The beaches and coastal areas of the small island, the seclusion from the mainland and a climate that felt home to them, made Roanne and David, who live and love in London normally, choose the small island of Aero. They wanted to go somewhere for their elopement wedding, that was special, but the warm climate of the Caribbean didn’t talk to them. They felt more comfortable and at ease in a climate similar to their own. When they googled amazing places to get married, Aero came up and they knew right away, that was it.
Their elopement wedding ceremony was rather early and we had arranged that I showed up about an hour and a half in advance, so I could capture the vibe of them getting ready. So I actually came to the island the day before, went to see them and talk a bit about the day and just to get to know each other a bit better. The more my clients know me, the less I am just ‘the guy’ showing up to do a few photos. And the more I know you, the better I can serve you.
After our meeting, I went down to the beach, found a grassy area and put up a tent for the night. I was offered a room for the night, but whenever there is an opportunity to stay out, count me in.
Next day I met up with Ro and David. She was getting her hair and makeup done and David was ironing. There was an excitement and anticipation in the room and it was impossible not to catch that too.
The ceremony was held in Camilla’s beautiful garden. In Denmark it is both easy and fast for everyone to get a marriage license. In other countries is might be a bit harder or not possible. But that actually doesn’t matter, because you can have the legal part of the elopement wedding done before or after, you have your amazing wedding day. On the day itself, you have the commitment ceremony.
The legal ritual and the commitment ceremony are always part of a Elopement wedding, but often times people are used to weddings in the more traditional sense and think of them as one and the same. But they are not and there is absolutely no reason at all, that you can’t have them apart.
The legal ritual is just that, where the commitment ceremony is what it is all about. This is where you pledge your love and commitment to each other and tell the other, that you want to spend the rest of your life with them. Here you can change rings and say your wows to each other. But really, there are so many cool things you can do.
Roanne and David had a registrant perform the ceremony and then they said their wows to one another. It was so beautiful, serene and honest. Afterwards they had champagne in the garden and read letters from their loved ones, who where not there, but still a huge part of the day in that way.
After their wonderful ceremony, the joyful reading of letters from their loved ones and champagne in the garden, we ventured out on the island to shoot portraits. Both in the cozy little town of Aeroskobing and around the island of Aero, in the beautiful nature.