Today we are being treated to some stunning peak district elopement inspiration. Photographer Vicki Clayson was on hand to capture it all on her camera and tells us all about it…

“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. 

As we based the ceremony in the Peak District, it was the perfect opportunity to take advantage of this beautiful location and get some images of the couple that really embraced the great outdoors. Even when the sun went down behind a nearby hill, Anjalee and Sam simply cuddled up closer with a blanket and enjoyed the amazing views….”

 

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!

Much Love

Emily xx

 

Credits

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