The most popular elopement destination in England is the Lake District. If you’d like to learn more about how to get married there and what your options are then come along to the Tiny Weddings Fair in Birmingham on Sunday 10th March. Lorraine from Bowness Wedding Photography will be there, and she will be exhibiting alongside Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa, so both of them will be able to answer any questions about getting married there.
Please introduce yourself and tell us what you do.
I am Lorraine. A female, affordable, professional wedding photographer based in the Lake District and have been for some fifteen years. The vast majority of my work is as a wedding photographer (although I do undertake fashion, food and hotel work). Therefore my experience, coupled why my innovative style, makes me both flexible and adaptable – no two couples are the same and each have their own unique requirements which I am happy to accommodate.
What do you love about small weddings and elopements?
I love the intimacy of the couple getting just the wedding they want – it is much more personal. I love the opportunity to show couples secret, beautiful and accessible areas of the Lake District for some great photo backdrops. Overall such an occasion is much less stressful and relaxed for everyone concerned.
How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?
The couple can definitely spend more time sharing the intimacy of the occasion both between themselves and with their chosen friends and family. It is easier for them to spend time involving everyone in the highlights of their day. At large weddings a bride or groom can get separated and “trapped” with a group of friends. Sometimes couples choose to just sit and talk in the evening or chat around the dinner table and create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Small weddings are less expensive so couples can treat themselves and their guests. For example, more expensive better champagne, a more sumptuous meal or spend the money on honeymoon.
Do you feel there has been an increase in tiny weddings in the past few years or have you always worked with a lot of small wedding parties?
I have always worked on small weddings over the years. However there has definitely been an increase in the Tiny Weddings market in recent years. This in my view has both to do with cost and couples looking for a unique experience. However, it should be borne in mind that weddings away from home do require guests to commit to attending, potentially book leave from work and making travel and accommodation plans and their costs should be taken into account.
What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a couple planning a smaller wedding?
Larger weddings require more planning and thinking about moving people around for group shots and often have longer photo lists to ensure I get the images the couple wants. With fewer guests there are less time pressures and everyone is more relaxed. I often get to learn everyone’s first names and can be seen more as a guest that blends in and take more casual shots.
Tell us about a tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple.
Often on the small and intimate Lake District weddings I can quickly release an “official” set of images for couple to share. It is easier to be flexible with timings and I can pop back at dinner to see a different outfit or to go for an evening shoot. At the small weddings I do at The Old England Hotel they include a cruise on the lake I often jump aboard with the guests for some different fun photos. At a same sex wedding I was able to add in a free additional boudoir shoot that was last minute and fun to do as a secret wedding gift for his partner. Also, tiny weddings have more flexibility so that allows me to work around the Lake District weather.
What makes you unique in the service you can offer a couple planning a smaller wedding?
I offer a clear set price:
£299 for an intimate ceremony in the UK
£849 for full coverage anywhere in the world with no additional expenses for travel or accommodation.
I am female with lots of experience and I am very flexible. I love shooting weddings and whilst I am so lucky to live and work in the Lake District, I love the excitement of visiting other places in both the UK and abroad. I have shot in India, Ibiza, Czech Republic and the Seychelles and I would love the opportunity to do more foreign location work to expand my international portfolio. I love to travel, therefore I just make my travel plans fit with the couples.
If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be?
I loved visiting Fiji and that would be my choice as an ideal shoot location. The sun, the sea, the coral colours and the scenery is both romantic and idyllic and would create fabulous photo opportunities.
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