After capturing multiple Great Ocean Road Elopements over the years, we have learnt a thing or two about how to do it right!
Step 1. Find a celebrant who knows all of The Great Ocean Road secret spots! They know all the in’s and outs eg, where people can get married or if permits are needed etc. They have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things wedding related! We recommend Zena Lythgo or Annie the celebrant!
Step 2. Find a Photographer and or Videographer who knows all the best spots to take those epic shots.. oh hey thats us Odd Socks Society aka Storm & Xave! Your celebrant and photographer/videographer are your people. We as a collective are filled with knowledge on how to best plan an Elopement. Trust us, we do this a lot.
Step 3. Find some super rad accomodation near where you are eloping. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to interesting and unique accomodation down The Great Ocean Rd so have a search on Air BnB or Riparide!
Step 4. Create a rough timeline of the days activities. This will give you an idea of how much photo and video coverage you will need on the day, don’t forget to factor in travel time between locations. We find the sweet spot is around 3 hours coverage for an elopement. This will often cover getting ready, the ceremony, family photos and portrait session.
Our top Elopements locations down The Great Ocean Road
Aire Crossing is located right in the heart of the Otways National Park and is surrounded by huge Eucalyptus trees and ancient Tree Ferns. You can find parking at the Aire river crossing campsite, which is located just 50m from the river and its rock formations which make the perfect setting for an intimate elopement.
Sheoak Falls is located off the Great Ocean Road just past Lorne. You will find a car park and from there you will have a 10 min walk to the falls. There are a few steps so make sure you have some comfy shoes. Ana & Peter had their ceremony in front of the falls while their closest family members watch on. After the ceremony we took the couple up the trail to see Swallow Cave. Lots of stairs but it made the perfect spot for portraits.
Californian Redwoods is one of our favourite locations in the Otways! Effortlessly beautiful, the towering redwoods make for a dramatic and majestic location to host an intimate wedding or a picnic reception. Orla & Bryan decided to do their portrait session in the red woods and then had a small picnic lunch with their closest friends.
Remember planning a wedding is meant to be fun so have fun with it!