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 🙂
I was lucky to photograph Danielle and Sam’s small but colourful wedding at The Quay, Dundee recently. When they first contacted me, they told me they were looking for “more war photography than glamour”, I loved this description and knew then we’d get along! The wedding was also a celebration of their 21 years together so it was extra special. Here are some highlights of their day….
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 🙂 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’t have asked for a better photographer on the day.”
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:
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
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!
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 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!
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”
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
Back to main siteFingask 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. 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. Danielle’s Mum helped her get into her dress… 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… Graham was waiting at the castle with the Piper to greet the guests arriving off the bus… Danielle followed shortly behind in this classic Volvo and was walked up the aisle by both her parents… Danielle and Graham had a lovely, personal Humanist ceremony with a reading from their bridesmaids… 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…. 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! We headed over to the Marquee for the meal followed by speeches from Graham and his Best Men…. The evening guests arrival was delayed so we went outside to play with some sparklers while we waited….. Once the evening guests arrived, the dancing started and it was time for me to leave them all to enjoy themselves…Congratulations Mr & Mrs Watson xxx