This is a story about a Broome elopement.

Shalyn is originally from the United States and Kitty from New Zealand and they were both travelling the world looking for something. Perhaps it was to find each other. Kitty stumbled upon Broome and decided to stay for a bit and together with her brothers she eventually opened The Good Cartel, Broome’s funky and popular eatery. Shalyn had ridden her push bike more than 2000km all the way from Perth to Broome about a year later and after her epic journey she was ready to stop for a while and it was only a few days later that she met Kitty. Since then they have been inseparable. That was back in 2015. Kitty proposed three years later but with both their families and many of their friends spread far around the world, planning a wedding seemed difficult so plans were put on the back burner.

It wasn’t until this cool couple won the elopement giveaway competition that I ran earlier this year that their wedding plans started to take shape. The prize included a stellar team of wedding professionals including Kelly Morrow as their celebrant, the talented Bonnie Louise doing hair and makeup, Jenna from Broome Florist delivering on the floral goods and myself behind the lens.

After some fun photos at the Bali Hai Resort, where the girls were staying for the week, we headed off to Reddell Beach for their intimate ceremony. Looking back, it wasn’t hard to capture the overflowing excitement, heartfelt moments and love that were so prevalent on the day. Despite Kitty and Shalyn’s families living at opposite ends of the world, they were able to witness the ceremony virtually over Zoom, which was pretty awesome.

Scroll down for all the pics and if you’re planning a Broome elopement, don’t miss out on Kitty and Shalyn’s advice at the bottom of this post.

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Julia managed to capture the essence of our relationship in the most subtle moments, while making us feel totally comfortable. The photos are beautiful and natural. Julia is super professional, and fun and we just like her as a person heaps! Julia is an amazing wedding photographer and we would highly recommend her work.
Kitty & Shalyn
Kitty & Shalyn's advice
for other couples planning an elopement in Broome

Don't sweat the small stuff, stay present with your person and have fun! You've chosen to elope to Broome for a reason. Give yourselves more time then you think to get ready so you can chill and have a stiff drink before the photos.

When you have an amazing photographer and celebrant by your side and Broome's stunning landscape as your backdrop you have no reason not to enjoy and feel the love on your special day.