Elope to Scotland
Highland Heart Photography
Wedding and Engagement photography for small weddings and couples who choose to elope to Scotland.
From the heart of the Scottish Highlands.
Covid Weddings? Yes – you can get married!
Covid hasn’t made the world of wedding planning very easy – but I’m happy to say that I’m seeing an increasing number of couples realising that even if you can’t have the size of wedding you may have originally planned – you can still get married!
Being based in Inverness, I specialise in working with couples who have plans that look ‘a little different’. Sometimes that means eloping as just the two of you – sometimes it means having a smaller wedding with a bigger party to come at a later date. Whatever your weddings plans, the Scottish landscape still offers fantastic opportunities to find somewhere with a little peace and quiet, and a beautiful backdrop for fantastic images.
2020 and 2021 haven’t been easy years to get married, but I’m a firm believer that every cloud has a silver lining. Covid Weddings actually have lots of benefits – including the opportunity to have more time to soak up the day as just the two of you. if you’d like more information on what we can do – I’d love to hear from you.
3 great reasons why you should think about Eloping in Scotland
– Scotland is one of the easiest countries to get married in
Couples choose to elope for lots of reasons – but most often it is because of the simplicity of a simple ceremony between the two of you without some of the complexities that come with a modern wedding.
While some couples choose to bring one or two family members with them for their elopement, lots of other couples come just as the two of you – the choice is yours!
– Scotland is a beautiful country to get married in
Scotland is full of beautiful places to elope to. Whether you’d like to get married in a castle, on a beach, in a city or in the middle of nowhere – there are plenty of great places to get married in Scotland. Scotland is also a great place to have honeymoon – which makes it a great place for couples looking to get married and honeymoon straight away!
– Eloping in Scotland is extremely popular
Scotland is one of the most countries in the world for couples looking to elope, which makes it a really popular choice.
While sometimes that may be a bad thing, it actually really works in the favour of couples choosing to elope to Scotland. We have incredible landscapes to explore, lots of great hospitality options and suppliers who are used to working with the sometimes unique needs of couples who choose to elope to scotland.
Elope to Scotland
As one of the most beautiful countries in the world, it’s little wonder that Scotland is also one of the most popular countries in the world for people to elope to. If you are looking to Elope to Scotland, I’d love to be your guide!
I have loved the Scottish Highlands for a long time – my mother is from the Western Isles, and my father is from the far north of Scotland. While I spent much of my youth growing up in the Central Belt of Scotland, my childhood memories are of holidays spent exploring the highlands. Four years ago I, along with my wife Fiona and our young family moved north – now based in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. It is a beautiful part of the world to live in, and a privilege to show it the many couples who choose Scotland as an ideal destination to come and explore.
As a photographer it is a special privilege to share some of my favourite locations with couples, whether for an engagement shoot, or for a special elopement wedding – with every trip I take, and with each couple, I find myself discovering new locations!
Elopement and small weddings can range from just the two of you, through to weddings of up to 35 guests. For smaller weddings I often combine a photography session covering your elopement wedding ceremony with a roadtrip through some of Scotland’s beautiful landscape. Larger weddings can also be catered for.
The laws in Scotland mean that you can elope to Scotland to get married pretty much anywhere you choose – from beaches to treehouses, I’ve photographed weddings in some pretty fun places in Scotland!
For more information, I recommend checking out my FAQ’S on how to Elope in Scotland below.
You might also want to check out my guide on Getting Married in Scotland, which has lots of information, and links to all kinds of blog posts designed specifically for those with questions on what the process is like to elope.
I’m Roddy Mackay – a freelance creative based in Inverness in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.
Elopement weddings are a large part of my photography workload in the UK, and I also enjoy spending a couple of weeks each year overseas – I believe it helps keep me creative, and helps to understand a little more of what it’s like to travel overseas for couples who choose to elope to Scotland!
need more information?
I’ve created a variety of different pdf’s and blog posts all designed to help couples who are looking to get married in scotland. Visit my Getting Married in Scotland page for more information – or get in touch – I’d be happy to connect over Skype.
Eloping to Scotland – Some Frequently Asked Questions
Is Highland Heart different to your other wedding photography?
My Highland Heart sessions are designed primarily for couples who are planning to elope to scotland for a small wedding, pre wedding or engagement session.
Each session includes a variety of coverage throughout the day, whether you have a wedding planned or if you just want to get dressed up and go and explore the beautiful Scottish landscape!
Highland Heart sessions are great for those planning smaller weddings (less than 35 guests) or for couples who are either newly engaged, or who want to elope to Scotland.
If you’re ready to go an explore and make some memories throughout the Highlands and Islands, Highland Heart is for you!
Do you shoot weddings outwith Scotland?
Yes, I do.
I photograph weddings throughout the UK quite frequently, and have been privileged to shoot weddings in India, Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Colorado.
Please get in touch if you’d like to learn more of my availability.
We want to come to Scotland - where should we go?
I’d be happy to talk through some ideas with you to help you make the most of your trip to elope in Scotland.
From the cosmopolitan cities of the central belt up the to Highlands and Islands, Scotland is a beautiful country. Whatever you have in mind, we can help you find it!
You can get married almost anywhere in Scotland, but it’s worth being aware that depending on what kind of ceremony you would like may mean planning a little ahead of time.
The Highlands of Scotland are especially popular for couples looking to elope to Scotland, especially the Isle of Skye. A planning and preperation call to help plan out your preferred location is included with each of my elopement photography packages.
How much time do we need for our photography?
Elopement packages are designed to suit the custom needs of each couple but start from a minimum of 4hrs coverage.
My base in Inverness makes it a great location to travel to different parts of the country and back in the same day. One of my favourite trips is to take couples on a roadtrip to the Isle of Skye and back to celebrate their wedding with a roadtrip through the Scottish Highlands.
Can you be a witness at our wedding?
Yes, it would be a pleasure!
As well as being the photographer to many eloping couples, it has also been a privilege to be a legal witness. The legal requirements for needing a witness vary dependant on the kind of wedding ceremony you have planned, get in touch and I’ll be happy to advise further.
What's included in your packages?
The photography time allocated with packages vary, but each package includes.
- Your photography session and post session edit time.
- A USB with your images as high res files post wedding.
- An additional folder of the same images as low res images, primed for social media sharing.
- An online password protected viewing gallery of all images.
- A mobile app with a selection of your images for use on smart phone or tablet devices.
- A pre wedding Skype session (or equivalent) to help you plan out your wedding day.
We're not engaged, can we still shoot some pictures?
Can you tell us where to get married in Scotland?
I’m always happy to share some of my favourite locations with couples who are booked in to have their elopement photography with me. As many of these locations are personal and special for couples I try to help keep them under wraps, and more of a secret from the bulk of tourists – get in touch for more information.
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