Tiny Weddings Fair

Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Bowness Wedding Photography

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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You can follow the Tiny Weddings Fair page on Facebook for updates, but at this point we’d suggest just buying your tickets.  You can follow Bowness Wedding Photography on Facebook, or the Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa on Facebook, too.  You can also show interest in our Facebook event for more updates and reminders.  Check out Lorraine’s website or the hotel website, too.  If you’re still not sure if you’re coming, sign up to our mailing list, but if you know you want to come and meet some of our fabulous 30+ exhibitors then get your ticket now to save 50% off on-the day prices.

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5 Dream Locations for a Tiny Wedding

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So you’ve made the decision that your wedding day is going to be an intimate one, just you and your partner and, perhaps, a few close friends and family members to celebrate your marriage. The next question is where are you going to choose for your tiny wedding?

So we thought we’d give you a head start with a short list of some of our favourites…



Ireland is a spectacular place to hold a romantic wedding with few guests. with some of the most beautiful, natural settings in the world Ireland holds a special place in many people’s imaginations.

Providing ceremony venues as varied as ruined abbeys and monasteries swathed in Ivy, through dense, magical forests and wide, windswept beaches; Ireland is a dream for an outdoorsy couple who love romance.

Ireland’s rustic countryside and cute cottages provide a sweet space for small wedding parties to gather and celebrate. Is there anything more romantic than an autumn outdoor ceremony followed by heading indoors to the warmth of the hearth and raising a glass to the happy couple?

Check out Peach Perfect Weddings for more info.

New York, USA

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If you’re looking for something a little more fast-paced for your intimate ceremony why not take a bit from the Big Apple for your tiny wedding?

Exploring the city with your nearest and dearest makes for an interesting backdrop to the main event and you’ll never be stuck for entertainment. There is so much to do, from Broadway shows, boating on the lake in Central Park or making the most of the thousands of bars and restaurants New York has to offer, you could spend months here and still have a lot to see and do!

If you’re looking for something a little unusual for your wedding ceremony did you know there is a castle in the centre of Central Park? New York is probably the only city where you can go from high-rise modernism to a castle on a lake in a matter of minutes!

Not only that but it’s extremely simple to be legally married in New York for couples of most nationalities. That, combined with a wide variety of venues and the short flight across the pond makes New York a go-to for many UK couples.

Go to Wed in Central Park for your one-stop shop for all you need for an outdoor wedding in New York.

Paris, France

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Where else conjures such a feeling of romance than Paris?

If you’re looking for a tiny wedding made for two then Paris is hard to beat. In the summer the city comes alive along the river and a sunrise ceremony under the Eiffel Tower is a wonder to behold, whilst winter brings cosy, candlelit cafes and hot chocolate celebrations.

If you’re bringing along friends and family for your tiny wedding then you may want somewhere a little more private than the Eiffel Tower and many hotels have city views from balconies high above the streets where small ceremonies can include your loved ones too.

So go on, hang your own love lock in Paris and make a commitment to romance that will last forever.

Ruffled by Grace is an English-speaking officiant in Paris and can help you with all you need to get married there.


Pink Iceland Elopement

If you’re looking for a dramatic backdrop to your ceremony then Iceland may be the location for you. Follow your waterfall ceremony with a dip in the hot springs and a night of glamping under the northern lights.

If your looking for comfort and glamour then Iceland might not be your first choice but if it was easy everyone would be doing it! A short hike to your ceremony location will bring its own rewards as you gave out over the landscape and see no one for miles. With only your personal guests for company, this remote region will give you everything you need to take a deep breath as you commit to your lives together.

If you’re looking to declare you love somewhere a little cooler you may choose to share your vows atop a glacier, in an ice cave or on a windswept beach overlooking the ocean. This warm and friendly Island has a lot to offer and you really can be as adventurous as you like with your elopement or tiny wedding.

Check out Pink Iceland – wedding, travel and event expert.

The Lake District, UK

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If you’re looking for a location a little closer to home for your intimate elopement or tiny wedding then what about the Lake District? Whilst you may not want to hike with a hundred guests a small wedding party can easily hop one of the many sweet boats across the lakes and find themselves a remote lookout to share their vows.

Legal wedding venues are spread throughout the Lakes but if you want to be really adventurous then holding a celebrant lead ceremony can open up the whole area to you and your loved ones.

Windermere is a tourist hotspot and easily accessible from all over the UK but if you’re looking for somewhere a little more off the beaten track there are plenty of cute villages offering cosy accommodation for your wedding party.

Easy hikes, great landscapes and lots to do make the Lake District a great choice for those looking for adventure without leaving the country.

So where will you be holding your tiny wedding? Why not come along and join us to hear about these locations and many more at the Tiny Weddings Fair. Get your tickets here…

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