Scottish Farm wedding with Kirsty and Greig

I love a good Scottish farm wedding so I was excited to photograph Kirsty and Greig’s big day on Kirsty’s family farm in Angus. The day started off with some bridal prep photography at Kirsty’s Parents’ house.

They had an impressive Marquee set up for the celebrations. Lots of time and effort had been put in to make the garden look amazing…. we weren’t in the garden much… you’ll find out why soon!

The girls were having a lovely time getting ready while the boys headed to Carmyllie Parish Church where my second Photographer, Lynne, was waiting to capture them meeting the guests.

It was time for Kirsty to go to meet her soon to be Husband!

It was a great ceremony, the Minister kept everyone amused!

The guests came out into the sunshine to throw some confetti on the newlyweds!

We headed back to the farm to take some photos with the beautiful views from their fields.

Black thunder clouds were rolling in so we had around 2 minutes before we all had to make a run for it!

Luckily there was plenty of space in the Marquee to shelter the guests during the heavy downpour!

About 2 minutes before they were due to start dinner, the rain went off and I spotted a rainbow across the road. It was too rare an opportunity to miss so we dashed over for a few photos before being called to do speeches.

It turned out to be a nice evening so the guests were able to enjoy the garden at last! Everyone made good use of dance floor that night too ūüôā

Congratulations!

Dundee Wedding Photography at The Quay with Danielle and Sam

I was lucky to photograph Danielle and Sam’s small but colourful wedding at The Quay, Dundee recently. When they first contacted me, they told me they were looking for “more war photography than glamour”, I loved this description and knew then we’d get along! The wedding was also a celebration of their 21 years together so it was extra special. Here are some highlights of their day….

Congratulations Danielle and Sam!

Best of 2018 Wedding Photography Highlights

I’ve put together a wee video of 2018 Wedding best bits! I honestly loved every moment captured here and feel lucky to play a part in so many special days, thanks to each of you who played a part: couples, guests, suppliers and supporters! Bring on the 2019 weddings (including my own!)

The Rhynd Wedding Photography with Lynsey and Gregor

¬†I was genuinely excited when Lynsey and Gregor booked me for their wedding at the Rhynd.¬† As a wedding Photographer in Fife, it is exciting¬† to find a new DIY wedding venue, especially one in a beautiful setting close to where I grew up….¬† I wasn’t disappointed! The day started with Bridal Prep photos at the girl’s AirBNB in Dundee….¬†You may notice a slight Disney theme here, Lynsey is a huge Disney fan and Gregor even proposed at Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom! ¬†It was perfect sunny weather for their wedding day, the guests were welcomed to Fife with a blue sky ūüôā¬†They had a Humanist ceremony indoors, there was a few tears shed in the barn that day! ¬†Afterwards everyone came outside for a Gin Bar reception in the garden.¬† Lots of congratulations, hugs and laughter followed! ¬†The garden is handy for group photos too, here is the lovely Bridal Party..¬†After the guests enjoyed a gin or two and some group photos, I took Gregor and Lynsey down the road to Tentsmuir Forest for some photos on the beach.¬†This is one of my favourite beaches in the world, it has perfect golden sand and it honestly felt like we were in Spain that day, it was so warm!¬† We had a wee 10 minute shoot before we felt like we might all roast (especially Gregor in his kilt jacket), then we headed back to the guests. ¬†Everyone got to pick a toast drink on their way to hear the speeches.¬†Speeches and dinner were well received!¬†It was a beautiful evening with some golden sunlight so I couldn’t miss the opportunity to grab the newly weds for a quick photo shoot outside before their evening guests arrived.¬† The Rhynd is on a farm and the fields outside have great views.¬†We went back in for dancing, I left them with a full dance floor and I’m sure they had a great evening!¬†Conratulations Mr and Mrs Hunter!

“Honestly Karen they are absolutely fantastic. Gregor and I were in love with every single photo and it even stirred up some tears. You truly are a fantastic photographer and we couldn‚Äôt have asked for a better photographer on the day.”

Cambo and Forgans St Andrews Wedding with Laura and Daniel

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¬†I have been lucky enough to shoot some fantastic wedding weddings this year, Laura and Daniel’s St Andrews wedding day is definitely up there, you’ll soon see why!¬†Their wedding was centred around their favourite place: St Andrews ūüôā The ceremony was at Cambo Estate, I was so excited to photograph a wedding here, the gardens are beautiful and so well kept.¬† ¬†Laura was walked down the garden by her Mum to meet Daniel.¬† Their ceremony was conducted by the lovely Humanist, Dorothy Nowak. ¬†After the ceremony everyone walked over to Cambo House for drinks and part one of the best wedding feast ever! ¬†That’s right! All Fife’s best cuisine… Fish and Chips served by Anstruther Fish Bar¬†followed by a fudge doughnut from Fisher and Donaldson ¬†We grabbed the opportunity to have a wee photo shoot around the gardens…. ¬†Daniel and Laura made an early exit to go and visit some of their favourite haunts in St Andrews… ¬†We started at St Andrews harbour, had a stop at The Scores (the spot where Daniel had proposed to Laura) and down to their favourite beach, the West Sands. ¬†How cute is this VW camper from View from the slow lane ¬†The wedding reception was held at Forgans St Andrews.¬† It is a very cool restaurant in the centre of town, perfect for a small wedding like this. ¬†Speeches, some tasty food and a bit of ceilidh dancing followed…¬†Congratulations Laura and Daniel, I hope your marriage is just as great as your wedding day!

“Thanks so much for our photos – we absolutely love them! They’ve captured our day perfectly, we both look at them pretty much daily and we’re not sure we’ll ever stop looking at them” – Laura and Daniel

Fasque Castle Wedding

Fasque Castle has always been on my wedding venue wish list so I was excited when Shawn and Stuart booked me to photograph their day.¬† The castle and it’s grounds are pretty impressive….¬†The Castle interior is just as impressive too!¬†I arrived to find a very chilled out bridal party having a laugh while they had their Make up done.¬†The boys were just as relaxed, enjoying a dram of Whiskey in the Library. What a photogenic room! ¬†I loved Shawn’s hair, she was the coolest of brides!¬† I also wish all rooms I do Bridal Prep in looked as good as this one haha!¬†I think her Dad was impressed too <3¬† ¬†It rained heavily all day pretty much non-stop so there are very few outdoor shots but I love a bit of puddle reflection in my photos! ¬†After the ceremony the guests gathered for a drinks reception ….¬†I took the Bride and Groom for a short photo shoot around the beautiful Castle… ¬†We got some outside photos….. with a bit of shelter! ¬†There were so many small details around the Castle, I loved the colour scheme that Shawn and Stewart picked ūüôā¬†Some group photos on the stairs before speeches and dinner….¬†The happy couple made a grand entrance to kick off the evening reception!

Congratulations Stuart & Shawn!

I got a lovely email when they received their photos as well:

Thank you again, you did a fantastic job we really love our photos¬†❤

 

Elopement to a Scottish Castle

Forter Castle is one of my all time favourite wedding venues.¬† It is only a 40 minute drive from Dundee but feels like a million miles away.¬† It is so remote and quiet with background noises of sheep and birds tweeting and views of miles and miles of un-spoilt countryside. Colin and Toni came from Australia to have their wedding here which I think was a great online shopping choice!¬† An elopement to a Scottish Castle is always a good choice if you ask me! ¬†I love how dark and cosy the bridal suite is in the Castle.¬† Toni did her own hair and make-up with the help of her Mum and Sister.¬†Meanwhile Colin’s Mum came from Seattle to sort him out! ¬†The ceremony was outside in the Castle grounds, which made a stunning backdrop for photos ūüôā¬†The ceremony kicked off with a song Colin had made for Toni.¬† He enlisted her Dad to be his Guitarist and I think she like it…¬†Poppy the dog definitely did! ¬†Once the knot was tied and papers were signed, the guests all went inside to warm up while we took some photos outside before the rain came on!¬†It was such a relaxed and happy wedding, I probably don’t need to say that, you can tell by the photos!¬† There was a bit of confetti action during the group shot as well…. ¬†Toni and Colin got a nice warm welcome on their return and sat down for dinner with their guests and a few speeches.

Congratulations Toni and Colin, I hope you all had a great holiday in Scotland!  I got a lovely email to say:

The photos are perfect! Thank you so much!

 

Dog and Pet Photo Shoots

Do you have a furry family member? ¬†Would you like to capture your precious pet in a professional¬†photo? If so, read on!‚Ķ.It is no secret that I’m a massive fan of dogs and I’ve worked really hard on my Pet Photography in the last year, training to capture their personalities, twinkly eyes and those tricky action shots¬†that you can just never get on your phone camera!If you would like your pet photographed,¬†secure¬†your furry friend a slot¬†now¬†or read on to find out more‚ĶWHEN?¬†By appointment only

WHERE? Outdoor shoots are perfect for your average dog/puppy as we can get some action shots and capture them in a¬†natural environment, I highly recommend outdoor shoots for getting the most from your session (my go-to favourite spots are Camperdown Park and Broughty Ferry Beach). For newborn pups and golden oldies I can come to your house for photos.¬†WHAT HAPPENS?¬† Once you’ve made contact, I¬†will be in touch to arrange¬†your¬†appointment time and find out more about your pet. ¬†On the day, all you need to bring is your pet, some treats,¬†favourite toys and props if you are feeling imaginative. ¬†We will get some great shots of your pet during the shoot for you to¬†view and order a few days later.

HOW MUCH? ¬£50 per session which includes a¬†10×8 print.¬† Extra prints, digital files and a great selection of Wall Art¬†is available after your shoot.

If that all sounds good, click here to book.  If you have any questions, read our FAQ’s below:

Q: Can I bring two or more pets? A: Yes please!

Q: Can people be in some?  A: Yes please!

Q:  Can I buy more? A: Yes please! Once you view your photos, you will have the option of prints, wall products and digital images at great prices.

Q: I’d like my shoot outside but my dog can’t be off the lead? This is fine, I can Photoshop a lead out, you are best with a collar (instead of a harness) and an extendable lead so your dog can still move freely and your legs aren’t in all the photos!

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Ballathie House Hotel Wedding in Perthshire with Ruth and Robin

Ballathie House Hotel is lovely place, an old country house on a huge estate with nice bright rooms and cosy fires a great choice of venue for Ruth and Robin’s wedding.¬† I arrived to see some impressive cars owned by Robin and his friends’ but even more impressive was this cake stand filled with Tunnocks goodies!¬† ¬†¬† ¬†The guests all met and caught up in the hall before they were ushered inside for the ceremony, then Ruth made her entrance looking gorgeous in her bespoke dress ūüôā ¬†The big smiles from the bride and groom say it all ūüôā ¬†After the ceremony everyone enjoyed a celebration drink while I kept one eye on the window waiting on the rain going off!¬† It stopped for about 5 minutes and I just managed to get this group shot before the downpour! ¬†Luckily we had use of the bright ceremony room for a few more group photos and for everyone to socialise in while I got some natural shots. Congratulations to you both <3

“The photos are great and really reflect the relaxing and enjoyable time we were all having”

Photography: Karen Jackson Venue: Ballathie House Hotel

Small Wedding at Perth Registry Office with Laura and James

¬†I love a tiny wee wedding and they don’t come any smaller than this! Laura and James emailed me just a few ago.¬† They had planned a very small (two friends as witnesses), low key, Monday morning Registry office wedding in Perth before their baby is born.¬† No wedding cars, flowers or fuss and no Photos.¬† Thankfully they had a change of heart about the latter and decided a few photos for the family to see might be nice so they booked me for just an hour and this is what happened…..¬†James and Laura exchanged vows in front of their two witnesses. The words in a small ceremony always feel very powerful, I think it is the lack of noise and distraction in the room but it was a moving experience and the congratulations that followed were sweet…. ¬†After the ceremony, this party of four (five if you include the baby bump) planned to go to Malmaison in Dundee for lunch so we decided to have a fairly casual photo shoot on the walk back to the car park!¬†The Registry Office in Perth is next to the River which makes a great backdrop for photos.¬† We were lucky enough to get sunshine in January too! ¬†There are some beautiful old buildings in Perth (that is the Courthouse in the photo above!) so we wandered along, having a chat and a few stops on the way.¬† The atmosphere was calm and cheerful as we said or goodbyes. I got some lovely feedback from them too:

“The whole day was just as we wanted it to go.¬†We can‚Äôt believe how great they turned out, such a fantastic set of photos! We can‚Äôt thank you enough for capturing our special day so perfectly.”

Congratulations to Laura and James x

Are you are planning your own small wedding and think professional photos will be too much fuss or expensive?¬† Please remember that when the day is over, photos are your only tangible memories, without them the moments of love and happiness will fade with time.¬† The photography doesn’t have to be posed and it doesn’t have to last all day.¬† All the photos you see here were captured in one hour!

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