Fonab Castle in Pitlochry hosted the awesome wedding of Michelle & Paul, and we made the most of the beautiful Perthshire countryside for the photography and highlight video!
It's the quiet, intimate, emotional and honest moments of your wedding that are going to mean the most to you in the years to come. All the laughter and the anticipation and the tears and the fun and the comedy moments. And the dogs! ;-D
My first wedding at Fonab Castle in Pitlochry, on the banks of the river Tummell was a blast. Michelle, Paul and their daughter Ella brought their family up from England and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Perthshire in Scotland, and from our email correspondence alone, I knew Michelle was going to be good fun! They brought the emotion; I brought my cameras :-D
And the rest is history.
Loch Lomond on Scotland's west coast in all it's blustery glory :-) And a beautiful, emotional wedding thrown in for good measure ;-) See more photographs HERE!
Sherrie and Alistair's wedding day was...somewhat windswept (see the video)! But when you have a bride with blue hair, a blue tinted, self-altered wedding dress, and a can-do attitude, then you know a bit of tumultuous weather isn't going to stop us making some awesome photographs!
With weather that ranged from hail to torrential rain the week before, Erin and Kevin picked the perfect day of the week to get married, with the Sun splitting the skies down Gleddoch House - it does happen occasionally in Scotland! ;-)
After bridal preparations in the parental home in a lovely traditional Glasgow tenement flat (and the associated cool little quirky nooks and crannies for us to use as backdrops!), the ceremony was conducted at St Leo's the Great church in Dumbreck, then we made our way over to Gleddoch House, tucked away in the leafy, rural hillside of Langbank. With picturesque views across the river Clyde. And golf buggies. And it's own mini forest. And the sunshine. Mix that all in with some good company, emotional speeches and one of the best father-daughter dances I've ever seen...and you have a good day :-)
So, my 2 year old and her two handlers went to see the glorious landscape and warm mediterranean light of the Italian Lakes ;-)
Of course, being a wedding photographer, the lure of the camera is hard to resist! Aside from the romantic vibe and beautiful locations, there's just something special about the quality of the Mediterranean light; it just behaves differently to the Scottish variety. Although the two places both have equally beautiful sunsets, the evening light in Italy produces soft shadows and balanced contrast that is a dream to photograph. I'm sure there's a perfectly good scientific explanation involving equators and atmospheric refractions and conditions...but I'm no physicist ;-D
We took in mountains, windy roads, beautiful cities - even a couple of Lake Garda wedding venues. We even chanced across an local wedding in progress...the phrase "bus driver's holiday" springs to mind ;-)
Suffice to say that the next time I visit this beautiful location, I do hope it's to photograph one of your weddings, so that I can bring my own brand of earthy, romantic, spectacular and fun photography and make some truly beautiful wedding photographs.
*Side note - anyone who follows my work will know that any of these photographs that look like they are 'special effects'....are all done in-camera - no photoshop involved other than basic colour tweaks. Mainly double and triple exposures if you're interested in that kind of thing! ;-)
The west coast of Scotland has some stunning views. Sunsets. Greenery. And parks without toilets ;-) On one of the hottest days of the year so far (maybe even into the TWENTIES!) Linda & Steven took their brass band-infused wedding to Greenock Town Hall, by way of Skelmorlie and Gourock. And it was a very, very nice day :-)
Chatelherault. It's a funny word, and I'm still not sure how to pronounce it! However, it's a jewel of a wedding venue situated in it's own country park about 10 minutes from Hamilton town centre. It has views as far as the eye can see, beautifully kept grounds and a forest in the back garden. A lovely place for Jessica & Steven's awesome, intimate ceremony and acres of room outside for the children to run amok. Don't believe me?...check out the wedding video below for their high-octane adventures! ;-D
Weddings are funny things. You put so much effort into planning every little detail and eventuality. You long for the glorious, epic portraits that you see around the web yet you still want to enjoy yourself and party righteously. And then the reality of the situation creeps into your consciousness at some point after the ceremony and before the meal. You barely feel like you've said your vows and in all the excitement and congratulations and high-fiving and tears and kisses - WHERE do you fit in these amazing photographs?!
Well, there are two parts to this answer:
One - choose the right photographer.
Two - go with your photographer's instincts.
They will know how to wring every last photographic opportunity out of a situation and they should have some good ideas on how to get you those WOW shots whilst still allowing you the freedom to enjoy the wedding day like you should! Oh, and it does help if you don't mind howling winds and wild bulls... ;-)
Now THIS is how you rock a vintage style wedding dress in Scotland :-)
Melissa and Martin travelled all the way from Forfar, Angus to be married at Glenskirlie Castle near Stirling. They brought with them a few things - a sense of adventure, some romance, an amazing vintage-styled lace wedding dress, sunny weather in April, a resilience to nettle stings a desire for some amazing wedding photographs and some best men armed with a ukulele and a kazoo.
The rest just fell into place... ;-D
Good old Scottish winter weddings - can't beat them for a moody sky and some dramatic atmosphere! The Ingliston Country Club in Bishopton has the countryside on it's doorstep and it's fair to say I like a wander in the outdoors in search of some quirky wedding photographs! :-)
There are some weddings that just sing to me. I have a real affinity for quirky, unusual wedding themes - they just get my imagination rolling... :-)
Things like Hallowe'en weddings are eternal favourites, but never before have I had a 'Game of Thrones' - themed wedding. You just. Don't. Get. That many of them! I hear that the dress was a specially designed labour of love and what could be better for a gothic, fantasy marriage than the historic Kelvingrove Art Gallery as the perfectly suited backdrop.
...if I had to nitpick, I could complain about the lack of real-life dragons. But I guess I can't have it all eh?... ;-)
A quick jaunt down to the luxurious Knightsbridge establishment of The Lanesborough Hotel, for the equally luxurious wedding of Yasmin & Ahmed! ;-)
The weather was precarious and the timings were tight, but really when you have such a warm and close-knit family celebration that's all you need. A surprise procession of drummers always helps though! As a wedding photographer I get to share all these moments and also see lots of awesome places. It's not a bad job really... ;-)
Also a quick thanks to the chauffeurs at London VIP group for getting me where I needed to be in style!
Hazel and Robert were married in the grand and historic venue of Mount Stuart on the isle of Bute. Not bad!
Hazel was about 8 months pregnant at the time and gave birth only a few short weeks after the wedding. Not badder! ;-)
Perthshire countryside. I can't think of a more beautiful, natural setting for a wedding - when it's utterly tanking it down ;-) Moody Scottish landscapes as a backdrop to the warmth and emotion of a heartfelt wedding, complete with unique, handcrafted personal touches made this a wedding to remember. And a full-blown Disney dance routine thrown in!