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It’s been a while since I shared a new album design with you guys, so very pleased today to be putting that right!

Karyn & Mau were married last July at St. Alexander’s Church in Denny before heading up to the fabulous Dunblane Hydro for their reception.

For their album, the guys chose one of Graphistudio’s “Original Wedding Books” with a huge 60 pages. The guys chose the brown oak wood cover (the first time I’d seen this and it looked great), bound in a sage grey maple binding. This was all topped off with my own design for the box with a dark grey scroll design raised and varnished over a sage grey maple box to complement the album binding – who says albums are dead and buried!

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Back at the end of May, I was out on my fifth visit of the year to The Vu, where I’ve probably shot more weddings than anywhere else over the nine years that I’ve been doing this thing called wedding photography, so fair to say I know the place pretty well by now :-). The reason…Chloe & Kyle’s big day :-).

Part of my planning for any wedding is to keep one eye on what the weather’s likely to be doing come the day as, although I’ll always have a plan B in case of rain, some venues, The Vu being one of them, do rely more on being outside than in. So folks, it was with a certain air of trepidation that I set off in the morning with a touch of drizzle in the air albeit thankfully, this had eased by the time we headed down on to the jetty for our bride & groom shoot post ceremony.

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Everyone needs a holiday at some point, even us wedding photographers, and I’m just back from mine and raring to go again with more fabulous weddings to shoot and blog, and today, I’m totally delighted to be sharing with you Lyn & Kevin’s big day that took place at the end of May…yes folks, that gap between the actual date and the blogging date is getting wider!

For once, I had no bridal prep to shoot, so my day began at the very grand Lothian Chambers on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile for the civil ceremony before the short walk up the Mile to the Scotch Whisky Experience for the reception.

I’d shot a few ceremonies before at Lothian Chambers but the Scotch Whiskey Experience was, pardon the pun, a new “experience” for me :-)…and what a fabulously unique venue it is. The jewel in the crown is undoubtedly the Diageo Claive Vidiz Whisky Collection (yes, I got that from the website), housing over 3000 bottles of whisky – honestly, when you walk into the room, you are just dazzled by the amber glow…check out the image above.

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It’s always a measure of how busy I am when the gap between the actual wedding day and the day that I get around to posting on the blog, gets wider and wider :-(.

Laura & Sam’s big day at the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel took place just over two months ago and it was one of those, and anyone familiar with the Loch Lomond area will know what I mean here, typical days weather wise…a touch a rain (on and off), cloud and some sunshine (on and off). Yep, four seasons in one day it almost is :-).

Fortunately, we got the break in the weather I was hoping for just as we arrived down at Luss Pier for our bride & groom shoot…although my own luck ended there as my mobile slipped out of my pocket, through the gaps in the pier and into the murky depths of Loch Lomond whilst lying down on the pier for a few shots…suffice to say it was unrecoverable! 

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Back in the middle of May, I was back at one my local(ish) venues, Glenskirlie Castle, for Stacey & Scott’s big day and boy was I pleased that the mercury level had somewhat risen since we did our pre-wedding shoot back in February as let me tell you guys, it was totally baltic that day!

Although it’s fair to say I know Glenskirlie pretty well now, that doesn’t mean of course that I just run through the same old set of shots each time around, as each and every wedding is different, and each and every couple often bring some of their own ideas for shots that they would like, and naturally I’m more than happy to factor these in throughout the day :-).

And, as a wee bonus, it was great to see the Rev. Liddle turning up to conduct the ceremony…if you’ve ever been to one of his weddings, you’ll know where I’m coming from…if not, well, let’s just say that the ceremony is entertaining to say the least :-). 

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