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Eloping to Skye and Dodging the Rain

Planning your wedding or elopement on Skye is relatively easy. There are amazing suppliers for all you could need, but the one thing we cannot control is the weather.

Most couples accept that you don’t come to Scotland for the weather but we all hope that it won’t choose to throw everything at you, very hard, from a sideways direction for your special moment. Sadly, sometimes it does. This is where booking a local photographer really comes into its own. We know all the best places, the sheltered spots and the alternatives should the weather do a “Skye” on you. We are also completely used to being in this situation! There are very few great indoor locations here, and let’s be honest, it’s the views and the outdoor weddings that most want when they come here, so we need to get creative when Mother Nature does her worst.

One option, if possible, is to find a different, more sheltered location which is just as striking but more sheltered or less hidden. When Craig and Alicia eloped to Skye they wanted to exchange their vows at the Quiraing, but the weather was shocking, and not really safe in a long dress. Using local knowledge we were able to move the ceremony to Sligachan where the bridge is always visible, the river looks amazing in the rain, and should the clouds lift the Cuillins stand impressively in the background. Luckily for them, the sun came out after a while!

I love the clouds, they make dramatic backdrops to photographs here, and dark grey clouds make pictures really moody. You come to the Highlands in Scotland for dramatic scenery, right? By using off-camera lighting I can enhance those skies and ensure that couples stand out. Instead of losing light to the grey, I add light to pick out features and make the skies look even darker.

Sometimes we cannot change the location for legal reasons so, using local knowledge, finding the sheltered spots comes into it’s own. Ensuring we have the essence of the chosen location but somewhere out of the wind and rain can be really important!

We can take shelter with umbrellas, although this is not always easy if the rain is at an angle… I have a couple of large white umbrellas just in case! A brolly can add a certain something to a shot though, and great fun in a shoot provided the rain is coming straight down.

Of course, you may just want to embrace whatever the skies throw at you!




Elopement at Eilean Donan Castle

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Penny Hardie
is a Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer

based on the beautiful Isle of Skye


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