Today is a big day for us – we are moving into our new studio at last! It’s taken six months to find the right place, but we eventually settled on staying in Kinross. The new studio is just a mile from Junction 6 of the M90 motorway and will be perfect both for shooting portraits and viewing your wedding photos on our massive 52″ LCD tv! Now there’s just the small matter of actually moving and getting everything setup … it’s as bad as moving house! And somehow I have to keep working, this is the busiest time of the year, and I have loads of images to edit, albums to design, etc etc. Never mind, sleep is over-rated!
It was an early start for me on Saturday as Katie & Andrew’s wedding meant a trip up the A9 to Inverness. Katie was getting ready at the reception venue, Lochardil House Hotel – run by Andrew’s father & brother – so my first port of call was the room where Katie and her six(!) bridesmaids were getting ready. Then it was a quick dash into the centre of the city for the ceremony at the lovely St Mary’s on the banks of the river, and then back to Lochardil House for the reception. It was a busy day, always something happening, and I shot well over a thousand images during the course of the day! Andrew & Katie were accompanied for much of the day (between sleeps and feeds) by their beautiful daughter Holly, and she was even better at posing for the camera than her mother.
This was always going to be a special wedding, not just for Katie and Andrew and their families and friends, but also for me as Katie is a nurse at the Beatson Oncology Centre in Glasgow where my father was recently treated for cancer. He is now on the road to a full recovery and my family owe a huge debt to everyone at the Beatson for the excellent work they do, so it was great to be able to do something in return.
I had a wonderful time at the wedding with such a friendly and lively bunch of people (particularly the six maddest bridesmaids ever!), and I hope you enjoy the pictures.
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Finally, a day without rain! Lisa & Ryan got married at Ratho Parish church, followed by a reception at Orocco Pier, with it’s fabulous views over the Forth. On the way we were lucky enough to stop off at Ratho Hall for some group pictures, it was my first time there and both the house and grounds are absolutely stunning.
There were more children at the wedding than I have seen in a long time, and the whole wedding had a great family feeling throughout. Here are some of my favourite shots from the day:
Friday’s wedding was a return to the Priory Church on the shores of the Forth at South Queensferry. For a photographer it’s a great location – the church itself is bright inside, with a magnificent stained glass window, and it’s only a minute from the banks of the river which give a superb view of the bridges and across to Fife (weather permitting!) Happily the good weather held long enough for the ceremony (and some great pictures) before the heavens opened as we drove to the hotel for the reception. Fortunately Houstoun House has some great locations for pictures inside, and we even managed to nip outside after dinner for some more once the rain had passed. Kirsty had been very clear that photos were of prime importance to her wedding plans – and I have the spreadsheet to prove it
I’m sure she’ll be delighted with the results – here are a few samples from the day:
Chris & Mum, just a few minutes before the ceremony.
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Less than 10 hours after finishing Lesley and Steve’s wedding Callum and I were on the road again, this times northwards to the village of Murthly near Dunkeld to photograph Louise and Lewis getting married at Murthly Castle. The venue was new to me, Murthly is a very exclusive venue hosting only a dozen or so weddings each year. The estate has been in the same family since the 17th century, and the unique chapel dates from the ame period – unusually for this kind of venue there is a full size chapel seating up to 200 people. The building has been painstakingly restored by the current owner, and the the stunning murals in the chapel rival anything I have seen anywhere.
While Lewis was outside greeting the guests, Louise was in the main castle getting ready