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An intimate Devon elopement… Amy & Will’s perfect wedding at Millbrook Estate

Intimate Elopement at Millbrook Estate…

Have you ever considered dropping the big wedding plans and perhaps elope instead? There are obviously those who would like to throw a big blow-out wedding surrounded by family and friends; but there is also a growing number of couples that would like to hold a small intimate wedding with just a few of their nearest and dearest, or even a romanic ceremony for just two.

Either way, the decision of how you get married should be down to the you. There are many reasons why you may consider to elope… romance, anxiety, family issues or maybe budget, but the end result is still the same; that you become legal partners and say those all important vows to one another.

Today we share the gorgeous elopement of Amy and Will who decided to have a very personal ceremony with just the two of them…

Jason Williams Photography

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How did the couple find you?

Strangely, a wedding fair. I say “strangely” as I never do wedding fairs. Maybe I should do more? They were initially looking for a photographer to cover a wedding party they were throwing for a few days after their elopement. When they mentioned “elopement” I asked if they had a photographer for that. They hadn’t yet, and the rest is history. 

What was your favourite part of the day?

The morning. It always is my fave part of the day, but as they were both getting ready together, alone, with only me there also, it felt really special. To be there at such a beautiful, intimate time was an absolute privilege. Plus they insisted on listening to Fleetwood Mac all morning which is more than fine by me. 

What was your favourite shot of the day, and why?

The two of them in front of the domed summerhouse/cabin. It just all came together – the light was perfect for me, their look just fit with the rustic nature of the backdrop, and for once I managed to get the shot straight and level (I’m terrible at that) and nailed the symmetry. A little geeky and unemotional from my point of view for sure, but when I got the shot I was like “YASSSS”. 

Amy & Will…

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How did you meet?

The classic ” we met at work ” scenario, I was going through a tough moment in life and Will was my guardian angel.

How would you describe your day?

Relaxed, us, and 100% magical from the moment we woke through to the end of the day. It was like a dream.

How long were you planning it for, and what was the best bit?

We decided on when, where and how on the 1st of Dec 2017 , so we had a whole year to plan. The best bit was how simple the planning was, as there was hardly anything to plan or stress about. With a bit of a google and a few clicks our wedding and accommodation was booked :). 

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How was your day unique to you?

The date, we went on our travels of Australia on the 1st Dec 2015, we then moved into our new home with many amazing memories on the 1st Dec 2016, we then went to Dusseldorf on the 1st Dec 2017 to explore the Christmas markets and get drunk on Gluwhein where we agreed that our wedding would be on the 1st Dec 2018.

If you could relive one part of the day all over again, which part would it be?

Taking our vows. I was so super nervous, excited and buzzing, it was such an intimate and special moment as we both wrote our own vows. This is something we felt may have been awkward with a large audience, but as it was just the two of us the vows were very personal.

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What are your favourite details of the day?

The location, getting ready together, taking Cybil (Our 1990 Saab 900). The weather though was wet but the lighting was incredible and all the photos look stunning. The setting, our style and the weather just worked so amazingly. Never fear a wet wedding day !

How did you find your suppliers, and why did you decide on them?

We started with searching for elopement weddings, very quickly we found the perfect place, setting and location was just gorgeous and totally us, they then supplied us with a recommended suppliers list of photographers, places to eat, caterers, florists etc  from here we ordered our food and drink for the day and my beautiful Winter and Wild bouquet.

I then attended a wedding fair day at the Dancing Man where I met our incredible Photographer. His style and work was all us. I looked no further and that was pretty much us sorted. It was a bit of a battle getting the venue to accept Jason as a photographer, this was because they had a rule where they would only allow photographers they had met in person due to the estate being their private home, however, Jason was incredible and drove all the way to the venue and back in one day to meet them. We are so grateful that he did this and incredibly happy that he was our photographer, the photos speak for themselves.

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Tell us about your wedding outfits, and why you picked them.

Okay so I started with doing the whole big wedding dress shopping day with Wills family and my best friend. The day was incredible and its true, you do feel like a total princess. I fell in love with many dresses that I would have never dreamed of loving, not being a typical dressy kinda gal, but I was adamant I had found The One! After a couple of days had passed I looked back at the photos of “The One” and was like ummm this is so not me, I hated the dress and started to panic. I then went to another unique wedding dress shop with my girls and found the perfect two piece, it was gorgeous, totally me. Unfortunately, the process of getting this dressed made to suit was long and stressful, everything i didn’t want and up to this point it had been so easy. I decided at the last minute to cancel the dress that i had ordered and resorted to a Google search. I found this bohemian to the floor beautiful dress. The moment I tried it on I knew it was perfect. No fuss, no changes, just perfect and me. So I had gone from the original spend of £3k-ish to £250 and couldn’t be happier with the result.

Then for Will it was a very quick and painless search on Levis and a fun filled London shopping  trip! Done!

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We set no strict budget from the start, we just knew we didn’t want to get in debt over a wedding but at the same time we needed the break and time together so we weren’t going to miss out on anything that we wanted. I think we ended up spending around 5k, this included the whole weekend away in a completely dreamy cottage in Devon, the wedding day, our outfits, wedding prep, flowers, food and drink, photographer, rings, wedding jewellery etc.

We could have done much cheaper but I wouldn’t have changed a thing , totally money well spent!

Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding, for either the planning or the lead-up?

Yes, Elope  – its about you two and the love you have. Not everyone will understand but you shouldn’t be stressed to say I do!

Huge thanks to Amy, Will and their elopement photographer  Jason Williams. Find out more about his services here

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