Autumn in the Highlands is our favourite: the changing colours, the misty, moody landscapes. So it was an absolute joy to be a part of this Glencoe adventure back in October. Candace + John were married on the Isle of Skye back in 2014… Five years later, they returned to Scotland to renew their vows in the country that holds a little piece of their hearts.
We joined Candace + John in their suite at the always-wonderful Glencoe House as they prepared for their ceremony and quickly realised that they were possibly two of the nicest people we’d ever met. As wedding photographers in Scotland, the best wee weddings, elopements, adventure sessions and vow renewals(!) are the ones that feel like you’re spending the day with old pals. This was one of those days. With the super-stylish couple ready, a bottle of champagne and ice bucket packed, we hopped in the car and headed for the hills.
A location for Candace + John’s intimate vow ceremony hadn’t been decided in advance, instead we asked them to choose a spot that felt right on the day. Of course, we didn’t realise until it was too late that the ‘spot that felt right’ was the EXACT spot James Bond and Dame Judi Dench (I can’t remember her character’s name) made famous in 2012’s Skyfall. Thankfully the two 007 fans who stopped to recreate that scene on the road during the ceremony didn’t disturb things, otherwise Martyna’s recently-revoked License To Kill might’ve come back into play.
The ceremony itself was deeply personal and emotional. Candace + John shared a moment in prayer before reading their vows to each other, reaffirming their promises, love and amazing connection, 5 years to the day that they became husband and wife. After a quick nip of whisky from the quaich, and with the weather closing in around us, we hit the road again to capture some more sweet moments with our RENEWlyweds (I took a risk.)
The rest of our time together was spent chasing the fading light and racing ominous rain clouds around the winding roads of Glencoe and Glen Etive. It was magic.
Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, October 2019.