A fictitious, yet splendid elopement in the Lake District
Back in 2015 a trend started where photographers would set up styled photo shoots to create a more diverse portfolio. This was taken one step further by an American photographer who set up a fake wedding. The child within me got excited, it could be a wonderful combination of youthful fantasies with a touch of hedonism and yet all in the reality & traditions of our grown up world.
Let me paint you a vision of the wedding we conjured up in the Lake District with our protagonists, Hannah & James. The day was gloomy and slightly wet. The bride though of course was radiant and the groom smoulderingly handsome. She dressed in sparkles and he in a dashing striped jacket. The ceremony took place in a woodland, mainly due to the inclement weather, and the celebrant was a perfect cross between amusing and serious. Additionally he could play the guitar. The guests were spontaneous, enthusiastic and eclectically dressed. Think, a Tim Walker photograph with a touch of Jack Sparrow and a dash of Helena Bonham Carter. The landscape was, and is still magnificent with the bungalow perching serenely on the side of the hill. It is encircled by a verandah which proved very useful as shelter when the ever gloomy skies turned into driving rain.
After the short, yet meaningful ceremony the day continued with refreshments – take me back to the nineties, Quavers and of course a few glasses of Freixenet, which were drunk out of the most delightful 70’s ice cream bowls. Sparklers and smoke bombs came later and of course guitars were strummed.
I would like to take this moment to formally congratulate Hannah & James on their real engagement and I look forward to their actual wedding in 2021. I expect they will serve Quavers.