Beach Elopement in the UK
Rushing off to a private beach location to elope is such a romantic way to marry your sweetheart. These beautiful photographs captured by Charlene Morton Photography say it all. From the photographer: My plans for Dee and Nigel’s wedding were under way; They had organized a service and meal for family and friends locally. As the day got closer, I received an email calling it all off! Now, it’s not what you think, the couple has been together for a while and were madly in love, but the idea of being center of attention terrified Dee. I have known her for a while and she is a highly organized businesswoman running the department store Herbert Lewis in Chepstow, but with a quiet and gentle demeanor completely understood her decision. As I read the email further she let me in on her secret, they were going to elope for a Newquay wedding, So the question came “can I come?” It was a 3-hour drive to Newquay, but I managed to arrive before them to find the cutest little cove surrounded by three cliffs. Lusty Glaze was a little slice of heaven; it is a family run restaurant, gig venue and accommodation right on the beach. The atmosphere was relaxed, and there weren’t many people around, only the occasional surfer. When Dee and Nigel began the decent down the cliff steps, I was even more excited about the photographs I knew I could get. Dee had on a simple fawn colored knee length dress, her mother’s pearls and flats. To compliment this was Nigel, in a tweed brown waistcoat and jacket with maroon tie and pocket hankie, which apparently had been coated to be water resistant. These guys were ready for some serious photos!The ceremony was still as emotional as any I have seen and the two witness also got caught up in the atmosphere. It was a luxury for me to be able to move around the couple freely and use whatever lighting I wanted. Immediately after the ceremony i brought the couple a drink from the bar, we opted for beer instead of champagne which seemed in keeping with the relaxed setting. They then set to the task of calling the parents to tell them they just got married ! The tide was quite far out so we decided to explore some of the caves while we could. I wanted to get an editorial style so we tried poses that were slightly more fashion than wedding. These were then complimented with natural and romantic shots walking up the beach. We were so engrossed in taking photos we didn’t realize the tide was fast approaching. We moved up the beach to a safer distance taking advantage of the low sun which i used to create whimsical photographs of the couple kissing and splashing in the sea. I added Dee’s vintage fur shrug to some photographs but it also helped keep her warm in the evening. I found a sand castle to place the rings on and Dee wrote memories in the sand. We decided to stay at the beach as there was charity event on that evening, of course this gave, plenty of time for some food and MORE photography. We chatted with the owners and staff who all had that lovely relaxed and friendly Cornish attitude. I had been waiting for the evening sun to photograph the beach huts and also hoped for a sunset to capture an idea Nigel had really wanted to do. The band was setting up so I decide to let slip that a first dance would be amazing and before the couple refuses they were thinking of their favorite songs. A stunning couple with the most perfectly suited day.