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 🙂 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’t have asked for a better photographer on the day.”

Tips for getting the best results from your property photography

In general potential buyers/renters want to see a tidy, clutter free, welcoming space that they can imagine themselves living in.  Here are a few tips to help make your property photography appealing:

  • Kitchen – clear all worktops, draining boards etc, hide any washing up items etc you would usually have out.  Hide bins if possible.  If you have a dining table you may want to set it or put out a fruit bowl/vase of flowers/coffee pot and cakes out. Make sure all chairs are pushed in.
  • Living areas – hide all clutter and remote controls, clear surfaces apart from a few decorative items, if you have family photos up, you may want to take these down/replace with other art.  Hide any visible cables where possible.
  • Bedrooms – Make all beds as crease free as possible, clear surfaces/cables etc.  Some folded towels/blankets on bed can make it more welcoming.
  • Bathrooms – put down toilet seat, hide any toiletries and bins, fold towels and make sure mirrors/glass are as clean/streak-free as possible
  • Outside – hide any toys/items lying around except seating/tables, move any cars from driveway if possible. 

If you are based around Dundee, Fife or Perthshire and would like photos of your property, please get in touch.

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 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂 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!

 

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 🙂  The big smiles from the bride and groom say it all 🙂  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

Fingask Castle Wedding Photography with Lucy and Neil

I love a Fingask Castle wedding, no two are ever the same, so I was happy when Lucy and Neil booked me for their autumn wedding.

For anyone who hasn’t been, Fingask is a castle with the most amazing grounds in the countryside between Dundee and Perth.

The day started with some Bridal Prep photos in the castle.

Meanwhile Neil and the guests were gathering downstairs for the ceremony..

Lucy’s Dad walked her down the aisle to meet her Groom. They had a Humanist ceremony with a bit of Quaich drinking and knot tying.

After the ceremony, we headed outside to the Castle grounds for some photos.

Fingask has THE best backdrop for a big group photo!

While the newlyweds had their wee photo shoot in the garden, the guests enjoyed a few drinks and canapes before walking over to the Marquee for dinner.

The Marquee looked lovely for the guests arriving, lots of time and detail had gone into the decor. They were also the first couple to hire this flower wall…

Speeches and dinner were enjoyed before the guests were treated to some music by the pipe band Lucy’s Dad and Sister play with.

The band then got the dancing started for the evening…

Congratulations Lucy and Neil 🙂

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’t believe how great they turned out, such a fantastic set of photos! We can’t 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!

You can get in touch here!

St Andrews Old Course Wedding with Dawn and Danny

St Andrews Old Course Hotel weddings are always special, so I was excited to be booked as Dawn and Danny’s Photographer.  St Peter and Paul’s RC Church in Dundee was the starting place for the ceremony on this freezing but sunny day in December.  Dawn arrived looking amazing in her dress, I loved this bouquet as well…. Danny had a wee wait for his Bride and was looking a bit nervous by the time she arrived….. It was a lovely ceremony led by Mgr Ken, made extra special by the Primary School class Dawn teaches who came to sing and do some readings during their Christmas holidays 🙂 The other love of Danny and Dawn’s lives, their doggy, Stella came to congratulate her Mum and Dad and have some photos taken.  Anyone who knows me will know how happy I was about this moment!  I love Stella’s happy face here <3  The next stop was the beautiful Old Course Hotel in St Andrews for the wedding reception.  It was so cold the pond in the garden was totally frozen over, Dawn braved the weather in her lacy sleeves for the sake of good photos though, she is my kind of girl! We managed to avoid the flying golf balls for a few photos on the Swilken Bridge too! Time to get cosy in the bar and enjoy the drinks reception….  The decor was really lovely and tied in perfectly with their colour scheme, they named their tables after gins 🙂  Plenty of laughs during some great speeches by Dawn’s Dad, Danny and his Best Man…  The evening guests arrived after dinner and the band got the party started in style! Congratulations Mr & Mrs Albayati! X

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The best of 2017 Weddings….

January is always a good time to look back on the past year and reflect so today I selected a photo or two from each wedding I shot in 2017 and put them in a folder.  When I looked though these images together for the first time, I was blown away by what a great year it really was and also reminded what a beautiful country Scotland is (even in the worst weather).  I feel incredibly lucky that in an ever growing sea of Wedding Photographers, I still get bookings with the BEST couples who have often found me through the amazing people I’ve worked with before.  Thank you to all of you!  Xx