A vintage vibe Scotland elopement Wedding in the North West Highlands.

Robbie and Dawn ran away to the Scottish Highlands in the Summer to marry in an intimate and emotional ceremony surrounded by their close family.

Eloping to Scotland or holding a small wedding here has become a really popular option for some couples looking to get hitched if they don’t fancy a bigger wedding. Robbie and Dawn’s low key celebration at the wonderful Shieldaig Lodge, nestled in a stunningly remote corner of the North West Highlands was the perfect fit for them.

Both creative and gentle souls, with a keen aesthetic sense and chilled, fun approach to their day I really enjoyed spending time with these two beauts, getting to know them and their lovely family a little during their wee Scotland elopement wedding.


Dawn works in animal welfare (saving all the Scottish doggies’ from harm’s way!) and Im in awe of people like her who work so hard and in some challenging situations to look after the safety and wellbeing of animals. Robbie is a talented photographer who although is early on in his career, definitely has a bright future ahead of him! I will link below to his awesome work.

For the ceremony Robbie wore a nicely tailored suit with colouring that blended well with the West Highland landscape, (a very welcome change from the usual kilt affair) and Dawn managed two dresses for the day, one for the ceremony and also a beautiful vintage piece she had bough years earlier (not knowing she would wear it on her wedding day! How cool is that?).

Their preparations and ceremony took place at the lodge, out in the front garden overlooking the Loch, with kayakers paddling by and boats bobbing around in the gentle breeze. Celebrant Lorna Clarke delivered a wonderful ceremony and Ive been lucky enough to have worked with here again since. She had traveled over from the East Coast but as I learned, is originally from the Shieldaig area so was enjoying being back in her old neighbourhood…

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The ceremony was a quiet, emotional affair and during the vows I think everyone found a tear or two. Robbie done so well to catch his breath, slow his heart rate and deliver those words he had written to say to Dawn, it really was amazing to witness this love, hands holding each others tightly, those unspoken gestures of support. This is why I keep coming back to elopements and weddings year after year, documenting those real, raw moments between good humans, its an honour I never take for granted.

Once the legal bit was all nailed and signed, we had some confetti, smiles and champagne on the lawn along with some family group shots with Mum, Dad, sister, two friends and Gran. Dawn then changed dress and we all drove off in her Dad’s absolutely stunning classic Humber Car, complete with white wall tyres and lush wooden interior it really was a treat to be rolling along the small highland roads watching the mountains flit by in this one.

The newly married couple wanted to explore a little and create couple shots so we wandered between the erratic boulders on the shores of Loch Maree and in the Caledonian woodlands overlying the mountain of Slioch, the cloud level was low so the summits were shrouded but the light danced to and fro on the great buttress and gullies.

It was awesome to watch these two just enjoying being together and getting fully immersed in the Scottish highland landscape, far away from the city and work, roaming the Glens, newly married, happy in each others arms.

Venue: https://www.shieldaiglodge.com

Celebrant: https://www.humanism.scot/celebrant-profile/lorna-clarke/

Robbie’s Photo Work : https://www.instagram.com/robbiemurrie/?hl=en

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If you are looking to Elope in Scotland please do check out my guides or get in touch for more info, I would love to hear your plans.