Valentine’s Day Arisaig Wedding Photographs

Arisaig Wedding Photographs – Zahra and Angus

After a very busy 2019 (54 weddings and elopements!) I was enjoying pottering about the place, renovating my new house, doing a spot of gardening in between sleet showers and generally catching up. That was until my very good friend, and humanist celebrant, Paula sent me a message out of the blue saying that she had a couple who were getting married in Arisaig on Valentine’s day and they didn’t have a photographer. She was also muttering about Zahra’s amazing eyebrows too but that’s more of a girl thing perhaps. Very soon after Paula’s call the bride and groom themselves, Zahra and Angus, contacted me and before I knew it I was driving north again to shoot some more wonderful Arisaig wedding photographs!

Angus and Zahra’s wedding was very small with about 12 or so people there (and one baby) and they had rented the phenomenal Driftwood House, at the northern end of the small village of Arisag. Driftwood House was the location of my first ever Arisaig wedding at the end of 2017! That was also an absolutely freezing cold day but it was sunny, unlike Valentine’s day this year where the sleet was blowing through at regular intervals.

Zahra’s stunning dress was a Temperley of London gown from Rachel Scott Couture in Edinburgh. Interestingly I actually photographed Rachel’s own wedding a few years ago too! The dress was genuinely one of the most beautiful I had ever seen but the delicate lace work didn’t offer much protection against the icy wind blowing in off of the nearby sea. Imagine my surprise when Zahra and Angus both told me that they were perfectly happy to go to the nearby Camusdarach beach for a few photographs. Zahra had even bought her wellies in preparation. She totally rocked the industrial-romantic look.

It is only a very short walk to the beach but to avoid having to be outside for any longer than absolutely necessary we drove to the car park and braced ourselves for the cold (I say ourselves, but I was wearing Smartwool thermals and a down jacket so I couldn’t really complain). Going by the camera times recorded on the photographs I took we were outside for just 11 minutes so it goes to show how much you can get done in a very short space of time. Unless the weather is clearly atrocious I always encourage people to go our for photographs if they have had any idea of doing so – I know from speaking to many brides after their weddings that they really regretted not just going for it. We can make a lot of memorable images in a very short space of time and you’ll be back in your cosy cottage before you know it.

Paula and I have worked together quite a few times over the past year or so and we have teamed up to form Bog Cotton Scottish Elopements, an informal collective to help people organise their elopements and small weddings on the west coast of the Highlands, Glencoe and Perthshire. Because of this I shall be working up north even more this year and cannot wait to get my teeth stuck into making more Arisaig wedding photographs very soon!

Fancy the look of Arisaig? Enjoyed looking through the photographs? Fallen in love with Zahra’s dress? Please, let me know in the comments section at the end of the post – I love to hear your feedback!

Would you like to see more Arisaig Wedding Photographs? Take a look at the following weddings:

Location // Driftwood House, Arisaig
Humanist Celebrant // Paula Wilkinson
Catering // Claire Gunner
Piper // Angus Binnie
Florist // McDonald Bros
Dress // Temperley of London from Rachel Scott Couture


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