If you’re deliberating over whether or not to elope, or if you’ve ever wondered what eloping actually involves – then Katie and Jason’s Glencoe elopement wedding is a must read. I’ll be honest with you, until I’d read this, I wasn’t entirely sure of the logistics of an elopement and so this was a fascinating read.
Luckily as well as Katie’s advice, The Gibsons were on hand to capture everything for us, including the utterly gorgeous wild deer. And even though it looks flippin’ freezing, these two love birds just radiate warmth and joy. It’ll make you feel weak at the knees, I promise!
Katie the Bride: We really wanted to elope! We didn’t want the speeches, masses of people and the cutting of the cake. Which is everything that we love at other people’s weddings but it just wasn’t what we wanted and would keep us up at night worrying about it. The only problem with eloping is our mums wouldn’t get to see us get married. Our friends would understand but would our mums?
The wedding idea turned into a plan when we decided that our mums had to be there and they would be our witnesses and only guests. We would get married in the Glasgow, have the dress, the car, the makeup, hair, flowers, photography everything but then we would also do our highland mini moon photo shoot, our elopement; just us and our dog Jock.
I started my suppliers search online and found Unbridaled in Ayr, I followed the Facebook page immediately and just knew I would get my dress from there. She announced a sample sale so I booked in straight away. This was my first time trying on wedding dresses, the third dress made me cry, it was my dress ‘Clare’. I told Emily I had seen a picture of this dress online and it felt like I should be in the highlands wearing a floral crown, she got me a crown to try on and that was it, I took the dress home.
My wedding dress was altered by Fabricated Bridal in Glasgow, I only had 3 weeks until the wedding and this was not an issue for them, they booked me in and made the dress fit perfectly and added a more flattering neckline.
My incredible makeup and hair was done by Fiona Park on both days. She again created two completely different looks with makeup, glam for the City and more Natural for the highlands.
Emily at Unbridaled recommended Lisa at Floral Menagerie for my floral crowns. Lisa is so talented she got my vision of looking bold and bright with a pink floral crown in the City and then a more subtle and classic colour scheme for the highlands shoot.
Next we found the The Gibsons Photographers, again we stalked their facebook page. Chantal and Scott were really excited about the highlands shoot but were already booked on our wedding day so put us in touch with Kristin at Struve Photgraphy. She was the perfect fit for us and has given us some amazing pictures from our wedding day.
Met Cars provided the wedding car, which was followed by the owner of the business in a car with shovels due to all the snow from ‘The beast from the east’. How Ian our driver managed to get in front of the hotel with all that ice I will never know but he was wonderful and kept our mums warm in the Viscount Landaulette drinking prosecco while we had our photographs taken in the city. We had our wedding meal in the whisky room at One Devonshire Gardens (Hotel du Vin) Glasgow.
Jay looked so handsome in his kilt which he got from McCalls in Glasgow. We called in on the off chance and the ladies got him trying on, more importantly we were shown how to wear the kilt and how to tie the shoes ect, something that took a lot more effort than I first thought. We even got a matching bow tie for our dog.
Glencoe Scotland Elopement
Since moving to Glasgow in 2016 we have been through Glencoe so many times and each time it looks so different, we have been with snow, rain, sunshine and each time it is just beautiful. We hired a cottage for our mini-moon in Ballachulish. The weather was not looking too great but we were determined to have a great day.
Fiona travelled from Glasgow to do my hair and makeup, she is so talented she makes you feel like the best version of yourself. She kindly helped me get into my wedding dress again.
Chantal then arrived with Martin who was helping her for the day. She bought with her my floral crown and Jay’s button hole from Lisa. We had a quick chat about what we might want, we had one request, one good picture with our dog. It seemed an impossible task especially with the wind and the rain but we thought it would be fun trying.
We managed to get down the drive before we stopped to take pictures next to where we were staying. The water, the mountains it all just looked so beautiful and luckily the rain had stopped for a few minutes.
From that point on we knew it was going to be a fun day. We told Chantal and Martin we were up for anything and if they pull over because they see something they like then we will just follow. That’s how the day went, lots of laughs as we wandered up and over rocks. Posed next to some trees (I was sceptical about the beauty of bare trees until I saw the pictures). I wore walking boots, I could not have done the shoot in heels. My mum had made me an Arran cardigan that I had with me and it fit the highland shoot, so I ended up wearing it for most of the day.
Being in Glencoe was one of the best days of our lives, we are so luckily to have some incredible pictures and memories in one of the most beautiful places on earth, we got our wish of our family picture with our Jock and amazingly we even got a picture with deer!