Post Lockdown elopement: A bride and groom, donning face masks, happily pose for a photo in front of a train station.

Post Lockdown Elopement In Gretna Green & The Lake District

Laura & Ollie met 8 years ago in a nightclub, when one of Ollie’s friends put their hands together. Neither of them liked each other but through mutual friends, they kept bumping into each other and over time a friendship grew.

They both love to travel and with Laura’s love of Scotland, twinned with Gretna’s history, an elopement with only very close family seemed the perfect solution for these two, after all, the fairytale idea of running away to get married was one Laura had carried since she was 12 after reading about it in a book… (we’ve tried to google what book it was but we’re yet to find it!)…

The plan at the start of the year was simple, to get some self-catering cottages booked and to elope to Gretna for the wedding ceremony to say the vows, then head back for some photos and an adventure.

Sadly, as with many couples, COVID 19 and a national Lockdown where weddings were banned happened, scuppering the couples wedding plans. A few new dates were thrown around as backups in case the lockdown remained in place, but thankfully, a few weeks ago it was confirmed that the elopement wedding could go ahead on the original wedding day date! WOOHOO!

Although the rain hardly stopped all day, it was an amazing and intimate wedding surrounded by just their closest family to witness their wedding ceremony and hear them say their vows. Afterwards, we headed to the train station to make our way down to Penrith and from there into our cars, then into The Lake District.

It was loads of fun on the train and walking through the station, with passers-by saying congratulations as we ran to the connecting train at Carlisle station.

The heavens just kept on pouring but these two totally embraced it and climbed up some rocky peaks in Martindale with me for some portraits before heading back to their self-catering cottage. It was totally worth it!

I adore elopement weddings and If you would like me to photograph your Elopement wedding, please feel free to contact me!


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