what is an elopement?

Throw away the idea that elopements are for runaway star-crossed lovers or quick jaunts to Gretna Green. The modern-day elopement is an intentionally small wedding which is a deeply personal and intimate celebration of your love as a couple.

Eloping allows you to create a wedding where you’re free to create a day that is a true reflection of you as a couple. No rules, no expectations, no ‘this is how it’s usually done’. Just your love celebrated your in own way. 

eloping might be right for you if you…

  • Love the idea of creating a wedding day free from other people’s expectations
  • Want to create an experience which is focused solely on your story as a couple is important to you
  • Are finding yourself saying ‘we should probably….’ during your wedding planning
  • Imagine your wedding to be an unforgettable unique experience rather than an event
  • Want to be able share your vows with complete intimacy and shared only with those absolutely closest to you
  • Love the idea of being free of constraints – not being herded around on your wedding day

okay, so what’s the craic?

3 steps to your unique scottish elopement experience

First hello’s

Get your free initial consultation – an informal chat where we’ll talk about your plans, your vision for the day and how I can help you to bring it to life. And a great chance to suss out if I’m the right person for you.

If, after our chat, you’re all-in then we’ll get your date reserved.

 

Getting to know your story

Hurrah! You’re all booked in so I’ll send you through my questionnaire so I can get to know you both. Through this I can help you through your planning journey and make sure that I capture the moments that mean the most to you.

Planning & timeline

I’ll provide lots of support and expertise as you go through the planning process. Pulling on my local knowledge, links to other suppliers and my love of all things Scottish to help you plan out your day smoothly.

Let’s get you MARRIED!

A helping hand – I’ll be there every step of the way to help create the elopement of your dreams in Scotland.

 

Being a local Scottish elopement photographer, I can guide you through the planning process with insider knowledge and tips.

Raini Rowell Photography - glencoe

hi, I’m Raini!

Your local Scottish elopement photographer

The shape of your love is completely unique to you as a couple. It’s made up a series of small moments – the way you laugh, the way you hold each other, the challenges you’ve faced and the hopes you share for the future. No one has a love like yours and it deserves to celebrated in your completely individual way.

As well as capturing your day with the creativity and authenticity it deserves, I’ll be your planning sidekick as we go along. If you haven’t already decided, I’ll be there to help you choose an elopement location which is deeply meaningful to you both. And give you lots of advice on how to create a timeline that fills you with excitement and butterflies.

Choosing to elope in Scotland is a special decision to make. I like to believe that your ceremony will become a beautiful part of the history of this place. You will imprint on these ancient lands and in turn they will leave their mark on your own story.

elopement and intimate wedding pricing

let’s keep it nice and simple – pick the amount of time to suit you and add-on any extras you need

each option includes:

  • Photography by a local Scottish elopement photographer team – Raini and Dave
  • Elopement planning support:
    • My detailed elopement planning handbook
    • Recommendations for excellent local suppliers
    • Support choosing the best elopement location for you
    • Help crafting the ideal timeline to help you get the most from your day – in a way that feels right for you
  • Sneak peek within 3 days to share with family and friends or make an announcement
  • Fully edited gallery, delivered digitally, ready to print till your hearts content

The full moon

1.5 day elopement experience

The experience package extends your elopement adventure and allows you to enjoy it to the fullest over 1.5 days. The half-day can be used either side of your elopement day for a wide-range of activities you’d like to record. From preparations/evening meals the day before to an exploration adventure the day after.

Half moon

10-hour elopement 

Let’s tell the full intimate story of your elopement day. From getting ready in the morning till evening celebrations – this option lets you relive the day start to finish once the memories have faded.

    Crescent moon

    6-hour elopement

    Not sure you’ll be making a full day of it? Let’s tell the intimate story of your elopement ceremony and the important moments around it. This usually covers the ceremony + getting-ready in the morning or the ceremony + celebrations after.

     

      Wee moon

      4-hour edinburgh elopement

      If you are eloping or having a small intimate wedding in Edinburgh and just looking for short ceremony cover and a couples shoot, this might the option for you. (Only available within 10 miles of Edinburgh City Centre)

      Prices start from £850

      (Couples invest an average of £1500 with me)

      Add-ons

      Pre-elopement / wedding shoot

      Nervous about being in front of the camera? Let’s calm those nerves by having a fun informal session beforehand. We’ll get to know each other through epic photography.

      Photo albums and prints

      There is something special about holding your wedding album in your hand and flicking through those pages. I can design and deliver a perfect album to cherish.

      Not seeing something to fit your day? Chat to me about building a custom package.

      leave no trace

      Scotland’s nature is incredibly important to my work (and my wee heart!). I operate a ‘leave no trace’ policy to minimise my impact on this wild unique landscape.

      a tree planted per shoot

      In trying to leave Scottish places in better condition than I found them, a tree will be planted to help re-wild the Caledonian forest for every elopement I photograph.

      questions + answers

      Where are you based + where do you cover?

      I’m a Scots lass – raised in Edinburgh, a place I’m lucky to still call home. But I photograph elopements + couples all over Scotland – including the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

      How do we book you?

      Booking me is simple. After having a wee chat, I’ll send you through a quote alongside an agreement to sign. If everything is right, you’ll be asked to pay a deposit to secure your date with me. Easy peasy.

      Why should we have a call before booking you?

      I believe it’s really important to vibe with your photographer – because they will be present for one of your life’s biggest moments. You want to know that they will be someone you feel 100% comfy around for the day.

      This is why I offer couples a chance to have a casual chat before deciding to book me. As well as sussing me out, you’ll get a chance to ask any questions specific to your day.

      What if we don't know how long we'll need?

      That’s completely fine – most of my couples aren’t exactly sure how long they will need to start with. During our initial chat we will talk through your thoughts for the day and figure out a package which suits this.

      And this package can be amended later if you need more/less hours.

      Can you help us with figuring out the details of our day?

      Yes! I love nothing more than helping couples with figuring out where they will elope in Scotland and what they will do on the day. I’m here to help along the way.

      Do you photograph international or local couples?

      Both! I love photographing a mix of people who live in Scotland/UK as well as international couples. (Some of my couples have never been to Scotland before!) 

      Can we bring friends + family to our elopement?

      Absolutely. There is no right or wrong answer about the size of an elopement or intimate wedding (as long as it’s intentionally small). Elopements tend to range from just you two up to 25 people.

      How many images do you deliver?

      I’m all about choosing quality over quantity. I deliver a carefully considered number of images to tell the full story of our time together whilst giving you a great variety of images to choose from. I won’t hold back great images for the sake of meeting a ‘quota’ or add unnecessary images for the same reason.

      You can typically expect to received around 400-700 images depending on the length of time photography and complexity of your day.

      When do we receive our photos?

      You can expect to receive your photos in 6-8 weeks after your wedding. These will be available to you in a beautiful online gallery – ready to download and share with family + friends.

      But don’t worry, you won’t have to wait that long to see any images. I send over a handful of sneak peek images within a few days of your wedding. (I am just as excited as you to see them!)

      Do you offer prints/albums?

      Yes! Your online gallery will have links through to buy high-quality prints from my favourite print labs.

      What is your COVID-policy?

      It’s a worrisome time to be booking weddings – I understand! I want this to be a stress-free, fair experience so here is how it would work with me.

      At the time of booking, I’ll take a non-refundable deposit as I normally would. In the event of a COVID-related cancellation, I’ll first offer you the chance the reschedule your date (no additional fee*).

      If your date cannot be rescheduled (or I am unavailable on your new date) then I’ll be happy to refund your deposit less the cost of any time spent working together. For example, time spent working on questionnaires, location suggestions etc.

      This hopefully makes things fair for all of us 🙂

       

      * if rescheduling multiple times an admin fee may apply.

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