an intimate elopement on the stunning isle of harris

Jessica and Adam were married on 26th March on Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris. Huge thanks to the fabulous Maureen for sharing her images of this unique and gorgeous day. You can contact Maureen on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

“We got engaged in May and didn’t start planning straight away. So maybe six months planning in total, which included planning for a party at home after our elopement.”

“We’ve visited Scotland - particularly the West coast and islands - for holidays, and absolutely love the scenery. But we had never been to Harris before – it was on our list of places to visit, so we thought we’d make our first visit there to get married and honeymoon.”

“We weren’t always planning on eloping –but when Adam asked me to marry him we quite quickly decided we didn’t want a big ‘do’ or anything very traditional. Having said that we had a fantastic party with family and friends when we got home involving pizza, karaoke, and lots of dancing!”

“Probably choosing where to elope in the first place was our favourite part of planning. We knew we wanted to go somewhere in Scotland, but had to decide whether to go somewhere we’d been before or somewhere completely new. We decided on Harris after seeing pictures of the beautiful beaches and scenery and decided to go for it.”

“We didn’t know where we would be getting married before we arrived in Harris or what the weather would be like. So we spent the first couple of days exploring, and decided on Luskentyre Beach because of the expanse of sand and fantastic backdrop. And to our delight the weather on the day was absolutely beautiful, blue skies and sunshine. The next day was a total washout, so we were very lucky!”

“Another challenge was whether to invite anyone, or just go together. We both have close families so it was difficult telling people we were heading up to Scotland to get married alone. But having a party when we returned home turned out to be a great way to do it – the pressure of ‘the getting married bit’ was over, we’d had a lovely relaxing holiday and then we got to come back and celebrate with everyone.”

“We were equally involved in planning really. Adam arranged the registrar and I the photographer but everything else was decided together.”

“I bought a couple of (not expensive) dresses off the internet but decided on a very simple ivory dress from Adrianna Papell. I was going to leave it at that, but then I saw the amazing secret garden veil from Crown&Glory and I decided to go for it! It cost more that the dress but was totally worth it!”

“We were married by Helen Maher, the Registrar on Harris. We chose handfasting as part of the ceremony, and for this Helen used a strip of Harris tartan designed by pupils at a nearby school, which was a nice local connection. Adam read a poem he had written, and I read another poem. It was just the two of us and the registrar so felt very special. Our photographer Maureen and her husband Chris kindly agreed to be our witnesses.”

“Saying our vows on the beach with the mountains and sea around us and the sun shining down was just breathtaking. But my favourite part of the whole day was probably later that afternoon when Adam and I had changed back into our comfy clothes and sat looking out to sea eating pasties we’d bought from a local croft store! I love the sun, the sea and the mountains…”

“Do what you want to do!”

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Venue: Luskentyre Beach, Harris

Bridal Outfit: Adrianna Papell // Crown&Glory

Accomodation - The Rock House, Borve Lodge Estate

Florist: Frances & Rose

Photographer: Maureen du Preez

“Maureen was fantastic and took such beautiful photos, especially of two people who don’t ordinarily like to be in front of the camera! And of course we were very grateful to her and Chris for being our witnesses.”

“Marienne, who made my bouquet and Adams boutonniere, managed to create a beautiful bouquet that survived being transported 500 miles over two days and even recorded little ‘how to’ videos for me, to show me how to put the finishing touches to the flowers on the day.”