Kristen and AJ got in touch with me earlier this year to photograph their August Pagan wedding in Scotland. They were planning their wedding from the US, and it was incredibly exciting. Their plans were fun, intimate and family focused. Their wedding enquiry sounded so amazing, I actually thought if it was a wind-up. Once they’d booked, they asked if I did honeymoon sessions. Kristen and AJ are both very interested in history and provided me with a few spots they were considering for their honeymoon session.
In the end, we decided on the Devils Pulpit. We were incredibly lucky that the water wasn’t deeper – and that the weather was ok. Originally we had scheduled the session but the weather wasn’t that great. Weather is a huge factor for a session planned in Finnich Glen (Devils Pulpit) as it’s very dark and grungy down there.
Finding the entrance proved to be challenging, and it was thanks to a blog post online that we found it at all. We wandered through the gate, over fencing and climbed over fallen trees. Kristen and AJ were both kitted out in their wedding attire during this process, to which I really applaud them. I found this Devils Pulpit guide the most helpful!
It was very wet and muddy from all the wet weather the previous few days. Getting down to where we wanted to go was quite the challenge! There was a very narrow slippery staircase, with not that many physical stairs left. There was a rope in a few places, however, it wasn’t a consistent rope that you could use safely all the way down. We, therefore, had to scootch down whilst sitting down, step by step. AJ was a great leader, despite wearing a kilt.
Backpack with camera equipment in tow, we got there in the end. It was breathtaking. The light was amazing, reflecting off the water in certain areas, peaking through the trees.
Kristen was amazingly brave and got straight into the water wearing her wedding dress, after a few romantic portraits on the rocks. AJ, one of the coolest groom’s I’ve had the pleasure of working with, joined her. Together they knew the photos they wanted, and they also knew they needed to work for them.
I’ll stop rambling now, and let you enjoy these photos. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!
If you’re looking for some advice on having a trash the dress shoot, you might like this helpful post that I put together on How to have a Trash The Dress session.