Everything about this Summer outdoor wedding at Dundas Castle was amazing! It was my first time shooting a wedding at Dundas Castle and after scouting the venue a couple of weeks beforehand I just knew it was going to be a memorable one. I met Lesley Jayne in the morning at the nearby Dakota Hotel where she was having her hair styled. We soon made our way to Dundas Castle for the final bridal preparations. Scott and the boys were already at Dundas and on great form! Not only did they have a pre-wedding game of snooker but I also persuaded them to use the swing which made for some fun photos!
Although the sky was cloudy and looked like rain could be on the way they decided to go ahead with their outdoor ceremony plans. Their relaxed humanist ceremony took place in the courtyard area and Lesley Jayne made a spectacular entrance through the enormous double doors. Such an incredible setting for a wedding ceremony and luckily it stayed dry throughout. After the ceremony LJ, Scott and the bridal party made their way to the top of the tower for some photos. We weren’t up there long before the rain came on but luckily we had just enough time to take what I needed. Once we got back to ground level the rain soon stopped so we were able to continue the rest of the group photos outdoors. There were so many amazing photo locations, I was spoilt for choice! What made it even better was that LJ and Scott were so relaxed and easy to work with.
Once the drinks reception finished everyone made their way to the beautiful marquee for the meal and dancing which is when the party really started!! I loved how the band gave the guests tambourines after the first few dances as it really brought out people’s fun side.
Some highlights from this outdoor wedding at Dundas Castle –
Florist – Betty Bluebell – Emma Lawson
Dress Shop – Gwennes – Liberton
Dress Designer – Ronald Joyce
Make Up – Lj did her own make up
Hairdresser – Jennifer Thomson Hair
Cake – Suzanne Esper Cakes
Band / DJ – Amplifive
Piper – The Pickled Piper
Harpist – Margaret Knight
I have been planning to blog about this beautiful Archerfield Waterfront wedding for a long while…I won’t say how long as I can’t quite believe it myself!! Time really has flown! Life got busier so I put my blog on hold to concentrate on more important things like editing images, designing albums and adjust to being a Mum with a full time business. Now I have found a little bit of time to blog again so I’m finally sharing it with you.
Gemma and Steven chose to tie the knot at Preston Kirk in East Linton, East Lothian. It’s such a beautiful and photogenic little church set at the top of a little hill. After their lovely ceremony everyone made their way outside for a confetti photo which is always lots of fun and makes for a great photo opportunity. Their two much loved dogs came to join them afterwards for a few photos. After some celebratory hugs and words of congratulations Gemma and Steven made their way to Archerfield Waterfront in their old classic car.
The Archerfield Waterfront wedding venue is stunning, set right next to the sea with beautiful views across the water. The inside of the venue is equally gorgeous with the sparkly ceiling lights and amazing views. This couple had chosen impressive floral centrepieces which really had the wow factor. I do remember the weather being a little cold and windy that day but we powered through and managed all the family group photos outside. The moody sky made for some dramatic couple photos by the shore. Later on towards the end of dinner we snuck outside for some sunset photos, it was so worthwhile to catch the beautiful pink sky.
Some highlights from this beautiful Archerfield Waterfront wedding –
Florist – Sweet Peas Floral Design, Haddington
Dress – La Novia, Edinburgh
Dress Designer – Liliana Dabic
Make Up – Beauty by KJ Brown, Dunbar
Hairdresser – AC Styling, North Berwick
Cake – Kait’s Cakes
Band – Callanish
You can see another Archerfield wedding here.
2016 wedding photography highlights – moments of fun, laughter, emotion and most importantly love!
Thanks to all the couples who chose me to document their special day this year! 2016 is my sixth year of photographing weddings and it has certainly been a year to remember. I’ve captured weddings at many stunning venues in Edinburgh, the Lothians and across the central belt of Scotland! Below are a few of my personal favourite images taken during an amazing 2016. I’ve tried my best to include an image from every wedding and have really focused on moments of fun, laughter, emotion and most importantly love!
Grab a cuppa or something stronger have a good browse! It’s not so much a ‘best of’ as a snippet into my world of weddings. Here’s hoping 2017 brings many more amazing memories.
I photographed this beautiful Atholl Palace Hotel wedding last Summer and it still stands out in my mind as a highlight of the year. It’s been at the top of my blogging list for a while, I was just waiting for quieter times to sit down and share it with you.
Lisa and Richard chose to have their whole wedding day at Atholl Palace and Lisa even got ready at one of the onsite lodges. This meant I was able to go back and forth between Lisa and Richard to take photos of them before the ceremony. I was so excited to hear their plan was to have an outdoor humanist ceremony in the picturesque hotel grounds. The weather was fine so their outdoor ceremony dream went to plan, starting off with Lisa making a dramatic entrance by being piped down the hill. Quite a walk for someone in a wedding dress and high heels but so worth it!
The ceremony was followed by stylish reception and I was able to capture some candid shots of the guest enjoying themselves before it was time for the official family group and romantic couple photos. The hotel is set in stunning, extensive grounds so there were endless possibilities for beautiful photographs. I loved all the pretty personal touches, but most importantly, all the smiles and happiness of the day. Check out the amazing first dance décor, the room looked spectacular.
Some highlights from this beautiful Atholl Palace Hotel wedding –
Florist – Vicky’s Flowers
Dress – Designer Pronovias
Make Up – Karen Bowen
Hairdresser – Kirsty MacPherson
Cake – 3D cakes
Band – Ernest
Other Kilt –21st Century Kilts
During the Summer I had the pleasure of being involved in this fabulous glamorous wedding styled shoot. It was a collaboration of ideas between some of the best wedding suppliers from across the central belt of Scotland. The glamorous wedding styled shoot took it’s inspiration from all things glamorous so we aimed to create a romantic softness in the images. The shoot took place at the beautiful, private Newhall Estate just 12 miles from Edinburgh. The grounds there are extensive, well kept and full of beautiful plants therefor making it a photographers dream to shoot at. It really would be the perfect place to host a wedding with so many wonderful backdrops for photographs. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side on the day of the shoot with rain on and off throughout but we did manage to venture outside as well as taking shelter in the greenhouse! I really love the photos we captured in the greenhouse as they’re something a little different from the norm!
Our beautiful model Francesca Church did a fantastic job of looking stunning and glamorous with a little help from Lesley at Pamper and Polish who styled her hair and make-up beautifully! The floristry by Flowermug was gorgeous, I loved the pretty flower crown which provided an alternative to a traditional headpiece and gave an extra pop of colour.
See below for a few of my favourite images from the shoot and a list of all the suppliers. Please feel free to share this post or leave a comment.
Photography by Claire Tennant
Hair and makeup by Pamper & Polish
Floristry by Flowermug
Cut flowers provided by Pentland Flowers on site at Newhall Estate
Jewellery by Susan Dick Jewellery & Bridal Accessories
Wedding Dresses from the Wedding Store
Wedding Cake made by Morningside Bakes
Parasols from Brolliesgalore
Our stunning model was Francesca Church