Solsgirth House

2016: A year of wedding photography in Scotland

2016 has, quite simply, been off the scale. I spent a good few hours today going through each and every wedding I've photographed this year and I became emotionally involved all over again. I witnessed so much love and laughter and oh so many friendships. I heard beautiful stories about the lives of people I barely knew. I laughed and I cried many times. My heart overwhelmed with emotion. And best of all, I get to stand there and capture those very moments. Because I'm not just a photographer, I'm a human being and it's impossible for your fabulous days not to affect me.

I have been incredibly lucky to have joined so many of you at some of the most beautiful places across Scotland including Kinkell Byre, Kirknewton Stables, Glenfinnan House Hotel, Killearn Village Hall, Ardoch, Aberdour Castle, Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, Pollokshields Burgh Hall, Solsgirth House, Doune Castle and many more.

Thank you so much to all my brides and grooms for letting me into your lives to capture your amazing days, for believing in me and for giving me so much to capture to enable me to tell your stories.

I give you a glimpse of what 2016 looked like from where I was standing.

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Samantha & Kevin, Solsgirth House, Dollar

Solsgirth is such an amazing place, so many nooks and crannies to explore for photo opportunities. Again, this was a harsh sunny day so I found a crumbling wooden shed at the back of the gardens as there was perfect light in the shade, beautiful!

Jayne & Paul's Wedding, Solsgirth House, Scotland

It seems so long ago now that I first met Jayne and Paul when they booked me for a couples photo shoot back in 2012. Who knew that they would go on to get engaged and then have one of the most fabulous weddings of 2015?! Jayne also taught my eldest son how to swim when he was a baby. Small world.

Planning a date for their engagement shoot was almost logistically impossible with Jayne's new job taking her all over the world and Paul continuing his time spent away with the army. But we finally got there, first meeting up at Airth Castle for a coffee and a catch up and then over to Solsgirth House for a good look around. Although, somehow, we ended up back in Glasgow for the actual shoot which you can see here.

I was very excited about Jayne and Paul's wedding, not only because of the venue, but also because Paul was going to be in full military uniform and that there would be a guard of honour complete with swords (which are very heavy by the way as I was allowed to hold one). And I wasn't disappointed, seeing them all in their uniforms just added to the occasion for me. I was also really pleased that Jayne and her bridesmaids headed to Solsgirth House to continue getting ready after a morning spent at Airth Castle. The room at Soslgirth was amazing with so much lovely light pouring through the huge windows!

Whilst I was taking a few photos of the guys making last minute adjustments to their uniforms, there were a few very heavy drops of rain. Thankfully, it held off and Jayne and Paul were able to have an outdoor ceremony.

An utterly fabulous wedding day with so many laughs, great company, some tears and some smart dance moves - and that was just Paul!

Some amazing wedding suppliers worked hard to make this an amazing day, including Suzanne Esper Cakes, Kirsty MacPherson, Goldstar (whose performance of the first dance song was amazing, link to song at bottom), Studio Flowers and Gelato Indulgence, go check 'em out.

Here is a selection of my favourite images from their day, enjoy!

Jayne & Paul's Engagement shoot, Glasgow

I had been looking forward to this shoot for so long. A few years ago, Jayne and Paul had booked me for a couple's shoot, long before they were planning a wedding. So I was really pleased when the day finally came to meet up with them both.

Prior to the shoot, we drove out together to Airth Castle to catch up over a coffee and talk all about the wedding plans. It was so nice to catch up with them again. We also took the opportunity to go and take a look at Solsgirth House together, the venue for their wedding. It's great to look around a venue with the couple as they can let me know their thoughts and what they're seeing and vice versa.

It was soon time to begin the shoot and we decided upon Speirs Wharf in Glasgow, a lovely old mill of some kind beside the canal that has been developed into posh apartments. The only downside is that is was soooo windy! It was really hard to find any kind of shelter, but we managed and we ended up with some lovely images.

At the time of writing this blog, Jayne and Paul are due to get married this coming Friday at Solsgirth House and I cannot wait. Here are some images from the engagement shoot for you all to enjoy!