Winter wedding - Bethany and John at Kilsyth Church of God and Glenbervie House Hotel

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Winter wedding - Bethany and John at Kilsyth Church of God and Glenbervie House Hotel

The charm of a winter's wedding is all about bringing together family and friends for jollity and warmth at a cold and dark time of the year, sheltering inside from the elements with good cheer and warm company. When Christmas is just three days away, this sense of festivity is all the stronger. Bethany and John's day had this in bucketloads - the feeling of a real coming together of the community like a wide family, and it was a privilege to be part of it. Another thing that the day also had in bucketloads was rain! This must have been one of the wettest days of the winter. I mentioned in the previous blog post, winter weddings are definitely a real challenge for the photographer. It becomes dark much earlier, there is a high chance of bad weather, and even if it is dry the possibilities of going out are time-limited by the fact that it is going to be bitterly cold. So chances to use natural light are limited or maybe even non-existent. We decided to think of this, not as a disadvantage, but as a chance to think about things differently - to use the opportunities we had to take photographs in a different way from the way we might photograph a summer wedding.

At Bethany and John's wedding it was near-impossible to step outside into the rain and darkness, so for taking portraits of the two of them we decided to concentrate on taking pictures inside instead. With a highly cooperative Minister at the church, Bethany suggested we might be able to stay behind after the ceremony and take pictures inside the church itself, especially as Bethany's Dad had gone to a lot of effort decorating the church with spectacular lanterns, and there were also festive Christmas trees around. Bethany had also meticulously hand made the bouquets herself. We'd never tried a portrait session inside the church before, but it worked perfectly. As you can see, Bethany and John were very natural and looked very relaxed - and there was something of the James Bond about John in his dinner jacket. Later that evening, we also took some portraits in a luxurious bedroom in Glenbervie House, which gave a totally different look to the pictures, and again a great chance for us to experiment.

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Winter wedding - Linzi and Jamie at One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow

Linzi and Jamie were another brave couple who decided to get married in mid-winter. One Devonshire Gardens was a good choice, to allow them to spend a cosy day with family and friends in an intimate interior without having to venture out into a cold and possibly wet February outside. Happily as it turned out the day was fairly dry - far from guaranteed in Glasgow in February, but by keeping everything at one cosy venue, Linzi and Jamie avoided the stress and logistics of moving people around in uncertain weather and making decisions whether the day was fine enough to go for a wander outside. All of which meant that they could concentrate on the serious business of enjoying themselves! There were a lot of beautiful details, starting with Linzi's amazing shoes, some wonderful cakes provided by the Little Cupcake Parlour, and lovely flower girls complete with wings who kept the guests entertained while the signing of the register was going on. All in all, an awful lot of thought and care went into the day, and it was a lovely, happy relaxed occasion.

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Charlene and Ross at Glencorse House

Glencorse House, near Penicuik, has a tiny, beautifully intimate church on the hill next to it, tucked away at the foot of the Pentland Hills, and that is where Charlene and Ross were married. This is one of the loveliest things about getting married in Scotland, country houses and little churches tucked away in the coutryside, that you would never suspect existed unless you were brought there, such as by the happy occasion of a wedding. Charlene and Ross had clearly put an enormous amount of thought and care into all the details. And there was a distinct campervan theme to the day - The bridesmaids and groomsmen arrived in a VW camper, and after the wedding Charlene and Ross set off in an adventure in another, apparently slightly more modern camper.

The weather for the day was distinctly touch and go, as indeed it was for much of this summer. It was far from clear that we were going to be able to get out to take  a few portraits as there was already a light rain and the forecast was for flooding. Despite the wet ground, Charlene braved the risk of the odd grass stain to the dress, and we made it down to the little lake, and managed to take our pictures before the rain set in.

All in all, it was such a happy day, and with a clearly tightly knit family, that the rain didn't spoil the mood one iota, and the full jollity of the festivities carried on inside the marquee uninterrupted into the night!

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Clare and David at House for an Art Lover

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Clare and David at House for an Art Lover

When Clare and David approached us about photographing their wedding at Charles Rennie Macintosh's House for an Art Lover in Glasgow, we leapt at the opportunity. You see, Sylwia in particular is more than a bit of a Rennie Macintosh fan. When Sylwia was still a student she was offered the opportunity to go on a secondment to another art school, and she really wanted to go to Glasgow to be near her beloved Rennie Macintosh. She was devastated when she was sent to Paris instead. Personally, I think she was slightly mad, but you can imagine that the idea of photographing in House for an Art Lover was one that caused a frisson of excitement in the Crofts Kowalczyk household. So, thank you to Clare and David for giving us that opportunity! Clare and David's day was made even more special by the quiet presence of an extra member of the wedding party, in the form of a bump. There was an extra surprise for Clare as, unbeknownst to her, her father had arranged a classic VW Campervan to transport her to House for an Art Lover. All in all, it was a splendid day, and not only Clare and David, but clearly all the guests - and the photographers to boot - had a wonderful time!

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Pamela and Darren at Kinkell Byre

When Pamela's Dad heard that she was to marry in a barn, he was a little surprised. But Kinkell Byre is different. It is a very capacious venue, and decorated and kitted out with lighting, the interior has real sparkle and is a great venue-with-a-difference. What is more, the location, in fields overlooking the sea, is a beautiful one. And with meticulous planning and preparation by Pamela and her parents, with a whole multitude of beautiful details, and help from Wendy MacArthur of Utopia Scotland on the day, the venue was beautifully decorated and all went perfectly smoothly. We were keen to get out into that countryside to take some portraits, and with the drizzle hovering between being merely damp and outright rain, it seemed touch and go at one point, but Pamela and Darren were game to venture out and risk the odd drop of water on the dress, and it would have been a shame not to take advantage of the beautiful vintage cars, so we took dashed out with an umbrella and a motor car during a lull. It was all very Jack Vettriano - appropriately enough since Vettriano is of course himself a Fife lad!

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Julie and Robin at Culcreuch Castle

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Julie and Robin at Culcreuch Castle

"Thank you for the link to the photographs, they are brilliant! We are really happy with them. You were both great on the day and really helped put us at ease."

- Julie and Robin

Julie and Robin's wedding at Culcreuch Castle was an especially emotional day - I had difficulty focussing a couple of times during the speeches as my eyes became distinctly watery during some of the more touching moments!

Culcreuch is a beautiful location - a lovely old castle with a tall square shape somewhat reminiscent of Lennoxlove. Despite the fact that it is not a million miles from Glasgow, it is really in the middle of beautiful rural Scotland, slightly closer to Stirling than Glasgow perhaps, but with nothing larger than a village in a radius of 15 miles or 20 miles. It is located in a beautiful glen in a remote rustic setting.

Julie is in the veterinary business, and the discovery of some baby frogs by the lake caused particular excitement!

The delicate flower arrangments were by Mood Flowers of Glasgow

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Civil partnership in the Royal Overseas League

"We are soooo impressed, brilliant! thanks so much guys!!!"

- Joe & Allan

We were especially honoured to be chosen by Joe and Allan to photograph their civil partnership wedding - it was our first ever civil partnership, and it was great! The ceremony was very touching, as were the after dinner speeches - it was great to be part of such a day with such obviously close family and friends. The setting couldn't have been more central, in the Royal Overseas League right in the middle of Princes Street. It was a freezing cold day, but the location with the Castle as a backdrop and the rush of Princes Street was too good to waste and we managed to escape with Joe and Allan for a few photos outside:-

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Wedding at Edinburgh Zoo

"The photo's are fantastic!!!!!  They are all great, but theres a few of them that made us stop in our tracks and simply think WOW.  Fantastic job with fantastic company so thanks once more to the two of you.""Everyone who was there remarked on how great the two of you were and how "at home" you made everyone feel, was definately your non-intrusive approach."

"I'd like to say a big thank you to you again cause you both were fantastic, a friend of mine has already asked for your details for her wedding"

- Samantha

We had a really fun time photographing the wedding of Samantha and Andrew - the day was very much based around the children, starting with the venue - Edinburgh Zoo, down to the bubble fight in which Simon got suitably soaked. Samantha and Andrew treated us to a stream of jokes so it was a jolly day - only one child was lost, who worryingly was last seen heading in the direction of the lions and tigers, but luckily he popped up at base a little later with all limbs still intact.

We've put a selection from the images in a gallery on the main website.

Sylwia

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Article in Real Life Weddings magazine

We were really delighted to see more magazine coverage of our photography - this time in the current issue of Real Life Weddings magazine, over a full seven pages! It is all about the wedding of Natasha and Paddy whose wedding we photographed back in June at Paxton House, and there is a lovely interview with Natasha - her bubbly personality really comes across, and there is a very romantic story from the 18th century connected with the wedding. I won't spoil it by recounting it - Natasha tells it much better than I could, so if you get the chance please do go out and buy a copy :) The full article is available from Real Life Weddings magazine. Amongst other things, she had quite a few things to say about our photography, this is the edition of the magazine to look out for (the Winter one, that's out at the moment), and one or two excerpts about us:-

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