After 6 years together Adam proposed on holiday whilst walking a coastal path in Cornwall overlooking St Michaels mount, it was lovely and unexpected. Once home I started looking into what our options were for a wedding on a very tight budget, neither of us saw any sense in spending alot of money on just one day. Despite my best efforts the estimated bill was still tipping over the £6k mark which just didn’t sit well with either of us, so the wedding got put on the shelf. Two years later whilst booking our annual holiday to West Cornwall I flippantly said to Adam “we should just elope while we’re away, it would be so much easier” he responded with more enthusiasm than he had ever shown for any previous suggestions. It made total sense, it’s our favourite place in the world, our dog Max would be with us and we could have our idea of a perfect day without it costing the earth.
We had three simple decisions to make, where to get married, who would take the photographs and what shall we wear! The most budget friendly location was a registry office which I had always liked the idea of, it felt understated and kind of old school, so Penzance it was then!The next decision – what to wear? I was really over wedding dresses by this point but I went to a budget bridal shop just to make sure. We were there a total of 25 minutes and I tried on 4 gowns, it felt like rediculous fancy dress, it just wasn’t me and honestly the prices were still rediculous in my opinion. So I would need something entirely non-traditional, I knew this would also be the case for Adam, who squirms like a child in a suit! So I forgot all wedding dress codes and just found an outfit I liked! A simple bohemian black wrap dress and some white Western boots! By sacking off traditional parameters I was finally enjoying the process of wedding planning! Excited by all the new possibilities I asked my best friend Oriel, who is an amazing stylist, for a really alternative hair colour, settling on an almost neon coral colour. Then I found the most perfect t-shirt for Adam on instagram and a moody dried bouquet on Etsy. Everything was effortlessly slotting into place.
The freedom of eloping was so exciting.The final element was a photographer, this was a big one, we knew it was an area that warranted spending money on. Neither of us enjoy having our photo taken and both hate traditional wedding shots. Our only requirements were that our dog Max had to be in them and we wanted Cornwall’s beauty captured. I fell in love with Jo’s photography the second I found Enchanted Brides on Instagram. Jo’s photos capture everything we wanted and the fact that she was a big fan of elopements sealed it! This was THE lady for the job! Jo made the whole process of booking and arranging what we wanted absolutely effortless. Everything about her personally and approach is warm, friendly and relaxed. She put us at ease from first phone call to the day itself. Three months on and we still get huge compliments about our photos, they’re better than we ever could have imagined.
Our elopement felt like the most special moment we’ve ever had in our relationship, we only had ourselves to please and it was the perfect way to celebrate what we feel for each other. We didn’t tell our families and friends until we got home and they were ecstatic for us and supportive of our decision. To anyone considering elopement – do it, you won’t regret it.