Lauren and Rob

Elopements are some of my absolute favourite style of weddings. If you're more low key, don't want something traditional, but still want to celebrate your love in a beautiful, intimate and romantic way, then elopements might just be for you. Elopement style weddings might seem totally out of the box, but you can still incorporate personal touches and traditions, and you can definitely still be stylish too - have a look at Lauren and Rob's elopement story, in the beautiful Lake District.

Bride and groom at lake district celebrant lake district elopement

Lauren wore an Anna Campbell wedding gown, from alternative Manchester bridal boutique Jean Jackson Couture. The gown was really detailed, with lots of lace and beading, which gave an elegant contrast to the rugged scenery. The beautiful flowers were from Ribble Valley Florist Wildfire Floral Co. The bouquet was wild, romantic and had pops of dark burgundy and peaches. Sam and Emily's work is stunning, and they're definitely one of my favourite florists. Lauren did her own hair and makeup, which got battered in the wild winds and rain! Independent celebrant Charlotte Pennefather conducted an intimate and raw ceremony right on the beach. Charlotte included a hand fasting ceremony, and included a poem by Robert Browning

Bride and groom at lake district elopement
Groom lifting bride at elopement wedding on the beach

In true Lake District fashion, it was crazy weather conditions. If you elope to the Lake District, you definitely need to be prepared! Walking boots, blankets, waterproofs for hiking are an absolute must. To get to this super secluded and secret spot, we walked across quicksand, rockclimbed, dealt with monsoon like rain and 30mph wind. Which made it all the more sweeter when we got there, to complete quiet, seclusion, and stretches of desolate moody rocky beach. Lauren and Rob looked super cute in their docs, and for the ceremony we wrapped Lauren up in a blush toned blanket.

Romantic bridal bouquet on the beach
bride and groom holding hands at elopement wedding ceremony
Bride with wind blowing in hair at elopement

When we got to the location, we hiked up to the cave for some portraits. Charlotte conducted the beautiful ceremony, and then we explored the area, and took some intimate and romantic images of the newlyweds. Charlotte is an independent celebrant, meaning she creates bespoke ceremonies based around you as a couple. She can incorporate personal details, stories, vows, anything that you feel tells the story of you both, and she can even incorporate traditional religious elements too. Lauren and Rob opted for a shorter ceremony with a hand fasting, and their poems and vows were based around the sea. Elopements put you as a couple at the centre of your celebrations, so you can really strip everything back and think about what makes your love story personal. Everything from the location, to the ceremony is tailored around you, and you can even have a few guests if you like! Elopements don't have to be just you two, if you have a few special people, then up to 10 is an intimate number still. Have a look through this gorgeous day to get inspired for your wild and adventurous elopements.