5 Reasons Why Elopement

Elopement. 5 reasons you should consider

(Even if you think this is not for you)

If you read this, elopement crossed your mind and you read about it here, there and everywhere probably. Nowadays term “elopement” changed original meaning from secret secret runaway to planned small, intimate wedding as a celebration of your love as a couple. 

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Elopement is a safe schedule date

First thing off, I love big, fat family weddings. I love interactions. Be in the crowd, shooting candid and posing family portraits. For me, the more is merrier. Lots going on, many smiles and everyone having a great day. Maybe except an aunt who just dropped wedding cake on her white dress. You can forget about all that tiny, sometimes cute imperfections at the big dance party thrown after the reception. Well, most big venues as stands for the year 2020 cannot happen anyway. At this point, we don’t know how it’s going to be n the near future. There is a silver lining. Planning a big wedding for over a hundred guests is stressful enough and always was. And given the current landscape, what happens in the world (yes, I talk about COVID19) restrictions and you have a real thriller with venue cancelling, postponing, etc. Until humanity will not have the whole world situation under full control, you can forget about your big, traditional wedding. But despite whatever happening in the world right now, there are much more reasons why to choose elopement over a large event.

How about a small wedding instead of an elopement?

A small wedding is a great option. But in many cases, you run into a dilemma who will receive a wedding invitation and who’s not. It’s always been a case with a small venue wedding. Sure, part of your family and friends will understand this, there always will be some justifications and shortcomings. When you elope, you only need witnesses to sign the marriage register. Just imagine, after a romantic, intimate ceremony whole of your family and friends receive beautiful photos and incredible video from the day. Does it not sound great? And on top of that, you can have a party after all, just in a more relaxed, informal manner if the traditional wedding isn’t your thing.

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Let’s talk about money- elopement vs wedding

In general, elopement is cheaper than a wedding, does not mean it can’t be fancy. Now with all that money, you saved from the wedding budget you can have a dress you always dreamed. Or book favourite photography or video artist you couldn’t afford before as the whole of your money went into a wedding venue. You can travel into some exotic place, although currently can be a little bit tricky but doable in opposite to how popular destination weddings. The sky is a limit. And you still would have some money left in your pocket to organise some wild party without traditional boundaries.

Freedom of choice

If you decide to elope, you are not minute after minute schedule must-do tasks like in a traditional wedding. Yes, you may consider what time of the day would be the best for your photo session, discuss the schedule with your celebrant but is way less hectic and under your rules. For example, you can hike in the morning, have a ceremony after dinner. You can take advantage to pick the perfect time for your photos. In other words, you can tailor your elopement as you like. You can take even two days option with extra activities but stretch over two days with no fuss and no rush. The most iconic word comes to my mind - freedom. It is a very Scottish way.

Free your soul, elope to big, Scottish outdoors!

Last but not least, think about all those beautiful places Scotland has to offer. Wherever you go, you’ll be surprised how breathtaking scenery can be. From west and south Scottish Borders to Edinburgh. Loch Lomond. Epic A82 road to Glencoe and Skyfall vibe Glen Etive. Isle of Skye and Torridon - to name a few important places to me and much much more places to elope!

If you interested more to read about it, Here’s the complete guide where to elope.


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What amazing, cute human beings… Seeing their love I fell in love for them and for what I do. As an Glencoe elopement photographer, it was a blast to be a part of Kasia and Ross session. And we all were living the moment on that day indeed. So then, what I loved so much about the couple I had a pleasure to work with? Both were a bit shy in their unique way. I found how kind they are for each other. That vulnerability they dared to show in front of the camera. I didn’t lead much; I didn’t interrupt during the session. I’ve let them go with the feeling and the flow. I hope and believe pictures catch some of those moments.

The experience of being Glencoe Elopement Photographer

Day has been already gloomy and moody right out from Glasgow we have driven. One of those days when I think to myself why we did not pick another date for our adventure in Highlands. But I’ve stuck to the plan that we go to Glencoe and Glen Etive no matter what. Live the moment, right? So we packed all crucial accessories like Wellies, warm blankets and umbrellas. Thermos flask was also very handy. After some chat with the bride and groom, I knew it’s going to be a great day, against the odds. And oh boy, it was an epic journey!

We head to Glen Etive valley first. And I need to give advice and some warning. Once rain stopped pouring down, little creatures, called midges showed up. So we didn't stayed there for long. Trust me, that tiny buggers can spoil your holiday. Usually rain and wind will scare midges away but when is calm they can eat you alive. But hey, this is all brutal beauty of Scotland's finest wilderness! Luckily for young bride and groom started raining again. (yes I call it luck, better be soaked than has midges bites all over the body)

The last stop at Three Sisters my dear couple started shivering and after a few hours of our road trip and hiking to wilderness, we called a day. Glencoe has a special place in my heart, it was my fist wandering Scotland direction when arrived to this beautiful country. Kasia and Ross seemed to enjoy the breathtaking views as well. It is truly stunning and often grim day makes is very dramatic.

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That day had everything: Rain and wind, dramatic skies, ducks and Stag. And at the end of the day, are we not all just little, cute animals called human beings? Fall in love. And bringing flowers to show we do care. Show kindness, make tea, read the book together, those simple things. Glencoe elopement photographer - It can be a wild thing to do. Scottish weather don't make it easy but certainly makes it epic and beautiful.

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Glasgow Elopement Photographer - Walk in Cathkin Brae

Lena and Patrick are actually a marriage of very talented photographers. More than that, wedding photographers as well! And what a lovely, beautiful couple they are. As elopement photographer, I attempted to wedding photography workshops. 

Oh, what a day that was! It didn’t start very well for me. Firstly, my lenses were faulty and didn’t want to work correctly. Never, ever cheap out on very important things in your life. Like photography for instance. Luckily I had some backup back in the car. Run like crazy and back just in time for shooting. So Lena and Patrick are real deal crazy in love couple. It was a pleasure work with them and create some stunning shots.

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I could have almost felt that chemistry they had. A moody day with dramatic, heavy-looking clouds was a great companion. Yes, it was a workshop organised by another amazing photographer Mark Pacura.

But in the end, love is true. Just look yourself on these photos! I met a bunch of great people on that day. It was one of my best, most valuable experience. Oh, one more thing, check some great photography work @ lenasabala.com and markpacura.co.uk!