Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful Isle of Skye Elopement at Loch Coruisk.
Jill and Cliff had travelled all the way from North Carolina for their intimate celebration of love in Scotland.
Images were captured by Wilson McSheffrey Photography.
Wilson | McSheffrey Photography is a small, independent and creative, fine art wedding photographic company based in central Scotland run by talented wedding photographers and friends, Andrew Wilson and Emmett McSheffrey.
Before becoming wedding photographers Andrew and Emmett had known each other on the photography scene for almost twelve years, having gained their Advanced Diploma in illustrative photography together at College.
While covering many areas of photography including events and commercial, Andrew and Emmett specialise in weddings, portrait and social photography and share a passion for beautiful, natural, relaxed and unfussy images.
Conveniently located in the West End of Glasgow Wilson | McSheffrey Photography have traveled to many locations throughout Britain including the Scottish isles. They have even shot weddings and portraits as far afield as Ireland and France.
I hand over to the team to share their recollection of the day..
“We were very excited to travel to the Isle of Skye for our first elopement wedding of the year.”
“Wonderful couple, Jill and Cliff had travelled all the way from North Carolina in the USA to wed at the stunning Loch Coruisk, in the shadow of the immense Cullin Hills.”
“We met Jill and Cliff at the beautiful Duisdale Hotel as they were preparing with the help of Heather from Bee Bonnie Beauty.”
“Once ready we then made our way to the village of Elgol to catch the Misty Isles boat to Loch Coruisk.”
“Conducting the humanist ceremony was the fantastic celebrant Penelope Hamilton and there couldn’t be a better backdrop for such an occasion than the awe inspiring Cullin Hills set behind the tranquil Loch.”
The couple share their story and recollections of the day…
Tell us how you met…
“We met via Match.com in July of 2013.”
“I sent a “wink” and Clifton ignored it –though for some reason he kept viewing my profile.”
“He noticed my green eyes, and a silly cat in one of my pictures.”
“A week or so went by, and when I noticed that Clifton had continued to view my profile without responding, I sent a message to the effect of “Hey, are you gonna talk to me or what?”
“He replied, said hey, and asked for my name.”
“We have talked literally every day since then, and quickly decided we were right for each other.”
Why we chose Scotland
“We didn’t want to have a traditional Wedding.”
“Cliff’s family heritage is from Scotland.”
“He has traced his family ancestry back and his family came over from Scotland to North Carolina in the 1700s.”
“We started googling Scottish Elopements and came across Wilson McSheffrey’s photography website and we decided that is what we wanted to do!”
“We wanted to get married in a magical, beautiful place, with just the two of us.”
The Wedding Day (from Cliff, the Grooms perspective)…
“We got ready at our hotel, and this in itself was an adventure!”
“I had to get ready in the bathroom while Jill was being put together by her hair stylist and makeup.”
“She didn’t want me to see her so there was some blindfolding and promising not to look.”
“Our photographers became wedding organisers and kept us in our proper places throughout the day, and especially while we were getting ready.”
“After several photographs and some laughs, we drove from Duisdale House Hotel on mostly single lane road to Elgol, which took about 40 minutes.”
“During this trip I believe we were both super excited, and nervous.”
“The entire sky was cloudy threatening to rain at any moment. There were occasional sprinkles which made this trip feel a lot longer than it should have.”
“As we approached Elgol, we could tell that the sky had an opening and you could see blue!”
“Both of us really started getting excited when we knew this was going to be perfect!”
“Once on the beaches of Elgol, while waiting for our boat by Misty Isles Boat Tours, we took a “few” photos (probably a thousand).”
“We approached the ticket booth and a wonderful lady greeted us.”
“She was so excited, it was as if she ordered the weather for us and she was so proud the day was going to be amazing.”
“She complimented Jill and how beautiful her and her wedding dress was, saying, “it was the most beautiful dress she had ever seen.”
“The boat trip was perfect, calm waters, a captain named Duncan, provided humour, and the safety precautions, I’m still not sure which was which.”
“The trip to Loch Courisk was quick and we were greeted as we entered the bay by common seals…cute little guys.”
“Once docked we had to climb a metal stairwell.”
“We had to hike a little ways, so Jill’s dress had been customized so that the bustle could be buttoned up and her not trip over it.”
“This was one of those great moments…two photographers and a celebrant attempting to button the multiple layers of her dress up.”
“We insisted that our photographer add this to his CV/resume as a new service he was qualified to provide.”
“I just stood there and held the flowers. Which is funny as I’m the engineer and am generally good at solving problems. This time, the problem was I was too busy laughing.”
“We then took our short hike to the Loch and were absolutely stunned by our surroundings.”
“The sky was clear, the air cool and crisp with a nice strong wind that kept everything moving.”
“The mountain tops had snow on them which contrasted greatly with the surrounding greys of the rocks and browns of the winter grasses.”
“So it was time to do this!”
“Our celebrant who like everything else was just perfect helped us set up our Air, Water, Earth and Fire.”
“Our Air was a piece of lavender, water was from the Loch, Earth was a rock that I used when we became engaged and is also molded as part of my wedding ring and fire was a candle we had bought the day before on the Isle of Skye.”
“Our ceremony was simple and defined by us.”
“We talked about the things that we admired about each other, our hands, reasoning with each other (and not) and how important we are to each other and our pod (the word we use for family).”
“Many many tears were shed (luckily I remembered tissues) and we laughed at lot, maybe even too much, someone from outside may think that we weren’t taking this thing seriously.”
“Our photographers claimed to have dust in their eyes as they shed tears during our ceremony.”
“After we tied the knot and completed our ceremony, our photographers took at least another thousand pictures, maybe even two thousand to be exact.”
“We all kept talking about the beautiful bride walking, Jill looked like a princess, extremely regal was the word I kept turning over and over in my head throughout the day.”
“On the way back to the boat, the dress no longer mattered and it drug the ground collecting all sorts of wonderful things.”
“At one point, we dug a stick and a piece of seaweed out of the lace. We had both relaxed and become comfortable, and everything else just didn’t matter, it was just us and time to have fun.”
“We showed off our boots and were greeted by other people hiking along the way.”
“Once back on the boat, Duncan greeted us a bottle of champagne and we enjoyed our first drink as a married couple.”
“When we landed back at Elgol, the woman at the stand (I believe one of the owners of Misty Isles) gave us a wonderful Misty Isle tile for our home and we will cherish it forever.”
“After a couple stops on the way home for some additional photographs we made it back to the Duisdale House.”
“We freshened up and made our way down to dinner.”
“We had a really great celebration just the two of us and again I just kept thinking about how wonderful and regal Jill looked at dinner.”
“Our table was decorated with candles and cute little wooden hearts on it.”
“We had a small wedding cake that was lemon flavored that we really enjoyed. This was made by a local baker and had little sheep as cake toppers – they were so cute!”
“It was an absolutely amazing and perfect day. It’s a dream that we actually lived.”
“Looking back at the many photos, our Isle of Skye elopement all just seems like a dream.”
Thank you so much to Andrew and Emmett for sharing this incredible Isle of Skye elopement.
Thank you also to Jill and Cliff for sharing their amazing story.
Love how they have just made the day their own by going to a place special to them and their family heritage and doing it their way.
The landscape is spectacular and just adds to splendour of their celebration.
At Wilson McSheffrey they make no secret that they have a special place in their heart for the elopement weddings that they have had the honour to photograph.
It is with this in mind that they have compiled a special discounted 2016 package especially for these amazing weddings.
Ceremony Venue – Loch Coruisk
Reception Venue/Base – Duisdale Hotel
Dress Designer – Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal
Suit designer – Brooks Brothers
Photography – Wilson McSheffrey
Celebrant – Penelope Hamilton
Flowers – Simply Flowers – Isle of Skye
Transport – Misty Isles Boat Trips
Cake – Cakes by Fiona MacKinnon
Bridal hair and make up – Heather – BeeBonnie
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