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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