Benefits of having a micro wedding
You really can do whatever you want
Throw traditions out the window. Or don’t. It’s really up to you. This is your day and you can do whatever you want. I’ve had couples who want to stop at their favourite pub for a swift half, others who did tequila shots outside a bar in the city, couples who want photos in numerous locations around London from an overgrown secret garden to street art in Shoreditch. You can get ready together at home or stay in a luxury hotel. You can have a first look & couples photos before your ceremony or you can see each other for the first time when you walk down the aisle. If you’re not sure what to do, I’m happy to work with you to plan the perfect, relaxed day that you will love.
Kara & Olly planned their perfect day, starting with secret vows at sunrise at the top of the Shard & a couples photo session around central London. Then they were married with an intimate ceremony at Hampstead Pergola & Hill Gardens, followed a relaxed picnic on Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath before returned to the Shard for a black tie dinner in the private dining room at Aqua. A truly spectacular day, Kara & Olly spent their day in all of their favourite places in London, sharing it with their favourite people.
More time for couples portraits
This means you can travel to your favourite spots in London, wander the pretty backstreets, stopping for coffee or a cheeky pint on the way. Jackie & Johannes eloped in December 2020. They had an intimate ceremony in the Mayfair Room at Old Marylebone Town Hall with just a handful of friends. While they were sad their families couldn’t be there (they all live overseas), they ended up having a wonderful day enjoying time with each other. After their ceremony & confetti on the steps with their friends, we walked through Marylebone & then caught a black cab to their favourite area of Hampstead. We stopped for coffee in the pretty laneways, complete with twinkly Christmas fairy lights and I captured natural photos along the way.
Spend as much as you want
Eloping means more money to spend on what’s important to you (rather than providing meals for distant cousins & acquaintances!) whether that’s an amazing dress, a bespoke suit, some ridiculous heels, staying in your favourite hotel or going for a Michelin starred meal. Just make sure you prioritise the photography, it’s so important to capture your story & be able to share it with your loved ones who can’t be there to celebrate with you. Invest in a Fine Art Album to remember your day & some copies to share your day with your parents – they’ll love them.
You can do it on a week day
With only yourselves & a few guests to worry about, you don’t need to block out a whole weekend or a precious Saturday. The Town Halls are so busy with a huge backlog of postponed weddings from all the lockdowns so weekdays are proving very popular for elopements.
You can still have an epic confetti moment
If you’ve seen my work, you’ll probably realise that I love confetti shots. I know the best confetti to buy, and you don’t need lots of people to create epic moments, just two people will do!
Wear what you like
Whether it’s a couture gown or a high street dress, there’s more scope for modern, creative fashion in an elopement. I’ve loved the non-traditional outfits that my brides have worn over the years. There’s so many options from bridal jumpsuits to coloured dresses, choose something that reflects your personality, not what you think you’re expected to wear.
You can still have a reception*
Celebrating with friends can still be a highlight of your day. An intimate dinner in a private dining room like Mateja & Stephane, afternoon tea at home like Olga & Xavier, a picnic on Hampstead Heath like Kara & Olly or drinks & lunch at Chiltern Firehouse like Sarah-Jane & Luiz. There are many options for relaxed, intimate receptions in London.
*subject to government guidelines.