Tell us a little about your business – how did it all begin?
I am from Kyle of Lochalsh, beside the Isle of Skye, and after living in Edinburgh and London for many years, working in the City as a financial PR, I had a bit of an early midlife crisis in 2004 and went travelling for a year and when I got back, I decided I’d had enough of London and came back to my Highland roots. I got a job as a reporter on the local newspaper, which was great, and then during those three years, I photographed a few local weddings for folk who had seen my travel photographs. I really enjoyed it and after two years shooting part time I left the newspaper job and started full time photography. That was in 2009 and things have just gone from strength to strength since then. I absolutely love my job and even more so now that I have become a specialist elopement photographer.
What do you love most about being a wedding photographer?
I am a total romantic and so being able to be a small part of such a momentous day, for couples in love, makes me really happy. When clients get in touch after the wedding and tell you how much they will treasure the photos – it gives great satisfaction to have been able to do that for them.
What makes Skye such a special place to be married?
There is something about the Isle of Skye that is just so romantic – its rugged beauty and the weather (typically misty and a little wet) gives it a bit of a mystical air too. I think couples just love the remoteness of the island and fact that they are there, just the two of them, surrounded by this beauty of mountains and lochs and the breeze in their hair. Isle of Skye elopements have become incredibly popular over the last few years but that’s great for me because it’s what I love to do best.
Where do most of your ceremonies take place?
Most of my work now is Isle of Skye elopements or small weddings and generally the couples want to be outside at one of the more scenic locations such as the Fairy Glen or The Quiraing. Loch Coruisk elopements are also very popular and, of course, the iconic Eilean Donan Castle.
And how about the weather – does it put people off?
It doesn’t seem to – I’m busier than I’ve ever been! As long as people are prepared for the possibility of rain and wind, you can still carry on unless it’s heavy rain. And even then you get the odd client who doesn’t mind getting soaked!
What’s your advice to couples thinking of eloping to Skye?
Make sure you have a plan B location just in case it is torrential weather. This is Scotland, after all!
Think about where you want to hold the ceremony and book accommodation nearby as travelling from one end of the island to the other can take an hour and a half.
Bring decent footwear – that means walking/hiking boots really or wellies. You can always change into nice shoes when you get to your spot.
Be aware that there are excellent local suppliers for flowers, hair and make up, cakes, pipers, etc. which will usually end up cheaper than paying travel costs for someone coming from a distance. I’m always happy to recommend suppliers to brides, as well as accommodation ideas.
Consider having your ceremony earlier in the day, or late afternoon – often the most popular spots will be slightly less busy.
Tempted to elope to Skye? Can’t say we blame you! To get in touch with Lynne pop over to her website or call +44 1599 544459. Not only are her photos amazing, but her couples tell us time and time again that she always goes out of her way to ensure they have an incredible experience – acting as local guide and even chauffeur at times! We are super proud to have Lynne as part of #TeamWFIL!
If you’d like to ask a question about eloping to Scotland, please do get in touch. We’re always happy to help! Christina x