October 27th 2015
Anna & Mel met three years ago through Tumblr. Just three months after meeting, Mel took a leap of faith; She jumped on a plane from Canada all the way to the Philippines to ask Anna to be her girlfriend, and eventually, her wife.
After two years of long distance, the couple was ready to marry. Since same-sex marriage isn’t legal in the Philippines and they didn’t think they would be able to get a Canadian Visa, the brides decided to tie the knot in New Zealand.
The brides eloped in October with their make up artist and her assistant serving as witnesses. The ceremony was simple and quick but the brides say they wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
Anna’s favorite memory: The ceremony. Since we eloped, we got married at the Registry Office. Everything happened so fast and the next thing we knew, we were finally married.
Mel’s favorite memory: The wedding lunch. We had a simple three-course meal at FISH in Hilton Auckland and the food was amazing.
Because the brides were wed in the registry office, neither had the opportunity to “walk down the aisle.”
Say the brides: We did, however walk downtown wearing our formal clothes. It sounds awkward but we loved every minute of it.
Anna & Mel wouldn’t change a thing, and both describe their wedding day as “perfect.”
They’re happy they pulled it off. “Despite being long distance, we managed to pull off a destination wedding in such a short span of time.”
Below, some images from the brides’ stunning waterfront wedding shoot at Silo Park.