Good Morning! I hope you are all well and excited about what we are about to show you? Some of you may have already seen this stunning shoot as it was featured on Save The Date, but we have added a few more glorious images. So sit back, have a cup of tea to hand, and be transported into a beautiful wilderness elopement story.
Our Wilderness Elopement styled photoshoot was inspired by the dramatic effects Covid-19 has had on weddings in 2020.
Elopements and smaller intimate weddings are quite possibly going to be on the rise as strict restrictions continue to be in place for the foreseeable future. Because of this, an amazing group of wedding suppliers got together in a Derbyshire field to demonstrate just how beautiful and romantic an Elopement wedding could be. We wanted to demonstrate that just because its an elopement, or smaller wedding, doesn’t make your day any less special. You are still marrying the love of your life and that is the most wonderful and joyful commitment you can make. Love will always win!
The style inspiration for this shoot was also born out of COVID-19. The longing to get lost in nature after months of being in lockdown, and what a better place to get lost in than the Peak District. We wanted to reflect the beauty of nature and the nations newfound appreciation for the countryside. From the beautiful blooms locally grown in Derbyshire to the stunning organic design on the picnic napkins. We wanted to create a relaxed yet beautiful mood that was intimate, romantic and full of happiness.
The wonderful Nadia at Nadia Di Tullio, Ashbourne, Derbyshire created the most stunning wild bouquet and flower crown, full to the brim of texture and the colours of summer. They smelt utterly divine.
Heathy Lea as a wedding venue is utterly stunning. Backing on to the beautiful Chatsworth park, there are so many stunning locations for your wedding images. However, teaming that with the raw beauty of the Peak District and we just have major wedding goals right there!
I met Chris Smith a few years ago. He was the wedding photographer to one of our brides and I have wanted to work with him ever since. With a wonderful eye for light, Chris can really get the most stunning, stylish images. We have previously worked together on another styled Tipi shoot and he was really excited when I pitched the idea to him.
We were absolutely delighted to have receive an email with Sarah and James’ relaxed, at home wedding album. And we could not wait to share this magical day with you.
Sarah chose a bespoke version of our 1950’s inspired, tea length, Olivia dress. With lots of luscious layers of tulle for her skirt, a yellow flower and a few layers of yellow tulle in the underskirt. This dress certainly had Sarah’s individuality all over it.
Their day was full of relaxed fun where guests played connect 4, ate from Street Food vans and an Ice Cream Bike and danced the night away!
What was your proposal like?
Not at all like the movies!
We were on holiday in Portugal travelling round in a campervan and had stopped in Cascais for a couple of nights. We had just worked out that we had a day’s gap between giving back the campervan and our hotel booking. After deciding it was James’ fault, I wouldn’t let him take us for a nice meal anymore because we now needed to pay for a hotel. I wasn’t expecting there to be a reason he wanted such a nice meal!
After dinner in an Irish bar (which was not what he had in mind) he took us to the port to see the sunset. Even then I hadn’t realised something was happening so when James proposed my first reaction was “Are you really doing this”?!
Not quite what he had in mind, but he got the “Yes” he was hoping for once I caught up.
What was searching for your perfect wedding dress like?
Initially, terrifying! I’m not at all girly so suddenly being thrown into a world where everyone knows the name of fabrics and necklines was scary. My mum took me to see Lizzie and the first time we walked in to book an appointment I didn’t even touch the dresses. I did a lot of “Pintrest”ing and went to a couple of shops, but my dress turned out to be 99% the design Lizzie drew after our first appointment.
How did you choose the ‘THE ONE’?
Go with your gut!
Lizzie’s design took my favourite parts of her dresses and made it “me”. I also really liked the atmosphere in Lizzies shop. It wasn’t pushy sales and I didn’t have to know the names of every material or neckline under the sun (thank god!!)
You will be in your dress all day it needs to be something you are happy and comfortable in – both because it “you” and because it fits you. Trying on the different styles, there were some that felt alien and others I started to relax in.
What was your most favorite part of your dress?
My underskirt!! My dress was made for twirling and as an added extra I had yellow added into my underskirt. It was amazing!
What accessories did you go for?
James bought my jewellery as my wedding present. It was from Clogau in their Past Present Future collection and matched my wedding ring which was made by Lou Lou Jewellery. I also had a tiny pin that belonged to my grandad which went in the flower on my dress. My shoes were from Rainbow Club – genuinely a pair of all-day heels.
How would you describe the styling of your wedding?
Village fete/ Summer party. We wanted it to be a day everyone would enjoy no matter their age and something everyone could feel comfortable at even while we were doing the formal bits like family photography.
Where did you get your wedding inspiration from?
James had worked on bars at weddings in the past and really liked the Tipi weddings he had been to. We went to a couple of open days and spent a lot of time looking at supplier photos online to see what parts we liked.
Did you follow any traditions?
Church wedding. Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue
What music did you have during the ceremony?
Entrance of the bridal party to Canon in D, Pachelbel Hymns: One More Step Along the World I Go Lord of All Hopefulness Exit of the wedding party to Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring, J S Bach
What about your first dance song?
The one – Kodaline
What was your most memorable moment of your wedding day?
During the ceremony, the vicar asks the congregation to be seated. Well… James also went and sat down, with the best man! Leaving me stood at the front of church and the whole church laughing. It’s ok, it only took a moment for him to realise, but it’s certainly something we will laugh about for years to come.
Did you pick up any tips during the wedding planning stage?
Actually do the things you talk about! We were very laid back with planning. Once we had the Church and venue sorted, we took a back seat for a little longer than we should have. When people say things get booked a year in advance they really do! Lizzie kept me on track at our fittings with a few helpful reminders.
Remember, you are planning “your” day to celebrate your marriage and the rest of your lives. It may be hard but try to choose the things that you will enjoy.
When you pick up cards or see websites you like – write it down an write down why you liked it. By the end of planning you will have a million notes and business cards and trying to remember which one you wanted… easier said than done.
The fashion-forward plunging neckline and back is the epitome of chic, but this special frock also has wonderful femininity about it. With the stunning soft French lace scallop and the beautiful heavy-weight crepe, softening those lines and adding depth to this relaxed design. Perfect for a beautiful country garden wedding.
“Lizzie was amazing throughout the design process; from our first appointment where she completely understood the idea I had and took what was in my head and put it onto paper, to trying on the first mock-up, tweaking the design so I was 100% happy with it and having as many fittings as needed to get it just right. Planning my dress was actually my favourite part of the planning process! Her help on the day itself too was invaluable and made the morning of our wedding stress-free.”
When we first met this beauty she had a definite idea of what she wanted for her wedding dress. In fact, I think she went for the first sketch I drew after hearing her requirements. This absolutely stunning dress was a joy to create. With its frothy tulle skirt. Gorgeous bow (we all know how much I LOVE a bow) Plunging neckline and the hundreds of hand-beaded, Swarovski crystals adorning that beautiful french lace. Just wonderful.
“Lizzie is an absolute joy to work with from the moment I stepped into her store. She is responsive, she cares, and she knows what looks good on you! I couldn’t have been happier with my dress, it’s stunning. “
Well, what can we say about this beautiful wedding, absolute wedding goals! Lila and Jon were married on the Isle of Skye. Lila wore our Jasmine Gown in a Warm White shade, which really showed off that gorgeous french lace.
“Elizabeth went above and beyond to make my outfit special. As someone who doesn’t like dresses, Liz agreed to make me a bridal jumpsuit for the occasion. From start to finish she was caring, attentive and made sure to always ask that what she was doing was how I had envisioned the outfit at every stage of development. I couldn’t be happier with the finished product nor how the whole process happened. “
When Chole came to us explaining that she didn’t want to wear a wedding dress on her day in Cornwall, but still wanted to look like a bride, I basically squealed with excitement! ( and not just because she and Bex were getting married in Cornwall) This was the perfect opportunity to get my creative juices flowing. After doing some initial sketches and looking through our fabric books, Chloe fell in love with an off the shoulder number. It all came together and we loved the contrast made by using two different fabrics, a heavyweight crepe back satin and a beautiful lightweight chiffon. Their beautiful wedding day was captured by Ian Fry Photography.