Our final wedding story of 2017 was a special one. Just 3 days before Christmas, we spent the day with Jane + Aaron who had travelled all the way from Australia to elope in the Scottish Highlands.

A thick layer of mist covered much of the area when we arrived that morning, clearing just in time to ensure that this sweet couple would have a ceremony with a view. The idyllic setting of Glencoe House, with its stunning views across Loch Leven, helped create a sense of total serenity as Jane + Aaron made their final preparations before becoming husband and wife.

After a short but very sweet ceremony, we took our newlyweds for an adventure in this awe-inspiring part of the country. The returning mist seemed to follow us as we ventured along the winding Glen Etive road, caressing the rolling hills before descending onto the road itself. One of our favourite things about photographing elopements in Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands is the way that places you may have visited countless times can transform so dramatically – one of the few good things about our unpredictable Scottish weather.

As the sun went down, briefly burning its way through the mountains and mist, we captured some final beautiful, intimate moments with Jane + Aaron. By now, these troopers had soaked up everything the elements could throw at them, so we decided to deliver them back to the warmth of Glencoe House and say our goodbyes. We can’t thank these guys enough for allowing us to be part of their special day, and for braving the Scottish Winter with a smile on their faces! It was the perfect way to wrap up an incredible year.

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Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, December 2017.

With our 2018 wedding season now in full swing, we decided we should get a move on and finally share some of the stories we captured last year! Up first is Leanne + Ali’s cracker of a day at the simply stunning Errol Park in Perthshire.

This mega-romantic rural estate is a wedding photographer’s dream, with its beautiful interiors, vast array of gardens and endless quirks and surprises around every corner. Easily one of our favourite Scottish wedding venues.

Leanne + Ali’s wedding was a day filled with family, friendship, laughter, music, unreal food, crazy dancing and lots of shouts of ‘RAFA RAFA BENITEZ!’ – I don’t think Martyna knew who, where or what a ‘Rafa Benitez’ was that day, but she certainly knows him now.

These two sweethearts tied the knot at nearby Errol Parish Church before heading back to Errol Park, where the celebrations continued. After exploring some of the many, many hidden delights of the estate with Leanne + Ali, we headed to the converted circular stables where Wild Rover had handpicked some guests to help serve up some of the best-smelling and tasting food known to man. There’s only one way to work off a cracking big meal, and that’s by partaking in some absolutely WILD ceilidh dancing… (soundtracked by the always excellent Corra) with our favourite being the crazy-good Kelly Clarkson/Ceilidh mash-up – CEILIDH CLARKSON!

Spending time with two of the sweetest, most chilled-out people on the happiest day of their lives at a gorgeous, accommodating, family-run venue was a definite highlight of 2017. One of our favourite weddings from a year that was filled with favourite weddings! More of the same in 2018 and another visit to Errol Park… please?!

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Errol Park, Perthshire, July 2017

Twenty-seventeen. That’s it. Done.

It was a year that seemed to pass in the blink of an eye. As ‘Wonderful and Strange’, it was better than ever – travelling all over the UK and further afield, meeting amazing people and capturing their love stories. However as Martyna and David, 2017 was a tough one. When we found out Martyna’s mum had to have heart surgery back in September, we had no option but to take an entire month off during our busiest time of the year; putting a major strain on both our business and our personal lives. But with massive thanks to our incredibly patient and understanding couples, we’ve come out the other side stronger than ever – as has Martyna’s wee mum!

Creating a ‘Best of’ from around 40,000 photos of weddings, elopements and photoshoots is a daunting task to say the least. But in doing so, we’ve realised what a bloody amazing year 2017 actually was! We met people from all over the world, made some friends for life and travelled by car, train, boat and plane to everywhere from our favourite Highlands and Islands to the always-fun London, from narrow maze-like Maltese streets to the rolling Welsh valleys.

Thank you SO much to every single one of our 2017 couples. Thank you for letting us into your lives and stealing our hearts. A special thanks also to all the awesome venues and suppliers we’ve worked with this year. We hope you enjoy this review as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together. Here’s a song we feel fits perfectly…

2018 is shaping up to be a special year for us (WE’RE GETTING MARRIED…) and we can’t wait to meet all of our new ‘2018 wedding buddy’-couples and start making some memories!

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2017: A Damn Fine Year.

 

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The 25th of September. A date we’ll always remember. That may sound like the start of an Earth, Wind and Fire song, but it was also on this date in 2016 that we joined Lyndsey + Matt on their 15th wedding anniversary, as they renewed their vows on the Isle of Skye.

Having spent almost a year chatting and planning via email from across the pond, we met these two for dinner the night before their vow renewal. A chance to finally put faces to the lovely personalities we’d got to know pretty well over the past 12 months! It was clear from the moment we met that these were two special people, and it felt like hanging out with friends that we’d known forever.

Over the course of the evening, we learned a lot about Lyndsey, Matt, their two beautiful daughters back home in Tennessee and their story over the last 15 years.

When we arrived at their B&B (the beautiful Rowan Tree Cottage) the following morning, the notoriously unpredictable Skye weather had kiboshed plans for a ceremony at the Fairy Glen… so instead the ceremony would take place in the living room of the B&B, with its stunning views over Portree. This was especially poignant as the two were married in Matt’s family living room in a tiny ceremony 15 years earlier.

The ceremony itself was one of the most moving we’ve ever witnessed. With Sonja Eckl-Riel at her inspiring best and Lyndsey and Matt speaking with such passion and love, it was absolutely unreal. Happy tears all round.

After the ceremony, the weather cleared up and we jumped in the car for a road-trip around the island. We could’ve spent a lifetime capturing the incredible connection of these two sweet souls as we adventured round some of our favourite and some lesser-known spots on Skye. Rather than go on and on about how amazing a day it was, we’ll just let the photos speak for themselves!

Magical things can happen on this crazy island. On this occasion we met two friends for life, who we are super excited to see at our own wedding next year.

Lyndsey + Matt, we love you! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

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Isle of Skye, Scotland. September 25th, 2016.

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We thought we’d take a break from our crazy summer season to tell the story of one of our absolute favourite weddings, at one of our favourite venues in Scotland. It was the day that Glastonbury came to Scotland. This is the story of Janice & Innes.

Every time we travel to this place on the beautiful coast of Argyll and Bute, the memories of all our amazing Crear couples come flooding back. Because of its remote location overlooking the Paps of Jura and the isles of Islay and Gigha, weddings at Crear are always as spectacular as they are emotional.

When we arrived that morning, we were greeted by Janice’s father, Eric (who came close to stealing the show that day) performing a ‘rain dance’ to chase some ominous-looking clouds back over the distant mountains… It worked. It also set the tone for the day ahead!

Janice and Innes met and fell in love at Glastonbury, and years later got engaged there; so the festival would play a massive part in this amazing day. Huge flags led the way down to the beach where friends and family huddled together to greet our beautiful bride. The ceremony was full of love and laughter as everyone gathered in close to hear the words of Annie the celebrant – and to create a human windbreak!

The rest of the day was a blur of colour, dancing, eating and drinking. We could go on and on about this amazing wedding and couple, but we think the photos tell their story better than our words ever could. We hope you enjoy this snapshot of this crazy day on the west coast of Scotland. It truly was one of the most memorable days we’ve ever had the privilege to be a part of. We love you guys!

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Crear, Argyll and Bute, August 2016.

Venue: Crear

Dress: Rowan Joy

Beauty: Kate Elliot-Muir / PJ Olay

Band: Cask Strength Ceilidh Band