Anu and John eloped to Glencoe in October, theirs was a wonderfully Sunny Autumn Elopement in Scotland. When eloping to this wonderful country of ours the one thing we can’t control is the weather. We really just have to go for it regardless, but whether its windy, torrential rain or snowing, the landscape of Scotland always offers up the full drama and an awesome experience.
For Anu and John’s day, Glencoe treated us to some sweet haze-filled Autumnal light. It was a joy to be up there at their ceremony spot overlooking the mountains of the Three Sisters (Beinn Fhada, Gearr Aonach and Aonach Dubh) and observing the light cascading down through the great corries, over the ridgelines and into the valley floor, illuminating peaks and spires with a warm glow. It was also so cool to watch their faces light up as they gazed out across this wonderful and historic Scottish landscape. One of the reasons I love being an elopement photographer in Scotland!
The day started with preparations at the Glencoe House, a stones throw from the beautiful Glencoe Lochan.
Anu and John wanted to do a first look when they were ready, so John went ahead with my second photographer (Chris Guthrie Scott) walking a few minutes through woodland to the shores of Glencoe Lochan. Here he stood, gazing out to the hills, waiting nervously on his bride. It was really emotional as john turned around and they saw each other in their wedding attire for the first time. A perfect start to this sweet Autumn elopement in Scotland.
River Deep Mountain High
From the car park we wandered the track on the hillside to the ceremony area, across streams, past waterfalls and over slabby rock-beds, with their quartzite bands glistening in the Sun. We even past a few hikers on the way!
Claire the Humanist delivered another wonderfully poignant but at times, humorous ceremony. Anu and John also opted for a hand-fasting, traditionally this would include two pieces of tartan, one from each clan, but Anu brought a coloured material to represent her homeland, India, It was a lovely touch.
After the ceremony, a glass of Champagne and congratulations, Anu and John wandered the hills and the heather a little, basking in the glow of the afternoon Sun, dancing and laughing into the Glen before returning to the car to cut their wedding cake and head onto the woodland.
Lost in The Trees
With all the rush in the morning, Anu and John forgot to pick up the rings ahead of the ceremony. We only found this out when we’d already arrived! After a bit of discussion it was agreed John’s mum and Dad (Elaine and John) would kindly loan them their own wedding rings as a substitute. They fitted perfectly and actually added a sweet twist to the proceedings. On returning to Glencoe house and the woodland nearby, they then had a second n exchange between the trees, with their own personal bands. I had an amazing time running around the hills in Glencoe with these two, Johns’ Mum and Dad, Claire and Chris
If you are looking for some help with Eloping in Scotland, please do click on my guides below. Both have been written with couples in mind and with 10 years of experience helping couples run away to Scotland! Sean.