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.
I love being a Glencorse House wedding photographer
…probably for the same reasons that many couples like Sam and Ross choose it as their venue. As an exclusive country house wedding venue it has many advantages over a hotel wedding venue, not least in that it has it’s own Kirk, (the most romantic setting imaginable for a wedding ceremony) and it’s own chef!
And most importantly, it has a lovely relaxed atmosphere which suits my style of photography perfectly. Glencorse House itself is a magnificent location for any wedding reception, with its stunning architecture, lush parkland, lake and verdant rhododendrons The staff are all regulars, many of them students studying hospitality, and are always polite and friendly.
Chef Paul was under a bit of pressure at Sam and Ross’ wedding as Ross is also a chef! (I have once photographed another wedding photographer’s wedding, and I can confirm that the pressure is real!)
My day started at Sam’s parent’s house in Edinburgh where she was getting ready along with her two sisters, her bridesmaids, and her parents. We then made our way to Glencorse and their Humanist ceremony,
The weather had been very wet during the morning, but as my weather app predicted, the rain stopped as the ceremony started and it remained dry, if overcast, the rest of the day. Many photographers will tell you that an overcast sky is often preferable to full sunshine!
Back in the marquee, Sam’s mothers amazing flower arrangements, using old tea pots and cups and saucers was the talk of the guests. Then Sam’s father’s speech seemed to embarrass her mother more than it did her – but kept everybody laughing.
The evening continued with enthusiastic dancing to Three Card Trick band.
All in all, a day to illustrate why I love being a Glencorse House wedding photographer!
As a St Andrews wedding photographer, St Salvators chapel is one of my favourite buildings. Kat and Mike got married in the magnificent chapel and after some formal family photographs there, the guests made their way to the Drumoig Golf Hotel.
This was not a venue I’d been to before – but that was because they don’t really host weddings. They’d made an exception for Kat and Mike though – because her Dad had developed and built the whole place!
As he told me “21 years ago this was a barley field.” You certainly wouldn’t know if you weren’t told! And it provided some lovely locations for the photos of the two of them. And since they had connections, their two dogs were also allowed to make an appearance – in person as well as on the wedding cake.
Hilarious speeches were followed by an evening of dancing and partying….
You can see more photos from their wedding by clicking on their St Andrews wedding photographer gallery.