Im super lucky to be a wedding photographer in Scotland. I get to spend time in places like Glencoe with cool couples, documenting their big day, creating, laughing, hiking and soaking up the amazing Scottish landscape.
Shauna and Mark decided to elope to Scotland in Winter. It’s not a season you would associate with elopements in Scotland but although it does get cold, often these are the most settled months weather-wise.
Also it is generally quieter in Winter, so if you are looking for less traffic on those country roads. A broader choice of accommodation and solitude at the beauty spots and restaurants, then its worth considering rocking up here in the ‘off-season’ for your Scottish elopement.
Ive shot weddings and elopements in Glencoe in July in torrential (sideways) rain and gusting wind. So working with couples here last year in both November and late December under calm skies, dry air and gentle wind was incredible, and quite welcome!
Mark and Shauna stayed at the beautiful Glencoe house, a wonderfully situated accommodation a stones throw from Glencoe village and with magnificent views out on to the hills of Ballachulish and Moidart.
Both Whisky lovers, the day started with a dram in hand and some quiet preparations before the legal part of the day.
The ceremony itself took place inside the house in a room overlooking Loch Leven, a small, intimate and wonderfully worded service by the local registrar followed by a glass of champagne and more than a few kisses.
We then took to the road and into the wilderness to seek out some epic locations in the Glen. The two newlyweds were well up for the adventure so when I asked if they were cool with a short 10 minute hike to an elevated spot overlooking the mountains of the Three sisters, they were onto it right away and had booted up suitably for the trek.
After arriving at the viewpoint we spent some time here, up on high, drinking in the views and wandering light of foot and heart into the afternoon light.
We took a short drive after this, down the Glen Etive road, a lazy, winding, meandering single track road (famously used in the James Bond movie Skyfall).
This is always a good choice of locations at the end of the day and gives the best chance of the last of the light. It also passes through some incredible scenery with waterfalls appearing every few minutes in the river Etive to its left.
After spending a while here by the riverside I took the newlyweds back to their place for the night, clicking one or two last frames of them enjoying a whisky through the windows of their highland hideaway before leaving them to enjoy their first dinner as husband and wife.
I absolutely loved working with Mark and Shauna on their Glencoe Elopement and cannot wait to be back here again.
If you are thinking of eloping to Scotland or fancy a Glencoe Elopement and are looking for a photographer or maybe just some advice on where and when, please do get in touch.
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