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A boathouse wedding for two

Our hearts skipped a beat when Han and Jon’s wedding photos popped into our inbox. Their elopement took place in a magical setting, by a boathouse on the banks of Loch Tay, with breathtaking views across to Glen Lyon. From the cinema style message board to the Battenberg cake to the Wes Anderson movie marathon, we love all the personal touches they chose for their day…

What inspired you to choose Loch Tay and were you worried about the weather?

Once we’d decided to elope, we started looking at places that we love and that mean a lot to us, but they were all proving more difficult/expensive to organise in a shorter time scale. We changed approach and started looking closer to home and we really liked the fact that you can get married anywhere in Scotland. This is when we decided to just try and find a place to stay that we really loved the look of and get married there, so we found the boathouse and just went from there really!

The weather didn’t come into it at all to be honest – we don’t cope well with the heat, so Scotland suits us very well! Once we started looking at photographers, we realised the chances of it raining were high, but some of the best shots were in the stormy and moody weather. Most of our planning was based on the idea that it would rain so in some ways, we were a bit disappointed it didn’t! I bought a special umbrella and everything!

Did you DIY any elements of the day?

This was probably a plus point to it only being the two of us – we could keep it really simple. We did things like creating our own playlist of all our favourite songs for the day and chose decorations and little touches to put around the boathouse that were special to us and that we really loved. We also sent out announcement cards to arrive with our friends and family on the morning of the wedding and we made them ourselves.

We love your outfits! Tell us more…

We both went high street on these. I ordered loads of dresses from places like ASOS, Dorothy Perkins, Reiss, Ted Baker etc. to try on at home and Jon actually helped me picked my dress. Even though lots of high street shops are doing their own bridal range these days, the River Island dress I decided on was actually just a normal collection dress. I was open to something fancier, or a different colour, but this dress just felt very ‘me’ and perfect for our day.

Shopping for shoes was probably the most difficult part as I’m not very good with heels and knew I’d need a chunky heel for the rocky beach. I found some great rose gold ones in Kurt Geiger that were perfect though. I was lucky enough that my parents and sisters bought me jewellery to wear on the day, and I had my trusty old Zara leather jacket to wear when it got chilly. I’ve had that jacket for years and it’s traveled all over the world with us so I was glad it came in useful on the day!

For Jon’s suit we went to Marks and Spencer as he knew exactly what he wanted. He got his shoes from Next and ordered his badge from Etsy. He had wanted to have this instead of a buttonhole, but on the day was really glad he had his buttonhole too!

Tell us something surprising about your day?

The weather! We definitely did not expect the sun to shine quite so much. I think we were both really surprised by how nervous Jon was too. He’s generally pretty cool and calm and one of the reasons we decided to elope was to keep the day relaxed, so when Jon couldn’t eat and was all fidgety in the morning, it was a bit of a surprise.

Oh and we forgot the rings for the ceremony! We had them, of course, but we left them in the boathouse when we went down to the beach and our ace photographer had to run up and get them mid-ceremony. I think this perhaps proves why best men come in really useful!

Why did you get married in Scotland?

We love big scenery and lakes and mountains so thought it would be quite similar to Canada or New Zealand, but closer to home. We also really like that as long as you have a registrar/celebrant with you, you can get married anywhere in Scotland; you don’t have to be in a licensed venue or anything. It also gives us a great reason to keep returning to Scotland, so we have lots of future holidays planned there.

And how did your families react when they found out?

They were amazing! We did originally plan to do it as a surprise for everyone, but we told our parents and siblings a few weeks before. Although we knew they’d be totally on board, we wanted to be sure that we didn’t upset anyone so thought it was better to talk to them first and explain our reasons, rather than risk it and having to justify it later. On the day itself, it was so lovely and exciting getting messages from other family and friends as they were opening their post, and hearing the stories afterwards of all their reactions was brilliant!

Any advice for brides & grooms thinking of eloping to Scotland?

Don’t feel restricted to specific venues and packages – just choose somewhere that you really really like and arrange it around that. Also, be prepared for the weather! We obviously got quite lucky, but we were prepard to embrace it and I think you have to be up in Scotland. If you’re not familiar with the area, I’d also say to not be afraid to ask for recommendations for suppliers from other suppliers. Our florist was amazingly helpful and put us in touch with people for our cake, hair and make-up.

How did you discover your photographer?

It was just a combination of googling and looking through wedding blogs, I seem to remember. We searched for photographers that specialised in elopements and small weddings, alternative photography, local Scottish photographers as well as photograpers from nearer home we could take with us.

We created a shortlist of our favourites and Harper Scott was just extremely enthusiastic and responsive to our questions as well as being really flexible in what she could offer for our day. This combined with the fact that we just loved her work and her style, made it a fairly easy choice in the end and we are absolutely chuffed to bits with how she captured our day!

Who else helped make your day extra special?

Kenmore Bakery made our awesome Battenberg cake for us, and I was absolutely made up with my flowers from Coach House Flowers in Grandtully – Emma was so patient with my changing requests and really did do them perfectly for the day. I was also super pleased with my hair and make up from Joshua John hair and Beauty and again, they were so accommodating to changes that cropped up.

What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?

I think because it was just the two of us, I remember really taking in our vows when we were saying them. I don’t think that I would have done that if there had been lots of people there – I’d have been really distracted and nervous!

We love Han & Jon’s laid-back approach and attitude to the weather. Anyone else got their umbrella ordered? Christina x


Location – – Otter Boathouse, Loch Tay
Ceremony – Civil, conducted by Fiona Wright
PhotographerHarper Scott Photo
FloristCoach House Flowers
Hair & makeupJoshua John hair and Beauty
CakeKenmore Bakery