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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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

 

 

Carnoustie Golf Hotel Wedding Photography

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!

Congratulations Lisa and Neil 🙂

Forbes of Kingennie wedding photography with Ryan and Karla

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”

 

 

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

 

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

Rufflets St Andrews Wedding with Jordan and Dayna

pBack to main siterufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0087 Dayna and Jordan were lucky to have one of the mildest and prettiest November days in history for their wedding at Rufflets, St Andrews last month!  rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0088 They had so many lovely details decorating the hotel when I arrived for bridal prep in the morning.rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0089 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0090 Their son made the cutest page boy 🙂rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0091 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0092 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0093 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0094 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0095 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0096 Meanwhile my Second Photographer, Lynne, was capturing photos of Jordan and the guests arriving at the Garden Suite for the ceremony…rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0097 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0098 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0099 Dayna’s Dad was waiting to give her away at the bottom of the stairs, he looked so proud of her….rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0100 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0101 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0102 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0103 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0104 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0105 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0106 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0107 After the ceremony we all made our way into the gardens for group photos….rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0108 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0109 After the group shots, Joradan, Dayna and I went off to explore the gardens around Rufflets which were absolutely beautiful at that time of year.  The autumn colours looked amazing…rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0110 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0111 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0112 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0113 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0114 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0115 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0116 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0117 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0118 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0119 We came back into the warmth for the Speeches and meal…rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0120 rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0121 Once the band were set up, Jordan and Dayna cut their cake and started the dancing….rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0122 Followed by a fireworks display outside…rufflets-st-andrews-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-fife_0123The perfect end to a perfect day 🙂 congratulations to you three xxx

Kinnettles Castle Wedding Photography with Erin and Stephen

Back to main website kinnettles-castle-wedding-photography-angus-fairytale-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0339 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! kinnettles-castle-wedding-photography-angus-fairytale-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0340 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.  kinnettles-castle-wedding-photography-angus-fairytale-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0341Meanwhile, 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…SONY DSCErin’s Mum walked her down the aisle to meet her Groom….kinnettles-castle-wedding-photography-angus-fairytale-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0343 kinnettles-castle-wedding-photography-angus-fairytale-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0344 After the ceremony, the sky was looking a bit dark so we quickly got the guests assembled for a big group photo outside!…kinnettles-castle-wedding-photography-angus-fairytale-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0345SONY DSCSONY DSCOnce the rain came on we took shelter indoors and made use of the staircase….kinnettles-castle-wedding-photography-angus-fairytale-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0348 kinnettles-castle-wedding-photography-angus-fairytale-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0349 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.kinnettles-castle-wedding-photography-angus-fairytale-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0350 kinnettles-castle-wedding-photography-angus-fairytale-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0351 kinnettles-castle-wedding-photography-angus-fairytale-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0352I loved all the details in the decor, especially the floral archway 🙂SONY DSCThe speeches were well received with lots of tears and laughter….SONY DSCAfter dinner their evening guests arrived in time for the first dance…kinnettles-castle-wedding-photography-angus-fairytale-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0355 kinnettles-castle-wedding-photography-angus-fairytale-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0356 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…kinnettles-castle-wedding-photography-angus-fairytale-scotland-photographer-dundee-karen-jackson_0357Congratulations Stephen and Erin, thanks for being for as nice as you are photogenic! xxx

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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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