Shanna and Brian travelled from Seattle, USA to get married at Dunscaith Castle on the south end of the Isle of Skye. Theirs was a true elopement because not a soul knew their intentions before they flew across the Atlantic ocean to Scotland. As far as their family and friends were concerned it was just another vacation.
They arrived on Skye at their accommodation a couple of days before the wedding and we met for coffee with Sonja, my wonderful friend, who would be conducting the ceremony. Whilst they tucked into breakfast (Brian went for the full Scottish including haggis and black pudding) we discussed plans for the wedding the next day. I explained that weather wise, who knows what will happen, you just have to hope for the best and go with it, but as it turned out, we ended up with blue skies with just a little cloud, which made for some very dramatic shots.
When I met Shanna and Brian on the morning of the wedding (at their fabby little apartment Shiloh) Shanna was just putting together her bouquet and a buttonhole from a selection of wild flowers they had collected that morning while out on a walk. I was so impressed how quickly and beautifully she put together the flowers – a very talented and creative young woman!
While Shanna was busy doing with the flowers and getting herself ready, Brian was finishing off his vows and a short while later we were setting off to meet with Sonja, and the two witnesses she had arranged, at the ceremony spot.
The ceremony itself was incredibly emotional. I always feel it is such a privilege to be part of such an intimate moment between a couple and listening to the vows they made each other was just wonderful. After the vows, the rings and the kiss, they danced to their favourite couple of tunes and then signed the documents that made it all legal and then we spent a few hours driving around, chatting and photographing, before they went off to a lovely local restaurant for their wedding meal.
Here are a few photographs from Shanna and Brian’s amazing elopement on the Isle of Skye.