Louise & Ross Walker at Achnagairn House, near Inverness

Wedding Photography Scotland: Thank you to Louise for writing her wedding blog post for me!!

Ross and I met in school, were friends for a few years then Ross plucked up the courage to ask me out on msn haha (very old school)! I went offline straight away but he must have done enough to impress. Ross had a party when his mum and dad was away we had our first kiss….9 years later we got married :)
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Our photographer was the wonderful Susan Renée. We knew that we wanted Susan to take our pics when we first got engaged and pretty much planned our day around the date she could manage. She is just amazing I was worried as I don’t like to pose for pictures, but she made us both feel relaxed and like celebrities for the day…We are over the moon with our pictures.  Memories to treasure forever!!   Our venue was Achnagairn House, Inverness. We hired the house for the the whole weekend and 62 of our nearest and dearest family and friends stayed with us.  We had to decorate the house on the Friday when we arrived. Our guests arrived later and we had a few drinks and my dad made food for everyone. The wedding was on the Saturday and on the Sunday we had a bbq made by my dad and brother (the bbq kings). Then sadly we had to leave on the monday :(  

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Videographer: orchard studio productions, Cheryl and Steve Lawrence…they just captured the whole day perfectly…here’s a link to our highlight clip.   http://youtu.be/0ijs5EoHMQw

Florist: Our beautiful flowers were done by my friend’s sister, Kimberly Duthie. She knew exactly what I wanted and did it all herself (with a little help from her boyfriend John, who now knows a little bit more about flowers!!) I wanted the flowers to be the main decor. On the lead up to the wedding,  Ross thought that flowers weren’t too much of a big deal…..until he saw the finished article!

Hairdresser: My friend Stephanie did my hair and Jennifer did my adult bridesmaids. My 2 sister in laws did my junior bridesmaids.

Make up artist: ME! I did my own make up as I am a Beauty Therapist.  I also did 4 of my bridesmaids and my mum and Ross’ mum.

The dress: Pronovias, bought from Perfect Bridal in Aberdeen. Shoes: JIMMY CHOOS (of course)

Accessories: Jenny Packham jewellery, Jimmy Choo bag.

Grooms outfit: We bought the groom, best man and the groomsmen’s Daniel Hecktor suits from Slaters in Aberdeen.

Bridesmaids: Adult bridesmaids were from Perfect Bridal in Aberdeen. They looked beautiful in them!!

Fave picture from the day?…..Wowzer!! Verrry hard -  I couldn’t possibly pick as I love every single one!  My fave one of my husband is on the balcony with his jacket off leaning against the wall :)

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I was inspired by Achnagairn House, it is just beautiful. I wanted a classy, elegant but relaxed wedding.  We personalised it by doing mostly everything ourselves. The nature of the house is that it is self catering and its totally yours to do with what you like. So everyone helped with food, flowers, the decor, the order of service….it was a major operation!!

Best part of the day was  walking into the room and seeing Ross at the other end looking back at me, then walking back out together as Mr and Mrs Walker.

My advice for future brides:
Always do what the bride and groom want not any one else.
Don’t lose sight of why you are both getting married….not for the wedding – I know every bride wants their wedding to go perfectly, but it’s about the two of you and your future together as husband and wife.
It will be alright on the night!

We had both a minimoon and a honeymoon. We went away to Cyprus for 10 days the week after the wedding to my auntie’s villa, with my mum and dad.
It was my dads 50th the week after the wedding so we surprised him the day after the wedding and told him we were taking him for his birthday and as a thank you to him and my mum for all their help over the past 2 years with the wedding. In august we went to Las Vegas and Cancun :)

The one thing we never forget about our wedding……..?
Everything!!  We will never forget the whole thing it was so special and happy and everything we could ever wish for and more and we will remember it forever.

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Tara & Dave at Inish Beg, Ireland

Wedding Photography: Just a few miles from the bustling town of Skibereen, tranquility can be found in the form of the unique Irish Beg Estate. It was here I had the pleasure of photographing the marriage of one of my best friends, fellow photographer Tara Donoghue to  her darling beau, David Laing.

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The seamless combination of their Irish and Scottish heritages along with their  wicked sense of humour was evident during their day.

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Tara’s striking Nia O’Mara dress suited her perfectly and was complemented by the blue tones in the David’s kilt, made from the tartan of his family clan. Each bridesmaid wore a beautiful blue gown with a thistle attached, in keeping with the Scottish side of the theme.Tara&Dave-228

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Accompanied by 2-year-old son Cailean, Tara walked gracefully down the aisle of the boathouse to the tune of Ho Hey by The Lumineers. In her hands she held a gorgeous arrangement of blue and yellow wild flowers which fitted in with the day’s natural style. The service was an intimate humanist ceremony and the couple even wrote their own vows, making it completely personal to them. Their funny and heartfelt insights were appreciated by all the guests as they declared their love for each other.

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There was no shortage of stunning visuals around the Estate, and the colours of each dress and kilt seemed to blend effortlessly with the surroundings.

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As it was a self-catering venue, Tara and David enjoyed the freedom to create a unique day personal to them. They achieved this by having the groom cook for all the guests (in between photographs!). Through their choice of dishes, they had combined their heritages creating a perfect and delicious menu. 

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Their hope for the day was that it would be just as fun and enjoyable for the guests as it was for them – something I know they really achieved (I eventually put down the camera, and danced the night away) ! :)  It was wonderful seeing how well everything came together to make a special occasion which can be looked back with pleasure for years to come. Love you both, Tara & Dave!! xxx

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Special thanks to those who made this wedding possible:

 

Videographer – John Foley, Cosmo Video Productions

Flowers – Ann Marie o’ Leary, A New Leaf

Hair – Sharon Lawson

Make-up – Elaine, The Beauty Spot, Skibereen.

Wedding Dress – Nia o Mara (from Gra Mo Chroi Bridal)

Shoes – Irregular Choice (personalised by the bride)

Bridesmaids dresses – The Jersey Maid on Etsy

Headpiece – Carol Kennelly Millinery

Men’s Outfits – Kenny’s Menswear, Ayrshire

Band – Top of the Popz

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Jo & Scott at Fasque House, Fettercairn

Wedding Photography Aberdeen:  Following a romantic Christmas Day proposal in 2012, Jo and Scott Hall were wed last September in St Andrews Chapel at Fasque House, Fettercairn.

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Having run the London Marathon only a few months before, Jo was pleased to be able to relax as she prepared for the day. She knew exactly which style of dress she wanted and looked absolutely radiant in her wonderful Ellis gown and Jimmy Choo shoes.

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 Despite being told the church only fitted 80 people, the helpful ushers ensured all 120 guests fitted in comfortably creating an intimate mood for the ceremony. The quaint church was just one of the many stunning settings to be seen within the gorgeous grounds of Fasque Estate.

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 As a surprise for the couple, Jo’s dad had his friend fly by in his spitfire which added a very memorable touch to the afternoon!

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As they posed happily on Fasque House’s grand staircase, the love shared between Jo and Scott was only too obvious. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, the couple were at ease throughout the day making it a simple task to capture beautiful photographs of their first day as a married couple.

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 Jo, Scott and their wedding guests danced the night away to Splash, who delivered an excellent performance which got everyone dancing. In the run up to the day, the band had also recorded the first dance (Elbow – One Day Like This) and sent it to the couple so they could practise their moves – lovely!

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Many thanks to everyone who made this day possible, including:

Hair – Carlanne Easterlow

Make-up – Emma Jane

Wedding Dress – Ellis (from Perfect Bridal)

Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Monsoon

Flower girl’s dress – John Lewis

Cake – Catherine ward

Band – Splash

Cocktail bar – 10 Dollar Shake

Flowers – Pat Kennedy

Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Stationary – Vivi Paperie

Men’s Outfits – Georgian Dress Hire, Aberdeen

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Rococo String Quartet

Portsoy Ice Cream

 

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