Fatima & Kipp . Destination Wedding, Scotland
I am now on board of the train that is taking me to Kyle of Lochalsh. I'm not even sure how to pronounce this very Scottish name!
My adventure started last night in London on the Caledonian Sleeper, heading to Inverness in Scotland. Yes, I treated myself to a luxurious first-class overnight train, and I am loving it every minute. I have come to dislike travelling by plane, so complicated and impersonal. So, here we go a 12 hour journey overland. After many years living in London this is my first time in Scotland, and I really wish I knew about this beautiful country before.
I'm here because Fatima and Kipp booked me to cover their wedding in the most remarkable place, a real Scottish castle, apparently described as the most romantic too. I was recommended to them by Nathan from the London bespoke tailor company, Tweed Addict. Unconventional, unusual weddings, is what I love the most. Travelling, discovery, meeting new people, see new places, this is the exciting part of my job. Of course, it's not always so glam. There are stressful moments, long hours editing, and sometimes difficult situations, but exploring new countries is definitely something that I really love.
The journey by train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh is absolutely breath taking a wonderful scenic route around the beautiful land of Scotland. I seriously need to make a point to come back here, because the scenery is so surreal, enigmatic, a bit magical.
Eilean Donan Castle
This afternoon I spend few hours at Eilean Donan Castle. I always do a recce before the big day. The castle is privately owned and taking pictures inside is forbidden, so it's definitely an honour to to be the only one to record this memorable day.
Eilean Donan Castle was originally built in 1220 on the rocky tidal island in Loch Duich. It was literally destroyed in an awful battle. A 28 year restoration started in 1912. It is accessible from the mainland by a causeway and bridge. The location and the castle is breathtaking, this is why it has been used for a number of films.
The ceremony will take place in the beautiful banqueting room, the largest in the castle. Following the ceremony there will be a champagne reception in the billeting room. During the castle's tourist season, weddings are only allowed after 6:30pm. But, as we are very north, and in summer time, the sun will set at 10pm, so plenty of light for photography.
The wedding day
The day is sunny and beautiful. Fatima and Kipp are getting ready for the wedding. The guests will be arriving very soon at the castle. Respecting local tradition, the bagpiper is walking them to the castle by the bridge. The ceremony is short, so we have plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful castle and take pictures of the surroundings. The reception will be held on the Isle of Skye, at Toravaig House Hotel. The atmosphere is relaxed and the guests are very friendly. I really feel like part of the family. Fatima and Kipp wanted to keep everything simple and enjoy the special day with a small group of family and friends. The ceremony was intimate and the landscape is just so beautiful. There is no first dance but they cut the cake. It feels very special, almost like Christmas with the family.
I just want to wish Fatima and Kipp an amazing life together. They are very special and this beautiful wedding will stay with me for a long, long time.