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Isle of Skye, Scotland Elopement

Elopement Couple on the Sligachan Bridge on the Isle of Skye

Scotland Elopement at the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye


Jolene & Mark's wedding day was almost a year ago but their elopement on the Isle of Skye in Scotland is still one of the greatest adventures I've ever photographed! They and their close family & friends traveled from the US for an amazing experience in the Scottish Highlands in August of 2023.


They began their wedding day at the Bracken Hide Hotel near the town of Portree, which has a unique set of cabins nestled into the hillside with an amazing view of the harbor and sheep freely roaming. They got to sleep in after a long day of traveling the day before (and drinking with the hotel chef and his wife until late in the night) and then had a chill morning with their friends preparing for the day. Jo did her makeup while watching her favorite makeup artist on YouTube, and then one of her bridesmaids braided her hair as she sat on the floor. It very much reminded me of slumber parties and getting ready for dances with friends, so I loved that moment for them <3



The Bracken Hide Hotel in Portree on the Isle of Skye

Sheep on the Isle of Skye

Loch Portree

Groom Pointing at Loch Portree

Bride getting ready at the Bracken Hide Hotel in Portree, Scotland

Dress hanging from a cabin at the Bracken Hide Hotel on the Isle of Skye

Bride's boots for her Scotland Elopement

Bride getting ready for her elopement in Scotland

Groom walking around the Bracken Hide Hotel on the Isle of Skye


Bride getting ready for her elopement


Jo & Mark chose to be married by the Fairy Pools, just a short drive from town on the Isle of Skye, and the mountains of the Black Cuillin made an stunning and unique backdrop for their event! As is expected in Scotland, we did experience a bit of rain during their ceremony but were prepared for the moment with umbrellas and rain jackets, which is mandatory when you're planning a wedding in this country.


Side Note: You must have a flexible mentality when it comes to elopements because you never know when things will need to change at the last minute. Originally the plan was for everyone to hike the trail to the Fair Pools and have their ceremony there, but due to mobility issues that some family members were experiencing we made a very last-minute change to have the ceremony right by the parking area so that everyone could be present. They had offered to stay behind, but it was easy to sacrifice a bit of what was envisioned so that they could be a part of the moment. And we still had access to that beautiful backdrop we had hoped for!


Bride's father walking her to her ceremony at the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye

Groom seeing his bride

bride and groom getting married at the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye



Elopement couple hand-fasting ceremony

Bride and Groom performing a hand-fasting ceremony

bride and groom eloping at the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye in Scotland

Bride and groom just married during elopement ceremony

bride and groom just married at the Fairy Pools

bride and groom after elopement in Scotland


After the ceremony, many guests joined Mark & Jo on the trail to see the Fairy Pools. The gloomy rain clouds sitting on top of the mountains are the type of scenery that fuels me, and I'm so happy to have captured those as a part of the couple's portraits. The weather began gloomy, but the sun made a very surprising appearance for us, which was a perfect time for the two of them to take a dip in the water! We had passed quite a few people who had come there to soak in the waters of the pools (the lore behind this place is intriguing!) and it only felt right that Jo & Mark dip their toes in too. Well, more like have a water fight, but what better way to start a marriage than by splashing each other with magical water??


Bride and groom hiking in rain clothes on their wedding day in Scotland

wedding party hiking in Scotland on the Isle of Skye

bride and groom hiking on the Isle of Skye at the Fairy Pools

Bride & Groom looking at the Black Cuillin mountains

Bride and groom with rain clouds over the Black Cuillin mountains

Bride and groom with the Black Cuillin mountains

wedding party cheering couple

bride and groom walking through the Scottish Highlands


bride and groom walking by the Black Cuillin mountains


bride and groom by the Black Cuillin mountains


bride and groom walking through the water on the Isle of Skye

Bride and groom walking through the water at the Fairy Pools

bride and groom in the fair pools on the Isle of Skye

Bride and groom on the Isle of Skye in the Fairy Pools

bride and groom splashing each other in the fairy pools on the Isle of Skye

elopement couple in the fairy pools in Scotland




elopement couple on the Isle of Skye

bride and groom kissing


bride and groom by a waterfall at the Fair Pools on the Isle of Skye

bride and groom by a waterfall at the Fair Pools on the Isle of Skye


bride and groom happy on their wedding day


elopement couple hiking the fairy pools on the Isle of Skye in Scotland

wedding guests hiking at the Fairy Pools



To celebrate afterward, everyone went to the Seumas's Bar in Sligachan for dinner and drinks. However, we did pop outside after dinner for a few pictures on the famous Sliigachan Bridge at sunset. It was a quick moment though because the midges (kind of like mosquitoes with teeth) were devouring us, so if you come to Scotland don't forget to find midge spray when you arrive there!




Bride and groom by a phone booth on the Isle of Skye in Scotland

bride and groom kissing by a phone booth

Wedding party eating dinner in Scotland

land and sea dinner

bride and groom at dinner in Scotland

bride and groom on the Sligachan Bridge

elopement couple on the Sligachan bridge

bride and groom on elopement day on the Sligachan Bridge

Scottish family crest pin

bride and groom wedding rings

Bride and Groom after Elopement in Scotland

groom kissing bride's cheek on elopement day

To end the evening, anyone who wasn't already exhausted from the long day went to their accommodations, changed, and then hit up a festival in Portree for the remainder of the night! And after a few days of exploring Scotland alone, Jo & Mark headed off to Iceland (if my memory serves me right) to end an unforgettable wedding adventure together!

 

If you're considering Scotland for your wedding destination, read my post on How To Get Married in Scotland, then fill out the contact form below to ask questions or schedule a phone/video consult to brainstorm ideas on planning your dream wedding day!



 
U.S. Destination Elopement Photographer - Wild North Weddings

Hey there! I'm Carly - The owner of Wild North Weddings and a photographer specializing in documenting weddings and elopements across the U.S. If you love the idea of a wedding with adventure, excitement, and a little romance sprinkled in, let's talk about how I can help you create and capture the wedding day of your dreams!

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