Today I am thrilled to share this moody & dramatic intimate Highland Elopement at Halloween in beautiful Glen Etive.
Images were captured by David Ruff Photography.
Our countryside is unlike anywhere else and Glen Etive at the head of Glencoe is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland.
The narrow glen shows a grim grandeur, and is surrounded by wild and precipitous mountains, and surrounding the sea loch, Loch Etive.
Jenni and Laurence chose this dramatic breathtaking backdrop to capture their Highland elopement and forever memories.
Jenni says of the couple and their intimate Highland elopement…
How We Met
We met in 2013 when Laurence worked at the Solid Rock Cafe in Glasgow.
It sounds clichéd but we noticed each other straight away — as soon as I saw Laurence, I instantly knew that we would end up being together.
It all started off by trying to time it right so that Laurence was free to take my drink orders.
We started chatting and hit it off really quickly — we found out more about each other and before we knew it, we were meeting every week for drinks and staying out as late as possible, just to be able to spend more time with each other.
Unfortunately we were both in other relationships at the time but we held out for each other knowing that it was only a matter of time before we would end up together.
It was a lucky coincidence that those relationships ended within a day of each other and finally it was going to happen.
The proposal happened on the 28th December 2018.
We’re not very traditional and don’t like a fuss so the proposal was very low key and personal.
The ring arrived just before Laurence left for work and had it ready as soon as he came home.
After a rubbish shift, he asked if I would make his day better by saying yes… as I sat at my desk working (Wedding stationer at Two Tabbies) in my PJ’s, not looking my best!
It wasn’t expected at all and was the best surprise!
Why We Chose to Elope
We loved the idea of keeping it very small and intimate as the thought of having a big wedding made us both really uncomfortable.
We were more drawn to celebrating a day together with two close friends as witnesses and our parents.
We chose Glen Etive for many reasons: The remote location — we wanted to be in the middle of nowhere so we couldn’t be found!
The more remote/quieter the place, the better for us!
The beautiful scenery and opportunity to see wild deer up close (we snuck some carrots with us hoping to see them on the day.
They were at the Kingshouse Hotel where we got changed before heading down to Glen Etive for the ceremony)
For the artistic & moody photos we knew David Ruff would be able to capture! Being Halloween, we thought it would be fun to get spooky with masks!
Our Advice for Others Getting Married
Do it your way! The day is all about you as a couple and should be celebrated the way you both want to.
It shouldn’t be stressful or about pleasing others. It’s lovely to think back to our special day knowing it was exactly what we wanted.
Photographer: David Ruff Photography
Humanist: Gary Smith – Humanist Society Scotland
Dress: Flossy & Dossy
Flowers & Buttonhole: Floral Renegade Faux Ever
Makeup: Emma Pirie – KVD Vegan Beauty Glasgow