Chatelherault Country Park, Wedding of Emma & Ryan
Before we get started I have created a gallery for wedding guests, the link will be attached here (just click) , the reason for this is that I get so many e-mails after weddings asking for people to purchase images of guests, so this is an easier way to do it. Emma will have the password, so if you contact her she will release it, this is because of the Data Protection laws, and also to give her her place as the bride. Thanks
I was really looking forward to this wedding, as I do all my weddings, mainly because this was in a venue I had wanted to do for a while, The outstanding Chatelherault, steeped in history, Its name is derived from the French town of Châtellerault, the title Duc de Châtellerault having been granted to James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran in 1548 for his part in arranging the marriage of Mary, Queen of Scots, to Francis, Dauphin of France. The lodge was designed by William Adam , He was the foremost architect of his time in Scotland and it was completed in 1734. It comprises two buildings, linked by a gateway, in the form of four pavilions above a garden wall. As soon as you walk inside you are engulfed with beauty and history, what a true gem of Scotland.
These weddings seem to come around too quickly, it was the turn of Emma & Ryan, who were very particular about the suppliers they used, which is a welcome honour. My mum of Bouquets & Bows was charged with designing the flowers. She is very talented, I don’t publicise my mum nearly enough as people will just think I am bigging her up cause she is my mother, which isn’t true, she is a genius with flowers. I have hopefully adopted her creative eye. Check her out if you are still looking for stunning flowers.
Emma & Ryan are a fantastic couple, and I know I often say this, but both their families were amazing to be around, full of warmth and enthusiasm for the day ahead. Most importantly great fun, from being welcomed at the bridal preps to leaving with a few new friends at the end of the evening it really was a special day. We certainly had a great laugh creating the photos which both Emma & Ryan will hopefully cherish for eternity.
After the bridal preps I made my way to Chatelrault, my first venture inside was strange, I thought I was on my way out, that the grim reaper was calling me, as I felt super wierd, like I was drunk, light headed and clumsier than usual, which is hard to top as I am awful clumsy, I am famous for tripping up, falling or spilling something, thankfully only my pride gets damaged, but this feeling wouldn’t shift, I was deleighted when Morvin of MAQfilms, asked if I felt sea sick becuase of the slopeing floor, turns out the floor has a steep slope, enough to make you feel out of sorts, The wonderful host whos name I forget (sorry 🙁 ), informed me that you get used to it, fair play to the staff who have adampted to it easily.
I fell (not on the floor) in love with this cracking venue, you can’t help but be impressed with it, the host, staff everything was amazing, nothing a problem, and the host walked you round the venue to pinpoint amazing photo locations, and there are lots, too many fo the time we had. Emma & Ryan looked stunning, (well, Ryan looked handsome) and it was great to be part of this day, Ryan proved himself as a competent photography assistant also, and helped provide a few giggles of his own. Cheers Ryan, ha-ha you provided me with some of the funniest moments I have ever had a wedding, and I even have the photos to prove it.
Once the meal (cheers, great feed 🙂 ) was out the way, it was on to the next venue, another cracker, The Bothwell Bridge Hotel, I really enjoy this venue, it is beautiful and again the staff attentive and professional. Emma was a pleasure to photograph, very natural and relaxed in front of the camera and a bride that really wanted photos, she invested her time & patience to make sure we got everything we needed. Here are a few from the day. To find out more about my wedding photography or any of the suppliers follow the links below