A Romantic Elopement in Luss, Loch Lomond
While I’ve been busy lately with lots of elopements and weddings, I was reminded of this particular day recently while watching television. I’ve been following the BBC drama A Very English Scandal, and knowing nothing of it, I did some background reading about the people involved. I was surprised to learn that Lord Arran, who was a sponsor of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 which decriminalised homosexuality, was buried in the graveyard at Luss Parish Church.
Only a stones throw away, at the start of January, I photographed Amanda and Josie’s elopement in Luss, and we took some photographs with the church in the background. Likewise, having the wonderful humanist celebrant that is Gerrie Douglas-Scott – one of the first same sex couples to be married in Scotland – helped to form that special circle of celebrating love.
So here it is. My lovely wonderful gorgeous couple that are Josie and Amanda.
There was something very special about this day, as it was my first proper elopement that I’ve photographed, and I loved it so much. I love all sorts of things about weddings and marriage – I’ve photographed blessings and big weddings and small weddings, but this was my first elopement and as a photographer I adored it, so much so I want to photograph more of them. I love big weddings – the opportunity to meet lots of wonderful people, to chat, to hear stories, to laugh, to watch dancing and listen to speeches, the colours and the celebration. But elopements are a joy – small, intimate. It’s the variety between the very big and the very small that’s sparked me this year.
I loved being a part of Josie and Amanda’s day. I’d chatted with Amanda beforehand, and I had that feeling deep down that we would get along wonderfully. You know that thing, when you’re talking to someone on the phone, and you start waving your hands and nodding your head, even though they can’t see you and you find yourself agreeing with them on a dozen different things? That’s what it was like. Plus, I got to see Gerrie again and I love catching up with her, having a wee chat and watching her marry two people who love each other. She’s the sort of celebrant who puts love into what she does, and makes the ceremonies so incredibly special.
I loved photographing their elopement at the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel in Luss as well. I’ve worked there before and I’m thoroughly looking forward to returning, but I can hand-on-heart say that they seem to care for their wedding couples, big or small, with the same level of attention and hospitality.