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‘I do’ short and sweet with pop-up weddings

SIMPLE CEREMONY: Celebrant Lynette Maguire with newlyweds Tristan Lowe and Selene Trevino Medina opted for a pop-up wedding ceremony on Noosa Main Beach.
SIMPLE CEREMONY: Celebrant Lynette Maguire with newlyweds Tristan Lowe and Selene Trevino Medina opted for a pop-up wedding ceremony on Noosa Main Beach. John Mccutcheon

SIX couples tied the knot on just one beach at Noosa yesterday, in a new style of pop-up wedding.

Each of the couples had a private Valentine's Day wedding ceremony with the same celebrant at Noosa Beach's Maison le Plage resort, but shared the location and set-up with five other pairs.

Weddings in a Box is the brainchild of civil celebrant Lynette Maguire who provides "boxed ceremonies" to couples who don't want the financial or emotional burden of a big white wedding.

Mexican bride Selene Trevino and New Zealand-born groom Tristan Lowe were remarkably relaxed when they spoke to the Daily's reporter, just four hours before their big moment yesterday.

The pair had met online a year ago and lived in Brisbane together. They had never heard of pop-up weddings before but enjoyed having the ceremony, flowers, make-up, photography and other details taken care of, for just a few thousand dollars.

"All you need to worry about is the dress," Ms Trevino said.

They wanted to be married in multicultural Australia, where they'd met.

"Our families cannot be here with us, so we wanted something simple and really private," she said.

Her large Catholic family was a little surprised at her decision to marry outside a church.

"My family feel like if you're not getting married in a church you're not really getting married, so we are waiting to do that when we get to Mexico," she said.

Mr Lowe is a "Kiwi country boy" who moved to Australia eight years ago and worked for Telstra.

He said he wouldn't know what he really thought of the "boxed wedding" until it was over.

"I think it's a neat idea, the concept of it," he said.

"We both don't have family over here so it didn't make much sense to have a big, lavish wedding. So we just wanted something nice and simple but didn't want the registry office type of thing."

The bride and groom were joined by 10 of their Australian family and friends in the half-hour ceremony.

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