Before April 2019 I had only visited Scotland once before, a lovely long weekend away to Edinburgh with my husband, so when an old friend of mine asked me if I would photograph her wedding in beautiful Pitlochry I jumped at the chance!
I used to work with Jeni when her and Peter lived in York, and Jeni contacted me when her and Peter got engaged to ask if I would photograph their engagement shoot for them – yes absolutely!
We decided to visit a quiet public footpath along the River Foss just round the corner from where Jeni and Peter lived at the time, which led onto an open field, perfect for them to bring along their dog as well. We spent about an hour here practising some typical ‘poses’ that I ask my wedding couples to do, along with some lovely photographs of them with their dog as well.
Their wedding day soon came around, and The Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry, Scotland was host for their special day so myself and my second shooter (my husband on this occasion) decided to take advantage of the Easter weekend and made a long weekend of it, and wow what amazing weather we had, and the drive up to Pitclochry was absolutely stunning! We went to explore the venue and church on arrival, picking out the best spots for photographs on the wedding day.
I met with Jeni and her really chilled out bridal party in their hotel room on the morning of the wedding to photograph the finer details such as bouquet, jewellery and having their hair and make up done. I love photographing the bridal preparations, the hustle and bustle and it gives me a chance to get to know the bridal party and normally parents as well at this point. I also love the chance for some creative photographs with the jewellery and bouquet, little details that maybe won’t be remembered as well as other things such as the dress, so I like to make sure that I photograph very detail as well.
I also took the opportunity to photograph Peter and his groomsmen before making their way down to the church, just a short walk down the hill from the venue where my second shooter was waiting for them and ready to photograph the guests arriving for the wedding ceremony.
Jeni and her dad arrived to the church in an elegant horse and carriage, which then proceeded to take her and her new husband around the village of Pitlochry before making their way to join their guests back at Atholl Palace for the wedding reception.
We took full advantage of the weather and the beautiful grounds for the couple’s requested group photographs and newlywed photographs before heading into a separate part of the hotel for their wedding breakfast and reception party, which hosted a band and traditional Scottish Ceilidh dancing – an absolutely fantastic atmosphere and perfect way to end such a fabulous wedding day.