Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography with Angela and Tommy

Balbirnie House has recently been voted the best wedding venue in the world so I probably don’t need to explain why I like photographing there! Angela and Tommy had their wedding here back in May on a seriously sunny day! I arrived to see the garden all set up for an outdoor ceremony…

Then I headed inside to find Angela and the ladies getting ready for the occasion…

The girl’s were ready early so we had time for some photos in their room before the ceremony.

Meanwhile Tommy and the guests were waiting in the sunshine…

After the ceremony, there was a drinks reception on the lawn and we took some group photos …

I also captured some of the happy couple, we found some shaded corners out of the intense sun!

I got some shots of all the gorgeous details of the day, how good does this cake look?! Can you spot the subtle Disney theme in the decor?….

After some hilarious and emotional speeches, the guests were surprised by some singing Waiters…

Even the real Waiters got into the spirit of it! The evening guests were next to arrive, followed by a bit of dancing…

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Keay!

Perth Small Wedding Photography with Akos and Andrea

I love a bit of small wedding Photography and this was a tiny one, with only 7 guests! I spend just two hours in Perth, taking photos of Andrea and Akos. We were so lucky with the weather, it was warm and sunny so luckily not too much a shock to the system for Andrea’s family who had come from sunny Hungary for the occasion!

The ceremony was held in the Old Council Chambers at Perth Registrars. It is a beautiful old building as you can see here. Andrea walked up the aisle with her Dad to meet her Groom….

They had decided to keep the ceremony short as Andrea’s parents don’t speak English so we weren’t there long but it was a lovely ceremony.

After the ceremony, everyone came out into the Scottish sunshine for a wander along the riverside to the North Inch park for some photos.

Perth has lots of old buildings and great scenery for wedding photography so we had a few stops along the way.

We took a few family photos at the North Inch before heading to the Royal George Hotel where they were having their wedding reception.

The George Hotel is another lovely old building with stained glass windows. I captured a few shots of everyone relaxing and enjoying a celebratory drinks before I left them to enjoy themselves. I was only with them for two hours which is perfect to capture the best parts of a tiny wedding like this.

Cheers Andrea and Akos, enjoy married life!

Scottish Farm wedding with Kirsty and Greig

I love a good Scottish farm wedding so I was excited to photograph Kirsty and Greig’s big day on Kirsty’s family farm in Angus. The day started off with some bridal prep photography at Kirsty’s Parents’ house.

They had an impressive Marquee set up for the celebrations. Lots of time and effort had been put in to make the garden look amazing…. we weren’t in the garden much… you’ll find out why soon!

The girls were having a lovely time getting ready while the boys headed to Carmyllie Parish Church where my second Photographer, Lynne, was waiting to capture them meeting the guests.

It was time for Kirsty to go to meet her soon to be Husband!

It was a great ceremony, the Minister kept everyone amused!

The guests came out into the sunshine to throw some confetti on the newlyweds!

We headed back to the farm to take some photos with the beautiful views from their fields.

Black thunder clouds were rolling in so we had around 2 minutes before we all had to make a run for it!

Luckily there was plenty of space in the Marquee to shelter the guests during the heavy downpour!

About 2 minutes before they were due to start dinner, the rain went off and I spotted a rainbow across the road. It was too rare an opportunity to miss so we dashed over for a few photos before being called to do speeches.

It turned out to be a nice evening so the guests were able to enjoy the garden at last! Everyone made good use of dance floor that night too ūüôā

Congratulations!

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 ūüôā¬†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‚Äôt have asked for a better photographer on the day.”

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 ūüôā 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 ūüôā¬†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 ūüôā¬†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 ūüôā ¬†The big smiles from the bride and groom say it all ūüôā ¬†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 ūüôā

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‚Äôt believe how great they turned out, such a fantastic set of photos! We can‚Äôt 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!

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