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Grange Manor Hotel – Susan & Iain’s Wedding

Grange Manor Hotel – Susan & Iain’s Wedding

It feels like ages since I last wrote a wedding blog about an actual wedding! December in fact! How wonderful to have Susan and Iain start off my wedding year at the beginning of April.

Weddings Are A Great Place To Meet

Susan and Iain can testify to that. They met at a mutual friend’s wedding in 2008.

The couple regularly holiday in the north of Scotland, loving the beautiful unspoiled beaches up there. And it was on one of those beautiful beaches that Iain got down on one knee and completely surprised Susan by popping the question. Even though Iain thought the secret was going to be discovered before he was ready as Susan almost stumbled across the ring hidden in a cubbyhole of the car a few times!

All Systems Go

When I got to the bridal prep room it was all going on. Susan had arranged personalised PJs for her bridal party and the girls seemed very comfortable in them.

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I couldn’t resist capturing Susan in hers with her proud mum.

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Susan’s dress from Olivia Cameron Bridal was absolutely stunning. I needed help from one of the junior bridesmaids to get in hung up on the bedpost to show it off in all its glory.

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Meanwhile downstairs all was calm. I even got Iain and his mum outside for a picture next to the piper.

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If you look very closely you’ll see the colour draining from his mum’s hand where I tied her corsage on super tight…well, she wanted it secure! I have heard from Susan since that they did manage to save her mother-in-law’s arm!! So all is well!!

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Also, time to get the groom and his best man in the bar. Looking very handsome in their McLeod tartan kilts.

Almost Time

And just time to sneak back upstairs and get the bridal party in all their finery

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Susan’s bridesmaids did a cracking job as did the Paige boy (not in shot).

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen two parents as proud as Susan’s were on the day. I have a massive parent crush on her mum and dad, they are both such cuties 🙂

Aye Do

I’m not sure how it could be possible but Susan’s dad looked even more proud as he walked his girl down the aisle.

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I can’t blog about this wedding without mentioning the ceremony. It was conducted by the most amazing Rev Lindy an Interfaith Minister. It was funny, heartfelt, and poignant all at the same time.

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This picture totally sums the ceremony up and it was hard to stop my camera from shaking I was laughing so much. There was so much love and laughter in the room as well as support for the new Mr and Mrs McLeod. Lindy made it a fully inclusive celebration for everyone.

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Here they are playing ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who will go first with the marriage vows!

Four Seasons In One Day

Only in Scotland, the saying goes, do you get all four seasons in one day and it certainly seemed that way on the wedding day. After glorious sunshine all morning we stepped outside to get the traditional group shot after the ceremony.

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And you can’t see it here, but as I am wobbling atop my trusty stepladder in the middle of the hotel car park to get this shot, it started to snow!

So it was back inside for the rest of the group shots the couple wanted.

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I particularly like this one of Susan’s pal and gorgeous daughter from Liverpool. I asked them all to ‘strike a pose’ and Iain decided to show us all how it’s done!!

Then the sun came back out so I was able to take the couple back outside for their pictures.

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Making full use of all the grounds, including the fire escape that Susan and Iain had found the night before.

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I often give my couples daft directions to get a particular response. I don’t think these two will forget the ‘sporran to bum’ position for a while!!

Tree-mendous cake

So many personal touches went into making this wedding very special including a tree trunk themed cake. Very appropriate as Iain is a tree surgeon.

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Complete with their initials carved into it. Awwww 🙂

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And their favours were wee messages in a bottle filled with sand from their favourite northern coastline.

Let The Party Commence

The wedding breakfast was on track to be served and it was time alas for me to bid farewell to this wonderful couple and their crazy, funny, cute families. As I got back in my car and a hailstorm started (yes really), I reflected on how welcoming and friendly everyone had been and what a gorgeous day it had been.

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Congratulations Mt and Mrs McLeod xXx

Edinburgh City Chambers – Danielle & Stephen’s Wedding

Edinburgh City Chambers – Danielle & Stephen’s Wedding

“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones

When You Know, You Know.

Danielle and Stephen met in a well-known Falkirk drinking establishment about nine years ago via mutual friends. They went on their first date and Stephen moved in the very next day!!

It took him a wee bit longer to propose…seven years and two kids to be precise but it was very romantic. It was Christmas day and Danielle opened a gift of her favourite perfume from Stephen. Unbeknown to her Stephen had removed the ring decoration on the top of the bottle and replaced it with an engagement ring. When she turned around he was on bended knee asking her to marry him. Awwww.

An Intimate Affair

With neither Danielle nor Stephen enjoying being the centre of attention they had originally wanted to elope for their wedding. But thanks to some gentle persuasion from some family members they decided to have an intimate affair in Edinburgh. I for one am very glad they did 🙂

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Edinburgh City Chambers on the Royal Mile is a beautiful venue and with the wedding being late afternoon and at Christmas time there were twinkly lights everywhere.

There was also a lot of construction work going on at the chambers and the beautiful outside cobbled courtyard was covered in scaffolding 🙁 .Not too worry lots of tight crops and blurred backgrounds saved the day.

As you can see my groom was looking very smart in his kilt as we waited for his beautiful bride to arrive.

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Danielle and her Dad arrived with the kids in a gorgeous vintage wedding car. Thankfully the driver was happy to let me clamber all over the front seats to get this shot.

Family Are Everything

Before Danielle and her Dad walked down the aisle, the couple’s two children, Lexi and Stephen junior walked down first causing many an awwww from the guests.

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Totes Emosh

I love capturing the groom’s reaction as the bride walks down the aisle as much as I enjoy images of the bride walking down. But this wedding aisle moment was super special. As soon as Stephen saw Danielle his emotions took over.

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As soon as she saw Stephen she got emotional too.

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I’m not sure if there was a dry eye left amongst the guests. I certainly got a little emotional watching them but luckily I was able to hide behind my camera so I think I got away with it 😉

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It was a beautiful service and the couple’s vows to each other rung out loud and clear for all to witness.

Youngest Ever Witness

.The couple that witnessed the signing of the wedding register had a six-week new baby boy. Who was not only immaculately behaved during the ceremony (as all the kids were), had the tiniest little matching kilt on. Handmade by his clever mummy.

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Is that not just the cutest thing ever?

Group Shots

With the Courtyard in scaffolding and the staircase out of bounds due to COVID I had to think on my feet. The waiting room next to the ceremony room was very nicely decorated. So once I set out moving all their carefully arranged furniture out the way (sorry not sorry) I had enough space to work with.

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Aren’t they a well-turned-out group of guests?

Twinkly Lights

By the time we stepped outside it was dark and the Christmassy lights up and down the Royal Mile were twinkling away. I knew that St Giles Cathedral across the road has a beautiful Christmas tree. I was determined to use it for my couple’s formal pictures.

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Coupled with Danielle’s sparkly veil it made for some lovely images.

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Also outside on the cobbles is a heart. So when you’ve got a couple as loved up as these two you’ve got to photograph them next to it, right?

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Congratulations Mr and Mrs Coutts. You may have been my last wedding of 2021 but you certainly weren’t my least.

Bride Tribe – Who Does What?

Bride Tribe – Who Does What?

Planning a wedding is a pretty daunting task for any couple, which is why traditionally the bridal party have a number of jobs to help with the process, and to ensure smooth wedding planning at all times…This month I am focussing on the traditional roles of the Bride Tribe.

The Bride

In addition to the bride and her partner’s joint responsibilities, each traditionally have tasks to handle on their own. The bride needs to choose her bridesmaids and maid of honour and their dresses, and choose a gift for her hubby-to-be (or wifey-to-be).

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The Bride’s Parents

In past traditions the bride’s parents have always paid for the majority of the wedding, but today the cost is usually distributed between mainly the couple, the bride’s parents and the groom’s parents. However there are still certain responsibilities for the bride’s parents to take care of:

  •  Help the couple with the guest list
  • Offer assistance and moral support with the wedding details
  • Attend any wedding rehearsals
  • The bride’s father escorts her to the ceremony and usually walks her down the aisle

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Maid of Honour

The maid of honour is traditionally a sister or best friend, and is the member of the bridal party that the bride relies most on. The maid of honour’s responsibilities include:

  • Organising any bridesmaid-related activities
  • Coordinating the hen do
  • Most importantly, organising the wedding dress shopping and any fittings
  • Helping the bride and groom with any ad–hoc tasks or errands (keeping record of RSVPs, etc)
  • Attend any wedding rehearsals
  • Help the bride dress and get ready on the morning of the wedding
  • Arrange her veil and train during the processional and recessional
  • Holds the bride’s bouquet at the altar
  • Sign the marriage license as the bride’s witness
  • Helps the bride during the reception with the dress including bustling it for the first dance and even helping with toilet visits!

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Matron of Honour is exactly the same role and is usually the term used if the person is married.

The Bridesmaids

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There is no minimum or maximum number when it comes to bridesmaids and you can have as many as you want for your wedding.

Bridesmaids can be single, married and any age. Their duties include:

  • Assist the maid of honour with the wedding planning duties and help the bride when needed
  • Help organise the hen do
  • Attend any wedding rehearsals
  • Walk in the processional and recessional

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Flower Girl (s)

While not all brides and grooms choose to have a flower girl, this role is a charming addition to any wedding party. Often a niece, younger sibling, or family friend, the flower girl walks down the aisle with the bridesmaids, dropping petals as she goes. She may also wear a bohemian flower headdress to mark her role in the occasion.

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There you have it. Who will make the cut in your squad?

Glenbervie House – Sarah & Ewen’s Wedding

Glenbervie House – Sarah & Ewen’s Wedding

Glenbervie House is literally on my doorstop. I could walk to it. And you have no idea how long I’ve wanted to shoot a wedding there.

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It only took a couple from Manchester to book me…

Wait, Manchester?

Okay, let’s back up a little. Ewen is originally from Stenhousemuir and he met Manchester born Sarah when they were both working in Germany.

Ewen asked Sarah out for a drink. Despite taking her to a venue a train ride away and only paying for his own ticket (he claims it was a faulty ticket machine), they had a good time and saw each other again. Fast forward a few years and Ewen proposed to Sarah at home whilst they were both snuggled on the sofa, to her total surprise!

They decided on Glenbervie House and booked me (yay!) for a spring wedding. Then Covid struck and they were postponed until November and my penultimate wedding this year.

Tying the Knot

Sarah and Ewen had decided on a humanist ceremony and a hand fasting. Ewen’s ribbon was his tartan and Sarah’s chief bridesmaid and best friend embroidered one especially for her.

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With a bumblebee for Manchester and three hearts, one for each of Sarah’s children. Isn’t it beautiful? Mind you, Vicki who did it had plenty of practice as she had already created one with the first date on and unpicking wasn’t an option so she had to redo it all over again!

This wedding was full of so many personal and sweet touches like this.

A Bevvy of Beauties

As well as Sarah’s best friend, her eldest daughter was a bridesmaid and her youngest daughter and nieces were flower girls.

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Aren’t they stunning. The flowers were gorgeous all done by local florist Irene’s Florist. I love the wands the two littles had.

The Greatest Walk

Sarah’s dad had been poorly and I think everyone was relieved and a little emotional to be able to see him walk Sarah down the aisle.

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It was also his first time in a kilt and despite needing some help from the best man to get it on properly he looked very dapper. I don’t think it will be the last time he wears one!

Totes Emosh

Sarah was trying to hold in her happy tears from the moment she arrived. It was a beautiful ceremony and there were many glistening eyes in the audience. Sarah’s daughter had told me beforehand that she wasn’t the emotional type and that she wouldn’t cry. Imagine my surprise then when I saw this…

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Busted!

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I love this image I captured just after their rings were exchanged. I was going for a tight crop of just Sarah and Ewen’s hands but I had to leave her beautiful smile in. Sarah didn’t stop smiling the whole day.

The Weather Gods were Smiling

It had been an atrocious  week leading up to the wedding day with heavy rain but from the moment the bride arrived the sun came out. Despite it being bitterly cold the autumn colours were beautiful so we got the whole wedding party outside for the obligatory wedding group shots and then took some of the smaller group shots inside.

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The bare walls in the house provided a lovely background and this image of Sarah and Ewen with their little daughter and Sarah’s son and daughter gives me all the feels. They all look so happy 🙂

But that autumn light was calling me and luckily Sarah and Ewen were game enough to brave it for some stunning couple images (even if I do say so myself!)

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Falkirk Wedding Photographer - JB Moments Photography

Sarah’s dress was amazing and had the most amazing back to it that I had to capture.

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Star-bakers

Readers of my blogs will know that at the last wedding I shot the Groom had baked and decorated the wedding cake. Well this time the Star-Baker crown went to the Groom’s Mother who made the cake.

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Dancing the Night Away

I love it when couples book me to capture the first dances.

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But it was the 2nd dance that moved me, the father daughter dance.

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I love how happy Sarah and her Dad are and how her Mum and Daughter are cuddling watching them. It was a lovely moment.

I always tell my couples I’ll capture some shots of the dance floor filling up after the first dances and then slope away quietly to let them get on with partying the night away in peace.

I tried to do that here but Sarah and Ewen had other ideas and caught me before I left the building 🙂

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Douglas on a truly beautiful wedding.

 

Dunblane Hydro – Pamela & Paul’s Wedding

Dunblane Hydro – Pamela & Paul’s Wedding

“Now that I know you are mine you bring me your love and peace of mind. You see the real me and I know that you’re the key.” – Suddenly by Angry Anderson

Wait, isn’t that the song that Charlene & Scott got married to in Neighbours?

Yes, yes it is and all will become clear later on in this blog.

Pamela and Paul are amazing people that work for the NHS. They met in 2010, even though they were both working in different wards. They started chatting in the canteen and when Pamela’s bank card was broken, Paul did the gentlemanly thing and offered to buy her lunch. Fast forward 10 years and two kids later and on Christmas Eve 2020 Paul proposed.

How about this for a proposal? Remember the scene in the movie Love Actually when Andrew Lincoln’s character turns up at the door with music playing and shows Kiera Knightly cards with his love declarations written on them? Well with the help of their kids Lochlan and Emmylou Paul did that. At the front door. With the very last card reading, “P.S. Will you marry me?” Talk about the best wedding proposal ever!

Wet Day for a Wedding

By the day of the wedding, it had been raining nonstop for about 4 days and there were floods all over the place. At one point I thought that Pamela and Paul were going to begin married life on some sort of ark!

Luckily their chosen wedding venue Dunblane Hydro has loads of gorgeous spaces indoors for photographs and whilst I may have mourned for a nanosecond about not getting pictures on the steps at the front of the hotel – I had a plan up my sleeve.

Team Bride

It was all go in the bridal suite when I arrived. So I got straight to work capturing memories. Pamela, Paul,and their family had made so many personal touches for this wedding.

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Pamela made the wedding bouquets and buttonholes as well as making and decorating the post box for their wedding cards. The pendant she chose to wear was her mum’s that her mum had received from her parents when she was a young lady.

Pamela’s mum had also had embroidered hankies for all the bride squad including Emmylou. Something they were all going to need in a short while.

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Pamela’s dress was a gorgeous whimsical affair and I just love this tender moment with Emmylou.

Team Groom

Paul had a whole groom squad to help him and two best men.

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All of them looking very handsome in their kilts. Paul especially so (and no he didn’t pay me to say that!).

Ceremony of Tears (happy tears)

When people say you can feel the love in the room, it is often just a figure of speech. But in the case of Pamela and Paul’s wedding you really could feel it surrounding the couple and all their family and friends.

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From the Awwww moment when Lochlan walked his wee sister Emmylou down the aisle. Then he got teary waiting for his mum to appear.

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To when Paul first laid eyes on his beautiful bride, being given away by her mum.

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To the reading one of the groom squad gave and then the sweet vows the couple had written each other. There wasn’t a dry eye left in the audience.

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The bridesmaids were clinging onto each other to keep it together and somehow I managed to hold the camera steady as I started to get emotional! It really was a poignant, heartfelt ceremony. Finished with a burst of Suddenly by Angry Anderson and a confetti cannon (see it all makes sense now!).

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I honestly fely humbled and honoured to not only witness it but to be able to capture it as well. Proving once again that I have the best job, with the very best clients in the world.

Informal Formals

Time for the group shots and I have discovered a new way of getting the whole group to smile at once…getting trapped in the automatic doors whilst trying to take their picture. Worked a treat!

One of the bar areas had a lovely bay window and it was perfect for the bridal party images.

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I feel like this has a Downton Abbey vibe going on.

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I had Paul’s groom squad stand all around him for a formal pose then I told them to rugby tackle him. Well, they didn’t need telling twice and piled on the poor groom! These guys are Paul’s ride or die guys that have been with him through thick and thin and their connection shows.

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Likewise Pamela’s bridesmaids have been friends from school and are with her all the way.

But what about those steps?

Once we had completed all the formal images and group shots my couple wanted I asked if Pamela would mind getting the bottom of her dress a wee bit wet for a photo outside in the rain, under one of my wedding umbrella’s. Yes it was pishing it down but I had a vision of how good this picture would look…

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…and they absolutely nailed it!

Starbaker

Paul made and decorated the wedding cake. Three sumptious tiers of lemon and poppyseed, red velvet and chocolate and guiness flavour.

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I bet it tasted as good as it looked.

More Happy Tears

Just when I thought everyone (including me) had pulled themselves back together emotionally, it was time for the speeches!

Pamela’s two older brothers gave speeches that were equally charming, funny and tearjerking. Heavily featuring Lochlan and EmmyLou as well.

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Paul and his two best men also gave good speach. So much so that everyone was welling up again.

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I had a wonderful time capturing this wedding. Pamela and Paul’s love for each other, their kids and their family and friends envelops you like a warm blanket.

Congratulations again Mr and Mrs McCaffery

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Paisley Registry Office – Nikki & Kris’ Wedding

Paisley Registry Office – Nikki & Kris’ Wedding

This was the 2nd of my hatrick of weddings at the beginning of September and what a beautiful day it was for a wedding. It was also my first time at Paisley Registry Office. Thank goodness I always leave myself lots of extra time as it took me a while to find where to park! I was still there before the groom and his party but not before the brides gran who always likes to get there early – a women after my own heart!

Quite the Performance

Around 2013 Nikki and Kris were both performers travelling the same circuit. Nikki was a burlesque dancer and Kris was in a band. Kris claims that Nikki ignored him at first but then they became friends, then moved in together and then had their gorgeous son Harrison.

Kris planned to propose to Nikki at Christmastime on a night out to Glasgow by a big Christmas tree. But when they got to the spot the tree wasn’t there so there was a bit of an awkward silence and then he propsed!

Camera ShyAt their pre-consultation Kris had mentioned his mum hated getting her photo taken. She clearly loves her sons though so I made Kris and his brother give her a kiss. She forgot about the camera and beamed from ear to ear.

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Miss Amber her granddaughter and flower girl thought this was hilarious!

Sweet Ride

Nikki arrived in a stunning vintage car and looked absolutely stunning. “Like a Princess” said Harrison and I had to agree.

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Harrison was rocking his kilt and the Mother of the Bride’s outfit was gorgeous as well.

Let’s Do This!

Harrison and Amber looked so darn cute leading the procession down the aisle.

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Amber had a basket of confetti pouches that she diligently gave out to everyone. Harrison meanwhile kept a tight grip on the rings.

Nikki and Kris also wrote their own vows to one another which was a lovely touch. I am not going to lie, I felt something in my eye at that point!

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I wasn’t the only one. I spotted gran dabbing her eyes with a hanky as well.

Confetti Time

Rather than spill all the confetti outside the registry office we got the guests to cross the road to the conveniently located Paisley Abbey.

Nikki, Kris and Harrison went in style in the vintage car wit the roof down.

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Glasgow Wedding Photographer - JB Moments Photography

Whilst we were there I had to capture the bride with her mum and gran. It’s not often you get to be lucky and have the three generations around on your wedding day.

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Strike a Pose

As the guests all headed off to the resturant, I followed the bride and groom to their lovely hotel, the Ashtree House Hotel.  Their gardens were perfect to set up some images in.

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With plenty of trees to hide behind.

I loved Nikki’s veil so I had to get the classic kiss under it.

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Love how emotive this is in black and white.

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I am under the veil in this image with Nikki and I love how it turned out. If you look closely you can see the diamante micky mouse pins in the flowers – just one of the many lovely little touches the couple had in this wedding.

Hell Yeah

Another one was the handpainted biker jacket that Nikki painted herself. It had loads of details personal to them on it. I tototally think she could start a business painting these for brides.

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I am an absolute sucker for leather and lace together so I spent a lot of time photographing  this!

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We were setting this up to be a super serious moody image and then just as I was about to click the shutter I saw Harrison combat rolling in from the side with a big stick. I now love it even more!

Then it was time to let the guys head off to meet their friends and family and celebrate the night away.

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Congratulations Mr & Mrs Nunn, you rock!

Dollar Park, Falkirk – Diana & James’ Wedding

Dollar Park, Falkirk – Diana & James’ Wedding

At the beginning of September, I had the great pleasure of capturing this wedding.

Stalker Alert

When I asked Diana how they met she told me that she stalked James on Facebook! Not quite as sinister as it first sounds, she knew his family but he was based in Ireland at the time so after she saw a post about him she kept a close eye on him.

Six years and two children later in the Graeme Hotel in Falkirk, James surprised Diana by getting down on one knee and popping the question.

Like so many other couples this last 18 months, Diana and James had a large wedding planned but, after all the postponements and cancelations they decided to heck with it and just got on with it!

Where’s Mum?

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James had to wrangle two tots into kilts before making his way to Falkirk Registrars’ office. They might have made him work for it but by gosh they looked so stinking cute it should have been illegal!

Let’s get Married

Diana’s eldest son walked her down the aisle towards James who couldn’t take his eyes off his beautiful bride. Their two kids and his uncle and wife made up the rest of the wedding party.

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Wedding Photographer in Falkirk - JB Moments Photography

I love this image of the three boys during the ceremony.

Micro Wedding

After the brief but poignant ceremony it was off to Dollar Park for some photos.

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A small but perfectly formed wedding party!

It was a beautiful day and the park has so many stunning locations for photos. I was in my element.

After some group shots, the kids went to the play park with James Uncle so we could get some bride and groom shots.

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As well as beautiful trees, benches and walls there were archways everywhere to take pictures in.

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Swinging?

Luckily for me James and Diana were extremely good sports and when we headed over to meet the kids at the play park I started to suggest that James push Diana in one of the swings.

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Before I could get all my words out they were both on the swings! Love this picture 🙂

James also went to the top of the climbing frame with the two youngest boys as well!

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No small feat when they are all in kilts!

Shhh, it’s a Secret

Apart from their witnesses James and Diana hadn’t told anybody else that they had ditched the big wedding plans and were just going to go for it. Originally they planned to keep it a secret for a while and announce at a time that was right to their families. As a result I wasn’t going to do a sneak peek like normal on Facebook the next day. But they were both high on love and I knew it wasn’t going to be long before they shared the happy news. Sure enough Diana messaged me later that night to say that James had told everyone 🙂

Good news deserves to be shared.

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Congratulations again Mr & Mrs MacDonald.

Callendar House & Park – Kelly & Darren’s Wedding

Callendar House & Park – Kelly & Darren’s Wedding

“People love dogs. You can never go wrong adding a dog to the story.” – Jim Butcher

Young Love

Childhood sweethearts are a very rare and precious thing to behold, especially those that go the distance. Kelly and Darren met at school when they were just fifteen.

Ten years and one dog later they went out for a meal to celebrate their anniversary. Afterward whilst walking Belle the dog around Linlithgow Palace, Darren got down on one knee and asked Kelly to marry him.

That was in February last year and this July I had the absolute honour of capturing their wedding.

Quickest Wedding

I have never witnessed such a quick ceremony! My couple were keen to be married with minimal fuss and attention.

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It was an absolutely glorious day and they couldn’t wait to be outside at one of their favourite spots.

Favourite Tree

Callendar Park is a favourite place for Kelly and Darren to walk Belle and the wooded areas make for some great images. When I met my couple for their pre-wedding consultation we had a good traipse around all their favourite spots including Kelly’s favourite tree.

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Guest of Honour

After a slightly delayed arrival due to a very bad ‘shortcut’ Kelly and Darren’s best girl arrived. Once Belle appeared you could see them visibly relax and start enjoying themselves along with their immediate family and friend.

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Belle was such a good girl and was delighted to be amongst all her family.

#TeamEdward

If you know, you know! The second spot we agreed on during the pre-meet was a part of the woods that gave me serious Twilight vibes. Luckily Kelly was a big fan too 🙂

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I had this image in mind from the moment we went there and I’m happy to say it executed even better than I imagined. Plus this lot don’t even need to sparkle to look good! (again if you know, you know.)

Belle of the Ball

Can I request a dog at every wedding? Capturing these images was so much fun.

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Wedding Photographer in Falkirk - JB Moments Photography
My hoomans are married!
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They are totally kissing behind me, aren’t they?

Honestly, she was such a model and better behaved than some guests I’ve witnessed over the years!

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I wuff you too.

Park Life

We met back up with Kelly and Darren’s guests for some pictures outside Callendar House, well it would be rude not to really!

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Then everyone was off for a meal to celebrate.

Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Wilson and Belle xoxo

Crieff Hydro – Gillian & Craig’s Wedding

Crieff Hydro – Gillian & Craig’s Wedding

How the Cookie Crumbled

As so many beautiful love stories start, Gillian was out on the town with friends from work and met Craig who was out with his pals. After a brief encounter, they exchanged numbers. Then they messaged back and forth for a good few weeks before finally meeting up for a date.
This was in December 2016. Four years and two kids later Craig proposed on Christmas Eve 2020. As Gillian is a massive Millies Cookie fan, Craig had ‘let’s get married” iced on a giant cookie with an engagement ring sitting in it!

You’re Hired

I used to work with Gillian’s sister in the bank (small world). So when Gillian announced her engagement Pauline recommended me and I was booked 🙂 Now all I had to do was live up to the hype of someone else’s endorsement.

Chillax

At their pre-wedding consultation, Gillian and Craig were so relaxed. They explained that along with their immediate families they go and stay at Crieff Hydro once a year for a long weekend and this year was going to be no different. Except on the Saturday, they were going to get married!

They wanted natural unposed pictures from the day. Now when couples say this to me I like to dig a little deeper. It’s very rare that couples want pure ‘fly-on’the-wall’ photojournalistic images but that they want a little direction and a lot of fun to make the pictures natural. My wedding couple was in the latter category. I was excited – my favourite kind of wedding!

Wedding Day

When I arrived at the gorgeous lodges the family was staying at everybody was still getting ready so I whipped out my camera and started capturing some details.

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Their son didn’t only look super smart in his kilt but he was also dad’s best man and the official ring bearer. He was taking his job very seriously.

He was also being super sweet with his little sister who was the flower girl.

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By the time I arrived Gillian’s hair had already been tousled into loose waves and hair accessories firmly in place by Shona at Bridal Stylist Scotland. Once the boys had finally all been ushered away to the hotel and Gillian had her wedding dress on all that was left was for Nadine the makeup artist to put some finishing touches to Gillian’s makeup.

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The Girls

I was absolutely in love with Gillian’s bouquet by Victoria Bloom the colours and flowers were simply stunning. As were the arrangements in the wedding ceremony room and the cake. Not to mention the guy’s buttonholes and gal’s corsages.

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The Guys

Meanwhile, Craig and the guys were enjoying a beverage in the bar before showtime.

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Let’s get Married

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The room they chose to have their ceremony in was flooded with natural light thanks to a huge ceiling window. You can see the beautiful floral arrangements I mentioned and other decorations supplied by Razzmatazz Occasions.

Gillian and Craig were in such a rush to be husband and wife! They chose the shortest possible ceremony and soon…they were Mr & Mrs.

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I love how the officiant is trying to make a run for it out of my picture!

Unposed Posing

When you have a family of posed photograph haters but still need to get a group shot to mark the occasion what do you do?

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You tell them all to look at their favourite family member! I was pleased to see the new Mr and Mrs looking at each other. Little Meghan, I think she was most in love with her shoes!

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I adore this image. I told Craig to whisper ‘dirty things’ in Gillian’s ear. It seemed to do the trick.

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By the time I had them walking towards me, I think they were secretly starting to enjoy themselves. Mission accomplished!

One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor

Gillian and Craig decided to liven their wedding guests up at around 3 pm with some tequila shots. Hardcore this pair!

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Cake Time

After a wonderful afternoon chilling with their nearest and dearest and the bride’s dad trying one or two of the top-shelf whisky bottles (well it’s not every day a daughter gets married is it?). It was time to cut the cake and enjoy a meal.

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How beautiful is this Cakes by Lucy cake? I do love fresh flowers on a wedding cake.

Also how cool are these personalised placenames/coasters that Craig burned the name in of each guest himself?

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Plus each adult guest had a miniature of their favourite tipple. There were so many thoughtful touches like this the whole day.

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Congratulations Mr & Mrs Marchant and thank you for inviting me to be part of your intimate and beautiful day.

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Orocco Pier – Emma & Barry’s Wedding

Orocco Pier – Emma & Barry’s Wedding

Second Chance

Who gives a damn about your first love?

Give a big round of applause for your second love.

Because they taught you love still exists,

after you thought it never could again.

Plenty Of Fish In The Sea

Emma and Barry met in 2014 on the dating app ‘Plenty of Fish’ and after messaging and phoning each other for a while they started to meet up and fell for each other hook, line, and sinker (sorry, not sorry about the pun!).

Pi$$ Off!

Both Emma and Barry have kids from their past relationships and whilst on a family holiday together in Portugal in 2019 Barry decided to pop the question. He waited until the last night having hidden the ring inside a sock in the hotel room safe. The kids were all in on the surprise and they made out they wanted some family photos in the hotel grounds before they went for dinner. Barry asked the question and Emma told him to “Pi$$ Off” because she thought he was joking!

Once she realised he was serious she did say yes! 😀

Beautiful Day For a Wedding

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I was a bit nervous the night before the wedding as I checked and re-checked my camera gear, charged my batteries, and re-read my notes. Thanks to Covid this was my first wedding since February 2020 and I was worried I wouldn’t do them justice. “What if I’m rusty?”, I asked Mr JB. He assured me that once I got into it I would be fine. And he was right!

The couple had chosen Orocco Pier in picturesque South Queensferry to get married and Emma and her bridal party had stayed there the night before. As I parked up the sun was shining over the Forth Bridges and it felt like summertime.

Bridal Party

I always bring lighting gear when I am capturing bridal prep in case the hotel room is dark. However, I needn’t have puffed and panted my way up the stairs to their room with tripods and collapsible softboxes as when I stepped inside the huge windows in the room were letting in tons of light. Still, better to be safe than sorry!

Becca the make-up artist had been there from the crack of dawn along with the hairstylist and Emma, her best friend, and her two daughters looked amazing. Becca also had some top tips for carrying the bouquets that I will steal and use from now on but that I can’t repeat here!!!

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There were so many lovely personalised touches at this wedding that were a joy to capture. Like these shoes.

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That Emma’s friend (who also did the flowers and tablescapes) had customised for her.

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Even Emma’s manicure had a tiny ‘I do’ on her ring finger.

Family Affair

Whilst Emma had both her daughters in her bride squad, Barry’s son was his best man and had the all-important job of handing over the rings.

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I really loved how Emma and Barry made sure their kids all played key roles in the wedding.

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Pre-match drinks!

Tying the Knot

Before the ceremony the Humanist got Barry and me to practice the Hand Fasting. Poor Barry! I’ve never seen anyone more relieved to see his actual wife-to-be walk down the aisle!

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In the lovely family-orientated service, Barry and Emma’s mums handed over the tartans for the fasting.

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Barry’s son nailed the best man duties.

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And Emma’s eldest daughter read a blessing at the end of the service with moral support from her sister.

Beach, Please

Orocco Pier has steps that lead from the terrace to the beachfront so the bride and groom and their guests all braved the sand to get some group photos.

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I feel all the ladies in their heels were especially game and didn’t complain at all!

The Benefits of a Smaller Wedding

Whilst due to the C-19 regulations, Barry & Emma could only have 30 odd guests it did come with some pluses (for me).

Normally with a big wedding, the group shots and all their permutations can take up a large chunk of the time I have for formal photos before the wedding meal. The wedding coordinator told me how long I had once the group photos were over and looked worried I wouldn’t have the new Mr & Mrs back in time. I, on the other hand, was giddy at the amount of time I had for a change!

Photo Bombers

The first stop was the little pier right beside the venue. Whilst I was in the moment directing Emma and Barry I knew there were other people walking about but it wasn’t until I started editing the images that I realised we had our own photo bomber!

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I shall be expecting one at every wedding I shoot now!

South Queensferry was absolutely heaving. The nice weather had bought the world and his dog out in search of ice creams and sea breezes but that wasn’t going to stop me. I had Emma and Barry all along South Queensferry at spots I had planned out on my pre-shoot recce earlier in the week. My couple was brilliant and fully game for what I had planned. The best kind of wedding couple 🙂

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You’d never know it from the way my two fabulous models are posing for me, but the benches behind us were absolutely swarming with tourists and day-trippers. I did make one old lady’s day by getting her to hold the bouquet during this shot.

Back in Time for Cake

Much to the coordinator’s surprise, I had Emma and Barry back well within her timeframe! Allowing them to do some socially distanced mingling with their guests before the cake cutting and meal.

As there were no evening guests due to restrictions, Barry & Emma cut the cake just before the meal.

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It was a stunning three-tier creation from Creative Slices Cakery that carried the navy and gold colour scheme of the wedding.

Yes Sir I Can Boogie (sort of)

A small but welcome change in the regulations has meant that while full dancing and mingling is not yet allowed at weddings, the couple can at least have a first dance.

Emma and Barry danced to Space by Biffy Clyro, watched by their closest family and friends and it was perfect.

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Fire the Cannons

Emma and Barry had organised lots of table games to keep their guests entertained into the evening but someone was a wee bit disappointed. Barry’s dad had purchased some pretty heavy-duty confetti cannons but hadn’t been able to use them doing the first dance.

Well, we couldn’t have that! The early evening light was beautiful so before the games commenced I suggested we took Emma and Barry out onto the terrace and fire the cannons at them.

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Barry’s Dad was happy and we got some stunning images. A win-win I’d say 🙂

It was a perfect day and I was still smiling that night as confetti fell out of my bra whilst I got undressed!

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Boyack x