“An elopement is a very personal and intimate ceremony that is unique to the couple. Here, being away from civilisation, it allows the couple a free rein to choose their own readings and rituals that are then crafted into an exquisite ceremony by their chosen independent celebrant. Although these kinds of ceremonies aren’t currently ‘legal ceremonies’ in England (not yet anyway), you can request a simple legal ceremony in your main registry office with just two witnesses unlike the more popular and widely advertised larger ceremony…
In the case of this shoot, we based the ceremony at Tor Farm in the Peak District. At the farm they have a lovely little stream running behind the main farm house with a cliff acting as a backdrop. The farm is very secluded, and in the afternoon, this part of the stream is bathed in beautiful afternoon sun, making for a truly beautiful and unique setting for an intimate ceremony such as this. Susan, the celebrant we chose for this helped the couple put together some personal words to say to each other as their vows.
Vicki’s top tips for having an elopement in England
- Request a two witness ceremony at the registry office. Not only is is less formal, it’s also slightly cheaper.
- Don’t be afraid to wear suitable footwear. Especially if you have a long dress that will hide them anyway. Anjalees wedge wellies were a perfect combination of glamour and water resistance, but on a really wet day, just rock some walking boots, your feet will thank you later!
- Take a blanket. When the sun dips or a cloud rolls over it can get nippy. A blanket not only will keep you warm but also makes for some super cute intimate portraits by your photographer
Many thanks to the talented group of wedding creatives involved in this gorgeous peak district elopement shoot!
Photography Vicki Clayson Photography
Bridal outfit Fiona Elizabeth Couture
Flowers Green and Wild
Celebrant Susan Denton
Hair Rachael at The Strand in Derby
MUA Chrissie at The Strand in Burton
Models [ real life couple] Anjalee and Sam