Scottish Highlands Multi-Day Elopement

March 27, 2023


I had the absolute honour and privilege of flying to Scotland for Annie and Matt’s multi-day international destination elopement.  This has been one of my absolute favorite ever multi-day photoshoots.

What an “I DO” adventure in the stunning destination of the Scottish Highlands. We were mostly in Glencoe and also spent time in Edinburgh, Saint Andrews, and Glasgow. I can honestly say, it is an epic highlight of my traveling photographer career. I am so thankful for Annie and Matt and their willingness to involve me in this amazing experience.

Annie wanted to share the beauty and wonder of Scotland with Matt and their guests, and they opted for a multi-day elopement.  The deeply in love couple thoughtfully planned every detail to ensure quality time spent with their family and friends.

Their multi-day elopement commenced with a rehearsal dinner at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel, the night before the wedding.  Annie and Matt chose a spectacular location called Three Sisters Mountain in Scotland to hold their wedding ceremony.

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Tying the Knot” – Scottish Highlands Style

Every couple has a unique story and personality.  My approach is all about keeping it real and showcasing your story in an authentic way.  Making your memorable day into an outstanding film, together with music, is what I am passionate about.

Annie and Matt were such a loving and fun couple to work with, as you will see by the wedding film and portraits.  Everything felt so natural and despite the insane wind and rain, Annie and Matt sealed their love for one another in front of the Three Sisters of Glencoe. Completely soaked and completely stoked!!

I loved the Scottish theme of this wedding seen throughout the day from the tartan scarves to the tying-the-knot ceremony.  Annie and Matt literally tied the knot, which involved tying their wrists together with a ribbon and pulling away with a knot forming.  I’m guessing this is where the saying “tying the knot” comes from.

A wedding in Scotland would not be complete without a piper and national treasure “Spud”. He did an incredible job.  Spud has famously piped for Madonna and takes his job seriously.

Wedding Ceremony:  Three Sisters Mountain, Glencoe

Location: Glencoe valley off the A82 road heading to the village of Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, northwest of Glasgow and Stirling.

On your way to the Three Sisters Mountain, you’ll find an abundance of rugged rolling hills and pristine waterfalls. Breathe in the breath-taking landscape of the Scottish Highlands, it is next level! Extend your road trip down the Glen Etive Road  on a narrow road which winds through the highlands by a river.  You will, no doubt, recognise the landscape of James Bond’s Skyfall film.

Annie and Matt started the day by having breakfast together and exchanging notes and gifts.  Fortunately, I was able to take some quality elopement portrait shots at the Ballachulish Hotel of the bridal party, prior to the ceremony. The Hotel was also the venue for where the intimate wedding reception was held.

It was just a short, but majestic and scenic drive before we arrived at the Three Sisters Mountains for the wedding ceremony.  Annie and Matt braved the wind and rainy day to have their dream elopement.  Nothing was going to get in the way of their love and commitment to one another. This horrible weather could not take away from the sheer beauty of Scotland’s highlands.

Wedding Reception:  Ballachulish Hotel, Glencoe SCOTLAND

Address: Nr Fort William, Glencoe PH49 4JY

Ballachulish Hotel in Glencoe Scotland combines grandeur and spectacular views to make your intimate wedding picture-perfect.  Built in the 18th century, it still displays all the tradition and old-world feel of the 1800’s.  The banks of the beautiful Loch Linnhe front the Hotel.

They offer intimate wedding packages from 2 to 20 guests.  Welcome drinks, canapes and a four-course wedding breakfast are all included in this package.  They also offer 15% off accommodation for all your guests.

The wonderful old world charm and feel of the Ballachulish Hotel completed the wedding portraits of the bridal party and guests. The Hotel put on a magnificent wedding reception, with outstanding food.  I know Annie and Matt really enjoyed the intimacy of their elopement with the small group of family and friends who had attended.

It was not like any wedding I have ever been to before and I am sure I probably won’t get to experience such an amazing day again in this lifetime.

Couples Attire: Scottish Highlands

Annie wore a beautiful, square neck A-line dress with long sheer sleeves buttoned at the wrist. The back of her dress had a small bustle and a sash.  Her cathedral length veil was fastened with flowers at the back. Annie also wore some special and meaningful accessories.  Wearing her mom’s tennis bracelet, she completed her jewellery with pearl earrings and a pearl necklace.

Annie wrapped her bouquet of flowers with a locket gifted to her by Matt.  Annie was attended by four bridesmaids dressed in varying shades of blue.  Matt wore a grey wool suit with a white shirt, waist coat and brown tie matching his tan leather boots.

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Scotland Wedding Vendors

Dress designer: Moonlight

Dress place of purchase: Beckers Bridal

Groom suit: Jacob Young Custom Clothier

Ceremony Location: Three Sisters Car Park

Reception & Catering: Ballachulish

Florist: The Thistle and the Rose in Oban

Planner: Wild Hearts Elopement (Laura Gonzalez)

Hair & Make-up: Bonny’s Wonderland

Scarves: Tartan Blanket Company

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