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A few weeks ago I was off to the Dean Park Hotel in Kirkcaldy for the wedding of another of my Transatlantic couples, Andrew and Jessica. Having only spoken via email we had met up on the Wednesday before their wedding to squeeze in a pre-wedding session and discuss their wedding over a coffee.

With no bridal prep to shoot I met up with Andrew and his best man at the bar, Andrew is originally from Kirkcaldy but now lives and works out in the United States and with so many guests making the trip over to Scotland this wedding still managed to maintain a traditional Scottish feel with pipers, kilts, a quaich wedding tradition and, of course, ceilidh dancing.

Andrew and Jessica also hired the Photo Booth for their evening reception and it was a huge hit with all the wedding guests.

A lovely small wedding, a brilliant couple with plenty of fun, laughs and smiles all round, and did I mention the sweetie table that was situated right next to the photo booth at the reception, they obviously knew me well!

Below is a selection of photographs from their special day.

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A few weeks ago it was the turn of Andrew and Jessica to have their pre-wedding/engagement photo session. Another couple who flew in from the United States to get married in Scotland, so again we left it until a few days before their wedding at the Dean Park Hotel to arrange the session.

Andrew is from Fife originally and they both liked the idea of having their photo shoot in St Andrews, so we spent a couple of hours walking around chatting and discussing the details of their wedding while I took some photos.

Below are a few of the shots we made on the day.

Early June saw me photography Sam and Laura’s St Andrews wedding. The ceremony took place in Holy Trinity Church, in the centre of the town, also know as the Town Church, then the reception was held at St Andrews Golf Club, overlooking the world famous 18th Green of the Old Course.

Laura is originally from St Andrews but both Sam and Laura now live in the United States and had flown in a week before their big day and a lot was packed into that week, including, but not limited too, a pre-wedding photo session, a stag and a hen night a human sized chicken and a live size cut-out of wonder woman!

The day started out with the bride and her bridesmaids at Laura’s mothers home, before moving on to the guys at their house then on to the church. After the ceremony the guests were piped through the town down to the St Andrews Golf Club for the reception by St Andrews Piper, Paul Webster. With a large number of the guests being from the United States this was something what was loved by all.

Weather wise we couldn’t have asked for a better day, the sun was shining and the wind was calm, a beautiful day to have a St Andrews Wedding.

Scottish and North American cultures came together to create a fantastic fun and entertaining wedding although I can’t say how many of the guest understood the Address to the Haggis!

Below you can see a selection from Sam and Laura’s beautiful St Andrews Wedding, and I’ll leave you with a few words from Laura herself:

“Huge, HUGE thanks all of your hard work and for making our wedding day fun, relaxed and filled with laughs!
The photos are absolutely fantastic! I just love looking at all the pictures, it went by in such a blur that there were so many things that I forgot that the pictures reminded me of. Really great, everyone is raving about you.”

  • catherine kelly - lovely to get up close and personal with the couple before the wedding Stuart and to share the reception. They must be very happy with there album.

Tuesday evening saw me out and about in St Andrews for Sam and Laura’s engagement session. Sam and Laura are getting married at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday, I try to organise the pre-wedding shoot a few months prior to your wedding date, but as both Sam and Laura live overseas it just wasn’t practical to have it sooner.

Laura is originally from St Andrews and we spent a couple of hours wandering round showing Sam the place, discussing the details of their wedding and making some photos of them in various parts of the town.

Below is a selection of photos from the day, please feel free to comment below and share with friends and family.

Next up in my series of posts on photographing the details at weddings, this time we’re on to the wedding dress.

The dress is an integral part of the day, brides spend a huge amount of time choosing the perfect wedding dress for them, and the dress is one detail of the day that I like to capture several ways throughout the wedding, starting with the dress on it’s own before the bride puts it on, this allows me to be a little creative sometimes photographing the dress in its own setting or staging it in a way that some of the day is caught in the background.

The next stage is generally the tying up or buttoning up of the dress, a key moment that can include the bridesmaids and mother of the bride. This is then closely followed by the father of the bride seeing his daughter in her dress for the first time and as you can imagine this can be quite an emotional moment.

Finally, for the dress, I like to set aside some time to take a few bridal portraits at some point of the day. Below is a selection of wedding dress photos from my recent weddings including shots from all the key moments of the wedding day.

Continuing on from last week, in the series of photographing the details at weddings this week I’m moving on to the flowers. Now while the dresses at the majority of weddings tend to be some shade of white or cream, the flowers on the other hand come in all sorts of colours, sizes and styles. Being a wedding photographer in Scotland means that thistles tend to feature heavily at a lot of weddings I cover, mainly as buttonholes for the groom and his best man and ushers but occasionally they form part of the main bridal bouquet too.

Obviously, as you’d also expect, there is also a strong tartan theme running through a lot the flowers at my weddings. But with hundreds of tartans out there no two bouquets are quite the same. Brides choose their flowers for many different reasons, sometimes it’s Gran’s favourite flower, other times it’s the flower the bride was named after, often its to match in with the colour theme of the wedding, the stories and reasons for picking certain a flower are all just as unique and individual as the couples themselves.

So whether it’s tartan and thistles or bright orange lily’s, I’ve got it covered. Below is a selection of photographs of wedding flowers, including buttonholes and bouquets, from weddings I’ve photographed over the past few years.

Today I am going to start a series of blog posts about photographing the details at weddings. As with all weddings the devil is in the detail and a huge amount of planning and effort, (not to mention money!) goes into organising every aspect of a wedding, as a wedding photographer I see it as part of my job to capture those details, providing a tangible reminder of every little thing from your big day. We’ll kick off the series with the wedding shoes.

Everyone knows that ladies love shoes, and it comes as no surprise that a lot of time and energy goes into the hunt for the perfect wedding shoes for the bride, this also applies to some of the grooms too! Whether the bride has taken the time to find a pair of shoes that colour match her dress, or chosen a contrasting colour the shoes are a detail of the wedding that I always try to capture and provide a memory of those shoes long after you’ve stopped wearing them.

So whether its Jimmy Choo’s or Louboutin’s or a pair of Brogues, I’ve got it covered, below are a selection of wedding shoe photographs from a few of my recent weddings.

  • Catherine Kelly - What a nice idea, love the one with the stain glass window.

  • skreid - Thanks Catherine, yes the stained glass shot is one of my favourites too.

So the first month of 2013 is already behind us and I thought that in between shooting weddings and designing client and sample albums it was about time I reviewed last year. I’ve been looking back through my weddings from 2012 and realising what an amazing year it was for me! I thought I would take the opportunity to put together a short video with some of my favourite images from the year.

Thank you to all my 2012 couples, you made it a great year I can’t wait to see what rest of 2013 brings.

If you’re getting married in 2013 or 2014 get in touch if you interested in booking me.

I hope you enjoy, please feel free to leave me a comment below the video.

Reids Photography – 2012 portfolio from Stuart Reid on Vimeo.

    What wonderful memories of these very special days .

  • Sandra Hooper - Superb photo’s Stuart and fantastic memories

On the last day of 2012 I was the wedding photographer for Emily and Oliver’s New Years Eve Old Course Hotel wedding in St Andrews. One of my regular venues on a not so regular cold but bright December day, but a great Scottish wedding venue at any time of the year.

The day started with Oliver the guys at Greyfrairs Hotel, getting a few detail shots and some photos of the groom and his bestman and ushers before a short detour via the New Golf Club for a whisky for the guys, (not me though!) on route to the Old Course Hotel itself to see Emily and the girls before going downstairs to the conservatory for the ceremony itself. With the sun shining through conservatory at the Old Course Hotel the light was perfect for capturing photos of Emily and Oliver’s big day.

Day light is something that can be an issue at winter weddings, especially at Scottish weddings when the days are very short, but we were very lucky with the weather and treated to a beautiful sunset for the groups photos on the decking on the roof of the Old Course Hotel and for some stunning bride and groom portraits on the Swilcan Bridge on the famous Old Course.

All in all a beautiful Scottish winter wedding, a great day and a gorgeous couple.

Congratulations My and Mrs Allen.

Photogrpaher : Stuart Reid
Venue: Old Course Hotel