One of the things we love most about a Loch Garten elopement is the diversity of the landscape and the way that the natural surroundings can play such a large part in the overall mood and feeling of the wedding or elopement day. We’re absolutely spoilt as wedding photographers here and we’re always discovering new and beautiful locations that don’t receive as much attention as they deserve.
Kelly and Alec are from the busy city of Los Angeles so instead of opting to elope in Scotland in front of the mountainous backdrops of locations like Glencoe or the Isle of Skye, they wanted their elopement to emphasise quietness, simplicity and an intimate & relaxed mood.
Instead they found a quaint cottage deep in the Scottish highlands near a forest and arrived a few days earlier to explore the surroundings to find a quiet location for their ceremony that felt special to them.
After getting ready in the morning together, Kelly and Alec took a short walk through the forest to their ceremony spot under the trees. Again we had the honour of working with humanist celebrant, Ian (who also conducted this ceremony here) and it was one of the most memorable and emotional ceremonies that we’ve had the honour of being a part of this year… there wasn’t a dry eye to be seen in front of (or behind) the camera. When they read out their ‘3 secrets’ that they both love and admire about each other, everyone lost it!
In the late afternoon we walked over to a calm and quiet loch and photographed away as the sun went down.
We only met Kelly and Alec for the first time that morning but by the end of the day we felt like old friends and it was sad to be saying good bye… sharing such an emotional day like this with two of the nicest people you can not help but form a connection.