Elopement in the Scottish Highlands


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! )

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! 

>>>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 !