A Sunny Early Spring Elopement Wedding at Dunscaith Castle, Isle of Skye
by Andrew Wilson
Isle of Skye Elopement Wedding Photography, Dunscaith Castle – The Isle of Skye, situated off the north west coast of mainland Scotland, is an Island of many personalities, changing mood depending on what the legendry Scottish weather is serving. One day the Isle of Skye can be typically Scottish, dark, brooding and stormy, the next, living up to it’s name, ‘The Misty Isle’, veiled in a shroud of soft and atmospheric mist or it could be none of those things and be bright, sunny and glorious, with clear skies, twinkling lochs and seas, and uninterrupted jaw dropping views.
I love to photograph weddings on Skye in all these weather conditions, as each situation provides new opportunities and possibilities for photographing my wedding couples in the islands beautiful landscape. As it happened when I travelled from Glasgow up the West Coast of Scotland and through the Scottish Highlands to be Rachel and Jonny’s wedding photographer, the weather was feeling in a forgiving mood! What a gorgeous and sunny day it was early spring in Scotland when I arrived on Skye for Rachel and Jonny’s gorgeous elopement wedding. With only a smattering of clouds in the sky, the coastline and mountains around their chosen wedding ceremony location, Dunscaith Castle, could be seen as far as the eye could see.
Over the years I have photographed a few weddings at Dunscaith Castle, and it is a truly beautiful location. Dunscaith Castle, also named Dun Scaich, Dun Sgathaich Castle or Tokavaig, is situated on a rocky outcrop in the Isle of Sleat area of Skye. A ruined Castle with an interesting history and the home of mythical warrior maiden, Scáthach, and also ominously known as the ‘Fortress of Shadows’.
Before we made our way to Dunscaith Castle for the wedding ceremony, I met Rachel and Jonny at their accommodation for some last-minute preparation photographs and to capture a lovely first look moment. We then made our way through the glorious landscape of golden grasses and moss, with the snow-capped mountains in the distance, to Dunscaith Castle, where we were met with a lone piper and wonderful Humanist Celebrant, Penelope Hamilton. The beautiful wedding ceremony was conducted as a traditional Scottish Handfast ritual and concluded with a wee dram to seal the deal!
It was another truly wonderful elopement wedding and an amazing day, I wish Rachel and Jonny many years of love and happiness and hope they take away amazing memories of their wedding here in Skye.
If you are feeling inspired by Rachel and Jonny’s beautiful Scottish elopement wedding and would like more information about visiting the Isle of Skye, I would highly recommend the Isle of Skye and Visit Scotland websites. If you plan on making the dream of eloping to Scotland a reality the National Records of Scotland 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 ☺