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Pop-up weddings at stunning National Trust of WA sites in the Tiny Chapel

Suzanne AstonBusselton Dunsborough Times
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Diego and Urania Lopez celebrating in the Big Love Tiny Chape
Camera IconDiego and Urania Lopez celebrating in the Big Love Tiny Chape Credit: Kendra Benson Photography

Two historical sites in the South West are set to host exciting pop-up wedding events in September 2024.

Ellensbook at Mokidup, and Wonnerup House near Busselton, will become pop-up wedding venues providing couples with a different wedding opportunity.

The events are the result of a collaboration between the National Trust of Western Australia and Big Love Tiny Chapel, a Cowaramup business started by wedding celebrant Anita Revel.

For one day only, two picturesque National Trust sites will be transformed into dream wedding locations as a tiny chapel is erected.

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These pop-up weddings are designed to take the stress out of planning the big day and put the focus back on the fun in weddings.

This event offers a pre-planned professional set-up in a stunning location at a fraction of the price.

The Big Love Tiny Chapel concept was designed by Anita Revel, who will be acting as a celebrant to make sure the ceremonies are legally binding.

Mrs Revel was inspired to build the Tiny Chapel because she had so much joy from her own wedding in Las Vegas 19 years ago.

The Big Love Tiny Chapel
Camera IconThe Big Love Tiny Chapel Credit: Kendra Benson Photography

“I eloped and we married in a little white chapel in Vegas, which was so much fun,” she said.

“I’ve always wanted to bring this experience to couples in Western Australia, in particular the Margies region.”

Mrs Revel set about designing a venue that would bring this vision to life.

It took a little while for the design of the Tiny Chapel to be realised, and Mrs Revel described seeing her chapel finally complete, as humbling.

The Tiny Chapel has been up and running for about 18 months and has been well-used.

“Adventurous couples have traveled interstate to get married in the South West in the Tiny Chapel,” Mrs Ravel said.

Urania Lopez and her husband Diego were some of the first people to experience the Tiny Chapel.

“We are from Chile, and we have been traveling the globe and recording our travels on Instagram (@maletaycopas.)

Diego and Urania Lopez celebrating in the Big Love Tiny Chapel
Camera IconDiego and Urania Lopez celebrating in the Big Love Tiny Chapel Credit: Kendra Benson Photography

“We had a great time in the Tiny Chapel, it was our first wedding anniversary and we celebrated with Big Love and Tiny Chapel,” Mrs Lopez said.

After images of weddings at the Tiny Chapel were shared on social media platforms, it caught the attention of a lot of people, including the National Trust of WA, which reached out to Mrs Revel and proposed a collaboration that would encourage more people to marry at some of their iconic locations.

Mrs Revel is also in discussion with a number of venues in the South West to establish a calendar of pop-up weddings.

For the pop-up sessions, the Tiny Chapel will be decorated with vintage chairs and luxury carpet.

Mrs Revel said that for regular bookings the Tiny Chapel is a blank canvas that couples can dress up how they wish, and can also appoint their own celebrant.

“I want to share the idea that weddings can be fun,” Mrs Revel said.

Ellensbook at Mokidup, nestled in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park just outside of Margaret River, will be the first pop-up event on Saturday, September 7.

The following weekend, Wonnerup House near Busselton will host the second pop-up wedding.

For weddings at Ellensbrook at Mokidup on September 7, visit biglovetinychapel.com/event/ellensbrook-house/

For weddings at Wonnerup on September 14, visitbiglovetinychapel.com/event/wonnerup-house/

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