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!