Whilst many brides and grooms opt for larger ceremonies surrounded by friends and family, there’s a growing trend for couples looking for something much smaller and intimate. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the pressure of planning a large event and some couples succumb to wedding planning fatigue. This is completely understandable. This sometimes motivates couples to seek alternatives that remove the stress and it doesn’t take long before they discover Elopement Weddings. This becomes a very appealing option.
For other couples, Elopement Weddings are about simplicity. No fuss. They have a clear vision of how they want to express their love together and the intimate, low-key wedding is their preferred chose.
Devon is not the only location of course. When you talk elopement weddings it’s easy to think Gretna Green. This was because of the 1754 Marriage Act that prevented couples under the age of 21 from getting married without their parents consent. Modern elopement weddings are pursued for different reasons now and here at Liberty Pearl Photography our Collective Team of elopement wedding photographers and videographers are experienced and ready to capture your intimate day.
Why make Devon your elopement destination? There’s miles of stunning coastline to explore and enjoy. The word breathtaking is not an understatement. Away from the coast you will find traditional Country Houses, quint villages and beautiful churches that are well established and able to provide you with almost any theme or style you envision for your day. These venues are well equipped and used to handling large guest lists of course but the emergence of the micro wedding has opened up new revenue sources for these businesses. They now offer packages that take into consideration the unique requirements of a more intimate wedding.
We have to admit that Elopement Weddings in Devon are some of our favourite ceremonies to photograph. They are so personal. The love between couples is somehow magnified because of the intimacy. Smaller guest numbers also inevitably creates a more relaxed atmosphere as everything is focused solely on the bride and groom. Couples that may consider themselves camera shy seem to step out of their comfort zones a little more when there is less pressure to perform for others.
Here at Liberty Pearl Photo & Film Collective, we have been lucky enough to photograph many beautiful elopements in Devon and Cornwall over the past five years. And each and every one of them has been unique because the couples have been able to really focus on their combined personalities and style without the pressure to conform. Recent weddings included rock climbing, a mini-festival, dancing in the fields, watching the sunset over the beautiful Cornish coastline, paddling in the sea, and exploring ancient Cornish ruins.
We’re biased for very good reason. All of our Collective Team are Devon residents so we live with the beautiful beaches, woodland and coastal venues on our doorstep. And yes we know the hidden gems, the areas that work best for any time of year, and the locations that will make your heart sing.
Our elopement couples may be very different in personality and style but they all share one thing in common; they loved interacting with the great outdoors and immersing themselves in nature during their wedding shoot. Even couples who don’t usually consider themselves “Outdoorsy,” really get into the moment and love the finished results when they receive their wedding photos. It really shouldn’t be underestimated how amazing it is to utilise the natural environment in your photographs.
But as mentioned, we’re biased.
We will leave you with a film from one of our beautiful elopement weddings at Boho Cornwall ….
and a beautiful styled elopement photo shoot at Camel Studio
We are an experienced team of Cornwall elopement photographers, so if you are a UK bride who has fond memories of holidays in Cornwall, or an overseas bride thinking about eloping in Cornwall or hadn’t thought about it before but are open to the idea, please get in touch for a chat and we can help you with any questions that you might have.
Happy wedding planning xx
See some AMAZING photos from elopements/weddings in Cornwall in the gallery below