An intimate Scottish Elopement at Douneside House with tequila for breakfast

Gemma and Robin dreamed of an intimate Scottish elopement at Douneside House with just the two of them. They contacted me with just a few weeks to go before their wedding date because they realised all they would have to show their friends and family was the images that would be taken to document the moment.

How the morning unfolded

Gemma and Robin enjoyed spending the morning getting ready together. I arrived as Gemma was having her makeup applied, whilst Robin put the finishing touches to his outfit. It was incredibly sweet to witness the way Robin watched Gemma as she prepared for their ceremony, and tears filled my eyes when Gemma walked out of the bathroom in her bridal jumpsuit. The sweet look on her face as she twirled for Robin. I can only imagine how special it was to spend those moments together with the person you love the most before walking down to their ceremony together. There was a wonderful sense of calm that radiated from them both as they walked down to the front lawn to tie the knot.

The most emotional ceremony

Walking hand in hand down the aisle together, grinning from ear to ear, Gemma and Robin prepared to give their vows, with just two hotel staff members as witnesses, their celebrant, and me as their photographer present. It was quiet and all you could hear was the birds chirping and the sun was shining bright keeping us warm. Robin had prepared a lovely reading for Gemma, which called for emergency tissues to be brought out before they read out their personal vows to one another and sealed the deal with a kiss. Gemma also surprised Robin with a reading, which put the cutest smile on his face. These two love birds were just so loved up and it was beautiful to witness these raw emotions. They retreated indoors to sign their marriage certificate, share a drink from the quaich and a toast with a glass of champers to becoming husband and wife.

Everyone almost found out…

Robin and Gemma did attempt to Facetime call their family to spill the beans, but no one answered! So their little secret was still theirs for now, so off we went to take a little stroll outside and photograph this cute newlywed couple before I headed off and left them snuggling on the sofa with a drink in hand, bliss!

3 Hours

I spent a total of 3 hours documenting Gemma and Robin’s wedding. They knew exactly what they wanted and that was to be with one another, and have some beautiful memories captured in the process. They are so happy they have these moments forever to share with friends and family.

Special touches

Their dog couldn’t be with them during their ceremony but they brought along a collar which they had made to match Robin’s kilt, such a cute way to still include your fur baby! I photographed this alongside some of their favourite books about hiking and their favourite drinks and shot glasses which they use to warm up during all their hikes. I love how they included little bits and bobs from their fav past time together and it made their ceremony outdoors in the fresh air feel even more fitting.

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Venue – Douneside House

Make Up – Tiffany Dawson

Jumpsuit – Coast

Flowers – Rosie’s Florist

Jewellery – Sheila Fleet

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February 28, 2024

bride and groom cuddle on sofa during intimate scottish elopement at douneside hosue

Douneside House | Intimate Scottish Elopement

Danielle Leslie


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