Located seven miles from civilization – and only accessible by boat – Loch Coruisk on the Isle of Skye in Scotland was the breathtaking backdrop for Laura + Damian’s intimate elopement. Damian had visited the Isle during a hiking trip six weeks prior and knew instantly it would be where he + Laura would exchange their vows. The two of them spent the next few weeks planning their day…in complete secrecy! Such a romantic notion, right?! And one last secret remained before they tied the knot: A surprise proposal by Damian, while the duo were traveling to Skye, meant Laura got to wear her engagement ring for a day before the two became husband + wife. :) Here’s more from Laura about why they decided to elope:
A last minute + secretive elopement just ‘felt right’ to us and reflected our low-key, yet adventurous, personalities. We have such a large number of family + friends with whom we would love to have shared our day with. However, we decided that the day was to be just about us and we simply followed our hearts. We chose a traditional Scottish elopement with a hand fasting ceremony and Gaelic blessing…
Big thanks to the very talented Joanna + Dylan of Kitchener Photography for sharing these gorgeous images with us and congratulations to Laura + Damian on a day that was truly about the two of you and your love!
Prior to hopping on a boat to make their way to the secluded Isle of Skye, Laura + Damian took a road trip in an Austen Healey sports car to the remote port village of Elgol…I love that their wedding was such an adventure!
Upon our arrival over the bridge onto the Isle of Skye, the rain began to fall with a waist height mist smothering the scenery we were so desperate to capture. Even the morning of the wedding as we picked up the car from the local garage after a break down, we were unsure if the Lochs surrounding mountain range would be visible for our ceremony. Our most memorable moment has to be the boat trip and arrival at our ceremony location. As we approached the pier the mist lifted perfectly, leaving the Cuillen mountain range was exposed in full and spectacular view for us.
Situated within the mountainous terrain of Skye, Laura + Damian shared the most intimate + heartfelt private ceremony. The photos are just jaw-dropping…
And these post ceremony portraits are pretty amazing, too!
Don’t feel the need to have a big and expensive wedding. The wedding decorations can be great fun. Our slate hearts (now hanging in our kitchen) were drawn with our kids chalk and we spent the night before leaving making our own Just Married sign for the car!
Also why have a year of planning and stress when you can do it all in 15 days! Small weddings can be just as much fun and even more romantic. Get creative, the only limitation is your imagination!!
photography: Kitchener Photography // florals: Simply Flowers // hairpiece: Jon Richards at Debenhams // groom's shoes: Zara // location: Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye, Scotland // accommodations: Spar Cottage // boat trip: Misty Isle Boat Trips // bride's dress: Charlotte Balbier from Kudos // bride's boots: River Island // make-up: Dior // car hire: Austin Healey 3000 // kilt: The Kilt Store // sporran: Armstrongs Vintage