Culzean Castle Elopement Photofilm – Erin and Brett
It was fair to say that I was probably almost as excited about meeting Erin and Brett as they were about getting married. We had been in touch back and forth by email for months before their Culzean Castle elopement and I couldn’t wait to meet them both in person.
Unusually for me I wasn’t working alone today. My lovely wife Fiona was along for the afternoon to pass me snacks (otherwise I get hangry apparently) and shoot some video alongside me and so, after dropping our dog Chip at his dog-sitter (who actually lives just up the road) we arrived at Culzean in the pouring rain to meet the very happy couple. Erin and Brett had seen the little photofilm I made about Catherine and Dominic’s Isle of Skye elopement and wanted a little bit of video coverage of their own day. For this blog post I took a few snippets of that footage and mixed it with my photographs to make this short film.
Erin and Brett, who were coming all the way from Canada to Scotland for a secret wedding, are massive Braveheart fans and had incorporated elements of the famous story into their own day, such as the oathing stone, during their ceremony. The Oathing Stone is an old Scottish tradition where the couple place their hands upon a stone while saying their wedding vows. They didn’t happen to have one handy so the very first thing we did was take a little walk down to the shoreline at Culzean Castle where Erin and Brett both picked a stone each.
As I mentioned earlier, our plans for the ceremony were slightly skewed by the bad weather but the staff at Culzean were amazingly accommodating as ever and helped us work around the rain showers. The first part of the ceremony was in the oval room and then, as the damp lifted, we decided to have Part 2 outside overlooking the sea towards the distant Isle of Arran.
I really like working at Culzean for many reasons, one of which is the variety of locations that are on offer for photography, both indoors and out. One such gem is the newly opened Orangery, which is basically a giant light and airy conservatory (no oranges sadly), so we decided to pop along there for some photographs as soon as the ceremony had finished. Then, after a quick scoot through the estate in the golf buggy we had a few pictures on the bridge and in the ancient woodlands. Beautiful!
As I mentioned earlier, Erin and Brett had kept their Scottish elopement a complete secret so they told their parents via Skype afterwards. As an outsider it was very amusing to get to listen to everyone’s reactions from overseas in Canada.
As well as being super-kind and giving us amazing gifts, including two Prince Edward Island coffee mugs that are used daily, Erin and Brett wrote a lovely review on Facebook too!
“Trevor photographed our secret elopement wedding in Scotland at Culzean Castle in September 2019. From the very beginning, I knew we were in good hands. He went above and beyond for us – recommending florists, caterers, answering any questions we had about the venue… even providing us with an amazing videographer (his lovely wife Fiona) to help capture our day. His photographs of our wedding and the castle are absolutely stunning!! Most importantly, we didn’t even realize he was taking the photos! His photography style makes everything feel so natural and relaxed so we really enjoyed the day without any stress! He also gave us our photos very quickly, which was great for our family and friends back home. Thanks so much Trevor! We are forever grateful! “
I’ve photographed loads of great weddings and elopements at Culzean Castle over the past few years. You can take a look at a few of them here https://www.silverphotography.co.uk/tag/culzean-castle/. If you are looking for a similar photofilm combination of video and photography for your own wedding then please do get in touch and we can have a chat about what we can do for your own wedding.
Now, turn up the volume a little bit and enjoy a couple of minutes of Culzean Castle elopement fun! And please do let me know what you think in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you.