Clare & Natalie: A Covid Elopement at Berwick Lodge

Brides walking down aisle with bouquets, smiling after ceremony

Clare and Natalie planned the wedding of their dreams during the Covid pandemic. Their special day was a romantic elopement at Berwick Lodge! 

“We always dreamed that our wedding day would be intimate and cosy… Covid gave us a great excuse to achieve that by eloping!”

Brides smiling for camera in garden holding bouquets. Brides wear face masks with 'Bride' written on in gold

The couple eloped a year after their engagement but met for the first time many years before.

“Clare was the one to actually propose even though we’d openly chatted about it. The day started with a mystery trip out whereby we visited various places in which we’d lived together with the final stop being outside the school gates where we’d first met.”

Brides outside wooden doors of Berwick Lodge, looking at each other smiling, holding hands.

Clare and Natalie started their remote wedding planning journey by searching for a venue and they knew exactly what they were looking for. It wasn’t long before they found the perfect place to elope.

 “We wanted a venue with plenty of character, beautiful gardens and scrummy food.. a quick search on Google for elopement weddings during lockdown found us this gem of a place!

The simplicity of eloping was so appealing to us and the elopement package at Berwick Lodge included everything we wanted, making it stress-free!”

Brides smiling, sitting at table toasting with champagne.
Image of ceremony room. Pillars down aisle with ivy wrapped around, a white aisle and table at the end with two chairs
Brides outside large old building, smiling at each other with their bouquets in hand

Clare and Natalie didn’t have to blow the bank to find a dress that suited their natural and elegant style. Instead, they hit the high street and we think they look absolutely flawless.

“We always knew we weren’t going to go for traditional white wedding dresses so hitting the high street was perfect for us. Turns out we were spoilt for choice so would definitely recommend to others!”

Brides walking into garden, backs of lace dresses showing
One lace blush pink dress on a hanger and one lilac dress on hanger, no sleeves
Image of wedding shoes. Two white high heels
Bride doing up the buttons at the back of lace blush dress of other bride
Brides holding hands, walking down aisle holding bouquets of white flowers

Coupled with beautiful white flowers picked from Berwick Lodge’s very own gardens, the married couple walked out holding their bouquets with tentative, gleaming smiles. 

Celebrant and brides standing outside. Celebrant smiling, holding clear umbrella over the happy couple
White flowered bouquet
Brides outside looking at each other, each holding white umbrellas high above their heads

Clare and Natalies’ advice for couples planning a wedding during Covid couldn’t be more spot-on…

Remind yourselves that it is all about just the two of you. We found it easiest by focusing solely on us and choosing things important to us. Local suppliers were great as it was easy and quicker to make decisions. One big tip – choose an elopement package at Berwick Lodge!”

Image focused on brides, holding each other's hips and touching foreheads, with a long country road going off in the distance

In the end, the happy couple gushed at how Berwick Lodge “simply provided such beautiful backdrops for our photographs.” With a special thanks to their hair and makeup artist, Maria Lucas MUA and their photographer, Christy Blanch Photography:

“We absolutely love the photos by Christy! We are so pleased with them, they are amazing!”

Brides surrounded by tall, colourful flowers in a garden, touching foreheads and looking at each other
Brides holding hands in garden, mid dance
Brides holding hands facing each other outside quaint white and red-brick lodge
Brides smiling, holding hands in front of large stack of logs
Black and white picture of brides smiling, holding bouquets inside house, in front of a closed wooden door

Venue: Berwick Lodge| Photographer: Christy Blanch Photography | Dress: the High Street! | Hairdresser and Makeup: Maria Lucas MUA

South West | Bristol | Spring | Classic | Outdoor | Neutral | Blush | Country House| Elopement | Covid

More beautiful wedding inspiration:

Laura & Marko in London (London Eye + Lace Veil)

Tanith & Conner in Oxfordshire (Outdoor + Autumn)

Prisha & Paul in Stratford (Saris + Purple)

Gemma & Damien in Buckinghamshire (Coral + 9 Bridesmaids)

Kirsty & Luke in Wales (Umbrellas + Fascinator)

Rach & James in London (Hyde Park + Pink Socks)

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