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Embracing the Unpredictable: How to Make The Most of Your Elopement, Rain or Shine

April 3, 2024

Scotland, with its dramatic landscapes and ever-changing skies, offers a backdrop for elopements that’s as unforgettable as your love story. Yet, if there’s one thing you can expect with Scottish weather, it’s to expect the unexpected. Far from being a deterrent, we believe that the unpredictable weather adds a layer of magic and adventure to your elopement. Here’s how to make the most of Scotland’s weather, come rain, shine, or the much-loved misty conditions.

The Charm of Scottish Weather

First off, let’s talk about the weather. Yes, Scotland is famous for its four-seasons-in-a-day climate, but that’s precisely what gives it its character. From gentle drizzles to enchanting mists, the weather here adds depth and emotion to your elopement photos. Remember, clouds are nature’s softbox (there’s a geeky photography term for you); they scatter the light beautifully, creating conditions that photographers dream about. So, if you wake up to a cloudy day, smile knowing your photos will have that soft, romantic quality that clear skies just can’t provide.

The Golden and Blue Hours

We’re not fans of the harsh midday sun, especially in the summer, and you shouldn’t be either. The high sun casts strong shadows, which can be unflattering in photos.

Instead, we embrace the so-called “golden hour” – the first and last hours of sunlight, which offer a warm, golden glow perfect for romantic shots. Then there’s the blue hour, the time just before sunrise and just after sunset, offering a soft, mystical light. Planning your ceremony around these times not only ensures stunning photos but also brings a natural, relaxed pace to your day.

Weather-Proofing Your Elopement

While we love Scotland’s moody weather, a little preparation goes a long way. Opt for layers – you’ll thank us when a brisk wind sweeps across the glen. For brides, consider a tartan shawl or a chic jacket that complements your dress. Grooms can layer up with stylish vests and tailored coats. And let’s not forget about footwear; stylish, waterproof boots can be a game-changer for outdoor ceremonies. Please don’t even think about wearing traditional footwear! Nothing kills your enthusiasm quicker that cold, wet feet. (Pro-tip – consider investing in waterproof socks but get used to them first… they feel weird!)

Embracing Flexibility

Flexibility is key to enjoying your Scottish elopement to the fullest. Weather can change quickly, so being open to adjusting your plans ensures a stress-free day. It’s all about the adventure, after all. Trust us to find the perfect moment and location, making the most of the dramatic skies and changing lights to capture the essence of your love story.

We often don’t choose the exact ceremony time until the day before and we have been known to decide the morning of.

The more flexible you guys can be, the better.

Why We Love the Mist

There’s something ethereal about misty weather that we can’t get enough of. It wraps the landscape in a soft, romantic veil, creating an intimate atmosphere that’s perfect for elopements. Misty conditions bring a sense of mystery and timelessness to your photos, adding a layer of depth that bright sunshine simply can’t match. Think of almost any Scotland based movie or TV Show (Outlander, Braveheart, Harry Potter, Rob Roy) and you will almost definitely conjure up visions of misty, moody weather.

To sum it up….

Your elopement is a celebration of your unique love story, set against the backdrop of Scotland’s landscapes. The weather, with all its unpredictability, adds to the narrative, making your day truly one-of-a-kind.

We specialise in capturing the beauty of every moment, come rain or shine, ensuring your elopement photos are as timeless as your love.

So, let’s embrace the adventure together, making the most of Scotland’s stunning scenery, no matter the weather. After all, it’s not just about the photos (is it crazy we say that as photographers?!) it’s about the unforgettable experience of saying “I do” in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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