I’d never been to the wonderful Kellie Castle before – but that’s not a problem for me. I just turned up over an hour early and met the National Trust Scotland organisers and had a tour while we compared timetables for the day.
Kellie Castle is a jewel hidden in the Kingdom of Fife. Originally buit in the 14th century, it was extensively modernised by the artistic and famous Lorimer family. It’s a perfect, romantic place to get married, and a perfect location for your wedding photographs. It’s gardens in particular, with their ‘Arts and Crafts’ herbacious borders and fruit and vegetable gardens, provide the perfect spot for an outdoor reception.
Alex and Andreas got ready in the picturesque Scottish fishing village of Pittenwean before travelling to the castle. They got married in the magnificent hall, and then held their reception outdoors in the gardens, filled with spring time flowers.
Shona and Jon wanted their wedding to take on the style of a Country House Weekend, and Wedderburn was the perfect place for them. Built in 1770 to a design by the renowned Scottish architect Robert Adams, its most striking feature is a sweeping stone staircase that greets you as you enter, and leads to the first floor with its 5 grand reception rooms. With 12 huge and individually decorated bedrooms, it’s the perfect place for a wedding party!
Shona and Jon made full use of the space. While Bride Shona and her bridesmaids got ready in the Bridal Suite (complete with a 4 poster bed!) Groom Jon and his Best Man and father were immediately below in ‘The Glorious 12th’. Bedrooms can often be crowded places to photograph during all the busy preparations, but the rooms at Wedderburn are huge!
Their ceremony was held in the Ballroom – the perfect setting for any civil, humanist, or religious service, complete with marbled columns, Georgian windows and chandeliers. Once married, they and their guests moved to the drawing room, with its huge log fire and large and comfortable sofas.
While their guests enjoyed champagne, I took Shona and Jon outside to photograph them on the grounds of the castle. The sweeping drive is one of my favourite photo locations for natural and relaxed wedding photographs, along with my obligatory photo of them leaning out of a window with a crest below them, its motto: “Remember – True To The End”
Both the Bride and Groom are vets, and two of their clients gave them wonderful, and unusual, wedding presents. One farmer gifted them the beef that was served at dinner (carved by the guests themselves) and another dairy farmer donated the cheese that was served for dessert at the wedding breakfast.
Jon had made the favours: hand-tied fishing flies mounted on a broach, and even more unusually, Shona made her own decorative wedding cake!
The evening continued with a hilarious Best Man speech, and then ceilidh dancing in the ballroom. In between the reels, guests relaxed on the sofas in the drawing room.
Auld Lang Syne brought the celebrations to a traditional Scottish finish, and the end to a wonderful day.
Here’s a small selection of my favourite natural wedding photography in Scotland from 2016.
For personal reasons I took six months off this year, and several couples requested that their wedding photos were not posted on the web, but I still have many favourites that I can show you.
There’s everything here, from grand venues, laughing brides, winking grooms, reflections and shadows, a very embarrassed (by her husband) mother of the bride, the most amazing table decorations made from antique tea cuos and wild flowers, a bare foot bride walking on gravel, and of course, dancing!
All of these photos were unposed – some were guided in that I put the couple in a location and told them the angle of view I had – I just photographed their reaction and ‘the look of love.’ If you’re looking for a wedding photographer who takes natural wedding photography – get in touch!
Miami may be 4,263 miles from Edinburgh but it’s about 20 degrees warmer at this time of year. So when a special offer appeared it seemed a good idea and time for an Edinburgh Wedding Photographer to visit.
I do photograph subjects other than brides, grooms and weddings! In Miami I was fascinated by the colour blue, which although mainly in the sky, was frequently reflected in the glass of the modern architecture, or contrasted with the white of the older buildings.
Miami Beach is where most of the Art Deco buildings are, and away from the loud night-time music of Ocean Boulevard, is an absolute delight. I gather in summertime it is stiflingly hot, but in late November the temperatures were around 25 degrees – just perfect for aimlessly strolling around with a camera.
I hope Julia and Jeff won’t mind me mentioning it, but they were slightly older than my usual brides and grooms. And that’s probably what contributed to the totally joyous nature of the day: It’s the first time I’ve photographed a wedding couple dance down the aisle twice – on arrival and departure!
Combined with the wonderful surroundings of Archerfield House wedding photography and wonderful autumnal sun, it was a day they, their children and all their guests will remember. I just hope my Archerfield House wedding photography did their day justice!
I love being a Glencorse House wedding photographer
…probably for the same reasons that many couples like Sam and Ross choose it as their venue. As an exclusive country house wedding venue it has many advantages over a hotel wedding venue, not least in that it has it’s own Kirk, (the most romantic setting imaginable for a wedding ceremony) and it’s own chef!
And most importantly, it has a lovely relaxed atmosphere which suits my style of photography perfectly. Glencorse House itself is a magnificent location for any wedding reception, with its stunning architecture, lush parkland, lake and verdant rhododendrons The staff are all regulars, many of them students studying hospitality, and are always polite and friendly.
Chef Paul was under a bit of pressure at Sam and Ross’ wedding as Ross is also a chef! (I have once photographed another wedding photographer’s wedding, and I can confirm that the pressure is real!)
My day started at Sam’s parent’s house in Edinburgh where she was getting ready along with her two sisters, her bridesmaids, and her parents. We then made our way to Glencorse and their Humanist ceremony,
The weather had been very wet during the morning, but as my weather app predicted, the rain stopped as the ceremony started and it remained dry, if overcast, the rest of the day. Many photographers will tell you that an overcast sky is often preferable to full sunshine!
Back in the marquee, Sam’s mothers amazing flower arrangements, using old tea pots and cups and saucers was the talk of the guests. Then Sam’s father’s speech seemed to embarrass her mother more than it did her – but kept everybody laughing.
The evening continued with enthusiastic dancing to Three Card Trick band.
All in all, a day to illustrate why I love being a Glencorse House wedding photographer!
As a St Andrews wedding photographer, St Salvators chapel is one of my favourite buildings. Kat and Mike got married in the magnificent chapel and after some formal family photographs there, the guests made their way to the Drumoig Golf Hotel.
This was not a venue I’d been to before – but that was because they don’t really host weddings. They’d made an exception for Kat and Mike though – because her Dad had developed and built the whole place!
As he told me “21 years ago this was a barley field.” You certainly wouldn’t know if you weren’t told! And it provided some lovely locations for the photos of the two of them. And since they had connections, their two dogs were also allowed to make an appearance – in person as well as on the wedding cake.
Hilarious speeches were followed by an evening of dancing and partying….