Plane Enchanting:
An Intimate Wedding in Stirlingshire

Every once in a while, I get asked to photograph a wedding that’s just a little bit different from the norm, in a good way of course. Today was such a day as I found myself not too far from home shooting Kristi & Justin’s wedding at Plane Castle. Kristi & Justin are from Canada; Onatario to be precise, and they came all the way over with their families to celebrate their wedding day in the rustic surroundings of Stirlingshire – a little different from Canada I would guess!

Although I’d heard of Plane Castle, this was the first time I’d ever shot a wedding there. The castle was built in 1449 but had been in ruins for many years before being restored in the 1990’s to it’s present state. For a photographer, it’s a fantastic place to shoot, full of old world charm, cubby holes, old brickwork etc etc and yes, it has that “castle” aroma as well!

What I loved about today was the easy going way in which the day was celebrated. For once, no master of ceremonies chasing me to see when I would be finished with the bride & groom; no waiting for an hour while the room was turned round for the evening dancing; no set timetable to follow – just a very laid back atmosphere in the company of some fantastic people. Kristi can explain it better:

“We found just what we were looking for when we stumbled across Plane Castle for our wedding in Scotland: plenty of nooks and crannies, a beautiful property and space enough for the whole family to stay. The wedding itself was surprisingly relaxed, especially since everything was planned through e-mails from our home in Canada. It helped that all of our guests pitched in to make sure it all ran smoothly.

Mike was definitely the right photographer for our big day. He was able to capture the laid back atmosphere of the wedding and took some stunning shots through the day. These photos captured the essence of the day and our new life together perfectly. Mike was friendly, helpful, flexible, professional, and “value added” for our wedding.”

Guys, many thanks for the kind words and for choosing me to shoot your wedding day. Here’s a few of my favourite images from your fantastic day.

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  • Bonnie CerettiNovember 9, 2012 - 1:56 pm

    thank you thank you. I couldn’t be there but this is fantastic to see photos so quickly. You are the best.ReplyCancel

  • Karen McCaddenNovember 9, 2012 - 3:36 pm

    Beautiful pictures Justin and Kristi! Wish we could have been there! Can’t wait to see the rest.ReplyCancel

  • Laura CheerNovember 9, 2012 - 4:10 pm


  • Jack SobleNovember 13, 2012 - 3:34 pm

    Mike you did a fantastic job on the pictures and the wedding was truly amazing (Says the brides father)!ReplyCancel

  • Carl PikeDecember 6, 2012 - 4:22 am

    Justin and Kristi you picked a photographer who really knows what he’s doing.
    Those pictures are so professionally well done that it’s difficult to find enough superlatives.

  • Gwendolynn WalshMay 5, 2013 - 7:54 pm

    So precious; I was smiling whilst trying to actually see the photos through my tears! Sending love to Justin and Kristi <3.ReplyCancel

  • Mike Cook PhotographyNovember 12, 2012 - 11:25 am

    Hi Bonnie, thanks for your comment. I always try and put a few images up on the blog quickly as I know everyone is very keen to see something and 2-3 weeks is a long time to wait without anything at all.ReplyCancel

  • Mike Cook PhotographyNovember 12, 2012 - 11:26 am

    Hi Karen, thanks for your comment, much appreciated. Should have everything ready in about 2-3 weeks.ReplyCancel

  • Mike Cook PhotographyNovember 12, 2012 - 11:26 am

    Thanks Laura, appreciate you taking the time to comment.ReplyCancel

  • Jim EnnisNovember 13, 2012 - 4:14 pm

    Better get some Velcro to replace all those buttons you have been popping off your shirts lately. Great pics.ReplyCancel

  • Mike Cook PhotographyNovember 13, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    Thanks Jack, appreciate you taking the time to comment – it was a great day wasn’t it and one I really enjoyed photographing.ReplyCancel

  • Stefan CampbellDecember 6, 2012 - 5:02 am

    I agree whole-heartedly with Carl’s statement. In fact, I would like to echo it, mainly because I want to use the word ‘superlative’.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila CaldwellDecember 6, 2012 - 10:48 am

    VERY TRUEReplyCancel

  • Janet FradshamDecember 6, 2012 - 12:55 pm

    OMG Carl the pictures are beautiful. What a great wedding day!ReplyCancel

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