Relaxed Scottish farm wedding reception near Edinburgh

Relaxed Scottish farm wedding reception near Edinburgh

It was a pleasure to be Catriona and Richard’s photographer on their big day. They chose to have a relaxed Scottish farm wedding reception on Richard’s parent’s farm in Fife near Edinburgh. It was a dream come true to photograph a wedding on farm and it has to be one of my favourite weddings ever!

Catriona got ready at her parent’s house with her bridesmaids on the morning of her wedding. There were lovely moments as the bridal party interacted during preparations. The girls were ready early so we were also able to capture some beautiful portraits in the garden.

The ceremony which took place at stunning St Michael’s Church in Linlithgow. Catriona made a dramatic appearance at the church by arriving in an old cleaned up farm Land Rover! In fact there were several of them which were used to transport the bridal party – very cool! It was an emotional and heartfelt ceremony.

After some photos around St Michaels we set off for the farm reception where Richard and Catriona were greeted with confetti. There was a lovely, relaxed atmosphere at the farm with so many personalised touches. They had made their own fire pits from horseshoes and made many of the decorations around the venue themselves. I really enjoyed photographing all of the personal details. As I began searching for moments that would help to tell the story of the day I could tell everyone was having a great time. After some fantastic speeches in the marquee it was time to begin the evening celebrations. Everyone brought the day to an end by demonstrating their best dance moves!

Here are some highlights from this relaxed Scottish farm wedding –

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Florist – Poppy Floral Design
Dress Shop – CKS Bridal
Dress Designer – Dando London
Make Up – Nicole Govan
Band – ?

Beautiful Dalmahoy Wedding on a Sunny Spring Day

Beautiful Dalmahoy Wedding on a Sunny Spring Day

Adele and Grant are lovely people and so perfect for each other. It was a pleasure to photograph their Spring Marriott Dalmahoy wedding near Edinburgh. This is a venue I know very well and it is very close to my heart as my husband and I got married there in 2011! Since then I have worked there a few times and each time feels special.

The couple chose a bright blue and yellow colour theme which tied in really well with the décor of the hotel as well as being perfect for Spring. I’m not sure if matching the venue colour scheme was intentional or just a coincidence but it looked great being so coordinated!

Adele got ready with her bridesmaids at Dalmahoy on the morning of the wedding which was very handy as I was able to nip back and forth between her and Grant. It also meant I was able to capture some portrait photos of her in her beautiful wedding dress just before she went down for the ceremony. Their humanist ceremony was touching and gave their guests a lovely insight into their personalities and relationship. After the ceremony I captured some natural shots before launching into the official group photos. Then the three of us hopped onto a golf buggy and whizzed over to the pond for some romantic couple photos! It was great to get some photos with the venue in the distance too. On our way back we found a blossom tree which was still in bloom which made a lovely backdrop. After dinner the party really started and I left everyone dancing the night away and having a great time.

Dalmahoy wedding photography highlights –

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Photographer – Claire Tennant Photography
Florist – Garlands Florist
Dress Designer & Store – Eternity Bridal, Simply Exquisite Bridal & Prom Boutique
Make-up – Emma Motion
Hair – City Brides
Cake – Happy Ever Afters
Band/ DJ – 1st Dance Professional Wedding DJ
Humanist – Tim Maguire

Macdonald Marine Hotel Wedding, North Berwick

Macdonald Marine Hotel Wedding, North Berwick

I really enjoyed photographing Kim and Kevin’s Macdonald Marine Hotel wedding last Spring. I was there from the bridal preparations until the first few dances and it was a fun, relaxed day from start to finish. The purple and white paper lanterns that decorated the room looked great and gave a nice added pop of colour. I also loved how they had incorporated their love of music into the day with lots of musical theme details and decor. They had obviously put a lot of effort in as most of these personal touches were hand made by Kim and Kevin – even the big K K light up sign!

The weather was warm and sunny which meant guests were able to sip their drinks outside in the sunshine after the ceremony. As it was such a nice day we decided to do the majority of the couple shots after dinner on the beach. We timed it perfectly and just as we arrived at the beach the sun started to go down. You can’t beat that beautiful soft golden hour light for portraits. Then it was back to Macdonald Marine Hotel for the evening dancing. The props went down a storm and caused much hilarity on the dance floor!

Below are a few highlights from this Macdonald Marine Hotel wedding –

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Photographer – Claire Tennant Photography
Florist – Vivacious Flowers
Dress Designer – Jonathan James
Dress Store-   Kudos Morningside
Make-up- Karen Brown
Hair – AC Styling North Berwick
Cake – Kelly’s Bakery
Band/ DJ – Hotel DJ

Beautiful Summer Wedding at Broxmouth Park

Beautiful Summer Wedding at Broxmouth Park

I loved photographing Lindy and Gordon’s beautiful Summer wedding at Broxmouth Park. The venue and grounds are absolutely stunning with so many fantastic locations for photos and to top it off Lindy and Gordon are such lovely people who never stopped smiling. They had both dreamt of an outdoor ceremony but the weather was wet and cloudy in the morning. Luckily it began to improve just in time about an hour before the ceremony, so made the call to go ahead with the outdoor plans. The ceremony was held up a slight slope and in front of a giant tree which was a very picturesque location. After the ceremony Lindy and Gordon mingled with their guest for a little while before starting the official group photos. Gordon’s Dad had brought his vintage Citroen car along to the wedding which proved very useful as he drove us along to the pond on Broxmouth’s grounds and it also made a cool prop for some photos! Lindy and Gordon’s wedding breakfast was held in a large marquee which had been decorated with lots of lovely details. The evening celebrations continued in the marquee and everyone danced the night away to Scottish Ceilidh music. Below are a few of my favourite photos from the day, I really struggled to narrow them down!

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Photographer – Claire Tennant Photography
Florist –Bloomia
Dress Designer & Store- Pronovias, La Novia
Make-up- Laura McBride
Hair – Jill Smillie Hair
Cake – Ali’s Artisan Cakes
Band/ DJ – Ceilidhdonia

Edinburgh Elopement Photography

Edinburgh Elopement Photography

At the end of July I had the pleasure of providing Theresa and CJ’s Edinburgh elopement photography at Lothian Chambers Registry Office. The story of how they got together was amazing…such a story of fate! They found one another in Austria after travelling from opposite sides of the world, Theresa was there on a trip with her best friend and CJ was there snowboarding with work. It was love at first sight. They had only spent a few hours together but knew they wanted to be with one another from the moment they met. They kept in touch online for a year after first meeting. When it came to their wedding day they only spent a total of 3 weeks together and they just knew it was meant to be :-D. This pair were fantastic to photograph, their free spirit and love really comes across in the photos. I took photos at several locations around the Royal Mile and also walked along to Princes Street Gardens.

If you’re planning on eloping to Edinburgh please take a look at this elopement guide I put together which covers the basics. Also check out information from the National Records of Scotland.

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Rufflets Wedding Photographer

Rufflets Wedding Photographer

Rufflets in St Andrews was the location for the lovely Scottish Summer wedding of Caitlin and Ross. Caitlin and Ross live over in the US and planned everything for their big day from over there so I didn’t actually have the pleasure of meeting them until their big day. When I arrived the girls were getting ready in a beautiful room in Rufflets which had a balcony with views of the grounds below. It was a hub of activity and everyone was very excited..especially Caitlin! A few dark clouds appeared overhead but after some light rain the weather improved and Caitlin and Ross chose to go ahead with having their ceremony outdoors. The ceremony took place at the foot of the hill in Rufflets lush grounds which was fantastic for photography as I could get a great view of all the special moments. I love the look on Caitlin and Ross’ faces after they were pronounced husband and wife as it sums up how happy they were all day :-).

I had a lot of fun photographing this wedding and looking forward to returning to Rufflets in the future. Here are a few of my favourite shots from the day.

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Photographer – Claire Tennant Photography
Florist – Poppy Floral Design
Dress Designer – Stella York
Dress Shop – Le Reve in Leesburg, VA
Hair – Anne Quinn
Makeup – Lynn Mills from EyeCandy
Cake – Scrumptious Cakes 
Band – Aurora
DJ – Gary Nicols