Rachael and Donald’s day at the beach..

This remote Highland wedding ticked all of Rachael and Donald’s boxes… and all of my own. Relaxing, fun and family-focused. Perfect.

I fell in love with Camusdarach beach when I saw the film ‘Local Hero’ at the age of 17. I immediately wanted to visit so it was a bit of a dream come true to photograph a wedding there. I once went to Bogota with the band from the film (that’s a story for another blog) and every time I look at these photos, I hear their music playing in my head.

Rachael and Donald practically live on the beach. On the weekend of their wedding, there were plenty of close family camped out at the house and your adventurous photographer camped out in the garden.

I arrived by ferry, bringing their wedding flowers with me (Camusdarach isn’t the most accessible place so I transported them from Skye) and the first thing I spotted was the noticeboard in the kitchen: “Saturday: marry what’s his name”. The most relaxed bride I’ve ever seen, Rachael was ironing dresses 30 minutes before the service.

This wedding was all about family. Rachael’s father is the Provost at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness and performed the blessing; her sister travelled from Australia for the wedding; her brother gave her away; the family did the catering themselves; her mum was offering a bottle of champagne that was labelled ‘prescription’. Wine o’clock already!

And when it was all over, Rachael’s brilliant mother in law was up at 7am the next morning to make breakfast for everyone!

PS Special mention to my second shooter, Dougie from Leading Lines Photography, who not only took great photos, he also taught the bride’s son a magic trick! We’ll try anything to keep them happy for a picture.

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