Chiola and Eric Wistman Wood Elopement

This wildly romantic Devon Elopement was one of my highlights in 2018! Chiola and Eric decided on Eloping to Devon all the way from San Diego, US. The backdrop for their intimate elopement was Wistman Woods in Dartmoor. 

Wistman Wood looks like a scene direct from a fairytale, ancient trees twisted and contorted rise from the huge moss covered boulders that scatter the floor. This aged woodland is home to many ghostly tales and supernatural legends which have inspired many artists and writers. Eric and Chiola lovers of all things magical decided it would be the perfect spot for their ceremony as I am sure you will agree!

I met Chiola, Eric and Max (the videographer) the night before the elopement for an engagement session and dinner and drinks after, this was a perfect opportunity for us to all connect and get to know each other before the elopement.

Note: The walk from the car park to the woods takes around 35 minutes (it took me about 76 hours when I first visited with my then 5-year old son near dark). Take snacks and flares incase you get lost! Also it is home to many adders, luckily I only found this out after as I was rolling around in the grass… a lot.

On the morning of the wedding they got ready at Glazebrook house in Devon. Honestly, Glazebrook House is one of the best locations I have ever had the pleasure of photographing in. Go check out their website if you are looking for a quirky and unique space for your Wedding in Devon! The house was filled with the most interesting rooms and the big windows created beautiful soft lighting for portraits.

We did a little First-Look in the spectacular long drive leading up to the house. I love Eric’s reaction when he sees Chiola for the first time. From there we drove through Dartmoor, stopping off on the way to Wistman Wood to see the wild horses.

Samantha Kelsie did the ceremony. It was so personal and captivating, bringing tears to everyones eyes. Samantha travelled all the way from London, she made the whole process seamless and fitted perfectly into the day.

Max Curtone was doing the video, such a funny bloke and side kick for the day, all the way from the US as well. Go check out his films, they are works of art!

Flowers were big and wild by the talented Laura Hingston. Laura also decorated the ceremony area in the woods with rugs, hanging floral chandeliers and candles.

We all then finished off the day by walking up to the Torrs, the view across Dartmoor from up there was just breathtaking.

So I hope you enjoy! If you are planning on having a Destination Elopement please get in touch. You will be spoilt for amazing backdrops bursting with history and enchantment for your Elopement in Devon.


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