an emotional, intimate elopement on the banks of loch lomond

Natasha + Euan were married on 2nd May on a beach on the banks of Loch Lomond, Rowardennan; next to Ben Lomond. They had been planning their elopement since the end of January. “It felt like the right amount of time; plenty to get vendors, paperwork handed in, all those little details sorted but quick enough for it to feel like a whirlwind.”

I must thank Natasha + Euan for letting us share their beautiful and emotional day with us, and of course thank you to the brilliant Jo + Liam for sharing their images and short film. You can get a hold of those two on their website, Facebook or Instagram.

”Our initial plan was to run away to New Zealand but who can resist the spectacular scenery of Scotland?! Loch Lomond is only thirty minutes away from where we lived so it meant that we were able to spend time exploring the area where we wanted the ceremony. Plus we knew we wanted a photographer to capture the day which meant that we could take full advantage of the gorgeous and dramatic landscapes. An outdoor elopement was a must, come rain, wind, hail and/or snow; we were getting married outside in our home country!”

“Eloping was the easiest decision to make! We are both pretty private, especially when it comes to our relationship, but the main thing we wanted was a day that reflected who we are as a couple. We didn’t want fuss or drama. We didn’t want to end up fixated on things like a guest list (which inflates easily), if the flowers matched dresses, do we have a sit down dinner etc. As a couple we are relaxed and prefer each others company. Elopements are extremely personal to couples and can be a lot more intimate. Eloping meant that we made our day about each other which was so special and important to us. Euan even helped me get into my dress (his skills in lacing up dresses are phenomenal) so that my Aunt and Uncle still got the ‘dress reveal’ which was pretty special.”

“Jo & Liam were our favourite part of the planning process, without a doubt. They are officially our favourite people in the whole world after rescuing us from total ignorance of all things wedding related. They made everything easier, funnier and a lot more enjoyable. If it wasn’t for Jo I wouldn’t have had my wedding dress!”

“The biggest challenge was the wedding paperwork for the registry office required an exact map reference since we wanted to get married outdoors! Other than that it was actually very straightforward, because all the vendors we dealt with were absolutely outstanding. So I think our secret was picking the best people to work with!”

“Euan did more than 50%. I pretty much gave ideas on Humanists and photographers, used my crafting skills to make some very  pretty things and asked for our witnesses to be my Aunt and Uncle… I definitely had it easy. Euan did so much work; kept us within budget (one which he sorted out), contacted vendors, ran back and forth to the registry office, picked our gorgeous tartan blanket and even suggested Rowardennan in the first place. I was so incredibly lucky to have a partner that wanted to be so heavily involved in every aspect of our wedding. He loved every moment of the planning.”

“We had a Humanist ceremony carried out by the spectacular Jennifer Buchan of the Humanist Society Scotland. From the moment we met her, we knew we had the right person. Jen is amazing and made the whole thing so personal which is exactly what we wanted. She is funny and weird (arrived on the back of a motorbike) plus she made it so easy to personalise our ceremony with lots of inside jokes and quotes. The ceremony only lasted 30 minutes but everyone was either smiling or laughing which was amazing.”

“I wasn’t going to spend money on an outfit and had picked out a dress that my mum had bought me for my birthday. I look awful in white and didn't think I'd enjoy bridal shops. However, lovely Jo said that even though I didn’t want a traditional white dress I shouldn’t miss out on the experience of looking. She suggested Dragonfly and Butterbee for a fun and quirky dress. I am so grateful that she did because I had such a fantastic time with Lisa and Euan even came along. Funnily enough Euan picked out the dress from the rack that I ended up choosing. I was able to personalise the dress (most being Lisa’s ideas) and it was honestly a dream running around Ben Lomond in it!”

”Definitely getting in my dress with Euan’s help is my clearest memory; we had a few minutes together alone before the big event. I absolutely loved the fact that he insisted to be the one to lace up my dress.”

“The part that made me happiest was having our Best Burd (my Auntie Karen) and Maid of Dishonour (my Uncle David) as part of our day. My Uncle was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer just before we started planning our wedding in January and passed away in July so that was our last full day with him. The day was about the four of us spending time together - we just happened to get married! He even ‘walked me down the aisle’; the lodge to the beach. It was one of the hardest times for my family - in particular for my Aunt, Uncle and their two young sons - but our wedding day shines through all of that like sunshine to remind us of an incredibly happy day.”

“Do it! And do it the way that you (the couple) want. Elopements have no rules; they can be as crazy, chill, beautiful, personal and fun as you like! It’s your day and it should be the way you both envision it. Look for people and vendors that you like as people, who have similar personalities to your own and the whole thing will be much easier to plan. Oh and do not skimp on your photographer!”

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: Loch Lomond at Rowardennan

Celebrant: Jennifer Buchan of the Humanist Society Scotland

Florist: Flower crown, boutonnieres and lapel by Little Botanica // Felt flower bouquet made by Rebekahs Attic and put together with ribbon by me

Photographer: Jo + Liam

Videographer: Jo + Liam

Dress: Dragonfly and Butterbee (now closed!)

Kilt: MacGregor & MacDuff


Jo & Liam - I cannot even begin to properly thank these two absolute beaut human beings. They went above & beyond in everything and helped make our day a perfect 11/10. But most importantly they were all over our idea of a surprise… not only were my Aunt and Uncle going through a terrible ordeal at the time, the day after our wedding (May 3rd) was their 15th wedding anniversary. We were not going to let that slip by without doing something special. Jo & Liam took them on their own wee adventure alone and got some gorgeous shots of my Aunt and Uncle. These ended up being some of their last photos together and they are honestly so breathtakingly raw and beautiful. They did something so special for them and I can never thank them enough.”

“Scott at VanillaInk Jewellery - we made each others wedding rings with Scott’s ‘gentle’ guidance. We spent a brilliant day in the studio with lots of laughing, learning and eating. We enjoyed it so much that I organised a wee surprise for Euan the week after our wedding with Scott. We hand stamped some keyrings. We personalised them with wedding details and one of our favourite quotes from Parks and Recreation.”

“Little Botanica - I gave the most vague ideas; I wanted lots of colour, smallish flowers and the crown to be a bit more delicate. Basically I left it to the experts and my oh my did they deliver something absolutely spectacular. I felt like a genuine fairy wearing it!”