Alisha & James's Romantic Cliff Top Dunnottar Castle Wedding
As a wedding photographer who travels all around the breath-taking Scottish Highlands not just to photograph weddings and elopements, but also for pleasure, the ancient fortress of Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire on the east coast of Scotland, has long been on my wish list as a wedding photography location. An Iconic Scottish Castle and an Instagram favourite, with its haunting cliff top setting on a jutting protrusion, it makes for a magical and wildly romantic backdrop for exchanging wedding vows and is a both a wedding and non-wedding photographer’s paradise!
To say I was delighted would be an understatement when Scottish wedding planner Sara from Weddings by Sara Jane, contacted me to ask if I was available to photograph Alisha And James’s, who had travelled across the Atlantic from North America to Scotland, elopement wedding at Dunnottar Castle last year. At just over a two-hour drive from Scotland’s biggest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh and just thirty minutes from Scotland’s third biggest, thriving and cosmopolitan Aberdeen, Dunnottar’s wild and remote seeming Scottish Highland location is very accessible and easy to travel to.
I met lovely James and Alisha to begin their elopement wedding photography coverage on the cliff tops next to the castle, the skirl of traditional Scottish bagpipe accompanied Alisha’s approach to the setting of the vow exchange, where James was waiting. A beautiful traditional Scottish handfast ritual completed their vows as a local registrar conducted the romantic ceremony. With Alisha and James officially betrothed we then made our way to the castle itself, making the most of the ancient walls for the wedding photography, taking a quiet moment to look out to the expansive North Sea beyond the castle walls.
To complete the wedding day we then returned to Alisha and James’s hotel, Banochry Lodge on the banks of the River Dee. With its lush surrounding, I shot my final photographs then left Alisha and James to enjoy the rest of their wedding day together.
If you are feeling inspired by Alisha and James’s romantic elopement wedding in Scotland and would like to find out more about the legalities of getting married in Aberdeenshire the local registry office has the information you need. The Visit Aberdeenshire site also has loads of information about the local area and its many attractions.
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