When planning a wedding in the hills around Loch Lomond, you should always be aware of the potential problems: rain and midges. Luckily for Tom and Kristen, the rain held off and there was enough of a breeze to blow the wee monsters away. (However, as a Loch Lomond wedding photographer I always arrive prepared with an umbrella and insect repellant!)
They’d chosen Duchray Castle, Loch Lomond for their ceremony and first reception – a romantic gem of a venue hidden at the end of a forestry track. For their evening reception they moved to the larger Altskeith Country House, Loch Ard on the other bank of Loch Ard, where they were joined by more guests for an evening of dancing and drinking.
You can see a larger selection of images by clicking on this link to a Loch Lomond wedding at Duchray Castle.
The other weekend I photographed a highlands wedding which I can’t write about, or show any photographs from! The couple asked that no photos appear anywhere on the internet, as an increasing number of my clients do nowadays.
However, since my friend Peggy was visiting from Brooklyn, New York, I decided to turn the trip north into a tour of the Highlands, and these are her and my photos. It was, of course, a typically Scottish summer, with no sun and lots of grey cloud, but Peggy seemed to love every moment!
I don’t really do landscapes. To paraphrase Joe McNally ‘I’ve never seen a good landscape that couldn’t be improved with the inclusion of a person.” In the almost deserted Highlands, that person was Peggy!
We travelled to Lochinver (where the wedding was) via Glen Coe, Loch Ness and Ullapool, and returned via Cromarty, the Cairngorms and Braemar.
And although Peggy was keeping a sharp lookout, she didn’t see the Loch Ness Monster, or a single Haggis on the hills! To make up for the disappointment, on our return I introduced her to my favourite ‘wild’ animal, Freddy.
What a wonderful day at one of my favourite venues – Mar Lodge near Braemar. Katherine and Gavin couldn’t stop smiling – and kissing – throughout the day, and it was wonderful to see such happiness between not just them, but all their family and guests.
I was a bit dubious about having a ceilidh for such a small number of guests, but enthusiasm and the excellent calling by Katherine’s father proved me wrong!
Here are a few highlights from Katherine and Gavin’s wedding photographs from Mar Lodge, and as usual, there are more photos to see by clicking this order prints link.