On a crisp Saturday in Glasgow last Spring, Kelly and Richie showed us THE perfect example of a DIY wedding done right: jam-packed with styling inspo and personal touches, whilst being one of the most relaxed days we’ve ever witnessed.

Pollokshields Burgh Hall is tucked away in a leafy suburb in the Southside of Glasgow. It’s a Victorian-style beauty of a building with stunning, stained-glass windows throughout and yet is also the ideal blank canvas to flex your creative muscles. When we arrived that morning, everyone was mucking in to get the place looking amazing (including the bride and groom!) while Julie of ‘A Curious Arrangement‘ was busily creating some floral magic in the background.

Breaking from tradition, Kelly and Richie decided to have a first look and a wee wander together pre-ceremony (giving them loads more time with friends and family later in the day, genius!) Kelly looked awesome in her Phase Eight dress, complimented by her mum’s vintage leather jacket (complete with original pins!) and the best bridal shoes we’ve ever seen! It was a joy to share this time with the soon-to-be-weds and capture some tender moments before the wedding day mayhem truly kicked off. We also bumped into their lovely humanist David Smith at the nearby train station – I think for a moment he thought they were trying to flee the scene. They honestly weren’t…

With an excited crowd now gathered in the hall, the ceremony kicked off with the flower girls and bridesmaids bursting into the room to ‘Here Come The Girls’. Kelly then made her grand entrance to the theme from Harry Potter with both her father and stepfather walking her down the aisle – a special moment in a day that was filled with them. As the day went on, we learned more about this wonderful couple and heard emotional stories from friends and family that just made us swoon over them even more, so we couldn’t help but steal Kelly and Richie to capture some final precious moments alone after dinner.

After joining in with a suitably wild dance floor, it was time for us to say goodnight. But we left the celebrations with our heads full of inspiration for our own big day which was only 4 weeks away (Martyna decided to paint her nails black after seeing Kelly’s!) These two made friends, family and fun the priority on their wedding day – something that all other couples should keep in mind during the mayhem that is the planning process! Kelly and Richie: you guys nailed it.

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Glasgow, Scotland. April 2018.

 

SUPPLIERS //

Dress – Phase Eight

Kilts – Kilts4U

Flowers – A Curious Arrangement

Band – The Invitations

Make-Up/Hair – Pinups Hair & Make-up

Celebrant – David Smith (Humanist Society Scotland)

Catering – Nosh

Bundt Cakes made by Kelly’s sister!

I’m pretty sure we’ve written this countless times on our blog and across social media platforms over the years, but there is just ‘something’ special about Crear. It is one of the most remote wedding venues in Scotland, perched way out west on the coast of Argyll and Bute. On a clear day you can see for miles, far beyond the Paps of Jura that rise up majestically from the sea, but even on a mistier, moodier day (like this one) it has an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the country.

Lisa and Chris’ Crear wedding was easily one of our highlights of 2018. Their day had everything that you hope for in a wedding. It was mega-romantic, fun, relaxed, a little bit wild, filled with laughter and happy tears, had amazing food… and there was a lovely wee dog whose hair Martyna braided while we were having a break.

As soon as we arrived that morning we could tell this was going to be something special. From the sweet moments exchanging gifts during bridal prep to an impromptu (but very tastefully done) topless photoshoot with the boys – the tone for the day had been set!

It was easy to see how loved these two are, with guests crossing land and sea to this faraway place to celebrate with them. Lisa and Chris’ kindness and warmth is so obvious too, with lots of family and friends included in the ceremony and throughout the day’s events. The ceremony was a cracker, and was held in the dreamy, minimalist interior of Crear and was performed by one of our favourite Humanist celebrants, Annie Loughlin – the loveliest lady you’ll ever meet.

As soon as the ceremony was finished, it was time for the ‘wild’ side of the day to appear… Lisa quickly changed into a pair of Converse – which by the way looked perfect with her stunning Daughters of Simone dress – and loaded her brand new husband (and us) into a Landrover Defender and headed for the beach. We wandered along the sand together, with the sun reflecting from the water bathing the newlyweds in an almost silvery, Spring light. We could’ve stayed out photographing this stylish pair for hours, but after stealing a few more minutes with them, we jogged back to the Landrover and made our way back to Crear for the fun to really begin.

The rest of the day was filled with more memorable moments, including Lisa and Chris opting not to cut their cake, but instead to share it with two birthday-girl guests; some brilliant, poignant speeches, catching up with the boys as they disappeared for a celebratory cigar, and of course one of the wildest dancefloors we’ve ever seen.

We hope you enjoy this wedding story as much as we enjoyed putting it together… even though it was almost impossible to keep it to the maximum 250 images! A massive THANK YOU to Lisa and Chris for letting us be a tiny part of this amazing day. We’ll never forget it.

P.S – HAPPY FIRST ANNIVERSARY GUYS 🙂

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Crear, Scotland, April 2018.

 

SUPPLIER LOVE:

Band: Sonix
Flowers: Crear Flowers
Cake: M&S
Boys’ Suits: Moss Bros
Hair: Louise at Salon 66
Piper: Iain Campbell
Celebrant: Annie Loughlin

 

With the 2019 season about to get into full swing, we’ve been reflecting on some of our favourite moments from the past year. We were so lucky to have been part of lots of Isle of Skye wedding photography stories in 2018, but Steph and Alex’s magical Fairy Glen elopement back in March is one that we keep coming back to.

The Isle of Skye features some of the most stunning and diverse landscape anywhere in Europe, and it’s somewhere we never get tired of exploring for elopements and weddings. With its ever-changing colour palette and unpredictable weather conditions (to say the least!) it’s a place that is impossible to tire of as photographers.

Steph and Alex travelled all the way from California to tie the knot on the Misty Isle, with their respective siblings Mike and Mariah on hand to be part of this Highland celebration. Steph had created a bouquet of wild flowers foraged from the surrounding area and looked incredible in her vintage, long sleeve dress; while Alex’s super-stylish tweed jacket/jumper combo was complimented perfectly by a tie hand-knitted by his bride-t0-be.

After a chilled morning, we headed for the otherworldly surroundings of the Fairy Glen. The weather had been calm and mild until halfway through the intimate and emotional ceremony, when a flash blizzard of snow and hail added a dramatic edge to proceedings! Once we gingerly descended back down the hobbit-like hills of the glen, Steph and Alex took some time to exchange letters written to them by each other’s family – a tender moment that was made even more poignant by a very sweet, curious robin who sat right next to the newlyweds for the entire time they read these messages from across the pond. Steph later told us that she’d felt the presence of her grandparents in the robin’s visit – there was definitely ‘something’ about that wee guy! (See how many photos you can spot him sneaking his way into!)

A quick stop-off for tea and scones later, and it was back on the road to visit a couple of our favourite spots in the North of the island before the sun began to set on this adventure. It was tough to say goodbye to these guys, but we’re so honoured that we got to play a tiny part in such an amazing day and have kept in touch ever since. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two and wish them nothing but happiness and lots more adventures!

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Isle of Skye, Scotland. March 2018.

 

We’re so chuffed to finally share the story of one of our favourite weddings ever! As much as we enjoy capturing weddings and elopements ‘out in the wild’, we absolutely LOVE documenting urban wedding stories – especially when they are as brilliant as this one!

Annie-May and Alex’s day at the super-stylish Town Hall Hotel in East London had the lot: friends and family from all over the world, full of emotion, dreamy decor, a wild dancefloor and (what felt like) an epic journey to the ceremony for the boys…

It was a mixed start to the day – relaxing and beautifying for the girls, heavy rain and beers on the tube for the boys… But from the moment the ceremony began, it was perfect – with the closing Maori reading (celebrating Annie-May’s Kiwi roots) being a particularly emotional highlight.

With SO many details, killer styling and so much stunning architecture and design to photograph, it would’ve been easy to forget about the stars of the show, but Annie-May and Alex have that effortless connection that just draws you in. Capturing some relaxed, intimate moments with them was a total pleasure.

As the day went on, we could see that this was going to turn into one seriously wild party. And right on cue, as soon as the doors slid open to reveal the newlyweds standing in front of their band ready to kick-off, the crowd went crazy and the dancefloor was instantly full!

As we wandered home with the sounds of the party carrying all the way down the street and long into the night, we could hardly keep the smiles off our faces. This had been one for the ages. A perfect day and night.

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Town Hall Hotel, East London. September 2017.

 

Alexandra and Chris’ Isle of Skye elopement was the perfect example of why we feel so incredibly lucky to do this crazy job. Two beautiful souls, madly in love, who travelled halfway around the world to be married in the moody, misty Scottish Highlands. Capturing this wedding story was one of the ‘easiest’ jobs we’ve ever had.

It was a wet and windy morning when we travelled to meet Alex, Chris and their two lovely pals in Portree on the morning of the wedding. Their harbour-side apartment was the perfect spot to watch Skye’s notoriously changeable weather as a front moved in from the Sound of Raasay. Despite the stormy weather, there was a sense of calm indoors as vows were written and final preparations made.

We arrived at the Fairy Glen and waited for the storm to pass. When we eventually climbed to the top we were greeted by a stunning lush, carpet of greenery, with much of the area covered by a blanket of ferns. We chose a secluded glen for the ceremony with nothing but the sound of the occasional sheep’s “BAAAA” to break the silence. Their friend Matthew performed a short ceremony that was filled with emotion, his wife Liz gave a beautiful reading, and their were plenty of tears as Chris and Alex read their personal vows to each other. It was perfect.

After the ceremony we took the newlyweds to explore the area, with Alex being one of the bravest brides we’ve ever worked with. She insisted we climbed to top of Castle Ewen, despite the storm threatening to throw us all from the top… Totally worth it. We then took a wander at the Quiraing which was perfectly deserted, where the guys celebrated getting hitched with one of the most epic high 5’s ever caught on camera!

We ended our day together at Staffin beach. As the tide moved in we had to run along to a quiet section hidden in the rocks to capture some final moments with Alex and Chris. Realistically we could’ve called it a day when we saw the tide was in, but it’s so hard to stop when you’re working with folks like these two!

We couldn’t take the smiles off our faces when putting this blog together. One of our favourite Skye trips ever. One of our favourite couples ever. Alexandra and Chris, thank you!

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Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye, September 2017.