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Ethereal Elopement at the Beach


A wild and romantic Welsh coastal elopement shoot.

When the pandemic was at its worst, the wedding and events industry was on hold. Globally, so many couples sadly had to postpone or even cancel their wedding day which was heartbreaking. Shoot coordinator and stationer Natalie from Jellypress says “Like many others I spent months and months trying my best to stay calm, positive and productive. One day I felt an overwhelming urge to expel my creative passion and set myself a challenge. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and organise my first styled wedding shoot, but not content with the usual venue shoot, I wanted to go rugged and wild, on location at the beach.”

A few of Natalie’s favourite suppliers were quickly rounded up and planning begun. As the shoot date approached, and after a week of severely bad weather, Natalie consciously channelled positive thoughts in the hope they would be blessed with good weather. Thankfully, her prayers were answered. “As we approached the Llŷn Peninsula, the clouds dispersed and the sun made an appearance. I kid you not, it was incredible!”.

Natalie had the perfect spot in mind for this shoot. The beautiful beach of Borth-Y-Gest looked over to Tremadoc Bay over to the breath taking Snowdonia mountain range. “I specifically chose this beach as I fell in love with its natural beauty on a recent trip the previous year while on holiday. Its unspoilt nature is just perfect and having grown up with gifts of quartz and other rock specimens brought back from my Dad’s latest mountaineering trip, there’s a little bit of a geologist in me. The caves and coves on this beach are of slate with striking veins of quartz, typically Welsh with an abundance of lush greenery.”

The team opted for a natural pallet of colours that complimented the scenery, focusing on colours including delicate blues, blush pinks and nudes.

Gail Secker Photography together with Jenny Appleton captured the day perfectly. “[They] produced the mind-blowing visual story of the elopement, sublime.” Natalie continues, “The lovely Kate, of Florence & Vera Events, provided styling and backdrops on the day. Focusing on the organic, muted tones within the natural colour palette, Kate created a wild and blustery table scape within the slate rocks, using delicate crockery, cutlery and coloured glassware from Whitehouse Crockery and elegant linen and napkins by Silk & Purl. It was beautiful to magnify and indulge the natural setting and the wild, organic flowers were provided by Perfect Bouquet Full of Flower. Grazing table ingredients were provided by Graze Cheshire including fruits, breads and a variety of cured meats and decadently styled by Florence & Vera Events.”

“Our gorgeous (real couple) Abigail & Anton were a pleasure to work with. Abigail was dressed in a stunning Anna Kara Dress (Effie) supplied by The White Closet. Her hair was styled by Poppy, the sublime headpiece created by the super talented Glorious by Heidi and make up by Cheshire Makeup Co. The timeless natural pearl jewellery from Sarah Vuong Bridal Jewellery and Wedding bands from The Jewellers Guild, Morpeth completed the look impeccably along with shoes from Charlotte Mills. Anton’s suit was supplied by L&J Formal Hire and accessorised by Daisy & Oak Studio. Jennifer Walker Civil Celebrant performed a mock elopement under a beautiful flower arrangement. A two-tier wonder with ethereal sugared wave feature was a truly stunning creation by Elizabeth Anna Cake Design.”

It was so important to Natalie that the stationery was in keeping with the natural beauty. “The delicate place settings were inspired by the quartz that is veined through the slate rock formations with a nod to the beach surroundings and Natural Capiz Shells were used and personalised with hand-written modern calligraphy style guest names.”


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