Breathtakingly Wild, Eco Friendly, Elopement in the Peaks

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A Wild, Eco Friendly, Elopement in the Peaks

As both wedding videographers AND an engaged couple, the strain of COVID has been felt across the board. Yet, from the restrictions, came this immense sense of freedom, to do exactly as we wanted and not what was ‘expected’. When you can’t plan a traditional big wedding with family and friends, you are faced with 2 options. 1. Wait it out, or 2. Deep dive into the world of elopements, symbolic ceremonies, and adventurous weddings! This Styled Shoot aimed to embody all of this and inspire couples to think outside the box and create an intimate, personal wedding day in the breathtaking beauty of Wild Britain.

The Concept

Every element of this shoot, from the delicate stationery to the huge wild florals, to the personal vows, was inspired by the two natural elements Earth and Wind. We chose to film this elopement in a stunning location called ‘The Roaches’ in the Peak District. We were blessed with gorgeous weather, and wind speed that made our bride’s veil soar up into the sky! The roaches spoiled us with views across the peaks, magnificent soaring rock faces, vast open countryside, and fields of heather. We chose a deep autumnal colour palette to compliment the earthy colours of the peak district: forest green, burgundy, navy blue and splashes of gold.

The Suppliers

Our priority was to collaborate with suppliers with similar values and who could envision our concept of a nature-inspired, eco-friendly, adventure-driven elopement. Connecting with Wedding Planner, Keenda, from Events by Keenda, was a match made in heaven! She took our concept and pulled together a team of dedicated, premium, luxe suppliers from across the UK. Each supplier played a vital role in creating our vision, and all brought something new and exciting to the table. Such as Emma Stewart Cake Design’s new Elopement Boxes, filled with sweet treats, cake slices and small bottles of champagne to pop!

However, unlike most styled shoots, we required more than just their products and services. We asked our suppliers to HIKE! We hiked up the roaches with catering, florals, decor, attire, equipment… the lot! It was hard work, but the breathtaking views made it all worth it!

The Ceremony

We asked Sarah from Celebrant SJ to conduct our clifftop ceremony. She crafted a beautiful adventure inspired service, completed with a hand-fasting ceremony, using silk ribbons from Silk & Purl. The intimate nature of this ceremony gave the couple the chance to be completely vulnerable with each other. It also gave their 2 guests the chance to say a few words, while wrapping the ribbons around their hands. 

The Reception & Styling

We couldn’t hike furniture up the hillside, so instead, we used nature, arranging the couple’s reception on a large rock under a canopy of trees. Zaz Events arranged a relaxed, boho-luxe picnic for four, complete with the autumnal colour palette, gold accents and eco-friendly materials. They used their burning sand runner, wooden plates on painted raffia placemats, forest green napkins, and gold cutlery wrapped in burgundy silk ribbons from Silk and Purl. The macrame tea lights and brass vases surrounded the huge vegetarian feast created by  PTJ Catering.

Eco-Friendly Suppliers

This wild elopement wouldn’t have been complete without the incredible talents of our eco-friendly suppliers, who created beautiful products from ethically sourced and sustainable materials. Polka Dot Creations designed a stationery suite inspired by nature, using handmade seed and petal paper to give the stationery that earthy, free and natural look. These materials are completely biodegradable and can in fact be planted in the ground to grow wildflowers! Elizabeth Terzza designed a stunning set of nature-inspired accessories all made from recycled metals. The bespoke engagement ring was handcrafted with 100% recycled 18ct white gold. Sundew Florist’s florals were all ethically sourced in Britain, including the natural shed peacock feathers in the Bride’s bouquet.

Credits

Videographer & Concept: Walsh Films / Planner: Events By Keenda / Photographer: Dani Louise Photography / Celebrant: Celebrant SJ / Stationery: Polka Dot Creations / Jackets: Scritto Design / Cake: Emma Stewart Cake Design / Stylist & Props: Zaz Events / Florist – Sundew Florist / Jewellery: Elizabeth Terzza / Hair: Phoebe Hair / Bride & Groom Attire: ASOS / Caterer: PTJ Catering / Ribbons – Silk and Purl / Couple: Shannon & Ben / Maid of Honour & Best Man: Phoebe & Jay Mottershaw

Instagram

@walshfilmsweddings@eventsbykeenda @danilouphoto @celebrant_sj @polkadotcreationswedding @scrittodesign @emmastewartcakedesign @zazevents @sundew_florist @elizabethterzza @phoebe.hair @asos @ptjcatering @silkandpurl @P.j.mottershaw

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