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Rugged and romantic island shoot

Today we’re travelling to the island of Arran, where rolling hills, hidden beaches and waterfalls abound. Inspired by edgy fashions of the early 90s and the landscapes of Scotland, this creative shoot is sure to have you longing for a little island romance of your own…

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

“The idea for this shoot stemmed from my absolute love of Scotland, and the fact that you can get married just about anywhere you like here, indoors or out. I shared this idea with Rhiannon, as I know she’s passionate about travel and landscape shots, and it was the perfect fit!” – Amanda Mulgrew, The Floral Design Boutique.

We are in love with the flowers! Tell us more…

Amanda: “I wanted the floral design to not only complement the relaxed feel of the couple but also the surrounding landscapes. Colours were a bit funky to tie in with the edgy style, reds and peach tones using luxury David Austin Roses were nestled amongst lush and textured foliage.”

“I created a tablescape with the same thoughts in mind, with a moss table runner I hand made as the focus. On this were some glass bowl vases with moss and red roses within and some loose flowers and candles. All giving a nod to the light and landscape around us.”

What made you choose Arran?

Amanda: “When choosing the location, we wanted to find somewhere that would show off a little bit of everything Scotland has to offer. Stunning landscape, rolling hills, hidden beaches and of course, mean and moody winter weather! The Isle of Arran was our first choice, and we found so many perfect spots where a couple could say I do.”

“I love intimate weddings, and there is nothing more romantic than an elopement! I really wanted to capture the diversity in Scotland’s landscapes, so during our location scout we looked for spots that offered contrast: waterfalls against trees, rock clusters in the sand – it’s amazing that you can find such a variety of topography in one small area of a country!” – Rhiannon Louden, Rhiannon Neale Photography & Films.

And tell us more about the styling…

Rhiannon: “Amanda and I wanted this shoot to be a little edgier than your typical elopement, with fun accessories, bold hair & makeup and unique details. We were inspired by the mod look in the early 90s, and brides who dare to be different.

“We approached two of Scotland’s most creative hair & makeup suppliers, Jennifer & Jenna, to create unique looks for our models and they didn’t disappoint! Jennifer & Jenna had lots of their own ideas to contribute, and completely got our vision for an edgier, moodier look. From metal rings into our female model’s hair, to eyeliner on our male model, they definitely achieved the look we were going for!

“We knew we didn’t want a traditional dress for our bride, and right away thought of Justina, who owns a really unique shop that sells and rents vintage dresses and formal wear. She understood our vision instantly, and found us the perfect dress for the shoot, an understated off-white frock with a unique but romantic look.”

Anyone else dreaming of a trip to Arran with their true love now? Christina x


VenueGlenisle Hotel
PhotographerRhiannon Neale Photography & Films
Florist – Amanda Mulgrew, The Floral Design Boutique
Hair stylistJennifer Thomson Hair
Make-up artistJenna Clayton MUA
Wedding dressJust For You by Justina
SuitGilt Edged
Models – Little Red Rose and Markus Donachie