Scotland/Jackie & Mark - Bunchrew House
I hadn't been to Scotland since I was about 10 years of age, but we had holidayed there many times. I have always had a fondness for the place for that reason. My Wife had never been up there and neither had my little boy Jasper. So when my cousin, who now resides in Inverness invited us to come to their wedding at the breathtaking Bunchrew House, we jumped at the opportunity. She also asked if we would photograph her and Marks wedding, which of course I was happy to do! I have always found attending weddings as a guest difficult since starting this profession. Even at my brother-in-laws wedding back in August 2018, where I was ring bearer and master of ceremonies, I couldn't resist picking up the camera, despite it being in the capable hands of my assistant Steph.
Arriving in Scotland and walking down the steps of the plane in mid-December, the cold hits you like a punch to the face and we were glad to get into our hire car and get the heating on. After dropping our bags at the hotel, its was straight out for a drive. Loch Ness was nearby, somewhere that despite my many visits North of the border, I had never visited. We ended up driving around the entire Loch (about 50 miles) and finding the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. Everywhere you turn it was like a painting. I had expected it to be so much more commercialised than it was so a real pleasant surprise.
On our second day of adventure we ended up driving all the way up to Ullapool, about two hours north west of Inverness. On the way up there we found this incredible castle ruin. Ardvreck Castle on the water of Loch Assynt. The most peaceful place I think I have ever had the pleasure of visiting.
The wedding day came around on third day of being there and we arrived in the morning to check into the fabulous Bunchrew House Hotel. You really haven't seen a more perfect Scottish Castle Hotel, set on the banks of The Beauly Firth. Stunning.
I went to see Jackie once she was just about ready to go get married but found just enough time to get a cool shot of her looking out onto the water from the hotel window, we then headed down. The bride walked down the aisle to the fantastic sound of Spud the Piper, however my son who was 18 months at the time did not agree. I don't think he will ever want to see another set of bagpipes in his life. It's always very interesting to see how ceremonies work in other parts of the UK. In Scotland you only need one registrar. Whereas in England it's always two.
The ceremony was over in a flash with confetti, group shots and couple shots following. We had limited time for all this as it being December we had very little daylight. Also the fact it was only 5 degrees centigrade meant people were hankering to get back inside to the roaring log fires. I got it all done as quick as possible and headed back into the hotel to join the guests and enjoy the whiskey and gin bar! I don't get to take advantage of such things normally.
Wedding Venue: Bunchrew House Hotel
Wedding Dress: Forever Bridal, Inverness
Grooms Kilt: Slater's Kilt Hire
The Wedding Day
12th Dec 2018