Alex & Ben eloped on the Quiraing last summer faraway from the COVID pandemic
Location: numerous lovely spots in the area and The Flodigarry Hotel Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands
Guiding and photography by Weirdie Grizzly
"Weirdie Grizzly took photos of our elopement on Isle of Skye before, during and after the ceremony. For people that feel extremely uncomfortable in front of the camera, he made us feel like he wasn’t even there. He was flexible, professional and such a joy to be around on our wedding day. Our photos are even better than we could have imagined and we can’t stop looking at them. We couldn’t have picked a better photographer and hope to work with him again." Alex & Ben from USA
Alex from Nashville, USA and Ben from England after falling in love online they spent months crossing the Atlantic back and forth to be together. During the COVID pandemic they chose a runaway wedding rather than a traditional one and tehy eloped to the beautiful Isle of Skye, Scotland in August of 2020.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
"The beginning of our relationship was long distance, as Alex is from America and Ben is from England. We knew early on that we were going to be in each other's lives forever, we just hadn't figured out the logistics of everything yet. After countless hours on facetime, and months flying back and forth to each other, Alex made the decision to move across the pond in June of 2020. We are loving our little home and making the most of the extra time we have together due to COVID."
How did you find your photographer?
"We found our photographer, Weirdie Grizzly, through our elopement planner Ella. He was one of the few options she had us to choose from, and his photos instantly caught our eye. He did not disappoint, either! :)"
How did you choose your elopement location?
"For our ceremony, we knew we wanted to have it at The Quiaring on the Isle of Skye. We had seen photos of previous elopements and thought they were just breathtaking. As far as the rest of the shoot goes, we followed Weirdie's lead. He is very familiar with Skye and we trusted him to find some good spots. After a few hours, we had enough of the midges so we went inside and finished our shoot in the bar at the Flodigarry hotel. Those photos turned out incredible!"
What was the inspiration behind your photoshoot?
"We didn't know what we wanted initially, but once we came across Weirdie's page, we had a better idea. We wanted our photos to be a little moody/dramatic and the scenery to be the focal point. We didn't feel that any extra decorations were necessary since the views were so beautiful."
What was your favourite moment from the day?
"We have agreed that our favorite moment from the day was reading our letters to each other, in private, before we started getting ready for the day. It seemed as if the sun came out just for us and the views were incredible."
Do you have any advice for other couples?
"We had originally planned to elope, but because of COVID happening, we are so happy we did. I would say that if you are considering it, you should go for it. It is such a special day where you can relax and take your time to enjoy each other. There is no pressure, no time restraints, and you can build your day into however you want it. Your family may not be there at the ceremony, but you can always do a separate ceremony and/or reception later. Bring a backpack, some boots, a jacket or an umbrella, and get up that mountain and go get married!"
Wandering with Vivienne & Carolyn for few hours at the scottish wilderness on their elopement
Location: numerous lovely spots at Isle of Skye, Scotland
Guiding and photography by Weirdie Grizzly
"Weirdie, thank you! The more we look at the images the more we love them! We are incredibly grateful you were our photographer. You understand what we were looking for in the raw elements and made the most of them. Just spectacular. Not to mention what a gentle Grizzly you are." - Vivianne
Vivianne & Carolyn had come all the way from Australia to elope in Scotland at last summer.
We had an intense and very intimate elopement photo session on Isle of Skye, Scotland. The weather has been very kind with us and we managed to create their dream images on different locations.
I absolutely loved to work with them. They are the most interesting and loving same sex couple I`ve ever met.
"Thank you Weirdie for being part of our day and capturing the emotion of it so beautiful. It was an extraordinary day, that we speak of and share your amazing photos often. Thank you for being there to capture some extraordinary memories and help make them." - Carolyn
As one of the many fantastic Wandering Weddings vendors community I can highly recommend the Same-Sex Wedding Ideas to Help Guide Your Elopement Planning Journey article.
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Wandering with Laura & Gregory in the glen between mountains and along the river
Location: numerous lovely spots at Glen Coe area, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Guiding and photography by Weirdie Grizzly
"Such a great experience with you! It was so funny to "jump" from the car with my dress between two rainy moments! We didn't see the time passed. An amazing memory of our trip in Scotland. Thank you for taking us on your wonderful Highlands secrets spots! It was a pleasure to share this with you 😉" - Laura said after our trip
Laura and Grégory came from France to visit the beautiful Scotland and find me as a recommendation. We went to the Glen Coe area of the Scottish Highlands to take their elopement photo session and we could not wish for better weather.
I mean scottish weather - rain and wind on/off every 5 minutes. :)
They were an absolutely beautiful couple and I loved to work with them surrounded by mountains, rivers and breathtaking scenery all afternoon.
One of the best and definitely the longest review what I got from these lovely french couple:
"(Pour les français, le commentaire est en français à la fin)
Gregory and I are a French couple and we did an elopement photography session in Scotland with Weirdie Grizzly. The contact by mail went very well, Laszlo is an open minded person. He immediately understood that we wanted and we given him our trust until the beginning. The D-day, we had an exciting time with him. He has adapted to weather conditions by advancing the schedule of our photo session: I found it very professional! He had a watching eye on us during all the session. We keep a fantastic memory of this moment, to go through the Highlands landscapes in his car to various secrets spots that he had planned for us. The photos are sublime with that Scottish spirit that we like so much! We had them very quickly. We find him a unique style: a perfect mix between Scottish moods and the intimity of our couple. Some pictures are very "cinematics", like it! The contact with him after the photoshoot staying the same, with kindness. Like us, trust him, you will absolutely not regret it!
Grégory et moi sommes un couple de français et nous avons fait une séance "after day mariage" en Écosse avec Weirdie Grizzly. Le contact par mail s'est très bien passé, Laszlo est une personne ouverte d'esprit. Il a tout de suite compris ce que nous souhaitions et nous lui avons fait confiance dès le début. Le jour J, nous avons passé un super moment avec lui. Il s'est adapté aux conditions météo en avancant l'horaire de notre séance : j'ai trouvé ça très professionnel ! Il a était bienveillant avec nous durant toute la séance. Nous gardons un souvenir fantastique de ce moment, à parcourir les paysages des Hauts Plateaux Écossais - Scottish Highlands - dans sa voiture pour aller aux différents spots secrets qu'il avait prévu pour nous. Les photos sont sublimes avec cet esprit Écossais que nous aimons tant ! Nous les avons eu très rapidement. Nous trouvons qu'il a un style unique : un mélange parfait entre l'humeur écossaise et l'intimité de notre couple. Certaines sont très "cinématiques", on adore ! Le contact avec lui est resté le même après le photoshoot, avec gentillesse. Comme nous, faites lui confiance, vous ne le regretterez pas !" - Laura from France
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