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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.

Edinburgh City Chambers Wedding by JB Moments Photography

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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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.

DIY Wedding Centrepiece Ideas

DIY Wedding Centrepiece Ideas

Whether you’re hosting a glamorous party for 300 or an intimate micro-wedding for 30, there are tons of ways you can cut costs and still pack a punch when it comes to decor. From full-blown DIY centerpieces to smaller do-it-yourself projects, you can leave your mark in a way that’s personal.

Line the Table

Capitalise on the simplicity a linen runner brings. Minimal but still elevating, you can even change up the fabric to more accurately reflect the style of the day, whether it be bold stripes for something modern, or a lighter colour palette for a natural, outdoor wedding. Works best if your tables are long trestle tables.

Embrace Taper Candles

I love the natural elegance a taper candle brings to any tablescape. Keep it sophisticated with candles all in the same shade, or mix it up with a handful of colours that coordinate with the overall wedding colours.

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Find your Favourite Flowers

In small vases, arrange a handful of your favourite blooms that are easily accessible, I’m talking spray roses, hydrangeas, even baby’s breath. Depending on where you live, you can usually source some pretty spectacular greenery from your own back garden or the side of the road too. But be sure to have some sharp floral sheers or gardening shears, your hands will thank you!

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Top tip from florists is to use string or wire to tie a handful of flowers together and then cut it short to fit in a 5″x5″ clear glass vase.

Use Potted Plants

It’s no secret how much potted plants are en vogue when it comes to wedding decor. The perfect DIY project for a crowd, choose a vessel you’d look forward to reusing after the wedding, and plant flowers or herbs for an eco-friendly, cash-saving centrepiece.

Provide a Fruit Bowl

Placed fruit on the tables or in baskets for your guests to enjoy with dinner. A quick trip to the local grocer or farmer’s market will have your guests thanking you for the fresh fruit treats, like bowls of oranges, peaches, and apricots.

Stick to Single Stems

Single flower arrangements are far easier to design and tend to look more elegant. Opt for the easiest flowers to source year-round such as roses, hydrangeas, and tulips. Although seasonal favourites like peonies and ranunculus will also be available from the local florists and flower markets as well. One stem per vessel is a charming look for an eclectic tablescape.

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Consider Cacti

Bring the desert straight to the table with miniature cacti! Perfect for the laid-back couple, you can customise this trend by placing mini pots of any variety, from Prickly Pear to Peruvian Apple, amongst candles and metallic tableware for an ultra-modern design.

Pineapples!

Hosting a summer wedding somewhere sunny? Lining the table with pineapples requires little to no preparation ahead of time, beyond purchasing, for a quick, kitschy set up the morning of the big day!

Opt for Succulents

For a climate not so fresh-flower-friendly, opt for something like will thrive come rain or shine. Take a quick trip to the garden store to scoop up a variety of shades and plant them together or separately—and just like that, you have a wedding centerpiece, and your own succulent garden to take home once the dancing’s over!

Fill up your Vases

No matter how you slice it (pun intended), using citrus is a great way to brighten up the celebration. Line clear glass vases with thick or thin cut slices of lemons, limes, or even oranges, or keep them whole and fill them straight to the top.

Birdcages

If you’re looking for something beautifully simple a pretty white birdcage filled with baby’s breath (gypsophila) is perfect for a winter wedding. Research your DIY centrepiece flowers and check they are in season. Your flowers should be more affordable as well as being more widely available. Try using a mix of fairy lights and holly in Winter, or try daisies and cornflowers in summer. You could even try small potted plants for your DIY centrepiece, especially as daffodils and snowdrops begin to bloom.

Books and Flowers

A small bouquet of dusty purple spray roses, anemone, and seeded eucalyptus on a stack of vintage books wouldn’t look out of place at any beautifully styled fairytale wedding. You could even use your own books to add extra height, as well as creating a special and thoughtful DIY centrepiece for the table. Pretty hand-tied flowers could be made using real or artificial flowers and you could also use your bridesmaid bouquets.

Fire and Ice

If you’re looking for an alternative to floral decorations there are lots of other options available for your DIY centrepieces. Using a selection of clear containers on each table filled with faux ice and candles will create a beautiful simple table decoration that sets the perfect romantic atmosphere. Combined with some scattered tea lights or fairy lights in jars this pretty centrepiece can look just as enchanting as any floral display.

Spill the Tea

It’s tea time! Make an elegant statement at your wedding by putting your floral arrangements in antique teapots instead of traditional vases.

Ostrich Glam

If you’re going glam for your wedding, ostrich feathers will make the perfect statement centrepieces. Choose any colour to coordinate with your decor.

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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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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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