Birkhill Castle wedding photography – Jo and Stefan
Birkhill Castle wedding photography
As a Fife wedding photographer I get to shoot weddings at some gorgeous venues. One of which is Birkhill Castle. Jo and Stefan chose Birkhill to host their small intimate wedding with just 23 guests (which included lots of children.) Everyone had been staying at the Castle for a few days so when I arrived on the morning of the wedding everyone was happily milling around the castle and its grounds, which got the day off to a friendly and laid back start. I sought out Jo who was getting ready in a fabulous room with a four poster bed which gave a lovely setting to take some shots of her as she made her final preparations. There were three lovely bridesmaids, and of course Magnus, Jo and Stefan’s son, who made a very handsome page boy.
I then went to find the boys. Stefan’s best man was Lutz his father. It was lovely to see that Stefan, who had flatly refused to wear a kilt on his wedding day, had kindly given a nod to the idea by wearing a very smart tartan waistcoat under his suit. The ceremony was held in a lovely room with a large bay window that gave me lots of light to take some great shots. Jo and Stefan wanted a very personal wedding so chose a humanist ceremony conducted by celebrant Neil Anderson. Part of the ceremony included a traditional hand fasting and they both read vows they had written themselves which were very personal making everyone quite emotional. As a photographer it is my job to tell the story of my clients’ day so when couples take a unique and personal approach to their weddings I get great ‘storytelling’ images.
After the ceremony the weather didn’t co-operate as it was cold and almost raining. We went outside to quickly take some shots before returning to the warm so I could take some portrait shots of Jo and Stefan in front of the historic staircases and corridors of the castle. Then it was some family and group shots in the warm of the castles drawing room before everybody was led to the dining room for the wedding meal. The dining room was set up as one big table, with a smaller exclusive table for the two smaller bridesmaids! There were speeches at this point by Jo’s Dad and by Stefan before Jo, Stefan and their guests tucked into their wedding meal and I left then to spend the rest of the evening celebrating.
I really enjoyed shooting this wedding. Smaller weddings have such a lovely personal feel to them and none more so than Jo and Stefan’s. Congratulations to both of you. I hope my images will allow you to relive your day again and again for many years to come.