Vanessa and Nathan's Wild Rugged Romantic Elopement in Glencoe

Monday, March 15, 2021

Mr + Mrs: Vanessa Russell & Nathan Wade

28th September 2020 | Buachaille Etive Mor, Glencoe

Instagram: @curvegirlmannequin @natewade87 | Photos: Artisan Photography

Vanessa and Tom had their romantic Scotland elopement back in September 2020. It was a very intimate day, with just the two of them, their humanist, and photographer. From start to finish, this elopement was full of quirks, laughs, and lots of love. Vanessa and Nathan tell us all about their magical day. Their beautiful photos were captured by the creative Birmingham wedding photographer; Artisan Photography. 

Tell us all about your wedding theme and colour scheme...

We wanted our Elopement to be quirky, wild & authentic. We chose deep autumn tones complimented with navy & cream.

What kind of ceremony did you have? 

We had a hand fasting ceremony and made promises to one another via the old Scottish tradition of an oathing stone all performed by the incredibly bubbly Gail of the Humanist Society in Scotland.

Something Old: Ring was passed down from family. 

Something New: New shoes/boots! I knew it was going to be an active day so I treated myself to a nice new pair of Dr Marten boots.

Something Borrowed: My Kilt! It really brought out the Scottish Heritage in me!

Something Blue: Vanessa’s Wedding skirt

What was your favourite part of the day?

Our favourite part of the day was taking photos at Devils pulpit. It was a bit scary to get to but the scenery was phenomenal and made the day more magically than it already was! 

Also, the morning mist rising from the loch was a gorgeous sight.

What was the most emotional moment of the day? 

Without a doubt the most emotional part of the day was when we exchanged our promises and set them in stone. 

Standing amongst the hills, with all time seemingly standing still, looking into eachothers eyes, making promises to each other, and setting them in stone will stay with us forever!

Any advice for future brides and grooms?

Savour every moment because the day will go so fast! 

Remember those moments where all the worries fade away and you're in the moment, and keep them in your heart and take them home for when you get back to the stresses of normal life!

What was your Elopement must-have?

Hip flask filled with Scotch and a Sporran. It should be normal for all men to be able to wear sporrans in daily life!

Did you have anything unusual at your wedding?

Although it was just us, we still felt connected to the world around us and our families and friends. The Gorgeous Sun brought us orbs of light that made us feel like our loved ones were there.

Any surprises on the day?

As we travelled between locations we were able to find some striking locations for photographs, like a disused garage that we ask the nearby owner if we could stand in front of & a gorgeous woodland area too.

Funniest moment of the day:  

The funniest moment of the day was our journey down the 100ft depth of Finnich Glen (or Devils Pulpit), we had a big leap into the gorge to take some photos and there were plenty of giggles as we worked our way down safely without getting covered in mud!  

Funniest wedding photograph: 

Our funniest photograph has to be our hand fasting ceremony one! Due to social distancing, we had to complete this ancient tradition ourselves with only vocal instructions by Gail our celebrant. We got a little muddled working this out and in hindsight should have practiced, but it made us all laugh and is a great memory to look back on.

Favourite wedding planning moment: 

Our favourite part of our planning was working out the locations to visit. After deciding on the ceremony location, we knew that we’d like to incorporate a small hike to take in the views of Loch Lomond and it was also important for us to visit some graffiti sites in Glasgow to add another dimension to the day.

What was your wedding budget – and did you stick to it?  

Our budget was around £7,500 which is also included a short honeymoon whilst we were in Scotland. We managed to stick to our budget and our overall costs were closer to £5,000 which included photography, kilt hire, brides outfit, flowers and our Wedding Planner.

Top money saving tip: 

We saved money with Vanessa doing her own hair & make-up on the Wedding Day. This meant we could also leave early on the morning of the Wedding to capture some photos just after sunrise! 

Photographer:  Artisan Photography  
Wedding Planner:  Amulet Weddings & Events  
Florist: Bloemen Florist 
Celebrant: Gail Brack 
Kilts: MacGregor and MacDuff  
Stylist: Dollys Vintage Tea Party 

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