Kilarrow Round Church & Ardbeg Distillery Wedding Photographer on Islay
Nicola and Fraser had a wonderful wedding on the Isles of Islay. They met at University, and I think it was one of these slow romances that suddenly starts to grow and grow then before you know it – you’re planning a wedding. They both live and work in Aberdeen, but Nicola is from Islay – so it was Islay where they decided to have their wedding day.
Fraser brought quite a few family members with him and they took over several cottages in the town center. Fraser and his groomsmen looked superb in their matching kilts and brown tweed jackets, and I got a great picture of them altogether outside the Bowmore Distillery. Nicola was getting married at her family home in the town, together with her bridesmaids and two page boys.
The wedding took place in the Kilarrow Round Church in Islay, which is a very old and completely round church. During the service a choir of schoolchildren sang a Gaelic song to Nicola and Fraser – and it was so beautiful to be in the same room listening to this song. You couldn’t have heard a pin drop during their singing. It was something I will always remember.
After they left the church we got a few group pictures and when while the guests made their way to the reception venue I followed Nicola’s land Rover to a beach and then a country house for some pictures – and it was well worth the ride and the bumpy road as we got some spectacular pictures.
After the pictures we all travelled to the Ardbeg Distillery where the reception was being held. When we arrived it was like there had been a summer fete, as Nicola had planned lots of games and activities for the guests to do while they were away having their pictures taken. With more pictures it was then into the Ardbeg Distillery for the wedding breakfast and the speeches. Afterwards everyone piled outside into a Marquee that had been erected for the evening ceilidh.
The inside was like a fairy tale, with lots of lights and even a bar. Nicola and Fraser had thought of everything – even the DIY photo-booth for your younger element…! With a local band on stage, they played the first dance for Nicola and Fraser, and then the evening began. It had been a very long day and I had taken a lot of pictures, but I was glad to leave as these islanders really know how to put on a party and the marquee was rocking when I left. A great day and a great wedding. Thank you Nicola and Fraser.
Ian Arthur is a Glasgow wedding photographer and captures weddings both large and small in a relaxed and elegant way in Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Argyll and across Scotland.
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