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A Fairy tail Scotland Elopement

A dreamy elopement in Fort William - Scotland...

Scotland is a charming country filled with breath taking landscapes, rich history, and romantic castles. It is no wonder that many couples choose to elope in this dreamy destination.

Imagine exchanging vows in the rolling hills of the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by the misty clouds and heather-covered terrain. The natural beauty of Scotland provides a magical backdrop for a romantic elopement.

There are many charming venues in Scotland that offer elopement packages, from intimate and rustic cottages to grand and luxurious castles. You could spend your wedding night in a historic castle, sipping champagne and enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding countryside or you could do what R & A did...

When getting ready for the day R and A chose to do so together in their hotel room but still decided to do a "first look" with the backdrop of the Scottish mountains in the background. A got all suited up while R finished off her final makeup touches before heading outside to this stunning location just by their hotel near Fort William.

A few reasons why a first look with the bride and groom are a must...

First looks, where the bride and groom see each other before the wedding ceremony, have become increasingly popular in recent years and for good reason. There are several benefits to having a first look.

Firstly, it allows the couple to have an intimate moment together before the hustle and bustle of the wedding day begins. This can help ease any nerves or anxiety they may be feeling and allow them to connect on a more personal level.

Secondly, it provides more time for photography. By having a first look, the couple can take their formal photos before the ceremony, freeing up time after the ceremony for them to mingle with guests and enjoy the reception.

Lastly, a first look can actually enhance the emotion of the wedding ceremony. Seeing each other beforehand doesn't take away from the significance of the moment when the bride walks down the aisle - it can actually make it even more special as the couple has already had a private moment together and can focus on the joy of the ceremony itself.

Overall, while a first look isn't for everyone, it's definitely worth considering as a way to add some intimacy and ease into your wedding day, while also providing more time for photos and potentially enhancing the emotion of the ceremony.

The Ceremony...

An elopement ceremony in the Scottish woods is a romantic and adventurous way to exchange vows. The lush greenery and stunning landscapes of Scotland provide the perfect backdrop for an intimate ceremony with your partner. The Scottish woods offer a sense of seclusion and privacy, allowing you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and focus solely on each other as you can see from the photographs below...

As a photographer who has shot elopements and weddings before I am here to answer some common questions you may have if you are considering eloping in Scotland.

Q: Why should I choose Scotland for my elopement? A: Scotland has some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, from the rugged mountains to the dramatic coastlines. It also has a rich history and culture, with ancient castles and ruins that make for incredible backdrops for your photos.

Q: What time of year is best for an elopement in Scotland? A: Scotland's weather can be unpredictable, but generally the best time for an elopement is from May to September when the days are longer and the weather is milder. However, if you don't mind the cold and want to avoid the crowds, a winter elopement can be magical with snow-covered landscapes and cosy indoor venues.

Q: Do I need a permit to elope in Scotland? A: No, you don't need a permit to elope in Scotland. However, if you are planning on getting married legally, you will need to provide notice of your intent to marry to the registrar in the district where you plan to get married at least 29 days in advance.

Q: What are some popular elopement locations in Scotland? A: Some popular elopement locations in Scotland include the Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, the Scottish Highlands, and Edinburgh. However, there are countless beautiful and lesser-known locations to discover as well. I hope this has been helpful in answering some of your questions about eloping in Scotland from a photographer's perspective. Remember to choose a photographer who knows the area well and can help you plan your dream elopement.

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After their heartfelt ceremony R and A chose to travel to yet another stunning location for their couple photos which is where we finished the day off... They then chose to head back to their hotel an enjoy a meal under the stars... How's that for a romantic elopement?

Photographer - Faye Mendes

Location - Glencoe, Scotland

Date - August 2023

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