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Did you see yesterday’s elopement inspiration feature? (check it out here) I mentioned one of my best friends eloped last week: I’m so thrilled for her and her husband! And I have to confess, if me and my guy were to tie the knot, we’d elope. Because I just love the romance of it all: the escape, the shared secret, the adventure. So I wanted to write a little something to inspire all of you considering an elopement.

Wild elopements wedding photographer based in London, Emily Black (12)

I can’t think of anyone better to help with this feature than lovely friend and sponsor of English Wedding, Emily Black Photography. I randomly spotted on instagram the other week that Emily had eloped: 6 years ago, she and her hubby tied the knot in Italy. Emily seems to have set a trend: in the last few years, elopements have become more and more popular, so I asked her to tell me a little of her story.

Wild elopements wedding photographer based in London, Emily Black (11)

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Good morning, beautiful! I’m happy to say we have a week full of beautiful inspiration to share with you – and I’m so excited! We kick off with two wonderful elopement features today and tomorrow, then it’s two gorgeous real weddings and some fabulous ideas-led features to inspire your big day. So stick around – it’s going to be the loveliest week!

Today we’re all about modern elopements. This is most definitely a Thing: I LOVE elopement stories: one of my best friends eloped last week! I’d encourage anyone thinking about a romantic elopement to indulge in a little styling, and so today’s feature is for all of you brides who’d like to incorporate a clean and contemporary look with your elopement planning.

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The stunning images are by lovely Pat at Quaintly Photography. Pat’s fine art look is to die for: she’s known worldwide for her candid documentary photography, and is based in Estonia. The stunning bride wears Oui Madam‘s showstopping bridal coat ‘Sophia’: hand crafted in pure silk organza with those amazing ruffles and delicate pearl detailing – a truly exceptional bridal look.

gorgeous scenery and so much romance - Lubov and Alexander's Cambridge elopement with Thyme Lane Photography (25)
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Gorgeous couple Lubov and Alexander met a few years ago through work and he proposed to her in Paris on a romantic holiday. They moved to London and wanted a very intimate, romantic elopement just for the two of them somewhere simple and beautiful so they chose the meadows of Wandlebury Hill in the Cambridgeshire countryside. They wanted everything to be kept very natural, all about their feelings and nothing else. They were a shy couple but very much in love with each other – and their elopement pics are some of the most romantic and beautiful I’ve ever seen.

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Today’s real elopement shows you don’t have to have a big wedding to be married. Marriage is a commitment; celebrating it is separate, entirely up to you and can be as public or as private as the two of you would like it to be. You don’t need wedding favours, stationery, a massive cake or even a venue, or a band or caterers. All you ever need is just two humans in love.

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This dreamy editorial captures hazy Italian days in the most beautiful way. Imagine it’s summertime and you’re miles away from anywhere in the Italian countryside, with a villa of your own for the week of your wedding day – and everything is simply perfect. I adore the lush bouquet by Shining Flowers, the dreamy tablescape by Elisabetta Carraretto and the wonderfully floaty gown by the fabulous Jurgita Bridal.

It’s all captured beautifully by Sonya Lalla Photography, a Tuscany, Florence and Rome destination elopement photographer. Sonya is known for her romantic and delicate photographic style, and got in touch with me a little while ago to ask for some calligraphy pieces for this shoot.

Knowing Sonya’s stunning photographic style, I was delighted to oblige! I created a relaxed invitation suite for an Italian destination wedding, featuring a simple olive branch illustration and watercolour image of the duomo in Florence. The ink I used was handmade, in a soft olive grey, and written on torn edge watercolour paper. I love these images to bits, and they fit so beautifully with the overall styling of the shoot.

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Happy Monday lovelies! How was your weekend? We’ve been busy bees gathering up some incredible weddings to share with you over the next few weeks – and I wanted to begin this week with a gorgeous elopement in one of my favourite parts of the country. I adore Cornwall – and elopements have a VERY special place in my heart. Welcome to English Wedding our two stunning brides – Adelaide and Kathryn!

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Adelaide and Kathryn were married at The Cow Shed, Torpoint, Cornwall in October. The venue was perfect – a secluded, rustic, family-run farmhouse with friendly and welcoming hosts, gorgeous breakfasts and lots of beautiful doggos. The whole place is decorated with such care and thoughtful attention. “We booked it without seeing it and it exceeded our expectations.”

Wedding Photographer’s website:

www.jenniferjanephotography.co.uk

Jennifer Jane Photography was recommend to us by another female photographer who lives in the Manchester area, where Kathryn and I currently live. As soon as we saw her work, we knew she was right for us. Jen’s photos are like a warm cuddle!

Dunluce Castle elopement Northern Ireland Antrim, images by Luke Flint Media on the English Wedding Blog (17)
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I’ve seen about 1% of beautiful Northern Ireland – we have friends in Newcastle, and the tiny section of coastline I’ve seen is just wonderful. I’d love to explore more. Luckily via the blog I can… because today is one of the very best celebrations of love I’ve had the pleasure of sharing on English Wedding! Let’s escape to magical Dunluce Castle, on the northernmost tip of County Antrim, for gorgeous Emma and Simon’s breathtaking and romantic elopement!

Dunluce Castle elopement Northern Ireland Antrim, images by Luke Flint Media on the English Wedding Blog (40)

The couple got ready together at home then went to Dunluce castle ruins for their ceremony. Emma wear’s a dress from Wtoo by Watters, and Simon’s jacket is from The Wedding Centre with trousers and shoes by River Island.  Emma’s bouquet is by Penelope Flowers. Some of my favourite shots are from Ballintoy Harbour, where the newlyweds headed to catch some last beautiful images before sunset. Photographer Luke says they had to climb a few fences and got a bit muddy but it was worth it – I couldn’t agree more!

Dunluce Castle elopement Northern Ireland Antrim, images by Luke Flint Media on the English Wedding Blog (28)

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I’m secretly loving the fact that it’s not only wedding season right now, it’s beginning to feel like elopement season too. If you’re considering it – just do it! And if you need convincing, check out this week’s TWO elopement features on the English Wedding Blog. The first we featured on Tuesday (Daryl & Kathryn in Canada) and the second is here for you right now. Gorgeous girls Marta & Zoe have been together for 9 years, but with Marta’s family being in Brazil the girls won’t have a big wedding over here. Instead, wedding photographer Verity Westcott and a team of lovely suppliers joined forces to create a beautiful elopement styled shoot with all the ‘trimmings’!

Cornwall is the most beautiful location, don’t you think? Where would you elope, if you could?

wedding photographers in Cornwall Verity Westcott on the English Wedding Blog (7)

Canadian elopement photographers Terry Photo Co (23)
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So this is the English Wedding Blog… and I try to make every feature useful for all of you wonderful UK brides and grooms out there looking for ideas for your big day. I rarely feature destination weddings, although we’ve been known to skip across the borders to France, Italy, and of course Scotland, Wales and Ireland for a beautiful celebration feature. Never Canada though, despite it being one of the most amazing destinations and top of my list of places I’d love to visit in the entire world. When Daryl and Kathryn sent me these images of their breathtaking mountain elopement for the blog, I couldn’t resist sharing them with you. Somehow they slipped through a gap in my editorial schedule and I’ve kept these beauties from you since January. Is their Canadian elopement relevant to UK brides and grooms? Yes!!! I now believe we should all elope to Canada. Ditch all your other plans and just look at this… 

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All images submitted by Daryl and Kathryn, with permission from their fabulous photographers Terry Photo Co

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How is your Monday going? Would you like to see something really beautiful? As those of you who follow my calligraphy instagram will know, my favourite place is outside. The more breathtaking the location, the happier I am – and so today’s elopement shoot has my heart.

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Words and images by English Wedding Directory member, Steve Fuller Photography

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“There are some places I’ve photographed on this lovely planet that I simply want to keep secret.  Places off the beaten track, away from the hustle of daily life, jaw droppingly beautiful and yet a comparatively short stone’s throw from where I live.

I give you the Lofoten Islands in Arctic Norway.

A string of mountainous islands connected by undersea tunnels and winding bridges, not only is it a road-tripper’s paradise, it also played host to Håvard and Stine’s stunning elopement that I got to photograph recently.

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beautiful elopement images from Gretna Green, images by Camilla Lucinda Photography (16)

There’s something about an elopement – the romance of it all just gets me, every time! Nick and Kristina’s love just shines from the photos of their special day. There’s no nerves, none of the formality or embarrassment that being in front of a big crowd of people can sometimes bring. These two lovely people are joyful, blissfully happy from the moment we first see them – and yes, it makes me want to elope, right now, to Gretna Green!

beautiful elopement images from Gretna Green, images by Camilla Lucinda Photography (14)

 

The fact it was just us 2 made it so incredibly special – we remember every single word of our wedding vows… Don’t lose sight of what getting married is all about. Being married is the same but everything is different! It’s hard to explain, but there is a deep and strong bond that exsists, that inextricably links you together forever.

Huge thanks to lovely Camilla Lucinda Photography for sharing these beautiful moments with us today!

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Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.camillalucindaphotography.com