Couple elopes to Prague for stunning ceremony
FOR newlyweds Matt and Kate Gordon (nee Rutherford), their marriage was all about celebrating their love at an exclusive destination they had all to themselves.
The Brisbane couple, who met six years ago at a friend's birthday party, were married on July 1 in Prague.
An elaborate, traditional wedding at a venue in Brisbane wasn't on the cards for Mr and Mrs Gordon, instead eloping at the stunning Vrtbovska Zahrada gardens in the capital of the Czech Republic.
They decided while on a six-week overseas trip to "make use of the occasion" and tie the knot, not telling any family or friends about it.
"We discussed getting married at Christmas (in 2013), but I didn't propose until two weeks before the wedding," Mr Gordon said.
"I proposed while we were in Scotland."
Mr Gordon, an engineer who grew up in Tannum Sands, said the day was absolutely perfect without the added stress of a typical wedding with hundreds of guests.
"Honestly, we have always talked about not having a big wedding - we didn't want the cost," he said.
"It was amazing. I don't know what else you can say."
They decided to keep their marriage a secret, making it all the more thrilling.
"Our families thought it was fantastic once they got over the shock," Mr Gordon laughed.
Mrs Gordon, a 27-year-old billing officer at Energex, pre-purchased her dress in Brisbane before the holiday, one that could be packed into a suitcase and hidden.
She bought her shoes online and wore a pink flower in her hair.
"We walked around the Prague Castle for a few hours with the photographer and videographer then sat down with them for a cheap beer in Prague," Mr Gordon laughed.
For their honeymoon, the couple explored the Czech Republic, Germany and Spain.
It was six weeks of paradise they will never forget.