Welcome to My Dear Kathleen, where we specialise in crafting complete wedding experiences that are designed to be stress-free and a little luxe, allowing couples to relax and enjoy their day, safe in the knowledge that everything is taken care of.
Your choice to Elope is not a question of compromise, but rather an intentional decision to make one of the biggest days of your lives an experience that is just for you.
Our story began in 2010, when we planned our own Elopement in Sydney. The rain poured but it didn't matter. Our wedding day was small, laid-back and fun.
With over 30 years of combined experience in the wedding industry we have created and told the stories of hundreds of couples at large weddings.
However, we saw increasing numbers of couples who were searching for a more intimate day that was fully planned, and struggling to find people to help them achieve something a little different.
Fast forward to 2022, and Chantelle planned a weekend getaway in Victoria for Chris' birthday, where we stayed in a romantic old Tower and rode bicycles around the local wineries.
The weekend was perfect and we realised that we needed to create similar experiences for couples wanting more than just a quick Ceremony for their big day.
We firmly believe in inclusivity and want to ensure you feel seen, heard and loved.
Your cultural background, gender expression, sexuality and abilities all make you, you.
Everybody deserves to celebrate their love in its most sincere, carefree and joyous form.
Kathleen was our Grandma. She loved to explore and write letters, spend time with family and tell us stories.
It's impossible to imagine a kinder, more gentle person.
She lived through WW2, working as a nurse and looking after the family farm with her husband, Eric. They both loved to travel in their Motor Caravan, which took them all over Europe with their 3 children in tow; a love passed down from generation to generation.
After living to 100 years old and receiving the birthday card she had always wanted from her beloved Queen, she sadly passed away. But, in the same year, as we developed ideas of bringing together travel and love, naming the experiences after her felt like the perfect way to honour and reflect her memory.
In the same way that she would never go anywhere without sending us a postcard from her travels, we hope that together we will create beautiful memories that you want to write home about too.
My Dear Kathleen is a reminder to cherish the memories and adventures that make life so special ♥︎