There is something so special about wee Weddings, and this Scottish Elopement and follow up Cherish the Dress shoot captured by Stuart Craig Photography is just lovely.
Timmie and Eric had eloped from Canada with just two parents, choosing bonny Scotland as their wedding destination of choice.
Stuart shares his recollections of the few days he spent with the couple,
“The opulent surroundings and relaxed nature of Prestonfield House offered the perfect opportunity to create some striking wedding photographs, but it was Timmie’s love affair with Border Collies which added a certain twist to their trip overseas.”
“A Trash The Dress shoot with the dogs was quickly arranged, but first to Prestonfield to time stamp their intimate ceremony.”
“The ceremony was as intimate an affair as I ever seen, with just two witnesses, myself and a registrar occupying the small room.”
“It was all going so smoothly until a letter sent from Timmie’s mum was opened and Timmie began reading it out aloud. It was a hard listen.
Tissues were brought into the room as everyone took a moment to re-compose themselves.”
“The happy couple then said their vows and were legally pronounced husband and wife, prompting two champagne glasses to appear right on cue.”
“Then we ventured outdoors to capture some romantic time alone in the gardens.”
“Timmie had no bridal bouquet, so I cheekily asked the staff to make one for her pointing out that Prestonfield House was full of flowers.
One appeared within five minutes – now THAT is what I call service!”
“Timmie and Eric seemed to relax as we then explored the lush gardens.”
“Once we moved indoors, we switched to creative mode to match the opulent mood.”
“We met up again at Neth Hill Border Collies farm a few days later, this time sporting a colourful pair of wellies and a suitable hat.”
“The dogs were keen to get going, but I sensed the sheep were less enthusiastic about being chased around a bride and groom.”
“Timmie looked particularly excited and was clearly enjoying the experience. Some farmyard fashion warmed us up before we headed out in the rain and began with a bit of sheep photo bombing.”
“Unfortunately for the petrified photographer, they were pretty good at it too!”
“The dogs skills were impressive, completely in tune with their handler (a lovely woman called Julie Hill) and locked onto the sheep like a missile.
In fact, it was almost as if Timmie and Eric were not there such was their intense focus.”
“The poor sheep were run ragged before we were treated to handling some puppies which were still being trained.
They were utterly gorgeous and made a bee line straight for Timmie, almost knocking her to the ground with their enthusiasm.
My sheep shy camera kept rolling throughout.”
“Organising a formal group shot with the dogs proved highly amusing. After several attempts we did manage to get them all together, but asking them to smile was a different matter.”
“Julie joined us for a final memento before we heading off in the four wheel drive for a tour of a nearby loch and a demonstration in the dog pen.”
“What a great experience and such a lovely couple to share it with. I can think of nothing more original (and brave) than eloping to a foreign country to get married and following your dreams!”
Thanks so much to Stuart for sharing this intimate scottish elopement and fantastic couples shoot/trash the Dress.
I love the opulence of the Wedding Venue against the ruggedness of the farm the couples shoot, the balance is refreshing.
And how amazing is must have been to run about with the animals, they are classic Wedding Photobombers.
To Contact Stuart Craig
Phone: 0131 552 9003 / 07917 400 710