Photographing Weddings Around Scotland in 2021
Despite a very late start due to you-know-what, last year turned out to be one of my most memorable years of weddings, and for all the right reasons. I visited loads of new wedding venues and worked with so many amazing people. It must also have been a record year for wedding dogs, and let us not forget Markus and Sarah’s escapologist wedding cat Paupiette too.
Over the Christmas break I had been taking a look back at the weddings I photographed around Scotland in 2021 and thought it would be fun to put together a little selection in a photo film. They aren’t in any particular order, nor are they necessarily my favourites, rather they are just the ones that jumped out at me when I sifted through more than 30 sets of wedding images – that’s about 15,000 edited photographs if you were wondering.
My weddings and elopements this year took me all over Scotland to places far and wide. I had a few trips to the Isle of Skye and a visit to Evanton, north of Inverness. During the lockdown I built myself Gloria, our campervan, so that I could combine weddings with a little bit of exploring. On the whole this worked quite well but because of all the Covid rescheduling I had a lot of weird and crazy drives too do. In particular I had to shoot Kate and Joel’s wedding and then drive home for another one the next day which resulted, effectively in a day trip to Mingary Castle – stunning, and worth the journey for sure, but it involved 10 hours of driving in one day.
Lynsey and Stuart’s summer wedding in Springkell was in an incredible heatwave and everyone spent the day huddled indoors trying to stay out of the heat. Ironically, Marie and Ryan’s wedding, which was also at Springkell, was so cold that everyone spent the day indoors trying to stay warm. I had a wedding in a treehouse at the Lodge on Loch Goil, several weddings out in the mountains in Glencoe (including one in a river), and another in a river in Glenshee.
Once the travel restrictions eased a little I also finally got to work with wedding planner Gabrielle from French Wedding in Scotland and Lisa from Tartan Weddings who specialises in brining clients to Scotland from America. Of course I had an absolute blast photographing a few elopements and little weddings with long suffering friend and Humanist Celebrant Paula as part of our Bog Cotton Scottish Elopements group (those days are typically 50% wedding / 50% wedding cake eating).
This year I already have a very full calendar of weddings and elopements to photograph and cannot wait to get started. Hopefully now that I have been able to plan the bookings a bit better I can even make better use of the campervan and explore even more of our amazing country!
I hope you enjoy the film and, if your wedding is featured please feel free to share it on your social media – it really helps!
I really love the Scottish wilderness, and dogs, by the way. Could you tell?