The images were beautifully captured by Stuart Craig who I have had the absolute pleasure to work with on two occasions and whose work I have featured previously.
Stuart is a wedding photographer based in Edinburgh, Scotland and covers weddings and civil partnerships throughout the country.
Stuart guides us through their lovely day,
"I had met Katherine and Donald a few weeks before at Peebles Registry Office and travelled with them to nearby Kailzie Gardens for a recce.
We had discussed the perils of a winter wedding, specifically the lack of daylight remaining after their ceremony.
Nevertheless, we had come up with a good plan to squeeze in their photographs before sunset, so I was quite comfortable with the prospect of a bit of speed shooting and a race against the clock."
"The boys arrived first, looking confident and ready for a standing start."
"Katherine arrived on foot a few minutes later. We had decided to front load some of their photographs to before the ceremony, so I was pleased to catch them together for some traditional portraits."
"Katherine was wearing a striking red coat which added a splash of colour and helped conceal her wedding dress.
Their guests were arriving in force by now, and they gathered round to watch as the happy couple smiled for the cameras.
The clock was ticking, but the images were coming easily and the focus soon turned to the fast approaching ceremony.
Everyone gathered inside the council chambers as the piper added to the sense of occasion with a traditional soundtrack."
"The registrar suddenly announced their arrival, and Katherine and Donald walked down the short aisle to take their place beside a huge table.
They turned to face each other to begin saying their vows, before exchanging rings in front of all their family and friends."
"The registrar brought the ceremony to a climax, inviting the happy couple to kiss. Katherine could only laugh at the lipstick marks left on poor Donald’s face. A messy business!"
"Still grinning, Katherine and Donald walked arm in arm back down the aisle and straight out to the quaint courtyard which would host a selection of family photographs. The piper watched on as everyone took their turn, before he too joined in for a momento. The cream walls and wooden benches provided the perfect backdrop for a kiss in front of the crowd. The clock was still ticking, but the race was being won."
"Everyone relaxed in the courtyard as the coaches pulled up to transport us to nearby Kailzie Gardens.
I followed in the bridemobile and made my way into the reception room where the tables had been beautifully setup.
By now it was dark, but the warm fire and candlelight added a warm glow to the room which would host the speeches and wedding breakfast."
"The dimly lit barn consisted of an authentic looking table with wooden benches.
Katherine came up with the idea of arm wrestling, which I thought was amusing and perfect for the setting.
They grimaced and laughed their way through some ambitious long exposures, before kissing to make up in front of the camera.
It looked instantly cool, and is surely a great way to settle any potential arguments on your wedding day."
"The speeches got underway as soon as everyone got seated, starting with Katherine’s dad who set the standard high after warning everyone that he is a lecturer.
Donald’s dad joined in and by now the jokes were flowing effortlessly. The happy couple stood up to say their own thank you’s, and threw in a few amusing stories of their own.
It suddenly reminded me to check the clock and reflect on what a warm, genuine couple they are to be around. Isn’t it funny how time always seems to fly by when you are having fun."
I thanks to Stuart for allowing me to share these fabulous images.
I really like the subtle 60's nod and the Brides exquisite short gown and headband, she looks radiant alongside her kilted groom.
A simply styled but gorgeous day.
To Contact Stuart Craig Photography
Phone: 0131 552 9003 / 07917 400 710