My 2020 window of opportunity has been cracked open, but only enough to reduce the risk of infection. In my 20 years of photographing a whole range of weddings, from intimate gatherings to the most lavish and expensive of weddings, until 2020 I had never photographed an elopement. That all changed when I was booked by Ellen and Rob to photograph their elopement wedding in Durham (they also asked me to be a witness and it was an honour). I won’t waffle on about how beautiful it was to photograph this elopement wedding in Durham and the fantastic weather conditions. Ellen sent me some lovely words and I have added them verbatim to this post.
They eloped… It’s kind of a big deal…
Ellen & Rob 14th September 2020
Although we always knew we wanted to be married eventually, being engaged or having a big wedding was never something we ever wanted. We agreed a while ago that an elopement would probably be perfect for us as it sounded low key and relaxed which suited us well but a lot of time went by and we still hadn’t really thought about actually getting married. In the middle of lockdown we finally agreed now was a good a time as ever to finally tie the knot, as morbid as it sounds the thought of something happening to my partner of 11 years and me having to tell people that my “boyfriend“ died was the final straw. Husband just sounded a lot more official after 11 years!
We decided to keep our wedding as low key as possible and kept it a complete secret from every person we knew. Despite us being really close to our family and friends, the thought of a big fuss was definitely not what we wanted. No guests, just two witnesses at a register office. We wanted to avoid anything too weddingy to stop it from feeling like a big wedding with no guest and instead just two people saying “I do” and becoming Mr and Mrs. The one thing we were both certain we wanted was a great photographer to capture at least one photo of our day so we could tell our loved ones by showing them a snap of our day and having a special photo to look back on. I knew Gary from him coming to my family home for a family photo shoot when I was about 14 and from him also being my best friend’s wedding photographer, so he was our first and only choice.
We originally planned to ask two strangers on the day to be our witnesses but new covid restrictions meant that we needed to know a few weeks in advance who would be our witnesses. As we wanted to keep our wedding a complete secret this made it a little bit more tricky, so another must for our photographer was to also be our witness. We were absolutely delighted when Gary agreed to both and totally understood and respected our unusual plan and requests.
Although elopement seem to be really unique and quite unheard of our day was perfect for us. We got married at 11.30 and spent about an hour with Gary taking our photos, having a laugh and making us feel so comfortable. My husband and I then went for a lovely afternoon tea before spending the rest of our day telling our nearest and dearest by sharing a few of our photos which helped explain when we were far too nervous and overwhelmed to do properly. We wouldn’t change a thing and absolutely loved our weird and wonderful day!
Some very lovely words from the mother of the bride and the bride.Thank you Gary for making my daughter’s and son-in-law’s wedding exactly how they wanted it!!!! From Jonathon and Samantha (from Peapods) – we are still all bouncing with excitement !!!!! xxxx
Thank you SO much for the beautiful photos…Thank you SO much for the beautiful photos you sent through I was mid telling my mum when we got them through so it was literally perfect timing! Aw everyone was absolutely over the moon for us and really delighted we did it very true to ourselves and just how we wanted. So we couldn’t be happier! The photos were perfect and helped people actually believe it was true, because until we showed them everyone thought we were lying! We really can’t thank you enough for you being our witness and taking these fabulous photos
NB Ellen and Rob’s besties own Flower Box in Guisborough and they would have been first choice for their bouquet, but this would have blown the top secret cover of their elopement wedding in Durham, so they found a lovely florist in Newbottle – the enchanted florist.
Now we’ve been given the green light by Boris, weddings are back on the menu and I can’t wait to be out and about shooting them again. Please get in touch if you are planning a wedding and you are looking for an award winning wedding photographer.