At 22 degrees, I can’t remember a nicer March day in Aberdeenshire! The ceremony was held at Devenick Parish Church – a beautiful church with huge windows letting all the sun in. The minister was very friendly and allowed one of us to be at the front during the ceremony and the other on the balcony. We got some lovely, naturally lit shots in the church. I love this one. The day was so sunny and warm and the atmosphere was really relaxed and enjoyable.
Devenick Parish Minister
At the church David noticed someone taking a picture of the bride on their camera, so he simply took a photo of them taking a photo! Here are the results. Good fun.
After the church we drove to Ardoe House Hotel which was looking particularly elegant in the sunshine. The cars (a Bentley!) were magnificent…….
It was so hot! Jenny had particularly chosen a March wedding in Aberdeenshire for the cold temperatures! But everyone had such fun as they sat and chatted outside in the glorious sunshine on the gorgeous green lawns of Ardoe House Hotel which overlook the river . We laughed so much at this wedding I think my sides still hurt! Jenny and Dom were the perfect couple – so happy and so in love. I was really happy with the photographs from the day. I am sure the party lasted long into the night.
What a great day, thank you everyone who was involved. Here are some more picture of the lovely couple. All the best in the future!
I think Sara booked me to photograph her wedding longer ago than anyone else has ever done. Thank you Sara! Sara and I became friends and she was my most faithful visitor at almost every wedding exhibition we were at……. understandably so we were both very excited when the day actually dawned!
Sara and Allan have a very close family. Sara’s parents, Dot and Alan, two little children Sophie and Max and Allan’s mother Karen were totally involved with Sara and Allan on the day. Sara had the foresight to be using Alison at North East Events as her wedding co-ordinator. Alison was fantastic. I even over heard her say to Sarah at one point: “No you go and sit down, I’ll change the baby’s nappy!” I would highly recommend Alison to anyone.
Little Sophie was a gorgeous flower girl, and baby Max was also very obliging. I didn’t hear him cry once even amidst all the commotion. Sara’s bridesmaids were a great help with Max while Sara was getting ready – in fact everyone lent a helping hand.
The wedding was held at Meldrum House Hotel which looked as lovely as ever. The fires were lit and it all looked very warm and elegant on a cold December night. We had some fun in the dark with the photos! That’s one of the great benefits of a Winter wedding……
The cake was gorgeous and made by Bev at Cakes by Design. The colour theme of red co ordinated so perfectly with the beautiful bouquet of red roses by Isla Duncan of Isla Duncan Florists. Sara’s dress was very elegant. It was designed by Rosetta Nicolini at Berketex and her make up was by Lauren at Flawless Beauty. You can see how gorgeous she looked.
The family is gathered for a photograph in front of the fireplace at Meldrum House . The hallway is such a lovely setting for a family group
and finally Sara and Allan on the grand staircase ……
Sarah and DJ’s wedding was held at The Lodge on the Loch of Aboyne in the summer of 2011. Time flies! It turned out to be the PERFECT weather for photography – nice and dull and overcast! We had some very dramatic cloud formations and I was expecting a thunder storm any minute but the rain help off until the exact minute we decided to go inside! I am always so lucky……
Sarah looked absolutely beautiful and very romantic standing on the edge of the Loch. Her dress looked incredible as she stood overlooking the water to the hills beyond.
We had a lot of fun with Sarah and DJ. They are a super couple with lovely friends who all really entered into the spirit of the day. The atmosphere was very warm and friendly and full of laughter all day. Here they are below walking with Jamie, Cameron, Duncan, Cherie, Ceri and Dommy on the lawn below the Lodge and Sarah with her bridesmaids in the gorgeous picture window that overlooks the Loch.
It was impossible not to notice these three little people – flower girls Aimee and Carlee and pageboy Ronan. I love photographing children and these were three very special ones. They looked (and behaved) like angels all day long.
We had some wonderful photographic opportunities. Sarah and DJ were full of enthusiasm for everything we tried. This image was taken on a very precarious jetty going out into the loch and it was a bit of a risky shot. They were very brave to walk out there knowing they might end up in the water! It was well worth it though as they look wonderful. Thank you both so much for being such a great couple and good luck with everything you do in the future.
We were asked to take some pictures for the website of Hudsons catering which we jumped at. We thought this would be an excellent opportunity to test our studio lighting on food. We had such a lovely day photographing the simply amazing food they produced! There was a variety of dishes to chose from which had been especially prepared with great skill and experience for this photo shoot. We chose to start with some lovely canopies that looked so delicate and delicious and tempting! Next came some very yummy meat dishes with all the beautiful vegetables adding texture and colour. I must admit that the fish dish stole the day photographically – it looked straight out of Master Chef! One of the fantastic things we kept noticing throughout the day was the variety colour we had – we got the palate that I adore – all the greens and reds and oranges …. ooooo how exciting it all was! The variety and tones made the images mouth watering, even a small tomato on the side added a lovely deep red.
We just had such a fun day. We photograph some food at our weddings obviously but this gave us a whole host of new ideas for our images for our 2012 wedding season! Have a look at some of the pictures, I am sure they will make you hungry!
We also had a chance to photograph some of the lovely people who work at Hudson’s Catering. They were brilliant, loved their work and produced incredible food.
Thank you Hudson’s for inviting us in! It was a fun afternoon, and we came away happy.
Faye and Colin live in Dubai and Faye definitely wanted snow on her wedding day! I’m not sure what she said to whom but…… the day before her wedding was grey and murky, darkness arrived and when we all woke up in the morning a winter wonderland had magically appeared! Norwood Hall was coated in white! And then it conveniently disappeared the next day…. incredible!
It was a great wedding and a great day. Norwood Hall Hotel looked as elegant as always and provided a marvelous setting to the day’s celebrations. Family and friends were all gathered there, the fires were lit, the flowers were festive and the atmosphere warm and glowing.
Megan, Faye’s niece, was a beautiful flower girl. She was a joy to photograph. This is my favourite photo of her:
Faye’s dress was stunning and looked so elegant on the lovely staircase at Norwood Hall.
From the warmth of the hotel we braved the cold and snow outside….
The cake was something else – designed by Fiona Barnett of CakesbyFiona with Faye and Colin and their lovely boxer dog Heidi standing in front of sleigh full of presents pulled by reindeer. It was a real work of art.
Aswedding photographers we have a unique insight into wedding venues in Scotland. We see ‘behind the scenes’ since we can be seen as staff as well as guests. This combination gives us a view into the inner workings of the venues and churches – information that is helpful to the bride and groom.
As I have said before, we are so lucky in Scotland with our many lovely wedding venues. They come in all shapes and sizes and cater for just about any whim. Some have amazing scenery, some have a great atmosphere and great staff, some are grand, some are cosy and some have it all! This piece is not meant to be a guide to your wedding venue but an insight into some of the places where we have worked this year.
In Aberdeenshire there are some spectacular country house hotels. The history of these old houses is always fascinating, and in many ways it’s great that they have been saved from ruin by becoming charming hotels. We feel these can provide a really good ‘all in one package’ for a wedding day. There is a lot to be said for having the entire hotel to yourself – it’s like having your own country house for the weekend.
Thainstone House Hotel, based fifteen miles west of Aberdeen, is one of our favorites. We always feel the bride is happy with this hotel. The rooms are well furnished, the staff are fantastic, and the potential for capturing beautiful images is excellent. The charming arched porch at the front door helps to create a romantic backdrop for an superb array of shots, and the front lawn provides a lovely open space, enabling us to create all sorts of different pictures.
Norwood Hall Hotel on the outskirts of Aberdeen is another hotel we love. People travel from all over Scotland and indeed the world to have their weddings here. It’s a fantastic venue steeped in romantic history. The staircase is exceptional, probably one of the most beautiful anywhere. The whole interior is special and we have photographed some lovely weddings here. Here is a picture from Norwood.
Another favorite location in Scotland is Logi Country House. This really is a wonderful place to get married. You get the whole house for the weekend. Making it a very intimate location. There are some really romantic spot for photos. Everything is finished to a very high standard and the house it’s self is very old. The owners are lovely people too!
There are so many lovely wedding venues in Scotland. This is is by no means a definitive list. It is just a few of the wonderful places where we have worked this year – there are many more and we will tell you about them all in due course.
There are also many gorgeous churches throughout Scotland. Many of our couples who get married in a church choose to visit another another location for photographs before going to their reception. These can be gardens, family homes, castles, National Trust properties or even a spot by their favorite river. We love doing this – these places are steeped in history and can add such atmosphere to your special day. For example Dunnottar Castle is an incredibly dramatic spot perched on a promontory above the North Sea on the coast of North East Scotland.
If you want any advice or help on wedding venues in Scotland please get in touch. I would be happy help and will always give an impartial view.
Aberdeen Wedding Photography: Come see us at the largest Wedding Show in the North of Scotland
Happy New Year! After a busy holiday period we are now getting ready for our biggest wedding show of the year! Your Wedding Exhibition is being held on the 14th & 15th January at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.
We will be on stand B4 with a selection of our albums for you to look at so come and say hello! You will see our collaboration of styles between classic wedding poses and contemporary artistic images. We are also going to run a competition over the weekend so don’t forget to pick up a flyer.
2012 is filling up and 2013 is also starting to look like a good year so hurry up and book me!
Asthe end of the year comes we all start to look back at 2011. This has been a great year for me both personally and professionally. I joined Janie Barclay Photography at the beginning of the wedding season. With several year’s photographic experience under my belt this unexpected opportunity arose totally out of the blue and really excited me – talk about fate!
We have had such an amazing season and I have loved every minute. The things that really sticks out in my mind is the super people I have met….. first and foremost the brides. Each and every one has been really lovely. They have all been such fun to work with and we have often been overwhelmed by their gratitude. We have been mentioned in speeches, invited to share gourmet meals, we have even been invited onto the dance floor! We have laughed a lot! The families of the bride and groom have been wonderful too, never complaining when asked to stand outside in the cold and rain for the group photos. The weather hasn’t been very kind to us in Scotland this year but, as usual with us, we have been very lucky and caught moments between the showers of rain. What a rollercoaster of a year! I have to tell you that the icing on the cake for me this year though has been that my beautiful partner Holly and I are going to have a baby!! I wonder who is going to be our wedding photographer!! Any offers??
Anyway lets get to the exciting bit …….. the pictures! Working as a second photographer requires quick wits, technical skill, a feel for the mood and eyes in the back of your head! I love it, I love the freedom and artistic license it provides, and the opportunities for me to create some wonderful moments – like this one below of Emma at Thainstone House Hotel. I was setting up for a different shot when I saw the lovely natural light coming in from the window. For me this is a simple and beautiful shot and a good example of my work.
What a wonderful moment I caught in this photograph below. I am particularly proud it. Laurie looks so serene standing there on the river bank at Maryculter House Hotel with her eyes gazing dreamily into the distance. She looks stunning – it’s a very romantic look.
We really starting to have fun at this wedding and the joy and excitement shows through. It’s always interesting what comes from posing a shot. We were trying to get Jim to hold Alison in his arms and lean her backwards for a dramatic hollywood look – and this is what we caught!
So I hope next year brings as many friends, memories and challenges!
Norwood Hall Photo Shoot with Isabelle Randal Dresses and Modelz UK
We had such a fantastic day on Sunday at Norwood Hall Hotel in Aberdeen. This is a beautiful Scottish venue for a wedding. They could not have been kinder or more helpful to us all day – nothing was too much trouble. The hotel looked it’s best with gorgeous Christmas decorations and cosy open fires. They kept us supplied with delicious trays of sandwiches and drinks and all the staff entered into the spirit of the ocassion with great enthusiasm. It was such fun. I think we even recruited a new model!!
Isabelle Randall brought along her gorgeous dresses. This was her Siam collection. Our models were Kerry Sutherland and Louisa Manson from Models UK as well as a very beautiful bride of mine from last year, the lovely Alana Grant.
I think the photos speak for themselves – the dresses, the venue, the models – nothing could have been more fun and we had such an interesting day experimenting with poses and lighting techniques. I have to thank my amazing assistant David for all his hard work and ability on the technical side – he is such an asset to have around – always positive and cheerful and full of ideas!
This last photograph is of me simply because someone whose judgement I trust once said that my own photo should be on my website for everyone to see – and this is as near as I get …. it was taken while we were testing the lights in preparation for the day.
I thought it would be a good idea to let you know when and where I will be exhibiting at the beginning of next year. It’s going to a busy and exciting year so I am getting prepared! I hope hundreds of you will come and see me and have a look at my work! Saturday 7th January 2012
Norwood Hall Hotel Wedding Fayre, Aberdeen 12pm – 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th January 2012
YWE Your Wedding Exhibition at the AECC Aberdeen from 10am to 5pm each day with two fashion shows twice daily at 12noon and 3pm.
Sunday 19th February 2012
New Inn Hotel, Ellon 11am – 4pm
Ideas in Partnership
Saturday 25th February 2012
Aberdeen Wedding Show
The Thainstone Exchange in association with their new media partner: The Scottish Wedding Directory Sunday 11th March 2012
Pittodrie House Hotel 11am – 4pm
Ideas in Partnership
Sunday 25th March 2012
Hilton Treetops, Aberdeen 11am – 4pm
Ideas in Partnership