I cannot quite believe this actually happened.  Walking around the Swan Valley Twilight Expo over a year ago I thought how amazing would it be to get someone married in the dark, surrounded by candlelight.  One year on and it actually came true!

Due to COVID 19, we were unsure if this would even go ahead, but we got the go ahead and in 3 days, the team and I managed to collectively work together to produce this absolutely stunning candlelit – albeit LED candles because of the fire-ban! – wedding ceremony.

There is very limited light down in the gardens at Caversham House but that was absolutley perfect for the nighttime wedding I wanted to achieve.  LED candles in hurricane vases and little battery operated LED lights underneath dried grasses, created this beautifully magical and almost ethereal setting, almost like an enchanted forrest.

By using lights to emphasise certain aspects in the gardens, it drew attention to the important focal points, but mainly the famous stunning stone staircase that leads up to the main house. 

The bride arrived at 8pm to get her make up done, the groom and only 14 guests arrived at 8.15pm and waited until 8.55pm where I led them down into the Hidden Gardens at Caversham House.  The looks on their faces were of utter awe and it was the most incredible feeling to reveal our magical setting to them.

Normally with ceremonies the guests show up in daytime and wait for the bridal party to enter, but this was something completely different and so amazing to be able to give the excitement and surprise factor to the guests as well as the bride and groom.

The bride was already hiding behind a tree and suddenly at 9.05pm she emerged from the darkness in a stunning princess ballgown with a beautiful white bouquet. He met her at the top of the aisle and they walked up to the stairs to get married underneath a fairy-lit church setting.

The guests cried, the lovers kissed, they all drank champagne and ate cupcakes and were in bed by 10.30pm.  Short, sweet but utterly magical.

Planner / Stylist: Alice Heydon Events

Venue: Caversham House

Photographer: Ring & Veil Photography

Videographer: Chapman Films

Hire: Black Label Events

Florals: Jody Q Weddings

Signage: Creative Line & Co

Are you inspired?! Would you like to have your very own nightitme or sunrise wedding ceremony?