verb (used without object), e·loped, e·lop·ing.
'to run off secretly to be married, usually without the consent or knowledge of one's parents.'
I absolutely love supporting creative businesses in this industry and one of those groups of creatives I like to support the most, because they are generally totally ace and do everything with such a passion, is the Glasgow
Wedding Collective is a group of, well, Glasgow (and surrounding area) based creative (photographers, florists, designers etc – some of the best suppliers you could have working for you on your wedding basically) and recently, a number of their finest members got together to collaborate in a photoshoot with a focus on the concept of a 1960's elopement.
I love this concept. I love the styling that amazing real flower cap (real flowers!), the sensitive way that Caro Weiss has captured this real couple (real couple!) on camera in a posed act of eloping (which looks very convincing to me!) and the generally beautiful colours and tones of these images.
Love My Dress – Film Copyright (c) 2013, Sugar8
That beautiful super8-mm movie was created by the very talented Eileen O'Rourke of Sugar8 – who can create a similar movie in this beautiful and timeless format for your wedding too.
The brilliant Caro Weiss shares details of how these beautiful Vogue magazine spread worthy images came about…
"An elopement is a collaborative shoot of some of the Glasgow
Wedding Collective finest members. I came up
with the idea for the shoot when I was browsing the Topshop website and
saw a beautiful little 60’s inspired dress and instantly thought how
lovely this dress would be for an elopement.
had just been voted as being one of the world’s top holiday destinations
and the rest just seemed to all fall into place."
Love My Dress – Images Copyright (c) 2013, Caro Weiss
spoke to my friends Eileen of Sugar8 videos and Di from Roots, Fruits and Flowers, and we started brainstorming and set up a little Pinterest
board. Florist extraordinaire Di came up with the idea of the AMAZING
flower cap. I nearly wet myself when I saw it in the morning of the
"Adam Waite tailoring loaned us an incredible tweed suit (the man’s a legend), and Alison Macleod loaned us the most beautiful jewellery and we were lucky to have
the fabulous hair stylist Anne-Marie McElroy and make-up artist Alexis Miller on board."
"I came across Roulotte Retreats, our
location for the shoot looking at quirky places to stay in Scotland. I
instantly fell in love with the location – such a perfect
setting for an elopement.
I wanted to keep the shoot as authentic as possible by using a real life couple and focusing on telling the story of their day. My
work is very much story telling based and I really like to stick with
my approach even when I work on styled shoots. I find that working with a
real couple I get to capture real chemistry which I don’t find with
How beautiful is this? I absolutely adore everything about it, particularly the authenticity of using a real actual couple in love – it's just super lovely. Congratulations to the whole team behind this most glorious, beautiful and inspirational photoshoot. I would like to encourage all my readers to take time to visit the websites of these talented creative bunch (see listed below). And brides, if you are located in Scotland and still looking for suppliers for your wedding – I recommend *all* of the people in the list below.
I study 1960s bridal style in my new book, Style Me Vintage: Weddings, and love how this team have paid homage to that era with beautiful hair and makeup styling and of course, that dress (are you keeping it Caro?)
I'd love your thoughts.
With much love,
Photography: Caro Weiss
Location: Roulotte Retreat
Flowers and Food: Roots, Fruits and Flowers
Brides Dress: Topshop
Grooms Attire: Adam Waite
Jewellery: Alison Macleod
Hair: Anne-Marie McElroy
Make-Up: Alexis Miller