Scottish Elopement To Edinburgh Old Town

If you’re planning to elope to Scotland then there’s no place more romantic than The Old Town in Edinburgh. That’s what Liz & Dougal decided on for their Scottish elopement.

I love to photograph elopements as it’s such an intimate story to tell. With the focus on the couple, each one is unique. The photography can make a great difference to the day.

Just because an elopement is a smaller wedding doesn’t mean anything else about it is any smaller. It still deserves the wedding photography to tell a proper story.

Liz & Dougal had thought some shots of the ceremony and a couple of portraits would be enough. I persuaded them we should make more of the photography and the day.

Both of them were apprehensive about being in front of the camera at first. They soon relaxed into it though, and we got some great portrait photography. Not even the poor weather got in the way.

Liz looked great in her fabulous dress, as did Dougal in his kilt. I particularly love the photo of them walking down Castle Hill as they leave the hotel. You can see how happy they are.

One of the staff at Lothian Chambers filmed the ceremony for them, as well as being a witness. I was the other. They were able to send the video to family at home in New Zealand.

We started with them getting ready in their suite at the super romantic Witchery in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, a stone’s throw from the castle. Only a few minutes stroll to Lothian Chambers for the wedding ceremony and some selfies to send back home.

We wandered The Royal Mile and other nearby parts of The Old Town for some fun portraits that kept the excitement going before we ended up at The Inn on the Mile for some bubbles where I left them to enjoy the rest of the day.

Liz & Dougal are a lovely couple who I really enjoyed photographing and I hope they make it back to Edinburgh again soon.

This was one of the last weddings I’ll get to shoot at Lothian Chambers as the building is to become Edinburgh’s French Embassy. Future civil ceremonies will take place at the nearby City Chambers or other council venues.

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Edinburgh best elopement destination in Europe for Christmas wedding

When it comes to wedding photography I’m loving telling elopement stories more every year, but when you add in Christmas, surely Edinburgh is the best elopement destination in Europe.

As evidence just scroll through the photographs as our couple eloped from the USA for a Christmas Eve wedding ceremony at beautiful Dalhousie Castle followed by an evening wandering the winding alleyways of Edinburgh’s historic old town before a romantic dinner at The Pompadour overlooking Edinburgh Castle.

The Humanist wedding ceremony by Edward McGough took place in the private chapel of Dalhousie Castle Hotel on the outskirts of Edinburgh. As guests and staff prepared for the Christmas celebrations, a lone piper announced the bride’s arrival for a traditionally Scottish marriage, intimate and romantic as only an elopement can be.

The atmosphere was that of a private tryst as the newlyweds absorbed their union with a relaxing afternoon tea and wander round the castle and grounds, allowing for some photography before we headed for Edinburgh to soak up the Christmas atmosphere in the elopement capital of Europe.

Just because an elopement isn’t as elaborate as a typical wedding doesn’t mean your photography can’t still tell a full and genuine story of the day. In fact, the wedding photography can be incorporated to be a relaxed and enjoyable focus for all that adrenalin and excitement, keeping the party going. As well as capturing beautiful and artistic photographs, it’s an excuse to visit some of the best locations in Edinburgh.

Our plan was to take our time, enjoy the wedding photography at whatever pace felt right, and not be afraid to take the time for a drink, shopping, or sightseeing as we went. So that’s what we did.

After visiting The Shore in Leith for some tongue in cheek, industrial looking portraits by the docks, we took in some of classic old town Edinburgh around the historic winding alleyways and gothic architecture. By then, a drink had been earned, and the Thistle Street Bar stepped up by supplying complimentary glasses of Champagne before we had a chance to order.

By now darkness had fallen and the warm glow of Christmas lights made Edinburgh’s winter market and fairground look like the most romantic place on earth, with time for a little shopping and carousel ride before I left the happy, devoted and loving couple to their wedding breakfast in a secluded corner of the Caledonian Hotel’s Pompadour restaurant, overlooking Edinburgh Castle.

Flowers were by Briar Rose Flowers, cake by Liggy’s Cakes, and video was by Brian Scott Weddings where you can currently see some of the day by looking for Wendy & Jared on the Videos page.

And most important of all, none of this would have been possible without the ever amazing Emma Douglas of Timeless White and her wedding planning skills.

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