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!

 

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

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Loch Morlich Wedding with High Tea on the Strathspey Steam Railway

BACK TO MAIN SITEkaren jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0245A few months ago I was excited to be asked to photograph Alison and David’s wedding, you will see why I was excited when you look through the photos here.

They were planning to have their ceremony on the banks of Loch Morlich, a uniquevenue which is basically a beach in the mountains so pretty amazing to photograph.  As if that wasn’t exciting enough…. they were also having a High Tea reception on the Strathspey Steam Railway from Aviemore.

karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0229 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0230 They opted for a Humanist ceremony with their family and closest friends gathered next to the shore.  They were lucky to miss the typical torrential Scottish rain shower that happened 10 minutes earlier…karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0231 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0232 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0233 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0234 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0235 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0236 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0237 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0238 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0239 We had enough time for a few photos on the loch with the Cairngorms in the background before heading to the reception….karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0240 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0241 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0242 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0243 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0244 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0246 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0247 We asked for steam in the photos and we got it!karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0248 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0249 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0250 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0251 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0252 I loved all the signs and scenery around the steam railway, if you are up near Aviemore, it is well worth a trip on this train!karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0253 Just as we were leaving, giant hailstones started pelting us but David and Alison were still smiling 🙂karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0254

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Stewart!

Forter Castle Wedding with Jennie and Lewis

Back to Main Sitekaren jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0153I 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…. karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0142 karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0143 Jennie was upstairs getting ready while Lewis enjoyed some Pimms with their guests.karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0144 karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0145 karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0146 karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0147 karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0148 After the ceremony, everyone headed outside for photos and drinks, luckily it was sunny instead of snowy that day!karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0149 karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0150 karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0151 I loved Jennie’s Irregular Choice shoes <3karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0152 karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0153 karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0154 karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0155 karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0156 karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0157 karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0158 karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0159  We stopped Jack the Pony on the passing and his lovely owner Marlyn allowed Jennie to have a few photos with him!karen jackson photography wedding photographer perthsire scotland forter castle_0160Congratulations to Jennie and Lewis!

Photography by Karen Jackson