Wedding photography, Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands

Sophie & Peter

Outdoor Isle of Skye Wedding // Fairy Glen Ceremony With-in Lush Green Surroundings

by Andrew Wilson

Isle of Skye Wedding – I am always over the moon when I am asked to be wedding photographer for couples planning their wedding day on the Isle of Skye. Not only do I get to travel through the Highlands of Scotland, and some of the most wild and beautiful scenery in the world, on the trip North to Skye from Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow, but I also get to photograph weddings in some of the most interesting and spectacular Scottish landscape I have ever come across.

With this in mind I made another amazing trip to the Isle of Skye to be wedding photographer for Sophie and Peter's beautiful outdoor Scottish wedding at the unique and fascinating Fairy Glen.  With rounded grassy hills, unusual land formations, caves and lochans, plus a rocky protrusion which takes the form of a ruined castle, the Fairy Glen has a particularly Scottish, atmospheric and mysterious otherworldly feel. The lush green surroundings were an amazing setting for the small and intimate wedding ceremony with only the closest of family in attendance.

I began my wedding photography coverage at Sophie and Peters accommodation, Seann Druim Cottage, located on the coast in the Totternish area of the Isle of Skye, as they completed the final touches of their wedding preparations. My story telling approach means I love to capture these little moments for wedding couples to look back on and remember, which can easily be lost by the emotions of the day. Once Lynne, from Skye Beauty Salon, had beautifully completed Sophie’s make up and preparations were completed, we headed out to the cottage’s garden for a first look with Peter, and I think his reaction in the photographs says it all about his love for Sophie!

Next we made the journey to the small settlement of Balnacnoc (‘the village in the hills’) in West Totternish where the Fairy Glen awaited our arrival. A local registrar from the Highland council conducted the beautiful wedding ceremony, which included the traditional Scottish handfast wedding ritual. Now officially husband and wife Sophie, Peter and I travelled to another area of Totternish, the spectacular Quiraing. The Quiraing, a geological landslip with rocky pinnacles and wave like hill formations, is a landscape like no other and really does make for some spectacular wedding photographs. Once we had finished at the Quiraing it was time to make our way back to Sean Druim Cottage where Sophie and Peter could celebrate their wedding with their lovely daughters and close relatives. I said my goodbyes and began my journey through Scotland from the Isle of Skye back to Glasgow.

If you are feeling inspired by Sophie and Peter's beautiful wedding on the Isle of Skye and would like more information about the area, I would highly recommend the Isle of Skye and Visit Scotland websites. If you plan on making the dream of getting married on Skye a reality the Highland Council has information about how to go about it officially. 

If you think my photography style and approach are a fit for your wedding day, I would be delighted to hear from you, please get in touch by visiting my contact page. I would love to hear your wedding plans ☺

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