OUR LOVE STORY
We met back in 2015 on an island called South Georgia, in the sub-Antarctic. It’s uninhabited with huge 3000-metre mountains rising straight up from the sea and millions of penguins on its beaches. It’s as remote as you can get. After an 18-hour flight to the Falkland Islands, you still have a five-day voyage to the island. An unlikely place to meet your soulmate.
Steph was working as a biologist for the British Antarctic Survey studying penguins, and albatross when Oli came to the island working on a conservation project. We bonded over our love of taking penguin pictures, and hiking in the mountains, and that was it!
Three years later, we got engaged in Hawaii while out hiking and taking photos in an albatross colony (you might notice a bit of a theme developing here with albatross…). The next year we went back to Hawaii to elope, just us and the birds. It was so perfect for us.
Our honeymoon was 8-weeks on a tiny island, Midway Atoll, in the middle of the Pacific. We volunteered on a project to count albatrosses. And we counted over 650,000 individual nests, swam in the ocean with turtles, and lived the tropical island life.
Now we live on the Isle of Skye with our two rescue dogs and spend our time capturing couples in love, hiking, exploring and camping.
WHY WE ELOPED
We believe staying true to yourself and your values is a rule to live by.
So, when it came to getting married, we wanted to do exactly that. As conservationists and wildlife lovers, our lives revolve around travel and adventure so it made perfect sense to us that our wedding should too. We didn’t want our day to be a performance and we certainly didn’t want anything formal or to be the centre of attention.
Eloping meant we had a laid-back day in a place that is special to us both – and always will be.
ELOPING GIVES YOU THE PERFECT EXCUSE TO ESCAPE FAMILY POLITICS. TO HAVE YOUR DREAM DAY AND ENJOY AN INTIMATE EXPERIENCE TOGETHER. AND TO START AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON.
AS A COUPLE
We both spent over a decade working on conservation projects around the world, before becoming full-time elopement and couple photographers on the Isle of Skye. We're still passionate about the environment and try to stay involved in conservation projects and photography when we can.
The great outdoors is our happy place. Between us we’ve spent over two years sleeping under canvas, five years in the Antarctic, and we’ve had our work featured in print in Trail and The Great Outdoors magazine. We’ve also been sponsored by the outdoor brand Terra Nova.
NO PATH IS OFF LIMITS
No climate’s too harsh and no adventures are too wild. We respect the natural world, and sustainability and Leaving No Trace are core values of our business. We support planting of trees and climate projects to balance our carbon footprint through Ecologi – to make our business as sustainable as we can.
We’re passionate about making sure your elopement will Leave no Trace and will give you a bespoke guide on how to do this when you book with us.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT US
(written by Steph)
(written by Oli)
Oli is so passionate about photography and constantly improving his work. He loves immersing himself in epic landscapes. From chasing tornados in the mid-West US, driving through the night across Norway to find the best Northern lights, filming humpback whales in Antarctica with his drone, to living at the South Pole in a tent for 3 months.
Mediocrity is never an option for Oli, he goes all in and works his ass off to be the best he can be. His sense of adventure and can-do attitude were some of the things that drew me to him in the first place.
Steph is so driven and dedicated to improving the natural world. She spent years working in conservation. She’s lived in a tent on an island in Alaska monitoring seabirds, spent three years on an Antarctic island hiking through blizzards and waist deep snow to check on penguin nests, and worked in South America, Africa and Asia to save the albatross from extinction.
Her passion for pushing on when the odds are stacked against her, are one of the reasons I love her. Steph is amazing at motivating people, she’s always positive, and the kind of person you want by your side. She is a natural leader is fun to be around and has time for everyone.
Steph lives to travel and explore, and is an awesome travel buddy because she has a curiosity about other places and cultures. She’s also super organised, calm and always has a plan A, B and C.
We’re a little obsessed with our dogs- okay that may be an understatement- we are totally in love with them.
Luna and Shackleton are both rescue dogs that came into our lives a few years ago, and now things revolve around them.
Luna started life as a Romanian street dog, and whilst she’s become a loving family pet she will always be nervous. She’s half husky (we know she doesn’t look it), and has the resulting husky diva personality which we love. She causes all the trouble in our house and she’s got this weird thing where she loves to be dragged along the ground on walks, it’s pretty amusing.
Shack is a typical border collie. Obsessed with tennis balls and watching tv, he’s a massive softie and lover of cuddles. Seriously, he’s the cuddliest dog we’ve ever met!
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