The ever-shifting estimates as to when Covid restrictions might subside have made planning weddings, parties and gatherings near impossible. Unless, that is, you throw out the conventions of yesteryear and opt for a personal, pared-down soiree closer to home. Family and friends neednít miss out on the celebrations, thanks to the wonders of modern technology meaning they can join virtually, and a socially-distanced photographer can ensure all the special moments are captured to last a lifetime and beyond.

We are kicking off the new year with elopement wedding inspiration from the ultimate runaway coastal location, The Beach Hut. Set in a secret north Cornwall surf spot, this salt-beaten shack has weathered the wildest of storms and remains possibly the most romantic destination the UK has on offer.

This exclusive Unique Homestays editorial shoot would not have been possible without the talents of our recommended suppliers:

Fern Godfrey - meticulous planner of stylishly understated luxury weddings
Julita London Bride - for providing the three beautiful bespoke bridal gowns featured
Beautiful and the Feast - for delivering delicious, creative dishes straight from their restaurant kitchen at Temple in Bude, specialising in nomadic-style wedding catering
Virginiaís Vintage Hire - whose exquisite vintage furnishings felt right at home
Bleujen Florist - award-winning, innovative floral artists with an eye for something different
Olivia Rose MUA - our model and make-up artist
Wanderlust Life†- simple signature jewelry inspired by the elements, designed in Devon
Scaletpaperie†- for designing the bespoke luxury paper goods pictured, made with recycled materials and minimalistic perfection