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:
Carnoustie Golf Hotel is a great wedding venue, especially on a sunny day like Lisa and Neil had! I love the bridal suite, it is huge and bright so great for getting ready photos! How cute is Scarlett looking at her Mum’s wedding dress? 🙂 I spotted the Groom and his Groomsmen from the balcony and got a sneaky photos while the girls hid! They had a Humanist ceremony conducted by Gary Smith. After the ceremony everyone went outside for group photos and drinks in the sunshine… I got a few photos of the bride and groom on the golf course before everyone headed inside for dinner… A bit of dancing finished the day nicely!
Karla and Ryan had a Forbes of Kingennie wedding a few weeks ago. The day started with some bridal prep photography in one of the Lodges…. The men were in a nearby lodge so I popped in to take a few photos on the way to the ceremony building…. As you can see it was a wet day at Forbes of Kingennie! Karla’s bridesmaids helped get her ready to go while Ryan and his groomsmen welcomed the guests into the ceremony room… The helpful staff were on hand with brollies to help Karla and her bridesmaids stay dry! I love when couples let their kids get involved in the ceremony 🙂 They had a Humanist Ceremony conducted by Gary Smith… The windy, wild rain wasn’t going anywhere so we opted for photos in the cosy shelter of the indoors! Speeches were held before dinner… Once the evening guests arrived and the band were ready, I set up some lighting for the first dances….Conrgatulations to all three of you! <3
“Karen did our wedding pictures for us and to say we are delighted is an understatement. We have a three year old son so knew that posing for any length of time would be a challenge and as a result we requested photos that captured the feeling of our day. We are in love with our pictures that show laughter and are honest. Thank you Karen xxx”
Back to main website A Kinnettles Castle wedding is always great so I was happy to be back for Erin and Stephen’s wedding recently. It was my third visit this year, but the great thing about this venue is there are so many parts of the grounds to explore so the photos are always completely different. I seem to find a new favourite spot each time! Erin was getting ready in the Castle with her Mum, sisters and nieces. They are a lovely, close family and were all busy helping each other with hair and dresses. Leonie from Beautylicious was also there doing a great job of Erin’s Makeup. Meanwhile, my Second Photographer, Lynne was with Stephen, his Dad, Best Man and Son capturing some shots of them getting ready before making their way to Kinnettles to meet the guests arriving…Erin’s Mum walked her down the aisle to meet her Groom…. After the ceremony, the sky was looking a bit dark so we quickly got the guests assembled for a big group photo outside!…Once the rain came on we took shelter indoors and made use of the staircase…. We were lucky enough that the rain went of again before dinner so we were back out making the most of the amazing scenery around the Castle grounds.I loved all the details in the decor, especially the floral archway 🙂The speeches were well received with lots of tears and laughter….After dinner their evening guests arrived in time for the first dance… It was such a pretty evening, Erin and Stephen were kind enough to let me drag them outside for a few more photos before I left. I’m really pleased with these ones…Congratulations Stephen and Erin, thanks for being for as nice as you are photogenic! xxx
BACK TO MAIN SITEI do love a Guthrie Castle wedding, it is pretty much a dream venue for a Wedding Photographer, I probably don’t need to explain why! I had been looking forward to Danielle and Daniel’s wedding here since they booked me and I was so happy to see the sun shining for a change! The girls were getting ready in the Castle, the boys were in a cottage on the grounds…
It was a long, dramatic walk up the aisle for Danielle, and a long, dramatic wait for Daniel but my second Photographer Lynne and I got some great photos on the way!They had a lovely Humanist ceremony led by Brenda Reid…. After the ceremony, the Piper led the guests up the garden for a big group photo, how amazing is this backdrop?!We took advantage of the beautiful surroundings for our couple’s shoot, I’m usually conscious not to take the Bride and Groom away from their guests to long but admittedly it was hard to stop take photos that day, there are too many photogenic places to stop!I did stop eventually though and they still had time to join to their guests for drinks on the lawn before dinner…
Congratulations Danielle and Daniel, your wedding was amazing! X
Claire and Darren held their wedding at Piperdam recently and I was there to photograph the day. The girls were getting ready at Claire’s parent’s house in Dundee and I arrived to a busy, excited household getting ready in their cute matching dressing gown and slippers…. Mandy from Hair Ups and Helen from IAM Beauty and Make Up were also there to do their magic… The girls helped Claire into her dress while her Dad waited patiently downstairs to see her as a bride for the first time. It was a touching moment….While the girls got ready to get in their cars, my second Photographer Lynne, was with Darren and his Groomsmen at Piperdam….
The Humanist ceremony was held inside the function suite and there were plenty of tears and laughter throughout! After the ceremony Claire and Darren had some photos taken with their wedding car before getting showered in confetti by their guests! We were lucky to have one of the few dry days of the summer but it was really windy! It was a bit of a challenge working with the wind to keep hair and clothes in the right place but we got some great shots in the end… As a big Game of Thrones fan, I loved this table theme! After the speeches and meal, Darren and Claire welcomed their evening guests before cutting their cake. Then the dancing started….
It is no secret that I love Kinnettles Castle as a wedding venue so I was excited to be asked to photograph Stuart and Lauren’s big day here in July. They had put lots of effort in to the details of the day and these cute signs met me as i arrived at the Castle 🙂 The girls were getting ready in the Castle with a glass of champagne. With some help from her Mum and Bridesmaids, Lauren got into her dress and looked absolutely stunning! The rain had started by the time the guests were arriving and didn’t stop until almost dinner time! The ceremony took place in the marquee, where Stuart nervously awaited his bride… After the ceremony, we took the group shots and some couple shots inside the castle. The great thing about Kinnettles is that even when you have a rainy day, there are still plenty of options for backdrops to keep the photos looking varied! Around ten minutes before everyone was due to sit down for dinner, the rain went off and we were outside like a shot to take some photos in the beautiful grounds around the Castle! Lauren was a brave bride and didn’t mind the bottom of her dress getting muddy in exchange for some great photos 🙂 The guests enjoyed the day and the speeches, all guests were given a shot to drink and I loved capturing their expressions after drinking it!Congratulations Lauren and Stuart, wishing you a long and happy life together <3
Back to main site David and Carole’s wedding took place earlier this month at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel in Dundee. They had a black and red with a bit of horror movie theme with table names such as ‘Bride of Chucky’ and flavoured popcorn favours for the guests. The gardens at the Hilton are great for wedding photos especially on a sunny spring day 🙂We took some photos in the mansion house part of the hotel, there is old stained glass window which gives a bit of dramatic lighting.Congratulations Carole and David
Meanwhile my Second Photographer, Lynne, was at the church to capture Scott and the guests arriving…
The Ceremony was held at Glamis Kirk, Mary’s Uncle is a Minister so it was a very personal service with readings and songs from their friends. Their super-cute dog, Ollie, was waiting on them returning from church and even managed to stay still long enough for a photo! Once everyone arrived we started on the Group Shots. Mary was keen to try a heart-shaped aerial shot and it wasn’t a bad attempt!The grounds of Kinnettles Castle are perfect for wedding photography, amazing views surround you and there are hidden spots all around the castle. There were so many details to the day like the wooden heart guest book, a ‘pimp your Prosecco’ table, favours and centrepieces. It all made the day extra special for their guests. The speeches, meal and evening reception were held in the Marquee… We went out for photos at night, I love the chance to get creative with flash lights in the dark! Mary and Scott had also hired in fairy lights for the day and I think they look great in the photos… The evening finished with a spectacular fireworks display…Congratulations to Scott and Mary <3
Back to Main SiteI was excited to be asked to photograph Lewis and Jennie’s small wedding at Forter Castle. As castles go, Forter is small yet perfectly formed! Check out the tiny chapel below…. Jennie was upstairs getting ready while Lewis enjoyed some Pimms with their guests. After the ceremony, everyone headed outside for photos and drinks, luckily it was sunny instead of snowy that day! I loved Jennie’s Irregular Choice shoes <3 We stopped Jack the Pony on the passing and his lovely owner Marlyn allowed Jennie to have a few photos with him!Congratulations to Jennie and Lewis!