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

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 Cow Shed Crail Wedding with Andy and Amy

The Cow Shed in Crail is a wedding venue I’ve been counting down the days to visiting ever since Amy and Andy booked it last year… you’ll soon see why!  I had actually already taken wedding photos of Amy about 7 years ago (not for a real wedding, she modelled for some wedding photos at her Mum’s work when she was a teenager) so I was really happy when she booked me for her real wedding to Andy (the same tall boy she was going out with when we first met!).The day started off with some bridal prep photos at Amy and Andy’s house, where the girl’s were having their hair and make up done.There was a wee bit of emotion when Amy came downstairs in her beautiful wedding dress!  I think Lilly approved of her Mum’s dress choice too 🙂Meanwhile my second Photographer Lynne was with Andy and his Groomsmen over at his family’s farm before they all headed to the Cow Shed…The bridesmaids arrived in style in this classic VW Camper-van.  I absolutely loved these sequin dresses, they look great in the photos….The Cow Shed is a DIY venue and Amy and Andy had decorated absolutely every corner with cosy blankets, home made jam favours, chalkboard signs, lighting and even a kid’s tent to keep the little ones amused during the day.  Andy is a fishmonger so I especially liked this sign haha….The Camper-van came back with Amy and her Dad and it was time to get married!  Lilly and her favourite bunny were first to enter the ceremony room….First look *gulp*It was a tight fit at the front of the room but I was able to peek between the best men to catch some smiley faces from the families 🙂Andy and Amy had a Humanist ceremony with a few reading and a bit of knot tying,  this was their first kiss as Mr & Mrs…I’d guess by their faces they are all happy to be married 🙂A bit of Confetti throwing and photos outside followed the ceremony!The Cow Shed is surrounded by fields and Amy was up for swapping her Jimmy Choo’s for wellies for the photos…After the photos it was time to eat!  The marquee had just as much amazing decor as the rest of the venue with another VW camper-van as a bar amongst the other details…There was just a small matter of getting the kids off the bouncy castle first…Some lovely speeches before the meal and evening guests arrived.  Soon it was time for the party to start!Amy and Andy were the second cutest couple on the dance-floor that night!Everyone was up giving the ceilidh dancing a go when I left and it was all going well!Congratulations Amy and Andy xxx

 

 

Forgan’s St Andrews Wedding with Natalie and Dunc

BACK TO MAIN WEBSITE  I had my first 2017 wedding last week and what a way to kick off the year!  This was a special wedding for me as it was my gorgeous school friend Natalie marrying her High School sweetheart Duncan 🙂 They have a great modern love story as they met and dated at school, lost touch, met again through Facebook a few years ago and now are happily married! I started the day by meeting the boys in The Rule where they were having a few drinks before walking along to the Registry Office where the ceremony was being held.  The Registry office is part of St Andrews Town Hall, a lovely old building in the centre of town.  Natalie arrived by car with her Dad and Bridal Party including some very cute flower girls….  Natalie’s son had the important job of Ring bearer and Dunc’s daughter read a very cute story to all of the guests….  We gathered all the guests for a group photo before they left for the reception at Forgans. We had a quick stop along the way for a photos outside Madras College, the school we all went to back when Natalie and Duncan were first dating <3  This was the first time I’d photographed at Forgans and was really impressed at how well it works as a wedding venue.  It has a unique style that looks great in photos and a relaxed, warm atmosphere.   I loved all of the details around the venue!  After the speeches a Caricaturist drew all of the guests during the meal…..  Once the evening guests had arrived, the dancing started.  They had a Ceilidh band to teach their English guests some traditional Scottish dances ….  Congratulations to all four of you!  Wishing you a very happy future and lots of love xxx

 

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

Katie and Paul at St Stephen’s Church, Broughty Ferry and Invercarse Hotel

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Paul and Katie got married at St Stephen’s Church in Broughty Ferry just over a week ago.  It is a really stunning building, as a child Katie had always told her parents she wanted to marry there when she grew up and she got her wish!

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Congratulations Paul and Katie, it was a beautiful day despite the weather!

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Mary & Donald’s wedding at Baxter Park Pavilion and Royal Tay Yacht Club

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Donald and Mary had their ceremony at Baxter Park Pavilion.  A venue I love because it is really bright inside and the grounds are great for photos.

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It was actually raining in these photos of Mary arriving with her bridesmaids.  Luckily it was just a light shower and the rest of the day was dry and warm.

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Their pet dog was also a ring bearer 🙂

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Mary and Donald started their ceremony with something I’d never seen before …. A mexican hug!……

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The Humanist Ceremony had some great moments including a reading acted out by two puppets and a hand-fasting using some bright ribbons.

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The reception was held at the Royal Tay Yacht Club in Broughty Ferry

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The Yacht Club has great views over the Tay River and access to the beach which is very handy for photos.  I loved Mary’s balloon in these, we had a good laugh trying to stop it hitting them both in the face during these photos…

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It was a brilliant day!  Mary and Donald sent me a lovely email after receiving their photos…

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Wedding at Forter Castle, Perthshire with Rachael and Dan

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I have been dying to blog this gorgeous wedding for ages! I actually shot Dan and Rachael’s wedding back in August, they live in Devon and had organised everything online.  They hired the beautiful Forter Castle in Glenisla for the wedding and stayed their for the weekend with their closest family and friends.  They were having a bigger wedding reception in Devon last weekend so wedding photos were kept off the internet until then.  It was a very Scottish summer’s day, bright sun with a few rain showers from nowhere but in general it was lovely.  They had a Humanist ceremony in the Castle’s chapel followed by drinks and photographs.  There was a very relaxed feeling to the day, Rachael’s dress was stunning and Dan’s outfit was almost as good!  Here are some photos from their day…

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Kelly & Ben’s Wedding, Lower and Upper College Halls, St Andrews, Fife

On Saturday I had the pleasure of shooting Kelly and Ben’s wedding.  The weather was a bit wild so we were mainly indoors, luckily we had a beautiful venue which is part of St Andrews University.  Kelly and Ben met on a train so had chosen a vintage, train theme which looked fantastic along with their colour scheme.  Here are a few highlights of the day:

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