Hannah and Avery travelled to Glencoe with their families all the way from the US to exchange their vows at the majestic Glencoe Valley.
And beautiful, green but rainy July in the highlands was a perfect time to get married. It was a day spend around incredible scenery, filled with joyful memories and happy tears.
Summer micro-wedding elopement in the highlands of Scotland
Hannah and Avery grew up together in a small town in the US where they became high school sweethearts. At the time of their Glencoe elopement they have been together for 8 years.
They are best friends who decided that the stress and chaos of traditional wedding planning isn’t for them. When they sent me an inquiry they mentioned that they were easygoing and chill, which made them absolutely perfect to work with and photograph!
Hannah and Avery decided that they wanted to get married in Scotland because they love the moody, romantic, and mysterious atmosphere as well as the history of the region. Also, parts of Hannah’s family come from Scotland and they had always wanted to visit. And both Hannah and Avery’s immediate families joined them on their trip to Scotland as they wanted to witness them exchanging vows in a beautiful outdoor and intimate setting.
I also loved the fact that they wanted to incorporate Scottish traditions into their elopement ceremony. Their handfasting and quaich rituals were a dream to photograph. What is more, their both sets of parents also decided to participate in the quaich ceremony between each other as a symbol of their vow renewal. It was truly special to witness and document.
Accommodation: Ballachulish Hotel
HMUA: Bonny’s Wonderland
Shawl: Tartan Blanket Co
Officiant: Humanist Brian Hawkins
Flowers: The Thistle and The Rose
Summer elopement in the Scottish highlands
Choosing to elope in Glencoe in the summer is the best option for people who love green rolling hills, don’t mind a few insects here and there and like the idea of slightly warmer temperatures.
Glencoe is incredibly green and beautiful in July and August. So many eloping couples choose to have their ceremony during this time of the year. What is more, days tend to be longer so there is more time in a day to enjoy the great Scottish outdoors.
What are the cons though? Midges, many more tourists everywhere and often issues with booking the perfect accommodation. Thankfully, Hannah and Avery thanks to their advanced planning and being super well organised, didn’t face any major elopement planning issues. Also, since it was windy on their wedding day the annoying midges weren’t an issue – as they never are on windy days, fortunately.
Elopement & wedding photographer in Glencoe
If you’re considering an elopement in the most famous village in the Scottish highlands, but don’t know where to start… I have plenty of useful planning guides to help you craft the most perfect and unforgettable day!
And I will be over the moon to get the opportunity to document your wonderful, adventurous day for you.
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