ELOPEMENT- A term often used to refer to a marriage conducted in sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving a hurried flight away from one’s place of residence together with one’s beloved with the intention of getting married.
What do you get when 2 photographers meet, fall in love & step in front of the camera for a change? You get a world-wind romance that leads to a breathtakingly beautiful Hawaiian Elopement! Say Aloha to this weeks Real Wedding of Averie + Mel as they share their love story in pictures….
Mel from NYC and Averie from Sydney had never met but shared one thing in common – they were both hip hop photographers…but they lived on the opposite side of the world.
They met in July and by October, they were married.
Averie recalls “In 2011 I wrote Mel an email about how much I loved his photos but it wasn’t until 2015 that we would eventually meet face to face.”
“We met up for drinks on lower east side and walked the streets taking photos until the early hours of the morning.”
“We saw each other again the next day at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival as we were both there shooting. It was so bizarre to me, I was thinking shit this is my dream guy and he’s right in front of me what the hell!?”
“I spent the whole plane ride back to Australia with him on my mind. Since that first night together we’ve spoken every single day via 1000’s of photos and messages + FaceTime calls.”
“I can’t remember exactly when Mel started asking me to marry him but he pretty much asked me everyday for two weeks until he won me over “FINE”. I was like shit now I have to plan a wedding in a month really!?”
“I was going to Hawaii in October for my 30th birthday so we decided to hijack the trip and turn it into a wedding.”
“Ends up it was the greatest idea either of us have ever had.”
“We kept it super simple, on the beach, no fuss – no bullshit”
“A small group of my friends and family came to the wedding as they were already coming for my 30th…but other than that we didn’t tell anyone.”
“So many people couldn’t believe it. All of Mel‘s family and friends thought it was a prank or a photo shoot!”
“We really surprised and shocked a lot of people (including ourselves) but to me that’s just shows how powerful and mysterious love is.”
“Love can completely reinvent everything you know and expect out of life.”
The Bride & Groom treated their guests to a fun evening reception dinner and drinks held at The Modern Honolulu. Shortly after their wedding Averie moved to NYC where they now reside. The newlyweds were greeted by Mels family with open arms, hosting a big BBQ cook out so she could meet her new family!
The couple intend on planning a vow renewal for all family and friends to attend on their 5 year wedding anniversary. If your vow renewal is as rad as your elopement, we can’t wait to see it!
Want Averie + Mel to shoot your wedding or love story? Follow them @averiecole & @meldcole
The Bride: Averie Cole / The Groom: Mel Cole / Photography: Folk + Follow / Bridal Gown: Collezione Santina / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Accessories: Michael Kors & Haus of Dizzy /Flowers: Passion Roots/Ceremony: Makapu’u Beach, Honolulu, USA/Reception: The Modern Honolulu, USA/Celebrant: I Do Hawaiian Weddings /Transport: Dukes Limo