When Stephanie and Reece contacted us, the first thing they mentioned was that their Mentone beach wedding was a surprise. We were a bit confused at first, as it seemed like they both already knew about it! As they explained to this Melbourne wedding photography team, they convinced all their guests that this was an engagement party! The unsuspecting guests didn’t know, but these two had planned their wedding at sunset on the beach. Our part in keeping this wedding a secret sounded like fun!

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We started the day with the couple staying in separate rooms in the Novotel hotel in St. Kilda. This closeness enabled them to be near each other and still have the traditional separation of bride and groom on their wedding day. The relaxed vibe of this couple matched the atmosphere in both rooms as they enjoyed their time with the few close friends and family who were in on the secret that the day was a wedding and not an engagement party after all. We couldn’t wait for this Mentone beach wedding to start!


To make sure that the surprise wedding wasn’t ruined for their guests, Steph and Reece planned their wedding upside down! Once the couple was prepared, they did their first look at the famous clock tower on the St. Kilda esplanade. We then wandered down to Luna Park for a few photos and to meet the gorgeous Volkswagens that were to accompany us on our photoshoot for their wedding day. Usually, the photo shoot happens after the wedding, but we needed to keep the guests from guessing! So we effectively ran the day backwards. Shoot first, then the start of the reception (disguised as an engagement party) and then the ceremony, followed by some Mentone beach wedding photography portraits.


After the photo session, it was time to head to the wedding venue. The trick was not to tip off the guests that this was a wedding. We had to put away the big cameras and mingle with the guests. The groomsmen had all changed and removed their flowers, and the bride wasn’t due at the party until a little bit later. When the time arrived, an announcement was made that Steph was arriving, and everyone saw her enter wearing her wedding dress. At that point, the expressions on some of the faces were priceless. One of our favourite celebrants, Kelly Rossi, announced to the crowd that it was time to hit the beach for the ceremony.

The weather was perfect, and Kelly’s ceremony was just perfect. The gorgeous golden sunset made the photography on Mentone beach look stunning. The warm weather was just the icing on the cake. After the ceremony, a short beach wedding photography session with the bride and groom produced some fantastic results as the sun went down over the bay. This Mentone beach wedding photography session was just perfect. We then headed inside for the cake cutting and the festivities, and this perfect day was complete.


We had such a blast running around with these guys in their VWs, touring Melbourne and making some fantastic memories. Thanks again to Steph and Reece for choosing Pause The Moment as their professional Melbourne wedding photography team.

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