Same-Sex Melbourne Engagement Session / Tara & Arlia

I caught up with Tara and Arlia when they came down to Melbourne for a business trip. They are so gorgeous and so in love. We spent the morning in my studio and then roamed the streets of Richmond and the CBD.

Their engagement story isn’t quite like others. On a romantic getaway trip they spoke about love and commitment together, and plans to elope. That very night, Arlia had a freak bicycle accident and had life-saving, brain surgery to stop her traumatic injury. (Tara gifted Arlia a hand-written card in the middle of our photoshoot, reflecting on this time and how far they have come.)

A year later after recovery, Tara proposed to Arlia (a jewellery maker) with a custom sapphire ring. In the midst of beginning wedding planning, they found that there was no community and a platform for women like them to be inspired, and thus, a little magazine named Dancing With Her was born.

To read more about their story feel free to check out their website below:


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