Fall Elopement in the Scottish Wilderness


If there's a shoot I've been eager to publish as a way to kick off the fall season, it's this one.  And today being the final day of August, I couldn't think of a better time to share this stunning almost-elopement (more on that story below!) with Vale + Vine readers.  Set in the wilds of Scotland and shot by Orange Photographie from Montana, this session is brimming over with jaw-dropping scenery and a palette of fall colours that makes me want to urge the local leaves to get a move-on and start changing already!  Interestingly enough, the landscape reminds me of Canada's Okanagan Valley, one of the country's top wedding destinations, as it too is filled with gentle hills, long lakes, and endless fields and forests.  It is certainly easy to envision a similar type of wedding or elopement shoot taking place in a setting like British Columbia's interior.  

But back to the shoot at hand.  Initially the couple, Samantha from Colorado and Niall from Scotland, had hoped to marry in Scotland, but when that possibility fell through, they had Orange Photographie shoot their bridal portraits there anyway--genius!  Throughout the shoot, the couple considered eloping, but in the end, decided against it.  Based on the images below and the romance captured within, I can see how that must have been quite a tempting idea.  It's been a long time since I've come across a more genuinely romantic portrait session, which is proof that minimal, yet key details can be all a couple needs to bring together an incredible session.  Of course, having a top-notch film photographer to help style and capture it all is essential!  

The thing I admire most about the wardrobe and floral details woven into this love story captured on film, is how perfectly they compliment the setting.  There is literally nothing about this shoot that looks even slightly out of place, which really encapsulates the style of fine art weddings that has taken the wedding industry by storm.  Organic, natural elements inspired by the location, impeccable artistry manifested in everything from the florals to the images, and soft, romantic film photography to capture loads of naturally-lit settings--these are just some of the major hallmarks of the fine art wedding aesthetic that Vale + Vine celebrates and loves to share with our readers.  We hope this kind of shoot is exactly what inspires brides in more rural locales (or those looking at rural destinations) to embrace that fine art feel and create weddings or portrait sessions with a timeless, artful quality.  

For further fall wedding inspiration, take a peek at this coastal rehearsal dinner or this rich autumnal styled shoot featured on Vale + Vine.  And for more elopement ideas you'll love this session featuring exceptional mountaintop views, 

Credits // Photography - Orange Photographie / Florals - Myrtle & Bracken / Hair - Anne Marrie McElroy / Makeup - Julie DiPlacito / Wedding Dress - Ebay / Bride's Tweed Jacket - Judy R Clark / Film Lab - Photovision //