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An intimate wedding away from it all…

Morning everyone! I thought I’d start the week by getting away from it all with this wonderfully different and personality-filled Scottish wedding. Who’d like to join me and get away from it all for five minutes? Come on… you’ll adore this.
Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (3)Scottish wedding? Yes – my little wedding blog likes to explore further than the English borders, and this is an irresistible celebration I absolutely had to share when my friend and great wedding photographer Jonathon Watkins got in touch.

Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (2)Heather and Gavin chose the Inner Hebridean isle of Kerrera for their wedding day. It’s remote – wedding transport for the day included the ferry and a tractor and trailer. Footwear was wellies and hiking boots. The scenery is spectacular, the images stunning and the entire wedding day so perfectly created around the charm of the isle and its ruined castle.

Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (1)The Isle of Kerrera is home to the ruined Gylen Castle, which adds to the amazing sense of history and ancient charm of the setting for Heather and Gavin’s wedding day.

Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (4)The theme for the wedding day was natural, in whites with a gorgeous creative twist – I love the peacock feathers standing from Heather’s wedding bouquet. The bouquet and wedding flowers are by Petals of Oban.

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Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (6)A bemused Highland cow comes to see what on earth is going on, as wedding guests hitch a lift to the wedding site. I love a wedding day that’s an adventure for guests too – this is fantastic.

Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (7)There is, of course, a true Scottish flavour to the wedding. Thistles, ferns, sporrens and clan tartan. Love it.

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Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (11)The wedding venue. Wow… and below, Heather and her bridesmaids. I love the colours, I adore Heather’s dress and that gorgeous wrap – more of which later. For now, check out the ribbons on the back of the tractor!

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Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (14)Wedding wellies are de rigeur today…

Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (15)Heather’s wedding dress is from Barnardos (love her to bits for that!) and she looks amazing – most of all I want to be her, sat on the back of a tractor looking across the island to the wedding marquee: I love the sense of adventure, I really do!

Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (16)Time for our beautiful bride to make her entrance – a little different to most walks down the aisle! The photograph from the top of the hill captures the whole view, and from a perspective Heather won’t have seen. (I saw on the Photoglow facebook page one of the wedding guests commented that Jonathon was leaping around like a mountain goat to get the very best shots – I can really see why. This is amazing!)

Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (17)Again: wow. An intimate, remote, and very, very special wedding ceremony.

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Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (19)The bride and groom exchange vows with Gylen Castle behind in the distance. A stunning wedding photo, a beautiful moment and precious memory all wrapped up in one.

Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (20)Wedding guests with an assortment of folding chairs, picnic blankets and sheepdogs listen to readings and  the waves splashing against the shore below. (Am I romanticising this too much? I love it, I really do!!!)

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Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (10)A colourful wedding day feast – eclectic and charming, and making me very hungry right now!

Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (23)Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (24)Heather’s jewellery is so pretty – simple and delicate, with a pretty silver and pearl necklace, and tiara from Monsoon.

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Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (26)The bridesmaids have peacock patterns on their dresses and feathers on their shoes to match – I love this idea!

Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (27)Above and below, two of my favourite photos from the wedding day. The setting is so beautiful: expansive skies, the wildest natural landscape and beautiful blue sea. The perspective gets me too: great UK wedding photography by a dedicated (and sprightly!) up and coming photographer. Have I mentioned Jonathon Watkins is based in Cheltenham? Must be hilly there too… 😉

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Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (29)Inside Gylen Castle – a lovely atmospheric portrait of the gorgeous bride and groom.

Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (30)Who else is smiling right back?!

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Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (33)Heather and Gavin recreate that famous moment from Titanic on the ferry to the Isle of Kerrera – makes me chuckle every time – and there’s a real sense of pure happiness and triumph to the image too!

Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (34)Sensible shoes for an Inner Hebridean island wedding!

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Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (36)At the end of the day, our bride and groom retire to altogether more comfortable and luxurious surroundings. Heather and Gavin – congratulations!

Thank you to Jonathon Watkins, intrepid Gloucestershire wedding photographer, for sharing this lovely adventure of a wedding day with us today. I have never seen a wedding like it and I’ve loved every image. See more from Jonathon in this elegant Ellenborough Park bridal shoot or visit his wedding photography blog on facebook for more.

The wedding details are as follows:

Dress: Barnardos!
Tiara: Monsoon
Shoes: eBay
Hair: Marianne at Rutherfords, Oban
Makeup: Heather (bride)
Bouquet: Petals of Oban
Cake: Susan Law, The Mallard Hotel, Gullane
Suits: The Kilt Hire Co, Edinburgh
Bridesmaid dress: Karen Millen (from eBay)

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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15 COMMENTS
  • chris hanley
    8 years ago

    Ahh Mr Watkins, what a fine upstanding collection of images. I can smell the ozone, hear the waves, and almost tap my feet to the fiddle. What a great wedding to have a nosey at. Well done Jonathon.
    Chris Hanley

  • Gary Derbridge
    8 years ago

    gorgeous set!!!

  • jenny mcavoy
    8 years ago

    Wow-what a jaw dropping location to get married- I want to go there right now 🙂

  • Kat
    8 years ago

    Wow! Just wow! Love how they had their ceremony in the open like that – stunning! x

    • chris hanley
      8 years ago

      Hi Kat, I love your little message on your contact form 🙂
      C

  • I love this! What a unique wedding, certainly not something you see everyday! I have to say I am a big fan of the mode of transport! 😀 x

  • Jonathon Watkins
    8 years ago

    Thanks for your kind words folks. Yes, it was an amazing day. We had tractor & landrover trips to the tearooms and then walked a few miles to the castle. We were *very* blessed with the weather. You can see the rainstorm in the background of a few photos including 2 of Claire’s favourites. The clouds only just missed us. We were all prepared for the worst & had raincoats & boots all ready. That marquee was for not just for show, but fortunately we didn’t need to shelter under it. 🙂 The rain did hit us later in the day, moments after we walked into the reception at the Kerrera Marina. GREAT timing. 🙂

    Kerrera is very special to Heather & Gavin and the room in the castle is actually where Gavin proposed to Heather, after filling the room with candles. Very romantic.

    It was a great privilege taking these and it certainly has been one the highlights of my career so far.

  • Sharon
    8 years ago

    What a stunning location for a wedding marquee. It just goes to prove that you don’t always need the biggest, grandest marquee to create a lovely wedding party.

  • Kathryn
    8 years ago

    What a venue! These shots are incredible!! Love the wellies 🙂

  • Sarah
    8 years ago

    Oh.my.goodness. I want to get married there…exactly like that. Slight prob that I’m already married..but that just details..what a magical day to be a part of. Love your write up of it too claire 🙂

  • Jenni - Bespoken For
    8 years ago

    WOW what a Venue – Just Stunning – the beauty it all looks amazing

  • Margaret MacGillivray
    8 years ago

    Oh, I just love this wedding – what a beautiful day, the weather, the scenery and the whole idea behind it! We have been at some very nice weddings in some unusual settings; one in Doune Castle and the another in South Uist and, for me, a Scottish wedding with a ceilidh band is the absolute best!
    Thanks for sharing this one 🙂

    Margaret

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