When a white wedding meets open terrain then perfect pictures are a must.
Photographer Cat Ekkleboom-White lives in Austria where the rugged vista’s and changing weather provide the perfect backdrop for her destination wedding shoots. This experience has allowed her to travel across Europe seeking out the most dramatic scenery for her brides to contrast with.
From climbing mountains to working alongside waterfalls, Cat sets out to capture the magic of the location as well as the moment - an endeavour which has earned her the reputation as one of the finest choices for couples seeking stunning photos in majestic locations. Here she reveals her top 10 places to shoot destination weddings and the reasons behind them.
1. Tirol, Austria
"The Tirol region in the Austrian Alps is an ideal location for skiing and snowboarding couples. Say your wedding vows in a mountain hut and then hit the slopes before celebrating with a big apres-ski style party."
2. Isle of Skye - Scotland
"Scotland's Isle of Skye is the perfect location if you're looking for a dramatic backdrop and want the option of having a legally binding humanist ceremony. Even when the British weather isn't on your side, a gloomy day in Skye is just as breathtaking as when the sun shines."
3. Faroe Islands
"If you want dramatic landscapes with mountains, waterfalls and fjords combined with picturesque villages, and you don't want to worry about fighting with hoards of other tourists to take your pictures, the Faroe Islands are perfect. A legal ceremony does need to take place in their pretty capital city of Torshavn but then you're free to spend the day driving between the islands."
4. Cliffs of Moher - Ireland
"Hike to Hag's Head, the southernmost point of the Cliffs of Moher for a ceremony with a view. Say your vows in a legally binding humanist ceremony on these magnificent cliffs towering above the Atlantic ocean."
5. Dartmoor - England
"Nothing says wild romance more to me than the moors of England. Dartmoor is famous for its tors but it's also home to some beautiful ancient forests, such as the Wistman's Wood."
6. The Dolomites - Italy
"With towering mountain peaks and turquoise alpine lakes, this UNESCO world heritage area has some of the most dramatic alpine scenery in Europe. It's also surprisingly accessible and easy to reach."
7. Lapland - Finland/Sweden
"The frozen north that is Lapland is the perfect location for an adventure wedding in winter. Not only is the stunning winter sunlight beautiful, but you'll have the chance to tick off some bucket-list experiences such as seeing the northern lights and husky sledding off your list. And if you're looking for a civil ceremony with a difference, some regions offer options such as snow chapels or a wooden cabin."
8. Country Antrim - Northern Ireland
"It’s not just Game of Thrones fans who will fall in love with the beautiful landscape across Country Antrim. From the stunning coastline, the Giant's Causeway to Dunluce Castle and the Dark Hedges, there are so many beautiful spots to visit for your wedding photos."
9. South coast - Iceland
"Iceland has been a popular location for adventure weddings and elopements for a long time, and for a very good reason. The varied landscapes of this volcanic island provide some incredible backdrops, from high waterfalls to glaciers and black beaches."
10. Lofoten Islands - Norway
"This archipelago in northern Norway is famous for its dramatic mountain peaks that fall down to touch the ocean and its remote coastal villages with colourful wooden houses. Because of its position above the arctic circle, in the summer you can experience the midnight sun. Because humanist ceremonies are legally binding here, the sky really is the limit for finding a perfect spot to say your wedding vows."
To see more of Cat's stunning outdoor wedding photography from incredible locations visit www.wildconnectionsphotography.com