Niko & Crawfords Romantic Winter Isle of Skye Wedding at Dun Beag Broch
Dun Beag Broch on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, is a new elopement wedding location for me. It was wonderful to be the wedding photographer for Niko and Crawford’s Scottish elopement there last November. I have photographed many weddings on the Isle of Skye and the Scottish Highlands over the years. It is a real treat to discover somewhere new!
The historic 2000-year-old Iron Age broch, a traditional dwelling house, of which there are many dotted around the Highlands of Scotland, made an atmospheric backdrop for the wedding ceremony conducted using the ancient and romantic Scottish Handfast wedding ritual. Surrounded by scenery to rival any in the Scottish Highlands, the broch is only a twenty-five-minute drive from the Isle of Skye’s biggest town, Portree. With Niko travelling all the way from Alaska in the States, it felt immensely special to think that Niko and Crawford were adding another piece of human history to the already ancient story of this building set in Scotland’s wilderness.
The Wedding Day
The day began at Niko and Crawford traditional thatched Blackhouse accommodation. The Isle of Skye has several of these cottages available to stay in across the island and they make a cosy and unique experience. Niko and Crawford stayed at Beinn Derg Cottage, set in lovely countryside a short drive from Broadford, Skye’s second-largest town. Once Niko and Crawford had had their first look (I personally love these moments and the genuine reactions and emotions they cause) we make our way to Dun Beag Broch. When we arrived a Scottish piper accompanied the short walk to the broch where the touching Handfast wedding ceremony was conducted beautifully by humanist celebrant Laura Gillespie. After a celebratory nip of Lagavulin Whisky, we embarked on a tour of the Isle of Skye for post-wedding photographs. The Island was looking particularly beautiful with snow-capped mountains and autumnal colours, we visited Sligachan at the foot of the Cuillin Hills, beautiful forest near the town of Broadford and breath-taking Loch Slapin at the base of imposing mountain Bla Bheinn. As the day drew to an end Niko and Crawford ventured off to start writing the next chapter of their history together.
If you are feeling inspired by Niko and Crawford’s beautiful elopement in Scotland 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.
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