The significance of YOU
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What is an Elopement?
An elopement is an ever-increasingly popular wedding trend, and for good reason! It's all about YOU. Just the two of you. Escaping. Embracing romance in every sense of the word. Having the time of your life together, alone or with a very small gathering of your closest people, focusing on the intimate and powerful union of two people, saying 'I do' to forever, without all the bells and whistles and politics that cause so much stress in ordinary wedding planning.
For some, such as myself, it'd be a dream come true to escape your every day life, go on a far flung adventure with the love of your life, and make those vows without an audience. Imagine not worrying about family dynamics, keeping everyone happy, selecting bridesmaids and best men and page boys and flower girls and stage fright!! Imagine spending your money not on wedding favours and meals for 100 people and drinks and bunting and chair covers, and instead spending your hard earned cash on EXPERIENCES.
Go hiking, go scuba diving, go sky diving, swim with dolphins, climb mountains, or just find a white sandy beach on a desert island somewhere to drink from fresh coconuts and watch the sunset. The point is whatever you do, wherever you go, you choose it because it's authentically you. Alone. Together. With no drama.
That's your why. Or at least it was, prior to 2020.
Now the world is changing, so are weddings. Sadly with the arrival of Covid and all the many confusing and ever evolving restrictions, every wedding in the UK has been limited to 15 guests, and that's at the best of times. Venues have had to impose very strict rules, churches are also being dictated to, and suppliers and guests are all being stressed to the max with social distancing and mask guidelines and track and trace and, well, I'm sure even those who live under rocks haven't managed to escape the madness so you know exactly what I'm talking about.
One mightily beautiful solution is, you guessed it, ELOPEMENT WEDDINGS. Gather your people, escape to the moors, woodlands, beaches, mountains, you name it...and have a hand fasting, make your vows, celebrate your union intimately and courageously, and then make it 'legal' at the registry office at a later date, or whenever you choose. But choose love. After all, love waits for no one. Make it real, make it simple, make it magical, but make it happen. Just don't forget your photographer ;-)
Thankfully, for those of you interested in taking the leap and deciding to go for it, I am extremely well placed on Dartmoor, in the midst of the beautiful South West, UK, and can recommend locations big and small, high and low, to fit every dream, and I have celebrants and suppliers galore, all ready and willing to go the extra mile for your intimate, wild(e) and wonderful wedding day, where you are no longer dictated to and you can put YOU and your marriage back in the spotlight.
Isn't an elopement just a photoshoot on a mountain?
In some cases, yes. But not when you choose ME as your elopement photographer. I am a true believer in your whole day being important, from start to finish, and I don't limit my time with you for that reason.
Why should your day be any less documented than a traditional wedding with hundreds of guests just because you're alone? In fact, I believe documenting your day is MORE important than your average wedding for that very reason!
You won't have friends and family surrounding you all day with phones and cameras. You won't have any other way at all of capturing what will (probably) be the most memorable and meaningful day of your life together than to have me there with you, candidly, poetically and authentically ensuring your day is documented for all to see when you get home, and for you when you want to step back in time and relive those magical moments.
My style is largely candid, meaning natural, unposed and REAL. I'm as unobtrusive as possible, documenting your day rather than staging it. We can always, of course, get the incredible staged editorial-style wedding photos on the top of a mountain or beneath a waterfall or in the ruins of a castle (or anywhere else you're thinking of!), but for the rest of the day I will still be there to make sure the smaller magical moments are also captured for you. Saying 'I do' isn't where your day starts and ends!
Living here in the South West (UK) we got hundreds of low-key elopements every year even before the dreaded pandemic, saving couples a lot of money overall by only splurging on what REALLY matters to them, and reducing stress levels. It's all about making your day relaxed and special for you both without the trials and tribulations of planning a big wedding - or navigating some ever increasingly crazy coronavirus 'wedding rules'.
When you book me to join you for your elopement you have a friend, confidant, and knowledgeable advisor, who will be at the end of a phone for you whenever you need advice leading up to your big day. You are choosing someone who understands the ins and outs of traveling, of living basically and respecting local customs, sleeping under the stars and eating local food - whatever the setting I will be at ease, and will be solely focused on the significance of YOU and your sacred, momentous occasion.
I've tailored this section to UK elopements for now, given the latest rules on travel, bringing prices down to a more budget friendly low-key vibe. With that in mind, I include as a minimum a bespoke solid oak gift box handmade here on Dartmoor, with a USB of all images and 50 6x4 prints of your choosing. Some of my packages also include wedding albums and multiple day coverage, but fro those of you looking for a super low key and low budget escape, please just skip right along to my Silver Package (in the slidedshow below).
I also of course provide an online gallery with a worldwide print release with all packages, and this is accessible to anyone you give the password to, so friends and family worldwide can log in if you wish and download your images or choose to order top-quality prints, canvases and even albums.
Travel is also included within the South West region, and I am happy to cover the whole of the UK with expenses covered.
If you're after something 'outside of the box', please get in touch to discuss your requirements. I am always happy to tailor make a package and price to suit your needs as best I can.