This week’s editorial shoot showcases two different couples, one meeting at their intimate ceremony in the fields on horseback, the other couple a family with two children. I adore both of these gorgeous couples and their portraits but I am going to focus on the concept of a family elopement primarily. Why? Well because it’s not something I often come across and essentially it’s exactly what my husband, two children and myself did back in 2010, we had a woodland ceremony for the four of us.
Let’s face it many many couples have children before they get married (hands up, I was one of them!) and I think it’s just wonderful to have a family elopement with your children. Given the current pandemic and the uncertain future currently of big wedding celebrations, this could just be the perfect way to celebrate before having a great big party (we also did this, OK enough about me, promise). Involving your children so closely in your wedding will make your wedding ceremony also a celebration of your family unit. So special, so romantic and all the more meaningful. If you fancy a little more extra reading parents you can check out the tips I wrote about planning a wedding when you have children too.
So back to this glorious shoot captured so wonderfully by Sophie May Photo. Here we have gorgeous attire, sensational flowers, an enchanting table set up in the fields, delicious sweet treats and calligraphy stationery galore. Proving that an elopement can be oh so special and equally thoughtful with a tablescape to die for. Enjoy these stunning captures folks.
Family Elopement Ideas
An effortless elopement styled shoot set in the Derbyshire Countryside; celebrating the great outdoors. Showing you inspiration of eloping as a couple and a family, bringing to view an alternative more intimate approach for wedding trends moving forward.
The vision was to keep the shoot totally stripped back and simple; highlighting the raw romance and intimacy of eloping, keeping a focus on the love of two people, in the moment, on the day, celebrating a lifetime of togetherness. Whilst large-scale weddings have all but been postponed for the foreseeable, the simplicity of eloping finally had the opportunity to take center stage. A simple field of grasses with a magnificent view would become our backdrop, and the wonderful Lou from The Greenery provided florals that complimented the surroundings to perfection.
The flowers chosen were natural in tones, informal and textured, adding to the effortless simplicity and romance that I wanted to evoke for the shoot. Grasses were added within the bridal bouquet for cohesion, mirroring that which could be found blowing in the breeze under foot.
A sweetheart table for two was set using soft grey and blue tones, layering up a variety of fabrics against the raw wooden trestle. Polly and Me provided the most beautiful stationery, hand written directly onto raw linen & echoing the sentiment of ‘You & Me’ rather then formalising the place settings with name cards. I opted for both a knotted and waterfall style napkin fold, layered with a handwritten fabric menu and relaxed cutlery placement, to elevate a considered intimate occasion. Each place setting was then finished with the most beautiful of favors, supplied by Taylor Made Bakes and a floral sprig to complete the look with opulence. A striking single tier cake took pride of place to the right of the table flowers, iced with a soft blue and white marbling and hints of gold leaf with florals to finish. Nestled in amongst an array of candles, a stunning floral center piece and a variety of specimen vases all placed upon the tables billowing layered fabric runners and floral installation to its foot; the scene was set for a romantic dinner for two.
The couple made their entrance in style, with the bride riding horse back and being lead into the field by the groom. The horse, Indiana wore a textured greenery garland hung loosely around her neck, which complimented the Bride and Groom’s attire perfectly. The Bride’s dress, supplied by Ivory White was whimsical and romantic. Made from tulle with floral placements, spaghetti straps, and an open leg slit, she wore her hair loose, adding to the enchantment of the occasion, with the Groom opting for a relaxed check chino and shirt.
The second couple, were joined by their two beautiful children, and were captured playfully running through the field and sharing precious moments as a family. Also dressed by Ivory White, the Bride wore a stunning unlined airy tulle with overlaid ivory floral lace, with her hair falling loosely past her shoulders.
The whole shoot was captured in a breathtaking manner by the super talented Sophie May Photo, who’s light, pure and romantic approach to photography has encapsulated every detail to perfection. Alongside Sophie, Rather Lovely Films also joined us on the day to capture the moment and has created some beautiful footage. Amid these uncertain and often disappointing times, the Lockdown may have overshadowed many wedding plans but it has also made people question what is important. It’s given us more time to reflect on previous choices; it’s led to a shift in our mindset and ideas, and in some cases it’s given couples the opportunity to re-imagine their previous vision for their wedding day.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Sophie May Photo
Concept & Styling
Birds In The Attic
Shoot Coordinator & Bridal
Ivory White Bridal
Rather Lovely Films
A massive thank you to the whole team above for sharing these marvelously inspiring images with us xo Lou