The Wedding of…………….

Kirsty + Alex

Love Stories

Kirsty & Alex’s Wedding Day

Very happy to share with you Kirsty and Alex’s wedding, held Achnagairn Castle on 21st February 2019.   A winter wedding but one of the warmest I have photographed.  Such a great couple to work for who were happy for me to do what I do best.   I thoroughly enjoyed photographing their wedding and being around their family and friends.  I felt so welcomed and at ease with everyone.  A lovely bunch of people.

Why did you choose Andy as your photographer?

We had a shortlist of photographers and Andy was the only one we both absolutely loved without any reservation – which made the choice really easy! We were completely drawn to all Andy’s candid shots but especially his detail photography. All those extra detail shots are what really captures the feel and themes of the day that you spend so many months planning and want to remember forever… the specific flowers, the rings, your shoes! Andy’s candid shots are beautiful too, and when we look through our photos, they transport us right back to the day in a way that posed photos alone just couldn’t achieve.

Andy worked so hard on the day; everyone commented how amazing he was, present for everything and just an all-round friendly guy. Not to mention he has the patience of a saint! We didn’t have to worry about how to pose or where to be for photos, he was on top of it all. On the day, that’s what you need, so you can just relax and enjoy yourself and know you’re in the capable hands of someone who has a great creative vision… and that’s coming from a control freak!

Since the day, having all the digital photos supplied to us has been great, it’s exactly what we wanted as we’ve been able to make up books and prints whenever we like.

The Venue

Why did you choose Achnagairn Castle as your venue?

We wanted a venue in Scotland, where Kirsty’s family are from, as it seemed the perfect destination for a winter wedding with open fires and a cosy atmosphere. We live in London so an exclusive use venue, where all our guests could stay for a couple of nights, meant we could extend the party over three days and make a holiday of the whole event. Achnagairn Estate ticked all the boxes for us; all our guests stayed at the venue and the vaulted ballroom had that total wow factor that you dream of for your big day!

The bridal suite, amazing chefs from the catering team and beautiful grounds were a complete bonus… it was just perfect.

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“the vaulted ballroom had that total wow factor that you dream of for your big day”


The Dress

How did you go about deciding your look?

I spent many an evening on Pinterest trying to figure out what all the little details might be like. I knew I wanted a straight dress with no weight in the skirt so I could dance easily and feel comfortable all day… and I thought I wanted a chic simple dress without a veil. In the end, I came out of the store with a dress covered top to toe in beads and crystals and a floor length veil! Sometimes you want to feel a bit extra! From there, I chose a simple makeup look with a warm lip colour and a relaxed half-up, half-down curled hairstyle.

As the dress was ivory over champagne, rose gold jewellery felt the best choice but we kept it to a minimum because the dress had more than enough bling! Given that it was winter and you can never have enough sparkle, the bridesmaids had floor length dresses covered in sequins but each dress was slightly different to suit each of them.

Alex loves superheroes so we added a bit of character with Flash lightning bolt cufflinks. Again, he didn’t need much more as his suit stood out a mile away!

Your Vision

Did you have a particular theme, colour or feel for your wedding?

We knew we wanted a winter wedding with a rustic feel. Originally we wanted a rustic theme with simple greenery but having spent many hours on Pinterest, we decided that we needed to warm up the colour palette as we wanted it to feel cosier to reduce the risk of feeling too cold. Believe it or not, we settled on burgundy off the back of Alex’s suit. He wanted something different to the usual, so a wedding fayre fashion show later, we had a burgundy suit in mind, which led to burgundy flowers and accents.

Kirsty is a huge Harry Potter fan, and the vaulted ballroom was just asking for long trestle tables, instead of the usual round ones, with exposed cross-backed chairs. It made for more of a community feel, with everyone feeling close and adding to the atmosphere. The whole day felt timeless, with a vintage inspired wedding dress, big unkempt bouquets with seasonal foliage, mismatched suits for the lads and a hint of tartan in the pocket squares and thistle in the button holes… but we’re biased, obviously!

What was the favourite part of your day?

My favourite part of the day was the ceremony in the vaulted ballroom. Somehow, on a February day in Scotland, the sun shone through the windows all morning and the ballroom looked magical. All my nerves completely melted away once we were standing up there together, and the personal touch of a Humanist ceremony was exactly what we envisioned the day to be. We had a handfasting ceremony and had written our own vows in secret, so the words spoken felt incredibly personal. We only ever wanted a small wedding, so that it was just us with our closest friends and family and that added to the intimacy. It’s not very often in life that you’re so happy and elated that you can’t help but cry!

Alex’s favourite part of the day (and a second favourite of Kirsty’s!), was the food. Being winter, we were able to choose three completely heavy and indulgent courses to warm the soul. Our guests said it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding and some said the haggis starter was the best thing they had ever eaten! By the time you get to the wedding breakfast, everyone is more relaxed, and any parts of the day you’ve been apprehensive about, including the ceremony and speeches, is all over. By this point you can simply eat, drink and be merry!

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“It’s not very often in life that you’re so happy and elated that you can’t help but cry”





Achnagairn Castle

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Splendid Gentlemen

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Lesley Simpson


Flowers & Decorations

Magpie Creative



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