A wedding story
A beautiful wedding planned from across the ocean. Claire and Ian created an elegant Scottish wedding for an intimiate group of family and friends. The group stayed and held their reception at the timeless Eilean Iarmain Hotel on Skye and married in the Banquetting Hall of Eilean Donan Castle.
We had met several months before the wedding when the couple flew in for a giddy pre wedding Highland tour and an engagement photo shoot in the Fairy Glen. We were lucky to be joined by friend and colleague Penny Hardie who provided all the behind the scenes shots of me lying in bracken, clambering around on hillsides and generally rolling around in mud to get the perfect shot!
Claire had spent time at university in St Andrews and while on Skye she found a happy coincidence that her minister from St Andrews is now the minister for Strath and that he would be able to conduct their wedding ceremony at Eilean Donan Castle.
Fast forward to June and Claire, Ian and friends spent time together in London before travelling to Skye for their perfect day. I loved documenting all the little moments of getting ready, to the drive to the castle and Claire’s delight as we saw Eilean Donan for the first time, the ceremony, the formal group shots and the hilarity of the informal couple shots on the terrace at the castle – especially when the breeze played havoc with Claire’s veil and Ian’s kilt! After friends and family left for pre dinner drinks at Eilean Iarmain we took a photo tour, driven in luxury by the ever cheerful Cameron around some of the beautiful spots between the castle and the hotel. We were lucky that the gorgeous yacht the Hebridean Pricess was in port that evening and spent some time admiring her and taking images while the passengers waved their best wishes to the bride and groom. Arriving ( a little late due to the beautiful evening!) back at the hotel there was dinner in the cosy consevatory, moving speeches, a divine dinner and partying that drifted in the wee small hours.
Hair and make up: Heather at Bee Bonnie Bridal Skye and Lochalsh
Flowers: Donald at Loch Duich Plants
Venue: Eilean Iarmain Hotel
Ceremony: Eilean Donan Castle
Chaffeur services: Cameron at Scottish Car Tours
BTS engagment shots : Penny at Penny Hardie Photography