Back in 2018, mates Jake and Jessie caught up over a coffee (why it was not a cocktail we have no idea) because we had an idea! We wanted to nut out a way of providing relaxed, fun and stress free weddings to couples who weren’t looking for all the bells and whistles of a big wedding. We realised so many couples these days had already started a family, or building a house or saving for something big and the idea of spending an exorbitant amount of $$$ on one day was seeing them put plans on hold or running for the registry office.
So we wanted to swoop them up in our arms and say “come fly with us darlings, we’ll set you free”, we just weren’t sure how yet.
So over the course of the next year we caught up on the reg, drank our lattes (Jessie Soy, Jake Almond, who even are we?), worked through our thoughts and feelings (now I know why we didn’t do it over cocktails…) and once we cleared our heads, we concentrated on creating the freshest, juiciest, first of it’s kind elopement experience Geelong has ever seen, and voila!
Big Love Elopements was born!
We kickstarted our biz with our classic 2 Hour package which is still our most favoured flavour to date, and from there we have built on that dream and expanded our empire to create elopement experiences to suit every couple. And because we need more brightness and positive energy in our lives, we’ve since added Ruby, Cal, Zena, Chloe and Verity to our team. They are the bomb!
If you’re looking for a no fuss way to celebrate your Big Love, drop us a line below.
Please know that we are supportive of ALL love. LGBTQI+ community – you are SO welcome here.
Small in height but certainly makes up for it in voluminous hair, Jessie will bring all the good vibes and relaxed feels to your day. She has a knack of putting everyone at ease, make your love story sound like it came straight out of a Disney movie and do it all with a smile on her face and a laugh at the ready.Stalk me!
Believer of love. Lover of celebrations. Photographer of good vibes. I think my style is best summarised by this comment from one of my past couples: “You know, Jake, for a tall bearded redhead, we really didn’t notice you running around snapping that much. Thanks for making things so comfortable and so easy.”Stalk me!
Looking for a stress-free, personal & light-hearted wedding ceremony? You’re in the right place. I place importance on helping my couples feel relaxed and at ease through the ceremony planning process. I have over ten years of experience in event management, and a wealth of life experience I offer to my couples.Stalk me!
I became a celebrant because connecting with people, hearing their stories & helping you share them with your loved ones sounds like the best time going round to me.
I am a sucker for a cause and have a penchant for getting euphoric and saying ‘these are the moments’. Let’s hang!
Whilst being a photographer is one of the things that make me very happy in life, this is also me:
A wife to a hot husband, a mum to two littlies, a vintage caravan owner and lifelong camper, a creative at heart, a coffee drinker and tea drinker, equally, and of course, a lover of love.Stalk me!
I want you guys to have the most epic, stress-free wedding ever. I want to deliver you guys a film that is 100% you! Your day, your fun epic vibe! You!
Your wedding day won’t be slow-paced and boring, so neither should your wedding film be!
On your day I want you guys to feel super relaxed and comfortable with me, so you can be yourselves. We’ll have a laugh and hopefully you’ll hardly realise I’m filming the whole time.
Your day is not about me and any awkward poses, it’s about you guys spending it with your favourite people and having the best time ever, and that’s the magic I want to capture!
When you watch your film I want to make you laugh, cry, get goosebumps and feel all those feels.
Let’s do this!Stalk me!
A singing guitarist who DJ’s (often alongside sax players).
I live in Torquay with my girlfriend Alana and the love of our lives, Zelda, the border collie.
In between drinking too much coffee, surfing or playing table tennis — I LOVE to play music at weddings.
My favourite kind of gig involves stripping it all back, to guitar & vocals and a nice battery powered speaker and heading to a forest, beach, mountain top or anywhere picturesque. To celebrate the big love between people just like you two.Stalk me!
These are the peeps that we love, and use to help us create our epic elopements. You don’t HAVE to use these people, but they come with big recommendations from us! Feel free to message them directly, and tell them you’re planning a Big Love Elopement!
If you’re getting married out of Geelong, ask us directly so we can provide local recommendations as we looooove to support local. But this crew is our go-to!
The Posie Place (Rach is SO lovely)
We have the wonderful Ruby from Down the Road Weddings on our team! She’s everything you could want in a videographer – warm, friendly and won’t make you do cringey shit! Let us know if you’d like to add her onto your package.
Otherwise, Contact us directly for a tailored recommendation! It’s super important that your videography has the same style/vibe as Jake, so we help you find the perfect videographer.
Highly recommend Big Love Elopements! Jesse is so down to earth, made our ceremony amazing with her sense of humour and beautiful words. Best celebrant we could have asked for! Jake, our photographer was amazing, made the whole process fun, not staged but so natural and beautiful. Amazing artistic ability and now we have beautiful moments captured that will be cherished forever. We cannot thank them enough!
Jessie, Jake & Ruby made our elopement greater than we could ever imagine. To be able to spend our special day with them was such a privilege. Their souls felt like ones we had known for years. Jessie’s ceremony script was perfect, couldn’t have changed a word. Jake’s photos made us cry for hours capturing our special day perfectly. And Ruby’s videos are constantly on repeat, our favourite movie ever. The process was so easy and would recommend to absolutely everyone.
We cannot recommend Big Love Elopements enough! Jessie and Jake created the perfect day and their laid back vibe was exactly what we wanted. They made the whole process very enjoyable, fun, and stress free, which are what elopements should be :)
Jessie, Jake and the team made our elopement the most perfect day! Everything went off without a hitch and no request was too much for the team. Even though we didn't want a big ordeal or a traditional wedding, Big Love Elopements had us feeling like super stars. Could not recommend them enough!!
We love Jessie and Jake! We were planning a big wedding and it just didn’t feel right. As soon as we saw our fav celebrant and photographer come together in the this amazing venture we just knew that this is meant to be! The whole process was a dream and so straightforward. They made us feel so special and happy the whole day. It truly was the best day of our lives and it’s all because of these two amazing beautiful people!!!!! We cannot recommend them enough.
Their enthusiasm and ability to make you feel at ease really shows they are perfect at what they do but also truely love what they do. Could not recommend Big Love Elopements enough! We asked for chilled and that’s exactly what this duo delivered . Thank you both so much.