Scotland Wedding Photography – Dawn + Ollie

Our first foray north of the border to Scotland for some wedding photography.

Dawn + Ollie tied the knot (literally) in front of the ancient Torwoodlee Tower near Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. The tower must have witnessed some incredible events throughout the centuries but were any as lovely as the wedding between these two fantastic folks? As if on cue, the torrential rain was replaced by glorious sunshine as guests arrived and the bridal party made their way up to the woodland clearing. The ceremony included a hand fastening and sharing single malt Scotch whisky from a quaich.

The reception was a short drive away on the family’s land.  A large marquee had been erected for dinner and dancing and several bell tents were in nearby meadows ready for camping.

Instead of tossing the rather nice bouquet, Dawn opted to throw a specially decorated rugby ball. A little team spirit ensuring one lady’s triumph. We loved this little twist on tradition. There was also some inspired decorations with neon signage and antlers surrounding the table plan. Each table was named after a fine whisky and when you found the right bottle you could enjoy a wee dram (or more) using the engraved whisky glass wedding favours.

Some touching speeches and a superb meal led into the dancing. We’d been told “you haven’t seen a ceilidh until you see a Scottish Ceilidh” and now we understand why. It was invigorating and beautiful chaos. The last dance of the night starting with pure romance and ending in war cries, charges and hugs.

If Ollie and Dawn’s wedding is a fair example of what we can expect from Scotland wedding photography, then we can’t wait to do it again. It’s not the incredible locations or the details that make a wedding, it’s the people. Every single person we spoke to was so welcoming, cheerful and determined that the couple and their fellow guests have the best time. The spirit of this wedding will stay with us for a long time to come.

Here are a few of our favourite shots from the day…

bride brushing her teeth in the mirror. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bridesmaid hugging flower girls. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bride having lipstick applied. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bridesmaids laughing during prep. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

flower girl getting hair and flower crown fixed. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bride and flower girl doing makeup. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

mother of the bride watches the dress being put on. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

four flower girls looking out of a window. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

a reflection of a bride having her veil fitted in a pair of sun glasses. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bride walking down stairs. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

father of bride sees her in the dress for the first time. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

groomsman using an umbrella to clear a marquee roof of water. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

tearful bride with bridesmaids. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

groom checking pocket watch. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bride wipes tears from eye in woodland clearing. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

groom smiling at bride walking down the aisle. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

wedding ceremony in front of castle ruins. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

hand fastening ceremony. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bride and grooms first kiss. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

quaich sharing in a wedding ceremony. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bagpiper leads newly wed couple down the aisle. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

congratulatory hugs after the wedding. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

guest looking at brides wedding ring. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

flower girls having a drink. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bride and guest looking at bouquet. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bride and groom in front of castle ruins. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bride and groom laughing. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bride and groom portrait. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

two boys playing chess. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

young boys playing in scottish countryside. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bride drinking champagne from the bottle. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bride and groom with their dog. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

dog in front of group shot. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bride tosses rugby ball instead of bouquet. scotland wedding photography by emma and rich.

bride giving speech. scottish wedding photography.

guests laughing at speech. scottish wedding photography.

best mens speech. scottish wedding photography.

bride and groom cut the cake. scottish wedding photography.

the first dance. scottish wedding photography.

guests dancing in a ceilidh. scottish wedding photography.

ceilidh. scottish wedding photography.

ceilidh. scottish wedding photography.

ceilidh. scottish wedding photography.

sunset portrait. scottish wedding photography.

guests doing the shot ski. scottish wedding photography.

dancing. scottish wedding photography.

We also had the privilege to shoot the day after. We learnt that the best hangover cure was to get the shot ski out again, open some more champagne, fire up the bbq and down a “tin eh ginger”.

We were so lucky to be here as Granny made a surprise visit. She wasn’t able to make it to the main event but there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as she made her entrance.

Shout outs…

Hair – Hairbysoul

Makeup – Danni Burnside

Caterer – The Orde Food Company

Marquee – Myreton Marquees

Minister – Morag Cameron

Flowers – Save the Date Collective

Decor – Just Vintage Hire

Cake – Ruby and Pearl cake Art

Band – Callanish

Wine – Great Grog

Beer – Tempest Brewing Co

Crockery etc – Michael Wares

Bell Tents – Bell Tent Hire Scotland

Portaloos + Showers – Borderloos

Multi international award winning wedding photographers and husband and wife team, Emma + Rich take photographs and make films with our own creative, fun and unique way of telling your story. Based in Scarborough near York and Hull, we travel across the UK with our own style of fun wedding photography.

To view our portfolio visit www.emmaandrich.co.uk and contact us here to check our availability.

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