A beautiful summer wedding at Kinlochard & Aberfoyle in Stirlingshire

Emma and Allan fell in love just as easy as they met. Which was purely by chance. Isn’t it strange how this happens…? Love, they say, can be a surprise…! They decided to get married and chose Kinlochard as their location, which is nestled away in Stirlingshire, just past Aberfoyle.

What is so special about Kinlochard? Well, the Kinlochard Village Hall used to be the local primary school and this is where Emma went to school, and as it became the village hall it was the perfect location for Emma’s wedding day, especially as its next to Loch Ard and looks across the water towards Argyll.

Emma and her bridesmaids all got ready at the nearby French Farm, which is a guesthouse nestled in the nearby hills, and while they were there about a dozen Canadian Geese decided to stop by. With hair by VIP from Bonnybridge and then make-up by Leslie Sneddon for all the girls, especially Melissa, it was a busy morning for everyone, especially as the day was getting hotter and hotter.

Back at the Village Hall, Allan and his groomsmen arrived and all looked so splendid in their matching light grey Lomond jackets, matching waistcoats and Hebridean Heather kilts. Allan’s best man was his best friend, Chris, and I think he was just as nervous as Allan.

The bridesmaids, Melissa the flower girl and Emmas’s Mum all arrived and looked so colourful in their outfits. They were all different styles, but they were all in a matching deep crimson red. The colour of the perfect wine. Emma arrived with her father in a white ‘London’ taxi from The Little White Wedding Taxi, which I think is the perfect vehicle for any wedding. Lots of space for big dresses and of course, big windows so everyone can see the bride. Emma looked beautiful in her cream silk dress with lace top and crimson shoes.

As Emma walked down the aisle I could imagine that there were several thoughts going through her mind, the main one being about when she was a young girl in this very building and never imagining that one day she would be marrying the love of her life many years later. No wonder she was holding back the tears as she stopped to kiss Allan hello.

They were married by the local registrar and during the ceremony, a reading was made by Lewis, who is only 11 years old and made a marvellous speech that could actually be heard at the back of the room. At the end of the ceremony Emma and Allan linked hands for a traditional Scottish hand-fasting, which was tied by both mothers, and afterwards, they walked down the aisle bound by their fastings and bound by their love.

Everyone followed Emma and Allan outside into the blazing Scottish sunshine to enjoy the afternoon under a brilliant blue sky. After the canapes it was time for the drop and portrait pictures, which I shot in the adjacent field with Loch Ard as the backdrop – and what a wonderful backdrop. The afternoon then ended with the wedding breakfast, and before they ate, there was several speeches that brought several smiles and yet another tear to Emma’s eyes. A beautiful Scottish wedding, a lovely couple, and it was my pleasure to be their photographer on this perfect sunny day.