Glencoe Micro Wedding – Thea and Oliver
Scotland might just be the best place to get married right now. Even with the current restrictions you can easily make use of the fact that you can get married pretty much anywhere you like, and you can have a humanist celebrant who will conduct a perfectly legal ceremony for you at your chosen location. Because it can therefore be outdoors you don’t have to wear a mask and you have loads of space to keep a safe distance. I had already been moving towards specialising in these smaller weddings now for years so, for me, this is a little bit of a silver lining in an otherwise difficult time. Unlike so many of my England-based counterparts I have actually been rather busy lately, and still have several small weddings before Christmas! Incidentally, if I am to avoid becoming a dinosaur I should point out that these days it isn’t simply enough to call this a small Glencoe wedding – it now has to be a Glencoe Micro Wedding… I shall add that to my ever expanding list of new wedding terminology that has been invented since I began photographing weddings 20 years ago.
Thea and Oliver wanted a really simple and small wedding somewhere with mountains and a nice Scottish feel about it. After a few emails back and forth they settled on Glencoe, somewhere I seem to have driven through every week recently on my way to other weddings. They chose a lovely farmhouse and initially planned to drive out to the location of another of my weddings at the opposite end of the Glen itself but, in very Scottish style, the weather seemed a bit dreich when I drove through that morning (and Ollie actually managed to ruin his phone when he was scoping out the location in the horizontal rain the previous day) so we decided to simply have the ceremony in the little garden at the house itself. I would normally have been working with my good friend and wedding partner Humanist Paula at today’s Glencoe Micro Wedding but then she had a baby and her equally amazing colleague from Fuze Ceremonies Lucy Black came along instead.
After a few quick photographs at the house, including some with the happy couple’s dog Augie obviously, we set off a few miles back along the road, towards the Kingshouse Hotel where they had booked a meal, stopping for photographs at nice spots in the Glencoe valley itself. We even took a detour down Glen Etive for a few minutes so that we could include some wedding photographs of the statuesque peak of Buachaille Etive Mòr, looking fine in the autumn light, and the lovely river Etive meandering down the valley. Incidentally, you can see some more photographs of the area from the engagement photoshoot I did in the depths of winter last year.
When we’d had enough of wandering around the glens of Scotland in the surprisingly warm sunshine we headed back to the Kingshouse Hotel. Thea and Oliver had managed to score a last-minute reservation for everyone enabling them to have a cosy but safe meal and speeches with the most amazing mountain backdrop you could imagine. There are aways deer hanging about there too for an added bonus.
If you are thinking of planning your own Glencoe Micro Wedding, or even having a Glencoe Elopement (like Ami and Andrew did here) please get in touch and we will be very happy to help. As I mentioned earlier I work closely with a humanist celebrant named Paula and we specialise in helping couples put together very simple small weddings in the western Highlands with absolutely zero fuss.