Stirling Highland Hotel – Caroline and Scott’s Wedding
We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.
A Long Engagement
In the heady summer of 2010, two young people were out with their respective friends at a Falkirk nightclub to celebrate their birthdays. Those two young people were Caroline and Scott. Fast forward a little bit and Caroline was pregnant with their first child when Scott proposed. Caroline said that she had dropped many hints at this stage!
Many years and two more children later and Caroline and Scott then decided to organise a wedding as quickly as possible and arranged theirs in just 12 weeks.
This was my last wedding of 2022 and whilst I had boasted that all my weddings this year have stayed dry for the pictures I wasn’t holding my breath for an autumnal day towards the end of November!
But I should have kept the faith. When I got to the venue to take pictures of Scott and his three very dapper sons, the sun was out!
The venue was The Stirling Highland Hotel. Formally a Grammar school it has been tastefully converted into a luxury hotel and spa. The perfect setting for a wedding.
Caroline had chosen an autumnal theme for the wedding as you can see from the buttonholes and ties. The room had been decorated by Lights, Candy, Action with rust and gold tones.
Tied into this was the most gorgeous cake decorated with seasonal fruits.
But it was Caroline’s stunning bouquet from Forever Flowers that stole the show for me.
Caroline’s Dad proudly walked her down the aisle to Scott. Against the backdrop of tapestries and autumnal trees. Their wedding was witnessed by their closest family members.
Instead of herding the guests outside for groups shots as I would normally, we sent them off for drinks and canapes. You see Caroline loves castles and we were a stones throw from Stirling Castle. Before we lost the light and Caroline’s lovely car from Ultimate Private Hire I got in with them and we whizzed up to the castle.
I wasn’t above ordering a few tourists to get out of the way so I could capture some images at the castle entrance either.
I mean with such a gorgeous couple and location, you would do the same, right?
Back to School
Then it was back to the hotel to get the all-important images with the families. When the hotel was still a school Sir Henry Campbell Bannermann gifted the school an observatory in 1889. To this day the observatory is still in great working condition and makes a fantastic and unique place to get some images of my couple.
Although when we went up all the stairs to view it at their pre-wedding consultation, Caroline didn’t have a wedding dress on and I wasn’t lugging two cameras! Was totally worth it for the pictures though.
Later that evening all the wedding guests got a tour from the astronomical society who are able to still use this 130-year-old telescope. Now that is pretty cool.
Once we climbed back down the stairs I spotted a gorgeous window seat for my couple to have a bit of a rest.
I love how playful this picture is. It shows off Caroline’s wedding Converse that she had customised for the day.
Caroline had her heart set on setting off some sparklers and because of the time of year, it was dark enough outside to make that happen before I had to leave.
I love how they turned out and I couldn’t resist having a little play in post-production.
Despite the wedding being organised in a hurry. It was a beautiful day filled with love and laughter. That makes it absolutely perfect in my book and a sparkling way to end my 2022 wedding season.
Congratulations again Mr and Mrs Cochrane xXx