Elopement Adventures with
An elopement adventure with The Caryls
There has never been a better time to elope to Scotland. Whether it's the draw of a mountainside wedding ceremony, or the attraction of a wedding day immersed in nature in this, the wildest part of the UK that grabs your imagination, read on to find out more.
We've found an amazing elopement adventure idea for couples whose love knows no bounds. Perhaps you are looking for a way to break-free from wedding expectations and traditions that just don’t fit with your vibe? Or maybe you are intentionally seeking an intimate wedding experience that reflects your passions, values and interests? In essence, this is a wedding experience that’s as unique as every couple who chooses this lesser trodden path to an elopement adventure.
What is an elopement adventure?
An elopement adventure is a unique wedding experience where just the two of you - or, you and your chosen few - take off for a few days to enjoy time dedicated to your union, filled with experiences you hold dear. Think about what the two of you enjoy: forest walks, loch-side picnics, hill walking, sailing to a hidden cove, kayaking, wild water skinny dipping, toasting marshmallows round a fire pit, enjoying delicious meals with fantastic local produce, and maybe sleeping under the stars? The options that can be woven to create your unique elopement adventure are endless.
You’ll exchange vows in a place where you truly feel as one with the world and as a couple. You may not know the name of the location of your wedding right now, but you can see it when you close your eyes and you can feel it in your heart. Your elopement wedding can take place at any time of year, maybe on a date that’s special to the two of you, or one you feel drawn to.
The result? A wedding adventure that is as untamed as the two of you.
How can we make our elopement adventure a reality?
We’re here to help you find what feels good for you. We invite you to lean into these thoughts, forgoing all else. The first step in creating your own unique elopement adventure may be a conversation with Jane at Petite Weddings to help you develop your initial thinking and decide what’s right for you. She can help you by:
Providing example packages based on your initial thoughts to give you a starting point for planning.
Help you create a list of all the things you enjoy doing together to generate ideas for inclusion on your special day
Supporting you in refining your plans to ensure your wedding experience is everything you had in mind – all the awesome bits and no more
Recommending and connecting you with the best accommodation and wedding day service providers in your chosen wedding location (either before or after you have spoken to The Caryls).
To arrange an initial chat with Jane, drop her a line email@example.com
Or, you may have very clear views about what you are looking for, and in this case your next step is to get in touch with The Caryls, the awesome couple we recommend to capture and enhance your elopement adventure story and share your day with you.
Why choose The Caryls?
Your elopement adventure will be created and enjoyed by the two of you, in the moment. The memories you make on this day will live in your hearts forever. To compliment your own memories, what could be better than a collection of photography that takes you back to those special shared moments in an instant? And how better to share your elopement adventure story with friends and family than by bringing every facet of your day to life for them through exquisite photography?
We’ve chosen to link-up with elopement photographers The Caryls, Katy and Jim, because their work is truly amazing; their approach is very much aligned to our own bespoke and personal service; and they share so many passions essential to a brilliant elopement wedding adventure: nature & the great outdoors, epic landscapes and meeting people along the way. What’s more, Jim is a fully trained Mountain Leader (this is a professional qualification that requires extensive training) meaning that your wildest mountain adventures can be fully and safely facilitated.
Based in Glasgow, they have used their love and understanding of the fabulous and varied locations in Scotland to help couples to develop and bring to life their own particular wedding visions to great effect. Typically, The Caryls work as a pair, meaning that they can act as your witnesses, if you wish.
Storytelling is at the heart of what The Caryls do. They’re passionate about documenting the story of your day honestly and beautifully: all the big, important moments and the small, fleeting ones, too. Their approach is relaxed and discrete: they’ll capture your day as it unfolds. There will be no awkward posing as they are adept at helping the most camera-shy couples feel at ease in front of the camera. Their aim is simple: to capture your unique and special connection, all the joy and laughter, emotion and love of your wedding experience.
Scotland boasts and abundance of natural beauty, a wide range of superb accommodation and, of course, that sense of physical journey and adventure - mirroring the life journey that you are about to embark on together.
Opting for an adventure elopement or intimate wedding in Scotland has a very practical benefit too. In Scotland, you can legally get married anywhere – a mountain, forest, beach or loch-side – as long as you are accompanied by a registered celebrant. So, the possibilities for your ceremony location are endless! Giving notice of your wedding is also very straightforward as the whole process can be undertaken by post with no need to attend a registry office in person.
Here's a few examples of just a few of the epic locations in Scotland that you could choose for your elopement wedding adventure.
What might an elopement adventure with The Caryls look like?
An elopement adventure can include anything you want…think an early morning wild water swim followed by hot chocolate and croissants on the beach; getting dressed in your wedding outfits and walking boots, hike to the loch-side or cliff-top location you have chosen for your wedding ceremony; enjoy a picnic taking in the stunning views; sail to a remote beach for a BBQ; toast marshmallows on the firepit at your accommodation under the stars, or enjoy a sumptuous meal at your luxurious accommodation with a dram of single malt whiskey under the stars to round of your day. The only limit to your day will be your imagination.
To fire up your creative minds we’d like to share three very different but equally unique and beautiful elopement weddings The Caryls have photographed in three very different and uniquely beautiful locations in Scotland.
Angela and Mark’s elopement adventure, Isle of Skye
Angela and Mark chose a runaway elopement to the idyllic Isle of Skye. The jaw-dropping natural beauty of this island and the sense of adventure that this choice offers suited this free-thinking, adventurous couple perfectly.
The couple’s day started in relaxed-style at their gorgeous rented cottage with them getting ready together. Angela rocked the boho bride look, with her flower crown created by amazing local florist Wild Gorse and the gentle morning light transforming her into a bohemian goddess.
The Isle of Skye is renowned for its beauty, and this can make it busy with visitors. The Caryls helped Angela and Mark find an elopement ceremony location far from the madding crowds, with the most incredible view to boot. They hiked off the beaten track to their magical wedding ceremony location, where they were met with the enthusiasm and joy that is Rona Burstow. Rona conducted their heartfelt and hugely personal ceremony. Even The Caryls who have witnessed many an elopement ceremony were shedding a tear behind their cameras. The exchange of deeply personal vows in a beautiful natural location with just you two, your photographers and your celebrant cannot be beaten in terms of the depth of feeling and authenticity of the moment. There was no rush to move the day on, so the couple could immerse themselves in the moment. Losing themselves in their love for each other in this amazing location.
As the sun disappeared behind the Cuillin mountains, The Caryls took Angela and Mark off to a remote location by the sea where they watched the sun set on their wedding day to the sound of the waves and the seabirds. Dusk crept in, and the group headed to The Bosville Hotel for drinks by the warm fire and time to read the warm wishes and messages of love and support in cards sent by their friends and family. The Caryls left the couple to enjoy their romantic meal in the Bosville’s award-winning restaurant, Dulce & Brose. The perfect way to end the perfect day.
Cristine and Alex's elopement adventure, Isle of Mull
Cristine loves the sea, and Alex is a “man of the woods”. This couple chose the Isle of Mull for their elopement adventure as this is an unspoilt place where sea and forest live side by side. They are both nature-lovers and shared a vision of an outdoor wedding ceremony steeped in nature and ancient history, both of which Scotland has in abundance.
The couple ventured 1 mile along the shores of Lock Buie where their ceremony was held in Lochbuie Stone Circle on mid-summer night’s eve. This circle dates back to the Bronze Age and can be found near the shores of Loch Buie, watched over by the majestic Ben Buie. This heady combination of ancient history and the natural beauty of the location made for a powerful and palpable atmosphere for the couple’s hand-fasting wedding ceremony led by Ceci Alderton.
Scottish weather is changeable, even in June, and the couple embraced the mixture of sunshine and showers allowing it to add to the adventure and resulting in the most amazing photography against for the dramatic skies. Mull offers a much more rural and relaxed environment than more popular tourist destinations, like Skye.
After their wedding ceremony, the couple and The Caryls took some time to explore the calm remoteness further, capturing beautifully relaxed shots as they made their way to the harbour at Fionnphort for a lunch of locally sourced fish and chips.
After lunch, they set sail on Birthe Marie, a Danish wooden sailing boat for a private tour of Mull and Iona, affording a beautifully different perspective of this special part of the world. After a Scottish cream tea, the couple enjoyed their first dance in deck with just their photographers, the skipper and the seagulls looking on.
As the sun went down, they sailed back to the harbour, where Cristine and Alex enjoyed a romantic meal for two at The Ninth Wave—a restaurant that uses the croft’s home grown produce, fresh-caught seafood and local organic meats.
Isla and Greg’s Intimate Wedding Adveture, Alladale Wilderness Reserve
Isla and Greg’s search for the perfect wedding day adventure and celebration with just their closest friends and family led them to a truly special place: Alladale Wilderness Reserve in the Scottish Highlands.
This extraordinarily beautiful place is a 23,000-acre estate just 1.5 hours north of Inverness. (Linked to the rest of the UK with a convenient airport!) The estate is managed with the objective of nurturing the indigenous fauna and flora, preserving the natural beauty of this very special area. When you hire Alladale, you have exclusive use of the whole rewilded valley, loaded with dramatic landscape, packed with the seasonal colour palette that nature provides and a real sense of grounding in the tranquillity of your surroundings. There are few places more perfect for an intimate wedding ceremony and celebration.
Isla and Greg's wedding day started traditionally with the bride and groom getting ready in separate properties on the estate with their respective supporters. After their “first look” in the glen they made their way to the gorgeous styled area they had chosen for their wedding ceremony. An incredible flower arch was created in line with the couples’ vision by the hugely talented florist, Wild Gorse.
Their heartfelt wedding ceremony witnessed by a handful of friends and family, making it all the more poignant and emotional. After their ceremony the couple took some time out together to reflect in this most beautiful of natural settings, accompanied only by their photographers, The Caryls who captured that “just married’ feeling perfectly. After exploring the valley with The Caryls, Isla and Greg made their way back to the main lodge at Alladale to join their guests - where the fabulous team had created a wedding feast using the finest local ingredients.
An intimate wedding can embrace as much or as little tradition as each couple chooses. Isla and Greg choose to include traditional after dinner speeches and the fun and laughter these engender, and they cut their wedding cake in time honoured tradition. Leaving their meal through a “sparkler tunnel” created by their guests, the whole party went on to enjoy a wedding party in the neighbouring farmhouse well into the small hours.
Nicole and Henry’s elopement adventure, the Scottish Highlands
We talk about fairy tale weddings, but it’s rare that we actually see one as awesome as Nicole and Henry's elopement to the Scottish Highlands.
Nicole and Henry chose to stay at the stunning Balbegno Castle in Aberdeenshire. It’s an imposing period property set in tranquil surroundings. A place steeped in history and yet homely and romantic. The interior is filled with intriguing and unique details, and large sash windows that flood the rooms in natural light make it just perfect for capturing the excitement and anticipation of the “getting ready” part of your day.
In line with tradition, the couple chose to spend the night before their wedding separately, and got ready for their special day in separate rooms. This created an emotionally charged “first-look” moment as the couple re-united before setting off to their chosen location for their celebrant-led wedding ceremony at Dunnottar Castle.
Dunnottar Castle is lifted straight from folk stories handed down from generation to generation. The dramatic cliff top location was so fitting for a wedding ceremony filled with so much meaning and love.
The wonderful thing about celebrant-led ceremonies is that they can be completely personalised: you can include poems, texts or rituals that are meaningful to the two of you. Nicole and Henry’s humanist ceremony was conducted by Ashton Easter and included content written by their parents and grandparents. Their beautifully personal messages spoken their love for them as individuals - and as the couple they had grown into - 0ffering support, encouragement and wisdom for a long and happy marriage. Their words hit the spot, resulting in tears of love, joy and laughter. Their ceremony also included a traditional “hand-fasting”, a ritual that symbolises the joining together of two lives. It’s where the phrase “tying the knot” originates.
Back at Balbegno Castle, the unique and uber-romantic nature of their elopement wedding day continued. The couple enjoyed their fire-side ‘first dance’ in a 16th century great hall surrounded by candles, followed by homemade cake, before finishing their evening sipping Champagne in a hot tub under the stars. Nicole and Henry ‘s special day demonstrates how you can really make elopement wedding day their own.
If you would like some help in scoping and pricing your elopement adventure do get in touch with us today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you decide if this is for you and if so, what your day might include.
If you have a good idea already, we recommend you contact The Caryls here. They’d be delighted to bring our wedding day adventure to life with you.