to take your wedding portraits at the Blue Boat Shed. That said, if you’d like to plan your own Blue Boat Shed Elopement Photography, it’s best to plan ahead. This spot can be popular with tourists and wedding parties alike. It’s also not the easiest to arrive at. To avoid awkward parking on the side of the road and risk upsetting traffic, I’d recommend parking on Hackett Drive and walking across. The park surrounding Matilda Bay is also a beautiful backdrop for photos, and this is where Susie & Ethan had their ceremony and first look. And to avoid the crowds? Well, there’s always a sunrise session! Or, if you’re planning to elope, why not plan a weekday elopement when the boatshed will be playing host to tourists who’ll usually let you skip ahead to the front of the line (if there is one!)?
There are so many other beautiful locations in Perth where you could elope to. In the South West there are charming, rural locations like Donnelly River, breathtaking spots like Sugarloaf Rock or the pure magic of the Southern Forests. In the North, Kalbarri has epic coastal scenery and hikes, while Karijini and the Bungle Bungles offer something truly special for the adventurous souls. Or in Perth itself, you could enjoy the romantic, quirky, coastal streets of Fremantle or a rooftop bar looking over the city. Really, the location options for your Perth Elopement are endless!
Your photographer will help you plan and really make the most of your day, from helping you choose the right locations, to finding the right vendors. If you’re flying to Perth especially for your wedding, I’ll also help you with some recommendations for your time in Perth! I’d love to document your Perth elopement for you and help you plan something epic. Just get in touch to find out more!
The location will help determine a lot of your plans – will you have a symbolic or legal ceremony? How will you structure your day? Which other wedding vendors will you use for the day, if any?
The beauty of eloping is that you can create a day that is true to the two of you, as opposed to managing expectations and pressures to uphold tradition. I’d really encourage you to dream of your perfect day! Maybe that means swimming with the whale sharks followed by dinner somewhere epic. Maybe that means staying in a 5-star hotel and indulging in the city’s best cocktails with your love. Most likely, it means something completely different!
Whatever it is you dream of for your Perth Elopement though, stay true to yourself. If you dream of having beautiful flowers, I’ll help you find the Perth florist to do that for you. If you couldn’t care less about florals? Don’t worry about them!
Last but certainly not least, you’ll need to decide if you’re going to have a legal or symbolic wedding ceremony for your elopement. If you’re travelling from overseas, you might find that it’s easier between legal documents and bureaucracy to get legally married at home but share your vows on your Perth Elopement day. If you’re local, you might prefer to have the legal ceremony as part of your day. Whatever you choose, I’ll be more than happy to help you create the plan that’s right for you.
Would you like to plan your own Blue Boat House Elopement Photography? Or perhaps an elopement somewhere else in Perth? I’d love to help you plan something epic and document your day for you, so that you can look back on it for life. Get in touch to find out more!
Do you have questions about How to Elope in Perth? Or you just love Susie & Ethan’s Blue Boat Shed Wedding Portraits? Then let us know in the comments below!