Elopements have always been my favorite type of wedding, the intimacy of them makes it feel so much more personal, making it a joy to photograph – I well and truly felt part of their family for the day. Sophie and Dan contacted me a few months before to discuss their smaller wedding at Gretna Green with close family attending. I could tell from this initial meeting their love for each other was absolutely incredible. This got the inspiration and ideas flowing – I immediately knew we had to do a post wedding shoot the day after. We discussed going and exploring the Lake District, we decided to go with the flow and see what happens.

On the post wedding shoot the weather was absolutely perfect. We took a boat on Grasmere, which was rather entertaining as neither of us had rowed a boat previously. With me having to row alongside (with help from my wife Sam), this made for a rather entertaining few hours. Due to the weather being so nice I suggested the idea of wild swimming – with Sophie being pregnant I didn’t expect them to jump to the idea.

Sophie and Dan LOVED the idea and we took a trip up to Blea Tarn. I must say the water was rather cold as it was early June and the cold water running off the hills really put a chill to the lake. That didn’t stop Dan jumping straight in – the worrying part for me was the fact I had to jump in and commit to the idea also!

It was absolutely freezing..

Having a couple open to so many cool ideas meant the shots I produced that day were so uniquely personal to them. Its amazing how experiences like this can change your approach towards wedding photography in the future. Life is for experiences and those days away with Dan and Sophie were certainly one of those.

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