Glencoe Elopement

Romantic Glencoe Elopement

Trinity and Evan didn't want to have their elopement shoot just anywhere - so when I suggested Glencoe, I could tell they were getting excited! Trinity and Evan had their official wedding in their native Australia. Following their registry office wedding, went traveling to Europe and the UK. The plan was to mark their elopement at the end with a photoshoot in the Scottish Highlands.

Glencoe Elopement

We left Glasgow in the morning, heading out West towards Loch Lomond. After a brief stop we carried on to Loch Awe and the ruins of Kilchurn Castle. I love this place with its dramatic castle ruins which would form the perfect backdrop in an Outlander episode.

From Loch Awe we made our way up to Rannoch Moor, said hello to a few deer near the Kingshouse Hotel and then carried on to the majestic Glen Etive, where Skyfall was filmed, and Glencoe. We finished off the day with a cold beer at the Oban Inn.

When I look back at these images, I realise just how lucky I am to live in Scotland, with its beautiful and breathtaking scenery. If you enjoyed reading about Trinity's and Evans elopement adventure, and if you would like to discuss your wedding plans with me, why don't you contact me here!


Balinakill Wedding

An Italian inspired wedding at Balinakill House

Jamie's and Marco's Italian inspired wedding at Ba must have been one of my favourite weddings last season! Jamie and Marco chose the stunning exclusive use venue on the beautiful Mull of Kintyre, so that they could celebrate with their friends and family for the full weekend.

An Italian inspired wedding at Balinakill House

Jamie and Marco decided to cast aside traditions and arrange their wedding day around their own personalities and what is important to them. Family portraits were done before the wedding ceremony itself. This would give them more time with their guests in the afternoon and more time to enjoy their meal.

The ceremony itself was particularly lovely with several personal touches. Friends of the couple gave live musical performances, and readings. Marco and Jamie had written their own vows which caused both happy tears and laughs. Later on the wedding breakfast was a an informal affair which lasted more than four hours! Bespoke Catering provided a fantastic Italian food experience, all the way to the liqueurs and limoncello served at the very end!

 

If you enjoyed reading about Jamie's and Marco's wedding and would like to discuss your wedding plans with me, then why don't you get in touch here!

 


Bothy

A Dreamy Pre-Raphaelite Wedding at the Bothy in Glasgow

Sammy and Ruby decided to formalise their long-term relationship, by celebrating their wedding at the Bothy in Glasgow. The venue seemed ideal for the small, intimate wedding ceremony Sammy and Ruby had in mind.

A Pre-Raphaelite Wedding at the Bothy in Glasgow

Everything about Ruby's and Sammy's wedding was meant to be low key. Only their immediate family and friends had been invited for the day. Ruby's mother, a humanist celebrant, was going to conduct the ceremony. Even the flowers were picked from the garden of Ruby's mum.

With Ruby's background in art finding the right photographer was however important to both Ruby and Sammy. They wanted their photos to have a fresh and contemporary feel. Another thing that was important to them were the wedding dresses. I knew that Sammy and Ruby wouldn't just go for any standard wedding dresses, but I hadn't quite expected just how stunning they would look! The dresses they chose gave them a pre-raphaelite look as if they were straight out of a Rossetti painting!

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A Charming Edinburgh City Chambers Wedding

So last Sunday Ali and Alex celebrated their incredibly beautiful wedding at Edinburgh City Chambers. For Ali and Alex it was important to celebrate their big day in the city where they had met. Ali and Alex had both met at university in the city, and have since made it their home.

An Edinburgh City Chambers Wedding

Ali and Alex wanted to have a relatively small and modest celebration on their big day. The spectacular wedding cake was created by Alex' sister. The table decorations and flowers were put together by Ali with the help of her family and friends. This meant that Ali and Alex could really focus on the things that really mattered to them on the day, such as the music which was provided by the amazing Jim Jam Ceilidh Band.

If you enjoyed reading Ali's and Alex' story, and you would like to discuss your big day with, then please drop me a message at this link.

 


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A Lovely Small Cottiers Wedding

Barbara and NaKoma decided to have a small, intimate wedding at Cottiers in Glasgow's West End. They are a very quiet couple who didn't really fancy an extravagant wedding. Nevertheless they wanted to celebrate their commitment to each other with their closest family and friends.

 

A Lovely Small Cottiers Wedding

Cottiers with its informal style really was the natural choice for Barbara and Nakoma. They both live in the West End of Glasgow and knew the venue well. The attentive staff at the venue made them feel very welcome and contributed to the warm and cosy atmosphere of the wedding.

The low-key humanist ceremony was followed by a reception with drinks, canapes and then a wedding breakfast with some very touching speeches.

In between the more formal proceedings of the day, I managed to spend a little bit of time with the bride and groom for a lovely little couple shoot in the West End.

The evening was finished by the cutting of the cake (this was made by my friend Edwina from Rosewood Cakes), and plenty of dancing!

If you enjoyed reading my short post about Barbara's and NaKoma's big day, and if you would like to discuss your own wedding plans with me, then why don't you just drop me a message here!


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A Lovely Small City Centre Wedding

When Dawn first contacted me about her plans for her 23 Montrose Street wedding, I had very little information to go by. The brief was for a small scale, fuss free wedding, followed by some more formal photos. I had worked at Montrose Street before, and knew that I liked the venue. I was also confident that we would find some interesting spaces in the Merchant City for a couple shoot.

23 Montrose Street Wedding

When I arrived at the registry office, I realised that Dawn and Craig had only asked their children and immediate family to join them for their big day. Buttonholes were put on, paperwork was checked and with great calmness the ceremony started.

After the official ceremony, Dawn and Craig had allocated some time for a couple shoot. I learned that both of them work in a creative media environment, and that they weren’t keen on traditional wedding photos. So I decided to take them to some of my favourite spots in the Merchant City for some contemporary and alternative wedding photos!

If you enjoyed reading about Dawn’s and Craig’s lovely small elopement, and you would like to discuss your own wedding plans with me, why don’t you drop me a note here.


Glasgow University wedding with Cottiers reception

A Transatlantic Romance

For Emily and Thomas there was no doubt they would have a Glasgow University wedding. Thomas studied music at Glasgow University and as an alumni had permission to get married at the University Chapel. Emily on the other hand was born and brought up in the United States, which meant that their relationship was a truly transatlantic romance!

A Glasgow University Wedding

Weddings on the campus are always quite special. The Memorial Chapel is a spectacular building for the wedding ceremony. I also love some of the other features of the university such as the cloisters. There are just so many interesting corners of the campus that lend themselves to taking beautiful images on the day.

Following the ceremony at Glasgow University, we all made our way down to Cottiers for the wedding reception. For the reception Cottiers had put on a fantastic US-inspired buffet.

If you’d like to read more about Emily’s and Thomas’ wedding, just click on the following link!

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23 Montrose Street Wedding

Cocktails and a Wedding

The wedding of Jess and Iain at 23 Montrose Street was truly special. I am really lucky to be working with so many wonderful couples, but when I first met Jess and Iain at their engagement shoot, we instantly hit it off. Iain and Jess knew from the outset that they wanted to keep their wedding low-key. At the same time they also knew that they didn’t want to compromise on those things that were important to them. One of the things that really mattered to them was the wedding photography.

The Registry Office at 23 Montrose Street

Jess and Iain kept their wedding day super simple. First they met up with their two best friends at the Atlantic Bar and Brasserie for some swanky cocktails. This is also where I joined them and started to take photos of the day. Jess looked amazing in her very elegant wedding dress, and I think other guests in the bar weren’t quite sure what was going on!  Once the cocktails were finished the five of us walked down to 23 Montrose Street for the formal part of the day.

The wedding ceremony itself was informal and full of laughter. After the vows I got to spend a couple of hours with Jess and Iain taking some nice photos of them around the city centre and Merchant City. You can see a selection of photos of the day by clicking on the following badge, which will take you to the Brawbrides blog.

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A Beautiful Loch Lomond Wedding at Ardoch 5

A Beautiful Loch Lomond Wedding at Ardoch

Maddie and James were planning their wedding at the same time as they were relocating from London to Scotland. With James having been brought up here, they decided to leave the busy London lifestyle behind and move back to Scotland with its glorious scenery. Both James and Maddie love the outdoors and wanted this to be reflected at their wedding. Ardoch at the edge of Loch Lomond therefore seemed to be the ideal venue for their wedding.

Ardoch

Ardoch is an elegant exclusive use venue at the southern edge of Loch Lomond and the National Park. From the gardens of Ardoch, guests will get the most incredible views across the loch, framed by the Trossachs and the magnificent Ben Lomond. The venue with the original Victorian buildings as well as the airy modern extension lends itself particularly well to smaller, more intimate weddings.

The function room was beautifully decorated with the help of Maddie's and James' family who had added a lot of personal touches and photos of the couple. Maddie's sister had baked all three wedding cakes and her mother had arranged the beautiful bouquets for the bride and her bridesmaids!

James and Maddie both got ready at Ardoch, which meant that I could spend some time with them in the morning and capture some of the preparations of the wedding day. Thankfully the Scottish weather was kind to Maddie and James, and they had their beautiful wedding ceremony outside with the stunning backdrop of Loch Lomond. The ceremony itself was fun, and filled with laughter. There was a handfasting, and James' dad had made a wooden quaich for the couple to drink from.

During the drinks reception and the wedding breakfast the lovely staff from Ardoch made sure that the guests were looked after well. The entire day was relaxed and informal and beautifully finished off with a Scottish ceilidh dance.

Maddie's and James' wedding for me was a great example of where the input from family members and friends made all the difference and added all those little personal touches that made the day so special. If you enjoyed reading this little blog, and would like to discuss your wedding plans with me, then you can always get in touch with me by following this link.


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Brides with Pride

Brides With Pride  - Sara's and Niamh's Wedding in Cork, Ireland

Sara and Niamh, two brides with pride! Sara's and Niamh's wedding in Cork was a fun-filled day in June. It was a celebration of equal rights in a country that is typically steeped in traditions. Both Sara and Niamh had 'Bride With Pride' T-shirts made for the occasion and they did wear them with pride indeed!

Niamh and Sara had met through their studies at Cork University, where they both completed their medical degrees. For their big day they had booked the dramatic looking Blackrock Castle Observatory as a venue for the actual wedding ceremony.

Many guests had flown in from overseas. Sara and Niamh therefore decided to book the Rochestown Hotel for the evening reception. This meant that most guests could just stumble to their rooms after the party!

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Wedding Venue: Blackrock Castle Observatory Cork, Ireland

Evening Reception: Rochestown Hotel Cork, Ireland

Wedding Flowers: Dusky Blooms

Makeup: Charlotte Mahoney

Hair: Lynsey O'Leary

Wedding Cake: Baker Boy Cakes