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Last year was my busiest wedding season ever with a number of new venues including Old Meldrum House Hotel, The Signet Gallery, Tullibole Castle, Kilconquhar House, Lower and Upper College Hall, St Andrews, Forbes of Kingennie, Crieff Hydro, Lodge on Loch Lomond, Innerpeffray Chapel, Trossachs Church, Roman Camp Hotel, Enterkine House, Wedderburn Castle and The Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.

Wedding Photography | Dunblane Cathedral | Perthshire

Mid September meanwhile saw me at two new venues: Dunblane Cathedral and Airth Castle for Leigh and Pete’s wedding. Dunblane Cathedral’s architecture is amazing and one of my favourites from this wedding is above. New venues meanwhile confirmed for 2012 include Solsgirth House Hotel near Dollar and Dalhousie Castle in Edinburgh. As someone who covers the whole of Scotland I am regularly visiting new venues

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Last September I was at Luss Loch Lomond commissioned for the wedding photography of Heather and Daniel at Luss Church followed by The Lodge on Loch Lomond. Like 2010, 2011 was a particular wet year and the taxi driver came to rescue the couple on the Pier due to a violent squall. In between squalls we grabbed this photograph.

Wedding Photography | Luss | Loch Lomond

A blog post on this wedding will follow later in the year once I have finalised the wedding album. Luss Church itself is extremely popular church for weddings and typically couples from over 40 countries are married each year. Loch Lomond is also very popular for weddings with Boterich Castle,  Cameron House Hotel, The Cruin, Duck Bay and Ross Priory

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One of my favourite locations for wedding photography is South Queensferry. I am particularly looking forward to weddings at Orocco Pier, South Queensferry Registry Office and the Dakota Hotel in 2012 not least as the scaffolding is now off the Forth Rail Bridge which makes for a brilliant backdrop for wedding photographs in South Queensferry. One of my favourite wedding photographs from 2011 is below.

Wedding Photography | South Queensferry

If you are looking for a Wedding Photographer for South Queensfery, for the Priory Church, Orocco Pier, Dakota Hotel or Inchcolm Island in 2012 please get in touch as I still have some peak Summer dates left. These all fantastic wedding venues where I have created fantastic wedding photography. Also if your looking for a wedding photographer for North Queensferry please get in touch as the Queensferry Hotel is an excellent wedding venue.

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In mid November I was at Balbirnie House Hotel to photograph the wedding of Sarah and Nic. They chose a humanist wedding ceremony and I was delighted to be working with Gillian Stewart again. Balbirnie House is my most popular wedding venue and I have photographed weddings at Balbirnie in all seasons and all weather conditions. Sarah and Nic had a remarkably balmy day and we were able to do the formals outside on the main steps.

One of the reasons that Sarah and Nic chose me was they wanted to spend little time on the formals and couple shots and spend as much time as possible with the guests. All the formals requested were taken in 25 minutes and all the couple shots were taken in 20 minutes. This is quite typical coverage for my wedding photography as it allows time to capture plenty of detail photographs as well as candids to tell a natural story of the couples wedding day.

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Reportage Wedding Photography | Balbirnie House Hotel | Fife

Another reason why I was booked was my black and white reportage photography. Typically 20-30% of my coverage is black and white wedding photographs and a selection of my favourites are above. Great subjects for black and white wedding photographs are the ceremony, receiving line, speeches, children and the first dance, in essence photographs with emotional content. I always try and capture a dramatic black and white landscape of the wedding venue too.

I look forward to photography of more weddings at Balbirnie House Hotel in 2012. It is such an excellent wedding venue regardless of the weather and the organisation of the wedding, the food and the service is always first class. The hotel itself also has a new dedicated wedding website that can be viewed here. They also currently have a last minute offer for Saturday 4th April 2012. Details are here.

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Late December I was in the Scottish Borders to photograph the wedding of Jo and Gregg at Wedderburn Castle.

Wedderburn Castle is a fantastic venue in the Scottish Borders for an intimate winter wedding with a dining room that can seat up to 42 guests or a ballroom which can cater for up to 92 guests. Jo and Gregg came all the way from New Zealand for their wedding at Weddderburn Castle. Some of my favourite black and white wedding photography from the first part of day is below.

Wedding Photography | Wedderburn Castle | Duns

Wedding Photography | Wedderburn Castle | Duns

Wedding Photography | Wedderburn Castle | Duns

Wedding Photography | Wedderburn Castle | Duns

Wedding Photography | Wedderburn Castle | Duns

Wedding Photography | Wedderburn Castle | Duns

Wedding Photography | Wedderburn Castle | Duns

Wedding Photography | Wedderburn Castle | Duns

Wedding Photography | Wedderburn Castle | Duns

Wedding Photography | Wedderburn Castle | Duns

Jo and Gregg’s wedding ceremony at Wedderburn Castle was conducted by one of my favourite humanist celebrants Tim MaGuire. The day was informal and relaxed with giant games in the drawing room during the wedding reception before the wedding breakfast in the fine drawing room which is by Wedderburn Castle’s own in house caterers.

More wedding photographs from Wedderburn Castle soon.

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Kathleen and Richard held their wedding on Hogmanay at Kinkell Byre on the outskirts of St Andrews.

Although Kinkell Byre is a challenging venue for wedding photography the in house lighting technician creates a beautiful backdrop for both the ceremony room and reception area.

Wedding Photography | Kinkell Byre | St Andrews

I have been the wedding photographer for numerous Kinkell Byre weddings over the last five years and look forward to returning in 2012.

More wedding images from Kinkell Byre to follow soon.

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Last month I was the wedding photographer for Kate and Iain’s wedding at Crieff Hydro Hotel in Perthshire. The wedding images are now all on-line and a few favourites are below. Kate and Iain were blessed with scorching sunshine and had fun on both the Segways and the Inflatable Slide!

Wedding Photography | Crieff Hydro Hotel | Perthshire

Wedding Photography | Crieff Hydro Hotel | Perthshire

Wedding Photography | Crieff Hydro Hotel | Perthshire

Wedding Photography | Crieff Hydro Hotel | Perthshire

Wedding Photography | Crieff Hydro Hotel | Perthshire

Thank you for booking me as your wedding photographer Kate and Iain and sharing the day with guests from Glasgow, Troon and Yorkshire. You also booked my favourite humanist celebrant Mary Wallace from Doune who always conducts a fantastic wedding ceremony.

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This week I received a lovely thank you from Dana and Oliver from Germany, who’s wedding photography I was commissioned for at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh last month.

The wedding itself was very intimate and Dana and Oliver wanted the day to be photographed naturally as they loved photographs of real moments, particularly black and white photographs. With only 11 guests photographing such an intimate wedding is a huge responsibility as great skill is required to not be intrusive. Some of my favourite photographs follow in the slideshow below.

Please press play to view the slideshow below. I really loved the sequence before they were married where they met before the ceremony before entering together. Below is also a list of special thank you’s for the suppliers from Dana and Oliver’s for their wedding. May I also extend my thanks both to Prestonfield House Hotel which is always a pleasure to photograph at and also Dana and Oliver and their 11 guests.

Dana and Oliver’s thank you note to their wedding suppliers for their Prestonfield House Hotel wedding:

Oliver and me like to thank you very much. With your help and support you made our wedding day on July 10 a memorable one!

1) The Prestonfield House (http://www.prestonfield.com)

Rudina, thank you very much for the planning. You had an open ear for our wishes and imaginations of the day and procedure. Additionally the surprise with my witness was a great one. Also thanks go to Sarah and Paulduring your absence. Jenny supported us and our guests all three days long. Thank you. We felt very welcome at every time! (Rudina, could you please forward this mail to Jenny, Sarah and Paul)

2) Photography (http://www.martinpettinger.com)

Martin, thank you very much for your great work. We enjoyed the day. Now looking on the amazing pictures taken from you we know it was the best decision to hire you. The images will help us to keep the (stressful) day as a great one in memory.

3) Registrar’s Office (http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk)

Thank you for not having the German bureaucracy! Janet was so lovely that day and greeted our guests with some words in German. That broke the ice. We hadn’t even the time to thank her personally. We’re sorry about that. Thank you again!

4) Beauty Works Scotland (http://www.beautyworksscotland.co.uk)

Tracy, thank you very much for being with me in the time before the ceremony. You did a great job and helped me to not think about the upcoming stress. Oliver loved the “whole package” (dress, makeup, hair)!

5) Williamson Design Florist (http://www.myflorist.co.uk)

Thanks to the Edinburgh team for the wonderful bridal bouquet and the flowers for the dinner table. They perfectly matched to the room atmosphere!

6) The Pickled Piper (http://thepickledpiper.co.uk)

It was so amazing (You’ll not hear that sound in Germany) to hear how Andrew played the pipes. Thank you therefore! It made the ceremony a special Scots touched one for us and our guests.

7) 3D Cakes (http://www.3d-cakes.co.uk)

Last but not least thanks go to the team of 3D Cakes that baked a perfect wedding cake for us. It was delicious!

Btw, for our next wedding plans we’ll do everything the same. Nothing will change! ;)

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Last week I was back on Inchcolm Island for the wedding of Amy and Euan. A fabulous humanist ceremony by Tim McGuire here are a few sneak peeks.

Coming soon for this wedding will be a slideshow which features some wonderful photojournalism photography from the time on Inchcolm Island. Also coming soon Kim and Fraser from the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh and Linda and Russell from Glenskirlie Castle.

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Before the guests arrived for the reception I stole Chloe and Richard away for some wedding photographs with the car, Tullibole castle and some by the wee bridge over the burn. Many thanks for Chloe and Richard for braving the midges before rejoining their guests.

Photographs from the speeches coming soon, such emotional speeches and not a dry eye in the house. Also coming soon some favourites from Linda and Russell’s wedding at Glenskirlie Castle.

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