Glencoe Elopement in Winter – A Scottish Highland Adventure

Winter Elopement in Glencoe

Glencoe is, without doubt, one of the coolest places for a Scottish Elopement adventure. I love the rugged mountains and wild rivers of Scotland and I’m lucky to call this place home, my playground and my workspace.

Yann and Virgine eloped to Scotland in December, flying in from their home in the French Alps to marry in an emotional, intimate Glencoe elopement. I guess Winter isn’t the first season you would think about for a Scottish elopement but these two rolled with it. They picked the shortest day of the year and opted for an outdoor ceremony nestled between the snow-capped mountains.

Mountains in Glencoe elopement

Scottish Elopement in Winter


After a relaxed morning with Bride and Groom getting ready at the Loch Leven Hotel and taking in some epic views into the surrounding hills, we headed to the heart of the Glen. The chosen ceremony spot an elevated rocky clearing with panoramic views across to the Three Sisters. The weather was kind as we tracked our path up and Eastwards. Yann and Virginie are completely at home in the mountains and this was apparent as they hiked effortlessly through the heather, scree and over rocks. They were smiling the whole time whilst admiring the rugged peaks all around!




hotel in Glencoe used for elopements

bride in Glencoe

groom during Glencoe elopement

groom in Scotland getting dressed

kilt getting prepared during Scottish elopement

bride during a Scottish elopement

Scottish elopement flowers

Scottish kilt reflected in mirror

black and white bridal portrait in scotland

bride getting ready in scotland

bride getting dressed in Glencoe

the Buachaille Etive more mountain in Glencoe

Humanist Elopement Ceremony in Scotland

The ceremony was conducted by Humanist, Tim Maguire. He included an exchanging of rings and a traditional Scottish handfasting with Tartan. Yann the Groom, a musician by trade, also sung a gentle Celtic song to his new bride. This was lovely touch and so beautifully delivered.

We spent some time after the ceremony running around the hillside and marvelling at the landscape, before heading down into the for some coffee made fresh from Yann’s campervan. It was some super strong brew so that kept us going as we decided to head South to check out the famous Buachaille Etive Mor and also to see if we could spot some wild Deer along the Etive Road.

As the light began to fade, our awesome piper Grant blasted out some classic Scottish songs for the couple. The stirring tunes echoing around the Glen a most romantic soundtrack to finish of their adventure.

The happy couple then wandered into the twilight,  heading for some dinner and a night stay at the King’s House.

Scottish elopement ceremony taking place in Glencoe

Elopement ceremony taking place in the Scottish highlands

Scottish elopement bride smiling

bride during her elope to scotland

Scottish hand fasting ceremony during a Glencoe elopement

real Scottish elopement in Glencoe

bride and groom in Glencoe after they eloped to Scotland

bride and groom in the Scottish highlands

Glencoe elopement couple

bride in Glencoe

bride laughing in Glencoe elopement

couple smiling during their elopement in scotland

bride and groom dancing during their Scottish elopement

Sean Bell photographer in Glencoe

elopement couple dancing in Glencoe after they eloped to scotland

Scottish bagpiper in Glencoe

eloped to scotland

Glencoe elopement couple

brid mand groom dancing in Glencoe

couple kissing during their Scottish elopement

Scottish highlands elopement

bride and groom walking in Glencoe during Scottish elopement

picture by Sean Bell photographer

Scottish elopement couple in Glencoe

elopement in scotland couple walking in Glencoe

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The whole day was expertly planned and put together by the lovely Gabrielle Plasman: French Wedding Planner in Scotland

Hair and Make-up artistry was taken care of by the talented: Bonny Watkins 

Piper: Munrobagpiper

Celebrant: Tim Maguire