Geneviéve & Franc – Isle of Skye ElopementScotland humanist wedding at Loch Coruisk

It feels completely surreal that I had the privilege of photographing Geneviéve & Franc’s wedding on the incredible Isle of Skye in Scotland. I fell in love with these guys when we skype-met for the first time. I was in Western Australia and G&F were at home in Canada. I came away from chatting to them feeling so excited about their wedding I may have jumped around and fallen over. Not only was it in one of the most ethereally beautiful places in the world, but they were the NICEST, sweetest, most genuinely warm people. And I was going to get to be one of the only humans to witness their day. In fact, it was just Gen, Franc, Penelope, Chris, River (yes, my dog came, best wedding ever) and I.

This day was an unforgettable adventure for all of us, and one of the most memorable and special experiences of my life. It started with Geneviéve & Franc getting ready at their air bnb on Skye. Their place was in an idyllic location with stunning views – though that pretty much describes all of Skye. G&F did a first look, where Franc waited outside to be greeted by his beautiful future wife and see her for the first time before setting off. This was literally one of the most emotional moments I’ve witnessed as a wedding photographer (and I’ve witnessed a lot) when Franc saw Gen for the first time, you could feel his heart exploding. I couldn’t understand a word they were saying to each other as it was all in French, but I was a tearful mess regardless.

We drove a little while away, through the insanely stunning scenery of Skye, to a boat that was taking us to Loch Coruisk where Geneviéve & Franc were having their ceremony. The boat trip was a crazy adventure in itself. Rain, seals, freezing wind, and all of us dropping our jaws in awe as we approached the awesome, mysterious beauty of the Loch (Scotland, you outdo yourself). We had discussed the possibility of non-stop rain (it is the UK after all), and it wasn’t looking promising that the skies would clear up for us. We trekked across Loch Coruisk in some pretty fierce weather conditions and we were all wishing/praying/crossing our fingers that the downpour would break. And it did. These two lovers were able to complete a beautiful handfasting ceremony, say their vows and have a pretty monumental kiss (or ten). It was so moving to witness and kind of felt like we were all on our own magical planet, there on the breathtakingly atmospheric Loch Coruisk.

We traveled back together to the mainland, stopping for some mini-adventures and pictures along the way. As I’ve looked back through these images I’ve felt so lucky to have this job, memory-preserver/artist/traveler/time-stopper/weirdo.

I know you will be able to feel their love, and hopefully, get lost in the beauty and romance of it all when you look at these photographs. Thank you so much, Gen & Franc for this experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. It’s pretty great when I come away from shooting a wedding with a head full of adventure, and really lovely new friends.

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