As we near St Andrews day I am excited to share this incredible rustic and wild Highland elopement shoot in beautiful Glen Etive.
Scotland has an unique combination of history, tradition and romance, coupled with incredible scenery.
Our countryside is unlike anywhere else with rugged mountains, picturesque lochs, and beatiful heather in bloom making for dramatic landscapes.
Thats before you get to the golf, the whisky, the football, the culture, the iconic Scottish figureheads, the amazing architecture, the incredible events such as the Edinburgh Festival and T in the Park, and the unparallelled welcome you get from the Scottish people.
It may be just to chase Ancestry, or to live that Braveheart fantasy , to revel in the poetry of Rabbie Burns or to soak up all the Tartan dreams that you have, but all brought together Scotland is a fantastic place to live, a brilliant place to visit and an incredible place to get married.
Danielle says of the shoot…
Earlier this month I travelled to the Highlands of Scotland to join a team of creatives on a styled shoot portfolio builder.
Over the years I have been involved in and organised many photo shoots but none quite like this one.
Honestly, if you ever get the chance to visit this majestic place you must jump at it!
I believe styled shoots are the perfect way for wedding suppliers to work as a team to create a visual using their combined talents in order to showcase a theme, feel or idea on how they could help to make your wedding wonderful.
For me these days are as much about who we work with as who we are trying to attract.
Everyones efforts are just as important as each others, from the person supplying hand dried florals to hand dyed ribbons, from the stylist to the stationer, from the photographer to the blogger and everyone in between.
As a wedding stylist I love to work with new people, travel to new places and more than anything learn new things.
This Highland elopement shoot stretched my imagination and my limits, inspired me and pushed me. Stepping out of comfort zones can me scary but wow, it can also be crazy exciting!
Whether you are new to the wedding industry or not these types of workshops can be a great way to get your items, products or images out in to the world.
Days spent with like minded creative souls can truly lift your energies and build your confidence as well as your portfolio!
These images are from one of the lovely photographers who attended the portfolio builder. Let me introduce you to Adam of Adam Hudson Photography, genuine all round northern nice guy who I hope to one day work with again….
Adam says of the shoot…
How long have I been shooting?
I’m a relative newbie in the industry having only been shooting 3 years but I’m such a huge believer in photography being just as much about your chemistry with the couple your shooting as being able to know how to work the complex piece of equipment in your hand.
If they naturally feel comfortable with whoever is the other side of the camera, the results will be reflective of this in the final images.
Style wise, I’ve never really shoehorned myself into any particular style. My style is and will always be adaptable to both the situations I shoot within and the needs of the couples I work with.
If my couples want to run off up a mountain for instance, I’m not the type of person to say no but equally if they don’t that’s completely fine too.
I do shoot pretty unobtrusively for the large part of the wedding day but I’m also not the type of photographer who will say you won’t notice I’m there.
I do however always feel like more of a friend than a photographer with each of my couples by the time the wedding finishes and that is an aspect of my job I always truly valued the most.
I haven’t really done much in terms of styled shoots before but I’m a huge lover of the outdoors, adventurous couples and Scotland so this Highland elopement workshop ticked every one of my boxes.
It also gave me the perfect opportunity to meet some incredible suppliers and network with some equally talented photographers and videographers.
What did I get from the shoot?
The shoot really made me think about photography much more than just images of the couple themselves but more about how the surroundings are equally as important in any love story as the love itself.
The Scottish Highlands are famed for romance and you can really understand why when you step foot into the raw wilderness.
The road on the way to the Loch at the end of Glen Etive is around 12 miles into the bare rugged Highlands and for a journey that should have taken around 30 minutes, it took an hour, as I stopped around every corner to capture the ever changing landscape, it truly is one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever been.
Throw a wonderfully adventurous couple into the mix where no incline was too steep; no puddle too muddy and no breeze too cold and we had the perfect subject matter to match the surroundings.
We are incredibly fortunate as a nation that we can get married just about anywhere.
As well as one of our stunning Castles, auld Historic Keeps, beautiful Country Houses, modern city Boutique Hotels, we have the opportunity to wed on a boat, up a mountain, our back gardens, a handfasting in a forest glade, a cliffside or anywhere else that you can imagine, and we can do this without having to go through the formalities separately before.
This makes Scotland a huge draw for planning those bohemian, laid back weddings and events that are much more a reflection of ourselves rather than being conformed to conventiality, and this Highland elopement shoot proves that.
The breathtaking concept and awesome team of suppliers were handpicked by Michaela from the Adventure Always Community, who also happens to be a fantastic photographer.
Highland Elopement Shoot Vendors
Creative Direction and Concept – Adventure Always
Photography – Adam Hudson Photography
Styling – Danielle at The Wedding Hub
Bridal gowns – Lisa Lyons Bridal
Kilt grooms wear – Kilt Society
Tweed Grooms-wear – The Vintage Suit Hire Company
Florals – Rosehip and Wren
Cake and biscuits – Ruby and Pearl Cake Art
Stationery – Darling Ivy
Ceramics Crockery – Kari Ceramic
Silk Ribbons – Pom Pom Blossom
HMUA – Clare Pearson
Coast Wedding Rings – Hannah Louise Lamb
Copper Arch – Rustic Love
Dog – Sunny
Models – Danielle Christine and David McGeachy