Bek + Ian

An elopement on the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland, at the epic Kinbane Castle. Bek + Ian were the latest couple to model for my Untold Workshops, an editorial concept to portfolio build and teach other photographers. This time, the concept was an Irish elopement, on the incredible Causeway Coast in the North of Ireland. Unlike England, in the North of Ireland, you can legally elope - outdoors with a celebrant, these ceremonies are recognised and legal, as long as your chosen location has an identifiable address. Whereas in England, your wedding ceremony must take place either at a church, registry office, or licensed venue. Elopements in the traditional, runaway, whimsical sense, really can happen in Ireland, which is why we all made our way over there for this shoot. Bek + Ian have been married for a number of years, but fell in love with Ireland, so treated the editorial as their own personal vow renewal.

Bek is also the owner of iconic Manchester dress shop, Jean Jackson couture, so she took the reigns with styling. Her gown is custom made, by herself, and is evocative of the period dramas, with corset detailing, baroque print, and ruffled tulle sleeves. We kept Ian simple in contrast, in stark black turtleneck and wool pea coat. They both looked amazing, and totally fit in with the awe inspiring landscape. They both wrote personal vows that morning, before embarking on the hike down to Kinbane castle, which not only features the 15th century ruins, but beach with crashing waves, cliff edge views, and a waterfall running down to the beach. Atop the cliff, they read each other their vows, and we exhausted the little spot of all its beauty for different shooting perspectives. It was a magical experience for all involved, and Ireland has a very special space in my heart.

Dress - Jean Jackson Couture

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