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Thainstone House Wedding Photography K & I 29.12.23

Hannah & pawel pre wedding at the christmas market
December 2023

I met up recently with Hannah & Pawel, ahead of their Ardoe House wedding in April 2024.   They both share a love for everything christmas, so decided Aberdeen Christmas Market, would be the perfect place to do their pre wedding photoshoot.  I absolutely loved spending some time with  Hannah & Pawel, hearing about all their wedding plans for spring 2024.  Having photographed many weddings, around Marischal College before, there are so many nice wee spots around the city centre to create some brilliant photograph’s.  I really am looking forward to celebrating with this sweet couple in a few months time.  Roll on spring!!

 

Bridal wear photoshoot, raemoir house march 2024

Back in March, I had the pleasure of working alongside some local wedding supplier’s for a yearly bridalwear photoshoot.         I do enjoy these styled/bridalwear photo sessions, as it allows us wedding photographers some creative downtime, before wedding season is in full swing.  I love to collaborate with other local vendors, as it allows everyone to experiment, showcase and practice new skills or services of our wedding businesses.  What I enjoy is slowing everything right down, to evolve my creative side, to experiment with new equipment, lighting techniques, posing but above all to have fun and work with other vendors.  Limara from Lillia Bridal, had some stunning new wedding dresses to showcase. 

Venue Raemoir House, Banchory.  Hair & Make up by Chelsee Kate at Occasion Hair & Make up by CK .  Bridal wear by Lillia Bridal.  Flowers by Angelksilk weddings.  NIcola Buchan to model.

 

Fiona & Nick borrowdale house, arisaig a beatiful west coast scotland autumnal wedding November 2023

the most perfect day

Fiona & Nick at Borrowdale House, Arisaig.  Wow, what a day this was!!  I could not have asked for a more beautiful November day for an outside ceremony.   Although, I am based around Aberdeen city, and the shire this was my first time photographing a wedding near Mallaig, which passes the nearby Glenfinnan Viaduct, on the West Coast of Scotland.  The scenery was breathtaking, with the golds, ambers and orange colours of late Autumn.  It truly was the perfect day. 

Fiona & Nick, married on the grounds outside Borrowdale a charming, spacious house which is steeped in history dating back to the Jacobites.  This was a realxed, intimate ceremony with close family & friends.  As much of a buzz i get out of photographing much larger weddings, there is something nice and laidback about the smaller ones that make everything that much more personal & I love that.

After some family photograph’s, it was time to head down to the nearest beach for some dramactic landscape photograph’s with Fiona & Nick.  Later, the party really started with nearly 100 close friends, and family joining for the wedding marquee reception.  After some brilliant speeches and BBQ style dinner, it was time to party the night away.  Drinks were certainly flowing.

Beth & Matthew pittodrie house june 2023

Beth & matthew potarch pre wedding May2023

I met up recently with Beth & Matthew, ahead of their wedding at Pittodrie House in June.  After weeks of rainy weather, we finally were able to meet up in person, for their pre wedding photo session.  Both keen cyclists of Deeside, they chose Potarch Bridge as a backdrop for photograph’s.  A stunning place indeed right on the picturesque River Dee. 

Rainy may day wedding at crathes castle rachel & Hiroki May 2023

A beautiful intimate wedding ceremony surrounded by close family and friends.  Get your wellies and umbrellas at the ready.

Rachel and Hiroki, travelled all the way from Tokyo, Japan to get married at the magical Crathes Castle, and Walled Gardens.   The pouring rain, did not stop us, creating some beautiful wedding photograph’s. We embraced the weather and had the brollies, at the ready.  Although it poured all day these two, were so up for it.  The rainy weather made for some atmospheric photograph’s with the Castle as a backdrop.  After all, they say its good luck if it rains on your wedding day.

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Danielle & devon's dunnottar pre wedding FEB 2023

Last week, I met up with Danielle and Devon at Dunnottar Castle, ahead of their Brewdog DogTap wedding in Ellon at the beginning of August.  It was their first time to North East Scotland, so decided that Dunnottar would be the best choice for their pre wedding photoshoot.  It was a brisk, chilly, February day and the first time visiting the castle for these two so both were really excited and happy to finally visit.  I am really looking forward to their wedding later in the year, the venue is colourful, quirky and out of the ordinary, it will be very unique and exciting to photograph a wedding at the beer brewery.

Winter Wedding February 2023 raemoir house
monica & Graeme

New year and were off!!  The first wedding of 2023 and what a beautiful one it was.  The first of many for the year ahead, and I am excited to show you some beautiful photo’s from this wedding.   I had a fantastic start to the new year, earlier this month for the wedding of Monica and Graeme.  The morning started with bridal and groom prep, in Raemoir’s brand newly refurbished bridal prep room.  The wedding ceremony was relaxed and informal, not long after the marriage vows had been made it was straight onto drinks and canapes.  The prosecco flowed with everyone up for a good party.   The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, we even managed a confetti throw outside in February.   From the fun and love in the ceremony to the guests tears and laughter during speeches, this was a perfect wedding day to kick off 2023. 

Monica and Graeme congratulations to you both, it was a joy to photograph your special day. 

Raemoir House Wedding

Autumn wedding at gordon castle

The most perfect relaxed day, from start to finish.  Lyuba and Ian, married at the beautiful Gordon Castle near Fochabers in Moray.  We had a bright, crisp, Autumnal day and the estate looked spectacular in all the fall colours.  Here are just a few of my favorite’s from Lyuba’s and Ian’s wedding day.  Congratulations.

atmospheric Dunnottar. monica & Graeme pre wedd.

I met up with Monica and Graeme, ahead of their Raemoir House Winter wedding, at the breathtakingly beautiful Dunnottar Castle.  It certainly was a very foggy and wet one.

Dunnottar perched atop sheer cliffs on three sides by the North sea, slowly revealed itself through the sea haar, which made for some really atmospheric, dramatic photo’s. 

Although we couldn’t see the castle on arrival due to the thick fog, we just went for it.

Well done guys, for braving the very wet weather.  Absolutely loving these photograph’s, looking forward to photographing your special day next year.

A Bright & Breezy Cullen Bay Pre Wedding

This spectacular coastal walk, with sandy Cullen bay, harbour, caves and the incredible natural rock formation of Bow Fiddle Rock was my backdrop for this fantastic pre wedding photoshoot with Lyuba and Ian.  It was an absolute joy to capture these  ahead of their Autumn, Gordon Castle Wedding in Fochabers.

A few of my favourites, good luck guys on your wedding day.

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ewelina & james/marischal college

On the warmest day of summer, I had the pleasure of photographing Ewelina & James special day in the heart of Aberdeen.

Ewelina & James choose to tie the knot at Marischal College in a small, intimate ceremony with their closest of friends present, making this one of the most relaxed ceremonies I have had the pleasure of photographing.

We took advantage of the abundant warm sunshine with some fantastic shots above Marischal Square and the majestic architecture of Marischal College glistening in the background.  It was the perfect day!

Shade was certainly most welcome that day and to escape the heat we set off to Johnstone Gardens, one of Aberdeen’s hidden gems.  Celebrations continued later at Malmaison Hotel.

Congratulations to you both.

The back of the dress shot

Why is it important to get those amazing, back of the dress photograph’s

Gems, Elaborate trains, sequins whether your dress is traditional or modern, each detail deserves attention.  If you have opted for a dramatic train/veil then you’ll most definitely want to show it off.  Afterall the wedding dress has become an iconic piece of clothing.

Brides to be, your dress will be one of the most special items you’ll ever wear…you’ll wear it once so lets show it off.

The end of the wedding dress is called the train, basically it’s a large piece of fabric that extends along the back of the dress and onto the floor.  The wedding dress train can really transform your look of your dress, and give you that undoubtedly stunning bridal back of the dress or over the shoulder full length photograph.  I think it is great to have this photograph in your album, so I will always ensure this shot is captured beautifully. 

Larger wedding dress trains, such as a chapel and cathedral are considered more formal and majestic.  Detachable trains can be any length, typically fastened to the skirt with buttons or hooks, making them easy to remove during the evening reception for dancing like ceilidh dances.

Instead of turning your back to the camera, angle yourself with a demure glance over the shoulder to add dimension and highlight both your bouquet and your profile.

Henrietta & Rob, Ardoe House summer wedding

Back in July, I photographed the wedding of Henrietta and Robert.  It was great to be back at Marischal College, situated right in the city centre makes a perfect backdrop for couple photographs.  Heni and Rob had a smaller intimate ceremony, with close family and friends.  Henrietta wore a stunning dress by Pronovias.

After a rainy start, the weather finally cleared, so we managed to take photo’s at Greyfriars church, Provest Skene house and the Leopard sculpture inside Marischal Sqaure.  Celebrations continued at Ardoe House hotel, with a second Hungarian blessing ceremony, which was so unique and special to photograph.  

After dinner and speeches, we took a wonder around the grounds of Ardoe House, and took advantage of the late evening sunshine. 

Congratulations Heni and Rob, it was a joy to capture your wedding day.

Italian wedding photography workshop

I am just back from spending the most incredible week training at Graphistuidio’s Castello Ceconi, high in the Italian Dolomites.  Situated 90 minutes from Venice, in a remote part of North East Italy is the breathtakingly beautiful Castello Ceconi, where some of the top wedding photographers are trained.  This wedding photography workshop was hosted by Chris Chambers, an award winning wedding and landscape photographer.

The week was very full on with our bride and groom, models.  We even took a visit to Graphistudio’s headquarters and  factory to see how the world’s top wedding album supplier handcraft’s and prints its wedding albums which was a fantastic experience.  This was by far the best wedding photography workshop I have done in my time, I am looking forward to the Paris workshop later this year.

Between photographing weddings, these workshops are vital to further improve my skills to be even more creative.  Use of new lighting techniques, off camera flash, gaining more knowledge to create more meaningful wedding photographs.  See below just a few of my favourite photographs from the wedding workshop.

WHAT TO WEAR FOR YOUR PRE WEDDING PHOTOSHOOT AND WEDDING DAY SMART, CASUAL, COORDINATE AND COMPLIMENT.

I always encourage my couples to think of a pre wedding photoshoot, as a trial run before your big day.  Think of it as your last date before you officially get married.

I understand that most of us are not professional models, who know just what to do as soon as the camera shutter goes.  But the idea of a pre wedding photoshoot, which is included in both my packages, is designed to help you feel comfortable, so comfortable in fact that on the day you may even forget I am taking photographs.  But overall, I want the love and chemistry to shine through in my photographs, so just relax and do what comes natural between you both.

Always be yourself, do what makes you feel you and above all put comfort before style and pick good footwear for wherever you decide for your pre wedding photoshoot.

Footwear

What you pick to wear on your feet, can really go along way to ensure you have a fun pre wedding photoshoot.  I’d advise against picking up a new pair of shoes, as they could act up during a long photo session.  If you have high heels by all means wear them, choose ones that don’t sink into the grass.  Have a pair of comfortable sandals, sneakers that you may decide to change into.  Brides to be take flats for the evening dancing.

Style

Obviously you want to look your best and ooze style, but I encourage to pick comfort before style.  Having an outfit that is flimsy, tight the discomfort will reflect on your expression, the same said for having sore feet.  Nothing worse in my opinion.  Be prepared for some creative posing, maybe lying down, sitting, spinning or jumping could be involved.  Be relaxed and confident, own that confidence it will show in your photo’s

 

Coordinate and compliment

Colour and balance, no large prints or logos and keep the colours solid.  Have a talk beforehand with your partner, discuss what your are both going to wear.  If wearing jeans/trousers avoid having your mobile in your pocket as it can be very noticeable in photo’s.  I recommend a solid colour that will compliment your skin-tone and sense of style.

Grooms ensure your button holes are straight, kilt shoe laces and socks done correctly and make sure collars/cravats are smart and tidy.  Sporran’s are they sitting straight, you want to look your best especially for formal/group photograph’s.  Your kilt should be sitting at knee height, triple check that you have everything to complete your outfit.

My Top 10 pre wedding photoshoot locations

Duthie park Winter Gardens

Balmedie Beach

Dunnottar Castle

Castle Fraser & walled Gardens

Johnstone Gardens

Drum Castle Woods

Cullen Beach Bow Fiddle 

Fittie Aberdeen Beach

Old Aberdeen 

Cruden Bay & Slains