Having a Lake District Elopement is the stuff of our dreams. Of all the National Parks in England, the Lake District is by far our favourite. Steph grew up just an hour down the road and spent her weekends climbing mountains with her school hiking club, and she never wanted to leave.
So, when we had the opportunity to head up for this Lake District elopement shoot we were totally down for it! It featured Laura and Aaron, two free spirits who are living the “van-life” full time, travelling wherever they want to go and spending time in nature. It sounds blissful. You can follow their adventures on their instagram account, but be warned it will induce serious wanderlust. Laura and Aaron have created a beautiful cosy home on wheels, full of reclaimed wood, antique furniture, and plants.
To start the day we were supposed to meet by Blea Tarn but the van broke down the night before, so we had to meet at the side of the road where they had broken down. Luckily it was a pretty spot and after a cup of tea and a snuggle, they got ready in the van. Aaron played guitar on the roof of the van, and Laura accompanied him on tambourine.
Once they were ready we headed to Blea Tarn which is one of the breathtaking tarns in the Lake District. It’s really accessible too, just a couple of minutes walk from the carpark- but the road to get there is a little hairy- single lane, over a mountain pass, and with a lot of potholes.
When we arrived Laura and Aaron headed through the woods and up to the hills where their lovely celebrant Charlotte Pennefather was waiting for them. If you decide to elope in the Lake District then you need to be aware that *currently* you can’t have your official ceremony out in the mountains- which totally sucks in our opinion. So, you will need to head to your local registry office before or after your elopement day to make things official. There are rumours that humanist ceremonies are going to be legalised in England, which would bring them into line with Scotland, where you can already have a humanist ceremony anywhere you like. We’ve got our fingers crossed!
We still recommend having a humanist celebration even if it isn’t your legal ceremony, as you can commit yourselves to each other anywhere special to you, and it is a much more personal experience focused entirely on the two of you.
After vows and eco-friendly confetti they headed back down to the woods where a bell tent was set up just for them. When planning your elopement you should consider what activities you want to do throughout they day. A bell tent to spend the night, or even just to have a picnic is a great idea. Lauren from Bohemia Bell Tents creates stunning bespoke set ups and can arrange almost anything you want.
We finished the day by heading back to Blea Tarn and Laura and Aaron had a paddle in the lake, which made for some beautiful portraits, and a duck even turned up! It was a perfect end to a beautiful day.
Photography:Oli and Steph Photography // Planning: Jo Greenfield and Jenny Appleton // Celebrant: Charlotte Pennefather // Hair & Make Up Artist: Kerry Baker Make Up Artist // Stationery: Mama Inc Studio // Ecofriendly Jewellery: Beach Comber Jewellery // Bell Tent: Bohemia Bell Tents // Ribbons: Silk & Purl and Ribbon & Thyme // Dried Flower Crown & Bouquet: Folky Dokey // Couple: Laura & Aaron