As someone who typically isn’t a huge fan of summer (let’s face it, midwest summers are sticky and humid…just unbearably hot), but loves all things fall and mountains, it’s no surprise that Scotland was in the top five of my very long bucket list. To shoot a wedding in Scotland, however, was a dream come true. About a year ago, I stumbled upon some beautiful nature photos from Kenya on Facebook, and wanted to learn more about the artist. So, in true 2016 fashion, I googled her. As fate would have it, the first thing to pop up from my Google search was a wedding website with TheKnot.com with the gorgeous girl that took the photos in Kenya, Kathrine, alongside her dapper fiancé, Alistair, describing their soon-to-be wedding in Scotland. Looking through their wedding website, I felt as though I knew them, and something came over me…I wanted to shoot their wedding. I later found out from Kat that she had disabled her wedding website, so I think it was fate that brought me to them 🙂 So I went back to her Facebook page, drafted a message, stared at it for an hour, argued with myself that they were going to think I was just some crazy American girl, stared at it some more, and then screamed when my husband reached over my shoulder and hit the “send” button before I could stop him. I walked away thinking I’d never hear from her, but felt good about that fact that I had at least given it a shot. About an hour later, she messaged me back saying they’d love to chat with me about it more. A few weeks later, we were officially friends, and I was officially their wedding photographer.
Something that drew me to Kat and Ali, was their carefree nature, how much they love travel, and how much they love each other. I’m an avid stalker of Kat’s Instagram and love following along with their adventures together, and her sweet posts about the two of them. Also, she is an AMAZING nature photographer (every time she’d post photos of Scotland leading up to the wedding, I was a little more giddy than before and dying a little with just how gorgeous it was). Kat is originally from Zimbabwe, but her family now lives in Kenya, and she’s traveled the world. Ali is from England, and also has the same love for travel that Kat has and has also seen so many places. Their story began with their love of travel, as Kat and Ali met while backpacking through Australia while staying in the same hostel. Their journey took them all over, but they’ve settled in England together with their sweet dog Bali (who had the ring bearer job at the wedding)! They love exploring nature and being outdoors together, so when Ali wanted to propose to Kat, they hiked up Helvellyn, a mountain in England’s Lake District, and stopped half way to take in the breathtaking views of the lake below. Ali dropped down on one knee, asked her to marry him, and then they popped a bottle of champagne and watched the sun set. Their love for nature and wild outdoors made Scotland the perfect backdrop for their wedding, and friends and family from all over the world came to celebrate their gorgeous day.
Kat & Ali – I can’t thank you enough for taking a chance on a complete stranger across the world and allowing me to be a part of your love story and amazing wedding day. I’ve loved every second of getting to know you and adore you both so much. I’ll be sending you lots of love from America for all the years to come! Love and happiness to you guys!! xoxo
Bluebells – Crieff
Cotswold Frock Shop
Groom – Boarstone Tartans, Inverness | Groomsmen – Youngs Suit Hire
Ceremony & Reception | Comrie Croft
Liggys Cake Co – Edinburgh
Andrew Scott Catering and Highland Spit Roasts
Italy – 2018