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Same Sex Weddings, Gay Wedding & Elopements in Cornwall

Welcome to our Same Sex Wedding Page

This is an LGBTQ same sex wedding inspiration page showing gay weddings that are intimate, unique and fun. Cornwall Elopements specialises in promoting diverse weddings and providing LGBT-friendly advice for your Same Sex Wedding  & gay weddings and lesbian weddings in Cornwall. A Same Sex Wedding , gay wedding Cornwall is perfect if you are looking for a more intimate experience, from an outdoor beach wedding in Cornwall to having an Intimate ceremony in one of our trusted lesbian and gay-friendly wedding venues in the UK that are small, intimate and that specialises in Gay Weddings UK. We hope we can inspire you to find something that’s perfect for everyone.

Mini Moon Destination Cornwall & UK

Cornwall, the perfect mini-moon destination in the UK. More couples are choosing to combine their gay wedding and mini honeymoon together,and there is no better place than here in Cornwall to do both. Gay minimoons are great if, for whatever reason, you are unable to travel to your honeymoon destination at the moment due to Covid restrictions. A minimoon is a fantastic solution if you still want to have a short break with your new partner straight after your wedding. The great thing is that when your mini-moon is over, you’ll still have your honeymoon to look forward to!


With the law regarding gay marriage evolving all the time, it’s important that you recognise whether your marriage is legal (Registrar) or if it’s just a symbolic ceremony (Celebrant) . A civil marriage performed by a Registrar gives you the same rights as a religious marriage in the eyes of the law, but the ceremony is different. Check your local Registry office to find out more

Celebrant- Led Ceremonies & Same Sex Legalities

Lots of gay couples choose to have a celebrant-led ceremony. Your wedding celebrant will tell the story of your relationship, share short stories and make your ceremony so much more personal. You’ll have the legal part (your marriage) before your wedding day (the fun part) at a registry office near you prior to departure and then your independent celebrant will lead your symbolic ceremony anywhere you like in Cornwall, either out in nature for a truly unique experience or in one of our recommended small wedding venues.

Intimate Weddings

Explore Cornwall’s beautiful scenery for your outdoor wedding. Our favourite outdoor locations are sea caves, Cornish mines, cliff castles, rugged cliffs, secret coves and long white sandy beaches.

If you are having a celebrant-led wedding and want to say your vows in nature we have somany wonderful dramatic locations for you to choose from. You can say your vows underthe stars, on a secret beach, a dramatic cliff, in a sea cave, at the edge of a tidal pool or in an ancient site. The possibilities are endless and you will have something truly unique and magical.

How about including a symbolic act to represent your love and unity that you and your guests will remember forever? Some of our favourites include a handfasting, planting a tree together, sand ceremonies, jumping the broom, ring warming, gin ceremonies and many other creative and personal ceremonies that are meaningful to you. What would you choose?

Write your own vows

Personalised vows are a wonderful way of saying what your love and marriage mean to you. Discuss it with your officiant first to find out what your Licensed venue allows (some registry offices may be stricter). Exchanging vows that come from the heart are a beautiful moment in a ceremony. If you’re having a celebrant-led ceremony, you’ll be able to share any words you want. No rules, regulations or restrictions!

Intimate gay friendly Elopement Venues

If you are choosing a small wedding venue Cornwall If you would rather do your legal bit (remember to give notice 29 days before at your local office) in one of our chosen small intimate wedding venues then we recommend BoHo Cornwall, Beacon Crag and Pengersick Castle for your beautiful same sex wedding in Cornwall. Pengersick castle, run by Martyn and Jay who’s intimate same sex wedding we photographed back in 2017, is the perfect location for your intimate ceremony. To read more about these venues please check out our blog post ‘Best Venues in Cornwall’.

What to wear on your Cornwall Elopement?

Wear whatever you like and what feels comfy for you! Everyone has their own style that’s unique and individual to them so wear something you love, especially on your wedding day.

Whether that’s 2 suits, 2 dresses between you or neither, you get to decide what’s right for you both. This is the perfect time and day to free your inner Goth, Glam Diva, Grunge Rock Star, whatever, as long as it’s authentically you.. Live it, Rock it, Embrace it!

Faye & Harri

Harri and I have never been professionally photographed before. As much as we (well I) like to think I am a model or a celebrity, I’m not and so the thought of an up close and personal engagement shoot was somewhat daunting for us both. There are big differences between taking a nice photo and taking a professional portrait, and we were very nervous that our photographer would probably ask us to do some things for photos that might make us feel a bit silly at the time. The great thing about our engagement shoot was that it got us used to the slightly awkward stuff, whilst at the same time it also gave us the proof that in the pictures, it looks amazing. There’s nothing like photographic evidence to help overcome any nervous feelings – particularly if you don’t enjoy having your picture taken. We spent a good three hours with Jo on a beautiful deserted beach in Cornwall using the time to get used to the process and working out all those awkward kinks; by the end of the session we were feeling relaxed and the outcome was photos that look fab. We couldn’t be happier with the results and can’t wait to work with Jo & Patrick on our special day later in the year.

Bhav & Lars

When we first started to plan our wedding, we knew we wanted to keep it both small and intimate, without any fuss or stress involved. That’s how we knew we had found the perfect place when we stumbled across BoHo Cornwall on Instagram. BoHo Cornwall is situated in the beautiful Cornish countryside, with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Stephen & Kean

It was important for us to elope a place where we would feel connected to nature, away from all the hustle and bustle of London, and Cornwall thus seemed to be the obvious choice. We loved every second of our beautiful Cornish elopement, with Storm Ciara serving the perfect backdrop for our wedding pictures. We are so happy we chose Jo and Patrick to be our wedding photographers. We first came across their work on BoHo Cornwall’s Instagram page and immediately knew we wanted them to photograph our elopement. They both show a tremendous passion for their work, and we couldn’t have been any happier with how the pictures turned out!

Why did you opt for an elopement wedding?

Kean and I have been together for ten years or so now and over the years, always knew we would tie the knot one day. With family and friends spread across Malaysia, Singapore and the UK, the practicality of bringing everyone together was always going to be challenging and neither of us are big party people. What mattered most for us was making the commitment to each other and doing that somewhere really special, beautiful and intimate!


Kean grew up beside the sea, in a small fishing village in Penang in Malaysia. He also first met my family ten years ago, on a family holiday in St Ives. West Cornwall too has always held a really special place in all my family’s hearts. It’s where we spent the most idyllic holidays in the sea and the surf when we were growing up. With another Cornish holiday already booked for September, getting hitched in a small and intimate way beside the sea and back in Cornwall ten years later, instantly felt perfect and so special for both of us!

What are your favourite memories?

With just a few family members present, the whole day was just really joyful, intimate, relaxing and so much fun! Being fortunate enough to have Patrick and Jo capture the magic of the day and a beautiful sunset shoot on the spectacular Gwithian Towans truly was a highlight! We feel completely blessed to have such beautiful memories of a perfect day! Thank you Jo and Patrick so, so much…you both really are absolutely awesome!

Words of Advice

For anyone considering eloping, there really is nowhere more special than West Cornwall with absolutely incredible scenery and with Jo and Patrick capturing your special day! You could not meet a more friendly, fun, enthusiastic couple with an absolute passion and commitment to the most wildly beautiful and romantic elopement photography. Patrick and Jo – we cannot thank you enough for the amazing memories – you really made our day!

Jane & Nicki

A massive thank you Jo and Patrick for so beautifully capturing our special day in Cornwall last month! As soon as we came across your amazing work we completely fell in love with its intimacy and wild natural beauty! Your work is just incredible and thank you for being the most amazing people too! Thank you so much for being able to fit us in. We will cherish the memories of the shoots with you as we look back and share the fantastic images you took of our special day! For anyone looking for incredible, intimate and wild natural beauty in your wedding photography from the most lovely, fun, put you at ease person, Jo and Patrick are simply the best!


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