Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful atmospheric Isle of Skye Elopement featuring the Old Man of Storr & Fairy Glen.
Images were captured by Loraine Ross Weddings.
Loraine Ross is a wedding photographer based in Edinburgh, Scotland who has been photographing weddings for 10 years.
She likes to work in a relaxed, creative and modern documentary style, telling the story of your day naturally and truthfully.
Each couple she works with are totally unique which is what she love about wedding photography.
She approaches each wedding with that in mind to tell your story as a couple and the story of the day.
Loraine says of the couples gorgeous Skye Elopement…
It was fantastic to spend time with Alison and Michael (Misha) who came over from Australia for their wedding in the Isle of Skye.
They stayed at the fabulous The Cowshed in one of their camping pods which made the perfect base for exploring Skye and had a campervan from Cheeky Coo Campervans for the rest of their Scottish road trip honeymoon.
Hitting the worst front of weather with torrential rain and wind we found some gaps in the weather to head up Old Man of Storr and to Fairy Glen where we found a beautiful spot by a waterfall for the couple to exchange their personal vows.
Having their legal ceremony at the registry office in Portree allowed us to work around the weather.
We even made the best of a puncture in their van tire and went down to Eilean Donan Castle for some portraits.
To close our wonderful time together we shared fish a chips from the amazing chippy in Portree, chatting about Philip Pullman.
I pass over to the couple to tell us about their beautiful Skye Elopement…
How did you meet?
We actually met in our final year of university. I had my own little bubble of friends and classmates while studying but then I took a year off to do an internship in Germany and came back to a lecture theatre full of new faces from the next year group.
We were introduced in the ‘unmanned aerial systems’ (drone) lab and found that apart from our degrees and nerdy extra curriculars we had a lot of things in common like a love of sports, the outdoors and hiking.
Tell us about the Engagement…
After dating for about a year Misha went off to complete his Basic and Employment Training as a Marine Engineer Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.
While he was training we were doing the long distance thing and keeping in regular contact. After he finished he employment training he was posted to a ship and was due to sail out for a deployment.
Before he left he wanted to ‘lock in’ our relationship and ask me to marry him. I had no idea it was coming.
He was about to head to sea and I was about to move interstate so we met in Canberra to find me an apartment.
I was grumpy that the rentals I’d picked looked nothing like they had online and wanted to catch up with a bunch of my lovely friends who had offered to help with the search.
Misha meanwhile was desperately trying to get me on my own for a sunset walk and I, completely unsuspecting, was not having a bar of it.
After lunch with a friend he asked if we could go for a walk around Lake Burley Griffin. I accepted and promptly asked Kelly if she wanted to come along too (I wonder what Misha’s face looked like at that moment).
Luckily for him she declined and when we got to a nice spot near the water Misha got down on one knee (in the duck poo) and proposed.
I was so surprised it took me a few moments to say ‘yes’ while Misha was internally panicking but there was really no doubt in my mind at all.
We finished our walk but I don’t remember where we even went because I was just absolutely on cloud nine.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We hadn’t really considered the wedding until after I had finished my deployment and we moved back in together.
We did some very basic wedding planning, but were heavily influenced by what we saw our friends do and what we saw on social media.
We were putting a lot of effort into the plan to try and accommodate both sides of the family, friends and to meet everybody’s expectations and requirements…
Eventually we realised that we were putting more effort into planning a wedding for other people than for us, as neither of us really wanted the whole wedding thing so we looked into an elopement.
We really didn’t have to do much once we decided to elope – we knew the most important thing for us would be the photographer.
I followed a whole bunch of wedding and elopement photographers on Instagram and just kept note of which posts I really liked, slowly whittling our preferences down.
Since we both love the outdoors and hiking we decided we wanted to do an outdoorsy or ‘rugged’ elopement where we potentially had to hike to a picturesque location.
We did a bit of research about what countries we could elope in and have the marriage be legal in Australia at the same time.
I’d always wanted to do a road trip around the UK and we started looking into all the amazing hikes in the Scottish Highlands.
We saw Loraine’s photos from a previous elopement on the Isle of Skye and fell in love with both her beautiful style of photos and with the landscape.
She made everything super easy for us and suggested the Cowshed for accommodation too which we immediately booked, then all we had to do was get in touch with a registrar’s office and go from there!
Why did you choose to have an elopement?
We wanted to do something special for both of us, we both love hiking and the outdoors and wanted our elopement to reflect that.
When looking for a location, Scotland was an easy pick as it is super photogenic and the atmosphere, weather and general vibe was something that struck with both of us. We started planning a few months into the year and were married in October.
We’re not very traditional and didn’t want a lot of the usual wedding day aspects.
I love putting on parties and getting people together but I didn’t want to be the centre of attention and to spend so much money and stress to be able to call one a wedding just didn’t seem right for us personally.
We got the best of both worlds in the end because after our epic elopement we were able to have a couple of really relaxed celebrations with friends and family when we got home anyway which was perfect for us.
Skye Elopement Suppliers
Photographer – Loraine Ross Weddings
Bridal Gown – Sue Hall – Shall Design – Hobart
Groomswear – Gibson Clothing
Hair and makeup – Eilidh Matheson Make Up
Wedding Chariot – Cheeky Coo Campervans
Accommodation – The Cowshed Boutique Bunkhouse