Brittney & Lauren
We met while taking a Forensic Studies graduate course at Florida Gulf Coast University. I'm told that I gave off a rather cold and stand-offish vibe, but I felt the same of Lauren, to be fair. The only time we spoke during that semester was when Lauren eyed my large water jug and said, "Thirsty much?" to which I just sarcastically replied, "Yes." True love. Luckily, we bonded during our intensive summer anthropology course, and she had won me over by the end of August (studying human bones will do that to a person, apparently). Five years later, while visiting my parents in Reno, Nevada, Lauren proposed on a beach in Lake Tahoe.
Deciding to elope to Scotland came easily to us. I had just returned from my first trip out of the States, touring the United Kingdom and Italy. Lauren hadn't been able to come, and we had wanted to recreate the time in the UK together. I had fallen head over heels for Edinburgh and the Scottish countryside while there, and I had not stopped thinking about it since my return to Florida. It was only the cherry on top that both Lauren and I are of Scottish descent.
We found our photographer, Sara Rogers, in an article from The Knot. Her images resonated with both of us, and we became more enamored with her work as we went through her website and Instagram. It was truly kismet as, after speaking with Sara, we found out that although she had worked in multiple countries, she had yet to photograph in Scotland. Lauren and I were not set on a specific place in the beginning. We just knew that we wanted to have our ceremony outside. We both enjoy the outdoors. We're always looking for chances to have a nature adventure. We all did our research (Sara especially), and settled on the Highlands, staying in Fort William. Sara brought another photographer, Aileen Cho, to assist with our pictures. They made an awesome pair, and our pictures turned out so lovely!
Our celebrant, Paula Wilkinson, secured through Fuze Ceremonies, and she was an absolute joy from day one. She devoted so much time and attention to us and our needs. We felt as though she became a friend. Paula was the one who suggested marrying outside of Castle Tioram. From the moment we saw pictures of the place, and looked up its history, we were in. We connected Paula and Sara, and they worked so well together, coordinating our big day so that it was everything we dreamed.
We had been having difficulty finding a hair and makeup professional with whom we felt connected. Paula recommended a local Fort William artist, Bonny Watkins. Bonny is a genius. Just take one look through her portfolio, and you will see that. She was easy to work with - kind, easy to talk to, and thoughtful. She brought us coffee the morning of our wedding!
We were incredibly lucky to have these amazing women form our wedding team. While eloping was the only plan that made sense for us, it would not have been possible without them.