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

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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Fingask Castle Wedding with Danielle and Graham

Back to main sitefinask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0138Fingask Castle weddings are always great, it is a venue with lots of quirky features that look great in photos, so I was excited when Danielle and Graham booked me to photograph their day.finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0124 We started off at Danielle’s Mum’s house for Bridal Prep photos in the morning.  There was a great atmosphere, everyone was relaxed and enjoying having their hair and make-up done.finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0125 Danielle’s Mum helped her get into her dress…finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0126 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0127 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0128 Once Danielle was ready, I left the girls to go and take some photos of Graham and the guests arriving at Fingask.  I sneaked a look in the reception marquee when I arrived, I knew they were having a movie theme for their decor and I was really impressed with the details…finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0129 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0130 Graham was waiting at the castle with the Piper to greet the guests arriving off the bus…finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0131 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0132 Danielle followed shortly behind in this classic Volvo and was walked up the aisle by both her parents…finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0133 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0134 Danielle and Graham had a lovely, personal Humanist ceremony with a reading from their bridesmaids…finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0135 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0136 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0137 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0139 After the ceremony, I took the newlyweds outside for photos straight away.  We had half an hour until sunset so we wanted to make the most of the amazing gardens before it got dark….finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0140 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0141 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0142 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0143 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0144 I got a big group shot of everyone before heading back inside to do the rest of the group photos in the warmth of the castle!finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0145 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0146 We headed over to the Marquee for the meal followed by speeches from Graham and his Best Men….finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0147 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0148 The evening guests arrival was delayed so we went outside to play with some sparklers while we waited…..finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0149 Once the evening guests arrived, the dancing started and it was time for me to leave them all to enjoy themselves…finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0150Congratulations Mr & Mrs Watson xxx

Fingask Castle Wedding Photography – Mike and Jackie

Back to main sitefingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0358 Fingask is a really cool, quirky castle hidden in Perthshire so I was pleased when Mike and Jackie asked me to photograph their wedding there.  I arrived on the wedding morning to take some photos of Jackie and her Bridesmaids getting ready in the Castle..fingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0359Mandy from Hair Ups and Jillian from Cosmetique were also there, doing a great job of the girls’ hair and make up.  Once they were finished, the girls got dressed and made their way downstairs…fingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0360 fingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0361 It had been a slightly showery morning but luckily the rain went off in time for Mike and Jackie to hold their Humanist ceremony outside in the Castle gardens as they had planned…fingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0362 fingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0363 fingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0364 After the ceremony, we walked back to the Castle for the drinks reception.  I just managed to get a big group photo before the rain started pouring down!fingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0365 fingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0366 Fingask Castle is thankfully very pretty inside, so we were able to make use of the ceremony room for photos ….fingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0367 The rain went off again, just in time for the guests making their way over to the Marquee for dinner, we had a quick photo shoot on the walk over and captured some of the great scenery around the gardens…fingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0368 fingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0369 fingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0370 fingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0371 The Bride and Groom were then piped into the Marquee for speeches and dinner…fingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0372 After their meal the evening guests arrived in time to start dancing….fingask-castle-wedding-photography-perthshire-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0373Congratulations Mike and Jackie, wishing you a long and happy life together xxx

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Crieff Hydro Wedding in the snow <3

BACK to main website.-karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0116Finally after 9 years of photographing weddings in Scotland, we had snow!  Sarah and Graeme had their wedding at Crieff Hydro, we started the day with the ceremony in this impressive Drawing Room…karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0101 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0102 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0103 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0104 Sarah and her bridesmaids arrived looking beautiful with their white and red themekaren jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0105 Gary Smith conducted the Humanist Ceremony.  There was plenty of laughter and tears throughout…karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0106 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0107 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0108 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0109 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0110 Following the ceremony, I captured some natural photos of the drinks ceremony followed by some formal group shots with Graeme and Sarah’s families and Bridal Party.karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0111 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0112 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0113 We went outside to get some photos in the snow, the sun came out at the right moment.  I love the lighting in these photos 🙂karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0114 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0115 Crieff Hydro has so many unique features, it is a favourite spot for weddings and family shoots for me.  I love the front of the building and the lighting inside.karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0117 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0118 After the drinks reception, everyone was called for dinner….karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0119 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0120 Starting with speeches from the Father of the Bride, Groom and Best Men…karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0121 After dinner the evening guests arrived to see the cutting of the cake …karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0122 Before dancing the night away to Jack Rabbit Slimskaren jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0123 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0124Congratulations Mr & Mrs Forbes!  You can leave your own congratulations in the comments below!

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Lands of Loyal Wedding with Nicola and Mark

Back to main sitekaren jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0249 I was the Photographer at Mark and Nicola’s wedding back in July, I was just looking through last year’s weddings and realised I hadn’t blogged this yet and it is too pretty not to share!  The wedding was held at Lands of Loyal which is a beautiful country house hotel in Alyth.karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0250 My day started with bridal prep photos in one of the hotel rooms which, by coincidence matched perfectly with the bridesmaid dresses and flowers 🙂karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0251 karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0252 My second Photographer for the day, Pat was outdoors with the Groom and guests capturing some photos in the gardens before the ceremony in the main hall.karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0253 karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0254 karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0255 karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0256 After the ceremony there was a drinks reception in the garden, which is always a perfect opportunity to get some natural shots of the guests congratulating the Bride and Groom.karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0257 karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0258 The gardens at Lands of Loyal are stunning in the summer with great views so we had lots of great backdrops for the group and couple photos.karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0259 karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0260 karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0261 There were so many lovely details which made the day special, I loved their ‘just married’ bench above and all the vintage details around the venue.karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0262 karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0263 The speeches at this wedding were amazing.  As you can see in the photos above, there were tears, laughter and even a song from Mark to Nicola (Mark is part of the band Jack Rabbit Slims, check them out if you are looking for a wedding band).karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0264 A bit of dancing finished the day in style.  You can leave comments below!karen jackson photography wedding lands of loyal alyth perthshire photographer dundee_0265Photography by Karen Jackson

Fingask Castle Wedding with Alan and Alison

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Errol Park Wedding with Cath and Alex in Perthshire

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This was my first ever wedding at Errol Park, which has only opened for weddings recently.  I was taken back at how beautiful the venue and grounds are but even more so at how much detail Cath and Alex had gone into with their decor and styling.  All the origami flowers were made in their spare time.  There was some rain on the day so the ceremony was moved indoors but luckily we had time to go out in the sun afterwards.  They served their guests some delicious spanish tapas for the wedding breakfast.karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0159 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0160 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0161 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0162 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0163 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0164 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0165 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0166 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0167 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0168 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0169 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0170 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0171 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0172 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0173 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0174 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0175 karen jackson photography errol park wedding perthshire photographer_0176

 

Piperdam Wedding with Emer and Barry

karen jackson photography wedding photographer angus scotland piperdam_0165Emer and Barry got married at St Mary’s Church in Dundee which is one of the prettiest old churches in the area…karen jackson photography wedding photographer angus scotland piperdam_0161 karen jackson photography wedding photographer angus scotland piperdam_0162 karen jackson photography wedding photographer angus scotland piperdam_0163 karen jackson photography wedding photographer angus scotland piperdam_0164 karen jackson photography wedding photographer angus scotland piperdam_0165 They were having their reception at Piperdam and we decided to have a stop off at Camperdown Park on the way for some photos with their wedding cars….karen jackson photography wedding photographer angus scotland piperdam_0166 karen jackson photography wedding photographer angus scotland piperdam_0167 karen jackson photography wedding photographer angus scotland piperdam_0168 karen jackson photography wedding photographer angus scotland piperdam_0169 karen jackson photography wedding photographer angus scotland piperdam_0170 karen jackson photography wedding photographer angus scotland piperdam_0171 I loved all the handmade details, they really tied in with the decor at Piperdam.karen jackson photography wedding photographer angus scotland piperdam_0172 karen jackson photography wedding photographer angus scotland piperdam_0173Congratualtions Barry and Emer 🙂