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Japanese Garden Cowden – Denise & James Wedding

Japanese Garden Cowden – Denise & James Wedding

“Love is food for the soul. Love for the soul is the same as food for the body. Without food, the body is weak; without love, the soul is weak.” – Japanese Proverb

I thought this quote was perfect when I saw it. Both the fantastic venue Denise and James chose to hold their wedding and because the couple are total foodies.

A Modern Meeting

Denise and James met online on the 1st of December 2020 at 8:51 pm (I know, very precise, right?) and spoke every day after that. After a while, Denise planned to surprise James by meeting him at his work but he chose that day to leave early! They eventually met up later that night, went for a walk, and never looked back!

Whilst taking a staycation in Glasgow for James’ birthday they watched some of the latest Indiana Jones movie being filmed. Then as they sauntered back down Buchanan Street they were joking about getting married. Suddenly they weren’t joking anymore and they were engaged!!!

What a Wedding Venue

When Denise first contacted me and told me the venue I practically bit her hand off to take the booking. And that was before I realised what a genuinely lovely couple they were and that they were also crazy French Bulldog parents! It was meant to be!

The Japanese Gardens, near Dollar, is a hidden gem of a place that Mr JB and I discovered during one of the many lockdowns. Created in 1908 by the formidable Ella Christie, a true pioneer of her time. As a photographer, it is an absolute dream to capture, and having only taken headshots and personal images there I was beyond excited to capture a wedding in the gardens.

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The azumaya pictured above is where the couple gets married. The flowers at the entrance are picked and arranged by the garden volunteers for the wedding.

Outside! In Scotland! In May!

I took the above picture when I arrived at the venue and you can see how grey the sky is. Then it started to drizzle, my worst fears confirmed for my bride and groom and their guests (who would be out in the open to watch the ceremony)!

But I should have kept the faith. Like my super chill bride and groom because the drizzle stopped. Hurrah! Then before the bridal party arrived the clouds parted and blue skies appeared. The wedding gods were watching.

Rings? Check!

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The groom and his best man may have forgotten their buttonholes but they had the rings and that’s the important thing!

A Beautiful Ceremony

I mean, come on, can’t you feel the love?

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Witnessed by their very closest family and friends.

Then it was off to the Japanese Tea Room structure to sign the marriage certificate.

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But not before these two littles tried to steal the show by being unbelievably cute. James’ son and the flower girl who was the daughter of the best man and the chief bridesmaid.

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Denise’s other bridesmaid was James’ daughter. The dresses all had botanical details to echo the surroundings and the beautiful flowers (including peonies, my fave) were created by The Flower Studio.

Breaking My Rules

My USP is usually to keep Bride and Groom photos informal and quick so that my couple can get some beautiful images and get back to their guests and their party. I kept the informal part but with a venue like this, I had a hard job giving my couple back. At every turn was another gorgeous photo opportunity.

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From reflections in the still pond to bridges, lush foliage, and interesting structures I was spoilt for choice.

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Including some of my favourite images taken when my couple didn’t realise I was capturing them.

All The Little Details

Did I mention my couple were foodies? They had arranged a gourmet BBQ for their guests and I took that opportunity to capture some of the details from their wedding day.

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Like the pocket watch, Denise had gifted James for the wedding.

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And their foliage inspired wedding stationery with their stunning rings.

I can also confirm the BBQ was delicious as they insisted I had some as well 🙂

Getting Our Geek On

I could tell there was a really close bond between my couple and their best man and maid of honour and it was lovely to witness. It was getting close to the end of the evening, the light was beautiful and I asked if I could shoot my couple on the bridge (again) with the best man and MoH holding my flashguns for a kiss of light (because I’d forgotten my stands. Doh!).

This inspired the Groom and best man to request a lightsaber-inspired fight scene on the bridge. Who am I to deny this bromance?

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So here is them ahem…’fighting’ on the bridge, much to the amusement of their guests in the Tea Room.

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And here’s how it ended up. I mean…kilts, lightsabers, Japanese horticulture…there are some fusions that just work!

Jackpot!

And just like that my day with this lovely couple and their nearest and dearest was over. But not before Denise insisted I took a slice of their delicious wedding cake and one of the guest favours.

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As a testament to this couple’s wish to use local suppliers and support small businesses, it was an artisan chocolate bar from Bouche Chocolate which I can highly recommend having scoffed! And a scratch card that I won £2 on. Result!

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Charity and here’s to your…

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Questions Every Couple Needs to Ask Their Wedding Venue

Questions Every Couple Needs to Ask Their Wedding Venue

You’ve visited venues and poured over their brochures and you’ve fallen in love with a castle or old barn. But…before you get carried away and sign the contract or pay a deposit there are some important points to consider.

Here are my top questions to ask your venue to make sure it’s going to be perfect for your wedding day.

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How many guests can the venue accommodate?

Make sure you sit and work out an estimate of how many guests you want to invite to both the reception and evening ‘do’ and make it one of the first questions you ask every venue.

Unless you can compromise on the guest list the number of people a venue can accommodate is a deal-breaking question.

Does the cost of the venue include everything?

If you’ve planned out your wedding budget, hidden extras are unwelcome.

For example, the charge for bottled water on the table is commonly forgotten about, adding a significant increase to the bill.

You also shouldn’t assume that VAT is included in your bill, be sure to ask before thinking you’ve grabbed yourself a deal.

What are the payment plan options and cancellation policy?

Find out how much the deposit is to secure the venue, along with how they accept the following payments.

Covid has unfortunately taught us all about cancellations so make sure you know what your venue’s policy is, should the unthinkable happen.

How many weddings does the venue accommodate on the same day?

When hosting your wedding at certain locations such as hotels it can be common that more than one wedding a day will be held there.

For some people, this may not be an issue, but it’s a must-ask question on your list of what to ask your wedding venue.

Non-exclusive use can change people’s minds regarding a venue so it’s best to know beforehand.

What are the alcohol rules?

You’ve got a lot to consider when it comes to the consumption of alcohol on your big day, so it’s worth asking what your venue does and doesn’t allow.

Check if a prepaid bar is available, or if guests can purchase their own drinks on the premises. If you want to bring your own alcohol, either for the full reception or for toasts, be sure to ask about corkage fees.

Some venues can be iffy about allowing alcohol favours as well so it’s worth checking.

What will the room layout be depending on final numbers?

A venue’s layout or room options can change significantly depending on the number of people on your guest list.

Many venues can appear very different once the layout has changed, making it a considerable factor in your search for the perfect wedding venue.

It’s also an aspect you need to confirm before you start planning your seating plan.

Do they offer catering or not?

Food plays a big part in your wedding day, and it takes a lot of consideration. That’s why it’s so important to make a note of your catering preferences when considering what to ask your wedding venue.

If the venue is providing food, have you discussed if that will be for both the reception and the evening reception?

It’s also vital you check that they can accommodate any dietary requirements you or your guests may have.

Does the venue offer overnight accommodation?

Ask if overnight accommodation is available, along with the number of people who are able to stay at your chosen venue.

It’s especially important if your venue is set away from other accommodation options, or if guests are traveling from afar.

What are the venue’s guidelines on decorating and extras?

When you go to see a venue you may instantly have a vision of what you want to do. It is a good idea that you consider if your vision coincides with the venue’s policies.

In terms of table decoration, check with your chosen venue whether or not they supply the chair and table covers, knives and forks, and glasses or if you have to hire them.

Special features such as candles and confetti aren’t permitted at every venue, so double check whilst you are there.

Where can we have our photographs taken?

Ahhh, the most important question in my opinion 😉 After all the time and effort that goes into your wedding day, you have every right to want to get the perfect photos in the right setting. Especially if you are paying money for a professional photographer. Scope out the venue and grounds – and make sure any bins or other non-romantic objects are stored out of sight.

Entertainment options?

You might have already planned out your first dance routine and know for certain that you need a DJ, but have you considered asking your venue about your entertainment plans?

Have a think about what your entertainment choices require, if you’re opting for a DJ is there going to be adequate electrical outputs and space for all of their equipment?

How long can we provisionally hold a date?

It’s wise to keep your options open at first, as plans can easily change, or you could find a venue better suited to you.

You need to know how long it can be held and on what terms.  You don’t want to end up disappointed because you’ve missed out on your dream venue.

Logistically speaking?

Do you need a venue that is completely disability-friendly or one that offers suitable parking for your guests?

Finishing time and sound limitations?

It’s always best to have all the relevant information readily available for yourself and your guests, so you don’t have any nasty surprises on the day. Know what to expect – you don’t want to find you’re getting ushered out of your own wedding unexpectedly at 10pm!Many venues (especially in residential areas) have rules and restrictions regarding sound. You need to check beforehand that your venue can accommodate the entertainment you have in mind, for the right number of hours.

Most importantly, remember to take notes of the answers your venue provides you. Ask them to pop them into an email or a letter to confirm the details in writing. To ensure no confusion can occur.

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

The Groom Squad – Who does what?

The Groom Squad – Who does what?

Planning a wedding is a pretty daunting task for any couple, which is why traditionally the bridal party has 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 Groom Squad.

The Groom

In addition to the groom and his partner’s joint responsibilities, each traditionally has tasks to handle on their own. The groom chooses his Best Man and Ushers and picks their outfits. He may buy thank you gifts for his attendants and his bride.

Traditionally the Groom will also arrange and pay for the marriage license and the officiant’s fee and will also handle all the cash payments on the day to various suppliers. He may also reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.

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Groom’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 groom’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
  • Help the happy couple make all their guests feel welcome by doing plenty of mingling and chatting

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Best Man

The role of the best man is to be there to support the groom on the big day and during the wedding planning process. If the groom wants some extra advice when it comes to suit shopping, choosing gifts, or writing his speech, then the best man is by his side to help. Of course, the best man will typically organise the stag do, and there is also the traditional best man speech to write.

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Ushers

The ushers are usually close friends or relatives of the groom and their main role is to help the wedding day run smoothly, help to seat guests, distribute the order of service and point people in the right direction throughout the day. The ushers can also help the best man with planning the stag do and they can be the perfect test audience for the best man’s speech.

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Page Boy

The page boy is typically a boy under the age of seven, maybe a nephew, a younger brother, or the son of a close friend. The page boy traditionally walks down the aisle with the flower girl and his main goal is to look super adorable in the wedding pictures! He might also double up as the ring bearer, carrying the rings down the aisle.

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Ring Bearer

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The ring bearer has one of the most important jobs of the ceremony as they are required to present the wedding rings to the couple. Who you entrust with that role is totally up to you – it could be the Best Man, a flower girl, a page boy, or even a pet!

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

 

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.

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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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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Wedding Buttonholes

Wedding Buttonholes

What Is a Wedding Buttonhole?

A buttonhole, also known as a boutonniere, is basically a smaller version of a wedding bouquet. Don’t worry, they’re not as extravagant as the handheld arrangements – they’re quite modest in size because they rest on the lapel of a jacket or blazer (they can be stuck through a buttonhole – hence the name – or pinned atop the lapel). Typically, they are composed of a single flower or a small collection of flowers and/or decorative accents.

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The origins of the Buttonhole

The tradition of wedding buttonholes, as with all wedding flowers, originates from ancient Greece.

The male wedding party members would wear a small bunch of flowers, usually mixed with fragrant herbs, pinned close to their hearts in order to ward off evil spirits. It was believed that these evil spirits would cause the groom to turn his heart against the bride and refuse to love her.

Buttonholes travelled to England during Medieval times. Knights of the realm would wear their lady’s colours upon their chest to show their everlasting love and commitment.

Even without their armour, these colours would be displayed on their left lapel. Just as they are still worn by grooms today

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Types of Buttonholes

Traditionally it is designed to co-ordinate with the bride’s bouquet. But for grooms that want to put their own twist on things here are some ideas.

  • Paper flowers made from old books
  • Feathers in coordinating colours
  • Flowers arranged in a jacket pocket instead of a hanky
  • Succulents
  • Dried flowers
  • Chillies or other fruit/veg
  • Pinecones, acorns and seed-heads
  • Lego figures, playing cards and other playful items that reflect the groom’s personality

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How do you wear it?

The groom and any other men wearing buttonholes should wear them on their left with the flowers facing upwards.

Mothers of the bride and groom and female wedding guests should wear their buttonholes on the right and with the flowers facing downwards. The same goes for corsages, they should be worn on the right.

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The groom will often have a slightly more elaborate buttonhole than the rest of the male guests (it is his day too after all!). Likewise, the mothers of the bride and groom will normally have larger floral decorations than other female guests to signify their status in the wedding party.

When I am photographing getting ready preparations or meeting the groom at the ceremony venue I will always check and offer to help make sure their buttonholes are wedding-ready. It’s all part of the JB Moments Photography service 🙂

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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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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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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.