I know I have written before about my love of elopement weddings at Millbrook Estate, in Devon, but I feel the need to gush once more about how special these intimate weddings are for me. For well over a decade now my wedding business has been built around big Saturday weddings with upwards of 100 guests. Although big weddings are still exciting to capture they can also be pretty overwhelming at times, with some weddings taking place over 3 venues during the course of the day! With an elopement or small, intimate wedding, I immediately feel I can tune into things and take time to really “see” the couple without being distracted by so many other elements of the day. Coupled with the breathtaking surroundings of Millbrook, runaway weddings allow me to be completely focused on the love of the couple, never needing to look away from them.
Bo and Mick’s wedding was particularly special because of how joyously emotional they both were to be united in marriage. A slightly older couple (I include myself in slightly older at 43!) their story was one of a chance encounter when Mick had all but given up on love. Bo looked incredible in her wonderfully ruffled dress and Mick opted to dress smartly but also relaxed as Bo wanted him to look “like Mick”. The weather was kind after a few light showers so we took the opportunity to walk the grounds under brollies – Bo proudly wearing her pink wellies. After I left, the couple planned to take things easy with an afternoon tea and private dining at the Summerhouse. Perfect would be my word for their wedding and I walked away feeling so chuffed to have been asked to capture it.
So in light of the above I have come to the conclusion that I want to focus more on small weddings and elopement weddings. Next year I will be keeping some of my Saturdays free for those last minute runaways – couples that struggle to find a photographer who is happy to offer a smaller amount of coverage for their Saturday wedding.