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Second blog post of the day and, this time around, I’m delighted to be sharing a new album design from Lynsey & Chris’ wedding at Airth Castle back in September last year.

For their album, the guys chose one of Graphistudio’s “Original Wedding Books”  with 50 pages and opted for the popular “crystal glance” cover with the beautiful grey woven spine. This was all topped off by a complementing design box in grey linen with raised varnish overprinting :-).

A lot of work goes into the designing and preparation of an album prior to it being sent off for printing. All in, I can easily spend around a day and a half with the selection of the images, the initial design, making any changes the couple want and then finally, what I call my “signature” editing process on all the pictures contained within the album to make them look their absolute best for printing.

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Another wedding from the end of last year today folks, and I’m now into December which is usually quite a popular month for weddings…indeed, I got married myself in December – I guess the appeal of Christmas weddings and snow and stuff like that just adds that extra dimension to what is already going to be a fabulous day :-).

My first wedding of four in the month took me back to a venue that I’ve shot at quite a few times now, the Lynnhurst Hotel in Johnstone. Not sure why I’ve done so many weddings here, as it’s not exactly on my doorstep but I guess, in this day and age, with the power of the web and all that, once you shoot a wedding at a venue and blog it, then other couples find you by searching..and from there it snowballs!

Ashleigh and Gary’s big day was one of those beautiful crisp late autumn days, but freezing cold with it but fair play to the guys for not only getting outside, as is usual, during the day, but also after dinner in the dark..and let me tell you, the temperature had plummeted by then….brrr! I hope you agree though that the pictures were worth it :-).

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  • Ann CostelloFebruary 23, 2017 - 5:54 pm

    Absolutely stunnig photograpy ReplyCancel

Onwards with blogging the remainder of last years weddings and, mid November, I found myself back at Glenskirlie Castle where, along with venues such as The Vu and Glenbervie House, I’ve probably shot at more than anywhere and, with it being only 10 mins drive away, home in plenty of time for Match of the Day :-).

I’d already met Nikki and Paul a couple of times before the day, initially when they came to my home studio to chat (and subsequently book) and also on their pre-wedding shoot in Loch Lomond in the summer, so I knew the wedding day was going to be fabulous, and so it was :-).

I’m a bit partial to weddings in autumn as, given that the light fades early, it gives you the chance to get a great mix of daylight shots before dinner, and then a few more “dramatic” shots after dark…and those of you that follow my blog will know I do love a dramatic night shot! My middle name should be “flashgun!” – there, I’ve started something now…

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It’s been a little while since I did a pre-wedding shoot, late last summer I think :-), but last weekend I was out and about at a place where I’ve been a few times now, Beecraigs Country Park, for Stacey & Scott’s shoot. The guys brought their boys along with them so was great to get a few family shots as well as the usual “bride and groom to be” shots.

But, let me tell you guys, it was freezing…”baltic” as they say in these parts! So, hats off to the guys for braving the conditions and, as I said to them at the time, the pictures will look a lot warmer than they felt :-).

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Continuing with my quest to blog all the remaining weddings from last year, today, I’m delighted to be sharing with you one totally fabulous wedding from back in November, namely Natalie & Robbie’s big day at a venue I’ve been to quite a few times now, Houstoun House.

Wedding days are, by nature, full of surprises and those little unscripted moments that you just want to capture. And boy, there certainly was an unscripted moment this time around as I found out when, just by chance, during the wedding breakfast, (a time when I usually take a break), I returned to the room to collect a light-stand, only to find all the guests singing and waving napkins in the air – yes guys, the singing waiters had made an appearance! I quickly grabbed my camera and started shooting :-). Needless to say, neither Natalie or Robbie knew anything about this, so I naturally was none the wiser too – thank my lucky stars for returning to the room!

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