Our first elopement!! We were stoked to connect with Jac and Chelsea and over-the-moon when they invited us to capture their vows in Scotland! My husband came along and we travelled with our great friend and super talented photographer Melissa Marshall and her husband, Josh, which made for an awesome bonus! (What's better than a double date with your best friends? An INTERNATIONAL double date with your best friends! )
We all flew from different places and, sleep-deprived, united in the Reykjavik airport. By the way -- hats off to Iceland Air! They are cheap and they were great! We all took the same flight into Glasgow and then loaded up for the last leg of the trip -- driving to our Airbnb about 40 minutes outside the city. Thanks to the mountain of equipment we get to travel with - the four us got our own rental car. Being over 25 with the ability to drive a manual, I was the lucky one who braved the journey behind the wheel. It is not easy driving on opposite side of a tiny road while changing gears with your left-hand. It would cause anyone anxiety ! I was doing great until a curb came out of no-where and delayed our trip to the country about SIX hours! Thank God for pubs. Fast forward, we spent a couple days resting and getting to know each other in our beautiful Airbnb. I highly suggest bonding with your clients. It makes for a better time and more relaxed portraits. I'm not saying you HAVE to tell your deepest darkest secrets, but in this case - I think it helped!
Step ONE to a great elopement // location scouting! We took about half a day driving around the edge of the Scottish Highlands looking for the best spot that fit Jac and Chelsea's vision along with the vision we had and the vision Melissa had. They wanted trees. Melissa wanted open space. I wanted to drone the crap out of all of it :)
Knowing we were going to do a day-after shoot (which now i will highly recommend for any elopement) we took our time on the "wedding day". After an intimate breakfast between the couple , Melissa and I hung with Chelsea - Josh and Clint hung with Jac and we all got ready for the day. It was very relaxed and stress-free! I was very honored to help Chelsea in her dress :)
Step TWO // have a plan but REMAIN FLEXIBLE! One semi-expected but not super welcome surprise was the downpour of rain. Jac and Chelsea wanted to keep their anniversary date so pushing the day wasn't an option. Thankfully, they were awesome and we bundled up for a cold and rainy shoot day anyway! We had a first look at the house and then drove to the ceremony spot. We realized quickly that our original spot was going to be too difficult and swampy to walk to, so we spent about 20 minutes looking for a second option. It seemed like we just fell upon the perfect spot. We bundled up , the bride in her LL Bean Boots, grabbed our gear and found a gorgeous clearing at the edge of the trees within Loch Lomond National Forest. Vows were exchanged, tears were shed and rain soaked portraits were captured.
Step THREE // use the time you have and feature the adventure! The next 24 hours were a quiet celebration of our MARRIED couple. We went out for dinner at a local pub and awoke the next morning and set out for a day-after shoot! I'll always plan for a day-after shoot to have ample non-rushed portrait time! For us, driving two hours to Glencoe was definitely worth it. The rain held out, mostly, and we got some beautiful shots of the landscapes and our lovely Bride and Groom!
I truly enjoyed putting this elopement video together. I had a vision for the tone and for some shots but also wanted to tell Jac and Chelsea's story as true as I could.
>>>Check out Melissa's blog post for her write-up and her GORGEOUS photos of Jac + Chelsea's Elopement ! <<<<
cinematography : April Kirby, Clint Kirby // audio master : Clint Kirby // music : "Breath" by Mode photography : Melissa Marshall // floral : Myrtle + Bracken // dress : rue de seine from a & bé bridal // AirBnb : 17th Century Scottish Cottage
Check out Melissa's blog post for some GORGEOUS photos of Jac + Chelsea's Elopement !
gear // cameras : C100 mk ii, Canon 6D. DJI Osmo, DJI Phantom 3 Drone // lenses : Canon 70-200mm 2:8, Canon 24-70mm 2:8, Canon 35mm 1.4, Rokinon 35mm, Rokinon 14mm // audio : Zoom H1 with lav + clip. Rode Videomic Pro // misc. : Manfrotto Tripod, Manfrotto Monopod, Mephoto Collapsable tripod/monopod, collapsable monopod. Gaf tape, Reflector
travel // we took most gear in a Pelican 1510 case and carried it on with us on the plane. What didn't fit there went in an ONA Backpack with my laptop and chargers. We had the drone in a separate carry-on back pack. The sticks and other gear took up a good amount of our large checked bag. Definitely essential was the C100, 35mm, 70-200, 24-70. Zoom H1. monopod. I never used the tripod. The really cheap mono pod was used the most because we needed to be quick. The zoom was the only way we would have been able to capture their vows. The drone made for awesome shots ! How would I do it differently? Better packing! I'd like to get a large Pelican that can fit almost everything with foam, secure it well and check it and forget it. I'd carry on a backpack with a camera, lens, and zoom h1. But my gear is insured. Pack it tight and hope for the best! Deciding what sticks to use is a tricky one. Each trip abroad has been a different story. If I can check the drone that would be great too.