While a big wedding is most couple’s choice; running off just the two of you to elope, screams the ultimate romance. That is what today’s wedding is about – a retro inspired wedding elopement in the stunning and atmospheric Lumsdale Waterfalls, Derbyshire, created and styled by Jade Watson from The Liberated Hearts that we LOVE! We hear from her and the team who tell us about the inspiration behind the shoot.
“My inspiration for this shoot was to showcase the natural beauty of Lumsdale Waterfalls, a serene and picturesque area nestled in Derbyshire. I chose this location for its stunning views across the valley, the enchanting woodland area, the waterfall and to add a unique touch, a microbrewery at the bottom of the falls. It was a testament to my belief that nature can offer everything needed for a magical and intimate wedding experience. It was essential for me to demonstrate that couples don’t need to have a grandiose celebration to feel truly special. Love is at the heart of it all. I wanted to create a shoot that showcases sustainability and eco-consciousness to inspire couples to make environmentally responsible choices for their weddings. The 70s style, which served as inspiration for the elopement shoot, holds a special place in my heart. This era captivates me for its unique expression of freedom and its whimsical, carefree feel. It was a time of breaking away from traditional norms and embracing individuality and creativity.”
How can a couple turn this theme and ideas into reality?
“Couples can turn this shoot into reality by getting creative and selecting an outdoor location that resonates with the 70s vibe, such as a picturesque park, a beach with vintage huts, a groovy garden, or a lush and enchanting forest setting with tall, swaying trees. Embrace 70s fashion by opting for a flowing, ethereal wedding gown with lace and bell sleeves. The groom could opt for wide-collared shirts, flared trousers, and funky patterns. Think about accessorising with retro elements such as oversized sunglasses and statement jewellery. Thrift shops and vintage stores can be great sources for authentic outfits. Either incorporate vibrant or earthy colours that were popular in the 70s, such as burnt orange, mustard yellow, avocado green, and deep brown. Use these colours for your attire, décor, and accessories. Consider using vintage props like an old record player, retro suitcases, a film camera, and antique furniture to transport your vision back in time. Create a playlist of 70s hits to set the mood during your wedding day. Find a photographer with experience in capturing retro aesthetics. Look at their portfolio to ensure they can create the right ambiance and bring your vision to life. While you’re embracing a retro theme, don’t forget to infuse your unique personality and love story into the day. Let it reflect who you are as a couple.”
“Get your wedding cake inspiration from retro magazines. Opt for vintage aesthetics, including retro colours and patterns, to infuse your cake with a nostalgic charm. For an eco-friendly touch, choose vegan ingredients.”
“Elevate the creativity in your elopement stationery by repurposing old records for crafting personalised messages that become cherished memories or unique décor. To further align with your eco-conscious commitment, design sustainable vow booklets using recycled or eco-friendly materials, creating a meaningful keepsake.”
Photography: SL Photo and Film www.slphotoandfilm.co.uk @slphotoandfilm
Suit: The Suit Lounge www.theweddingboutiqueilkeston.co.uk @thesuitlounge
Stylist: The Liberated Hearts (website coming soon) @theliberatedhearts
Cake: Jo Jo’s Vegan Bakery www.jojosveganbakery.co.uk @jojosveganbakery
Calligraphy: KDS Calligraphy (website coming soon) @kdscalligraphy
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