Loch Lomond Elopement
Today I am sharing the story of Kayleigh and Riley’s Scottish Loch Lomond Elopement. They decided to come all the way to wild Scotland to celebrate their love and elope in an intimate ceremony. Their reason for eloping to Scotland was simple – they wanted to start their new life together without a buzz of a big wedding and do something adventurous instead.
South Queensferry Wedding Ceremony
As they didn’t want to leave out their closest family members they’ve chosen to have a simple registrars ceremony witnessed by their parents at South Queensferry Registrars Office. South Queensferry is a cute little coastal town close to Edinburgh with the gorgeous views of Forth Bridges. It was a gorgeous emotional ceremony all the way since the first tones of Only the Beginning of the Adventure Kayleigh walked down the aisle to, bursting into tears. (Got me teary as well as I just love this song from The Chronicles of Narnia.) …to the moment they read out their handwritten wedding vows to each other. It was late in the afternoon and we just about managed to get couple portraits before it got too dark. The main part of their Scottish adventure was still to follow though.
Scottish Hiking Elopement in Loch Lomond
The day after the ceremony we headed to Loch Lomond for adventure hike photoshoot in their wedding attire… We met on a cloudy afternoon with a forecast of rain – as you’d expect from autumnal Scotland. Kayleigh put on her hiking wedding boots by the car. Wedding dress + bride in hiking boots = ultimate LOVE. And we walked to the loch, taking in the beautiful views. Couple of shots with the beautiful backdrop of hills surrounding Loch Lomond… We packed our backpacks with flasks of hot tea and headed up the hill, taking photos along the way. The path winding through a gorgeous forest, still no rain in sight. Kayleigh’s dress occasionally getting tangled in the branches on the side of the path.
We passed a kissing gate when the terrain steepened for the final section of the ascent with the set of steep stairs. Riley helping to hold Kayleigh’s dress so she can walk easier. It was incredibly windy and freezing cold on the summit. The initial thoughts of reading the wedding vows up there had to be left behind as the notes would simply fly away. So we went for the first official dance instead before we had to warm up with some tea. The landscape below us was magnificent and there was not a single person in sight apart from us.
On the way down we put on the head torches and they’ve helped to create some magical after sunset portraits. And it was then the rain started to we hurried back to our cars to say goodbyes. Kayleigh & Riley were leaving for a great road trip around Scotland as their honeymoon in the next days. It was a day to remember… Something they would not have done usually and perfect way to start their married life together.
Kind Words from the couple
“The most wonderful experience! Anna is so kind and a brilliant photographer. We hiked up a mountain in our wedding gear (in November) whilst Anna supplied us with warming tea and great conversation. As a couple we don’t pose for the camera often but we were made to feel at ease and the creativity and thoughtfulness of the photographs are just beyond expectations. We want to thank Anna so much and wish her the best for the future! Would highly recommend!”
Scottish Elopement Suppliers
Location: South Queensferry & Loch Lomond, Scotland | Photographer: Ceranna Photography | Wedding Dress: Rara Avis | Celebrant: South Queensferry Registrar | Florist: Rose and Ammi | Hair: Chloe at the Ashley Clarke Salon
Ceranna Photography is Anna Cervinkova – Scotland based adventure elopement photographer. Available for booking UK and EU wide and for destination adventure elopements. With passion for natural light and capturing emotions, she’s all about getting to know you and help you make your day perfect. Find out more info about Scottish elopement packages here: Elopement & Wedding Photography Pricing.
Frequently Asked Questions
In Scotland it’s legal to elope absolutely anywhere. If you choose to have a Humanist celebrant, they can legally marry you in the hills or wilderness, wherever you want.
Loch Lomond has many gorgeous hidden spots for elopement. The most popular scenic hills are Conic Hill and Ben A’an. These are quite touristic though. You can just ask me and I’ll recommend some places which are more off the beaten track.