Today I am thrilled to share a stunning intimate Highland Wedding at Eilean Donan Castle.
Images were captured by Paola De Paola Photography.
Paola De Paola is a creative, fun, but totally unobtrusive London wedding and same-sex photographer.
She has always been a passionate artist. After her degree in Fine Art, she worked as a professional photographer for music magazines and record companies.
She consequently moved to work for Getty Images as a high-end digital retoucher, more precisely for Contour Celebrities by Getty images.
During this time Paola was able to build a very deep understanding of the photographic industry.
Fifteen years experience with Getty UK has proved invaluable. As a natural progression Paola De Paola Weddings was born.
Paola says of the couple and their Big Day…
My adventure started a few nights before the Wedding on the Caledonian Sleeper, heading to Inverness in Scotland.
Yes, I treated myself to a luxurious first-class overnight train, and I loved every minute of the 12 hour journey overland.
After many years living in London this was my first time in Scotland, and I really wish I had been to this beautiful country before.
I was there as Fatima and Kipp booked me to cover their wedding in the most remarkable place, a real Scottish castle, apparently described as the most romantic too.
The journey by train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh is absolutely breath taking a wonderful scenic route.
I seriously need to make a point to come back here, because the scenery is so surreal, enigmatic, a bit magical.
The day before the Wedding I spent few hours at Eilean Donan Castle as I always do a recce before the big day.
It is only accessible from the mainland by a causeway and bridge.
The castle is one of the most recognisable and iconic images of Scotland broadcast throughout the world.
It is situated at a point where three great sea lochs meet and is surrounded by majestic scenery.
Although first inhabited in about the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail.
Since then at least four different versions of the castle have been built and rebuilt as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries.
On the wedding moning, the weather was sunny and clear.as Fatima and Kipp prepared for their day.
The guests arrive at the Castle and respecting local tradition, the bagpiper walks them to the castle by the bridge.
The ceremony took place in the beautiful banqueting room, the largest in the castle, and following this there was a champagne reception in the billeting room.
The ceremony was short but meaningful and intimate, and then we had plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful castle and capture the stunning setting.
The reception was held on the Isle of Skye, at Toravaig House Hotel and there was a lovely friendly and relaxed atmosphere to their celebration.
Fatima and Kipp wanted to keep everything simple and enjoy the special day with a small group of family and friends so there is no first dance but they cut the cake.
It felt very special, almost like Christmas with the family, and that is a beautiful experience.
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