This title is a bit of misnomer. Why? Because this session happened the day after their wedding. That’s right, this wedding already took place, and this unplanned, spur-of-the-moment day-after session in fact happened on just a couple of hours of sleep, a total sense of utter relief, and a feeling of love, overwhelming and full and wild and full of mystic magic.
How can I tell you a story about this beautiful dream of an adventure? Where do I begin? Is it with the early morning wake up that randomly spurred a desire to climb a ruined castle? Is it all the sheep, goats, and misty moors we found along the way? Is it the inexplicable wonder of the vibrant green highland hills?
We set out alone to begin, with Susan finding history and wildness all on her own. When Zach joined her on her adventure, it was like the sun poured down upon us. Husband and wife of only one day. I love them so.
When you’re not sure what the Scottish gaelic signage says, so you cross your fingers that it says, “Welcome, traveler! The magical ruined castle is this way, and you’re gonna love it!” (Sidenote: pretty sure after some poor research that this actually loose translates to ‘Hill Dwellings of the Fairies” which is EVEN BETTER).
YAS KWEEN WE CLIMBED INCREDIBLY UNSAFE TERRAIN IN ORDER TO MAKE IT TO THE TOP OF THE REMAINS OF A MAGICAL HISTORIC CASTLE. Yes, the caps-lock was warranted. This castle’s origins remain a little mysterious but we know that it changed hands in the early 15th century, so that means it was built in at latest the 1300s. Can you even? I can’t, really.
This is when Zach arrived and we had a lot of feels. Like, just married feels. Like, hey, no big deal, we’re just husband and wife overlooking the mountains and seas of a magical faraway fairyland. Ain’t no thing. Pretty sure neither of these dreamboats were showered and were both running on somewhere between 1-3 hours of sleep.
And then we found the moat zone. Yeah, we were standing in a real historic moat zone. And it wasn’t even about it. It was about these two being so wonderfully themselves.