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Elope To Scotland
 

 

The Adventure Kicks off here!

 

As an elopement photographer in Scotland I’ve been lucky enough to be able to run around in the mountains, on the beaches and in wonderful woodlands over the past 10 years to witness and creatively document some epic ceremonies and I absolutely love my job.

Documenting a couple, their connection to these wild places and to each other is pure joy and Im always keen to help with logistics and do some ‘tour guide’ duties.

I have years of experience photographing and helping couples to plan elopements in Scotland, please do check out my guides below, they are all written through real experience and with you, the couple in mind. I hope they help you on your elopement journey! 

elope scotland couple standing on a mountain in isle of skye

Eloping in Scotland

elope to skye couple at the Quiraing
Running head first and laughing into the rain on a Glencoe hillside, holding close together for warmth against the bracing Westerly winds on Skye or wandering lazily in the afternoon Sun on a gentle West Highland beach, a picnic in the middle of the ancient woodland in the Cairngorms, a city stroll in the Edinburgh’s old town or sunbathing on the banks of the rushing river Etive… 
bride eloping to scotland
Eloping in Scotland gives you a huge amount of freedom when it comes to where and when. Some couples will pick a location that speaks to them personally or holds some attachment to family or friends, but others will happily run to wherever just looks epic.. and to be honest, theres a lot of epic around in this small but perfectly formed country
skye elopement couple at Loch Coruisk
Also.. here in Scotland we are one of the few countries you can legally marry (pretty much) anywhere you wish. We have relaxed laws regarding our land too, so rocking up to our nearest mountain, woodland, beach or riverside is never an issue.Which is pretty cool I reckon! 

 

Approach

couple walking during thiner Glencoe elopement in scotland

Real moments over anything too staged are my preference and I try to keep things flowing, fun and with the couple in mind at all times, allowing the day to unfold naturally. Every elopement, every couple is unique. Ive learned this over many years working with people and over any technical skill I feel this is the most important asset for any photographer.  Im sensitive to others and to the requirements of individuals and want to tell stories authentically. I also enjoy being a ‘guide’ on the day, Scotland is my favourite playground and I m always stoked to be between the hills and streets I love so much. I hope I can share this passion and knowledge of the area with my clients. 

bride in woodland during Scottish elopement
scotland elopement photographer at monachyle moor

I continue to push myself creatively and enjoy exploring and growing and making new work but the most important thing for me, is that I really listen and deliver a body of work that resonates with the couple and will stand the test of time.  Im also drawn not only to the big epic moments but the quiet gestures and vignettes that often go unseen, the looks, the details and the connection, these are all elements that help build a more robust story and Im still excited by and fascinated by piecing it all together.

 

TIMELINE

I like to start from the morning preparation, this is a great time to capture the details, the surroundings and to create a few portraits before heading off into the wilds, it’s also a great time to get to know each other and relax into the day.

5 hours is the minimum and although this might appear like a long time for photography,  through experience this will absolutely fly by and really is at the shorter end of coverage. Travelling between locations, short hikes to ceremony spot or in the woods etc will all add up.

Before the big day I work closely with a couple and get a feel for how they envisage their elopement adventure. From these online meetings we build a timeline and location plan which will always include plan B’s should the weather turn a little. I like to keep things light-hearted, but Im also always thinking ahead, carefully creating, quietly recording. 

bride in woodland during Scottish elopement

Planning and Inspiration

scottish elopement planning guide
Planning your elopement can be exciting/daunting, or maybe both!  I have now worked with over 100 couples on their elopements, another 200 on weddings and I believe experience only comes through finding out what does and doesnt quite work and tweaking as you go. I don’t know it all and I’m still learning but Ive picked up a few things along the way to make life a bit easier and to get the most out of the photography whilst still enjoying the experience of getting hitched and running wild in Scotland!  Ive spent a bit of time writing a handy guide/blog post which should cover (almost) everything you need to know to get the ball rolling, it includes everything from Scottish weather, locations and ideas for clothing to the full on legal stuff. Clicking on the image will open a new tab so you can head back to this for reference at any time.

 

Ive also written a blog post on some of the most epic places to elope in Scotland, it is by no means exhaustive but it should be a great starting point and hopefully give you some ideas. If you would like to discuss some other areas I always have locations in mind, from city streets to easy-off the beaten path, to full on hikes in the mountains! 

 

places to elope in scotland guide and information

KIND WORDS FROM HAPPY PEOPLE

Sean is everything you are looking for in a wedding photographer. He has the most incredible eye for detail. We knew he was a talented photographer when we hired him for our wedding but we honestly didn’t expect him to be as personable and kind as he was. He really had a way of capturing those very intimate moments, between my husband and I, between our guests. I look back at the photos and I can actually feel the emotions come through the pictures, I attributed it completely to his keen eye. – Ella and Dave Mackenzie, Glencoe 2019

Sean has a rare raw talent that cannot be expressed through words. He captured our day beautifully. I honestly do not know how I am going to choose between which photos to enlarge for our home. Sean and his partner Justyna were amazing! They are both friendly and would put any bride at ease on her special day. I cannot begin to describe the artistic talent, so I’ve attached only a tiny sample of what his work entails. Alicia + Patrick. Isle of Skye Elopement, September 2019

Sean is a genius in a field that so often clings to the conventional. Looking through our wedding photos is like looking through a book of fairytales, and we could not have been happier. He and his partner made us feel very comfortable on the day, and in fact, our couple photos with him were a marvellous way to unwind and focus on each other during a day that can be incredibly hectic (100 guests). I would recommend him to anyone who wants to cry tears of joy reliving their big day.  Jordan + Jordyn  Scotland, June 2018

Sean and his partner Justyna are absolutely incredible and have given my husband and I the most magical photos from our wedding. I want to print every single one! He captured the day beautifully, without being in your face or making you do forced poses. I was so at ease with him and he was really fun to have there on the big day. Not only is he such a lovely person, he’s extremely talented and I highly recommend him. Sean, thank you for giving us the most gorgeous photos. Catriona + Hok  Bachilton Barn

 

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