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Emma and Rob's wedding in Dumfries

I photographed a lovely wedding in Dumfries on Thursday. A long drive – 2 hours from Edinburgh. However very scenic countryside with lots of little lambs and the venue made up for it.

Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries

Just look at that church! It’s just fantastic. It’s even set in beautiful grounds.

The wedding was between Emma and Rob, a really friendly and welcoming couple who were a joy to work with. Being a Wedding Photographer based in Edinburgh I get to shoot both Scottish and English wedding styles. This was more of an English style with morning suits and pinstripes rather than kilts.

The first thing I like to do when I arrive at a wedding is take a picture of the two rings. I like to get it out of the way quickly and it would be a bit of a waste to whisk a ring off the married couple as soon as they had given them to each other. Probably bad luck.

The wedding rings

The bride’s ring is an unusual shape – this is to fit her antique engagement ring – which you will see later on.

After that I went straight up to the bride’s room. Unfortunately there wasn’t much space or light – and what little space there was was covered with the getting ready debris of a number of women. Cosmetics, clothes and bags of bits and pieces covered every available surface. I tidied up what I could and got to work on some photography.

The wedding dress was just gorgeous. A lovely floaty number.

The wedding dress

The flowers were calia lilies – here they are with the bride’s amazing shoes. Look at the heels on those!

Wedding shoes and the flowers

Next came the putting on of the dress. Always a big moment. This wedding dress had a corset back which takes a bit longer than other styles.

Bridesmaid with the wedding dress Emma the bride getting ready to try on her dress The corset back of the dress being laced up

Doesn’t she just look gorgeous?

Emma in her dress

Unfortunately the minister was camera shy.  He originally wanted no photography at all during the ceremony. Luckily I managed to talk him round to photography at the back of the church. As you can see I was a long way back.

The inside of the church during the ceremony

All celebrants have different views on photography during the ceremony. Particularly if they are conducting a religious ceremony. If photographs are important to you please do not just take it as read that these will be allowed and confirm this with whoever will be conducting the ceremony.

Luckily modern professional photographic equipment is pretty amazing. So I did manage to get some close up shots – including that all important kiss.

You may kiss the bride The ceremony

Next came the legal part – the signing of the register.

The signing of the register A new radiant wife

The newly married couple leaving the church.

Exiting the curch The second marital kiss?

We then set up a fair number of group and posed shots in front of the fantastic church entrance.

The congregation outside the Crichton Memorial church

As well as a shot of confetti being thrown over the bride and groom. A slightly uncomfortable experience apparently.

Confetti throwing! The bride and groom together Posing for a few photos

I’m pleased with the posed shots. A combination of a beautiful setting, a gorgeous happy couple and a fabulous dress.

Emma against the fabulous church door The bride and groom together Some photos for the album Showing off the back of the bride's dress

Finally a very relieved couple reached the reception.

Finally off the the reception A happy bride

I do love the back of this dress. Here’s a close up as it’s tricky to see in the wide shots (as ever click on any photo for a larger view).

A closeup of the corset back of the bride's dress

Some interesting shots of her family!

Entertaining a baby Entertaining a baby The bride with a baby

A very elegant wedding cake. I do love iced flowers. They have always fascinated me for some reason.

The wedding cake

They had candles as table centrepieces.

Table centerpieces - candles A table decoration A view of the decorated table

Here are the engagement and wedding ring together as promised. As you can see the wedding ring fits round the engagement ring perfectly.

The wedding rings The wedding rings

The speeches were before dinner. Very popular these days – leads to better delivered speeches as well as a much more relaxed top table.

I actually really enjoy speeches. These were all great and as ever led to some very natural photos.

The father of the bride's speach The groom's reaction The groom's speech The bride enjoying the speaches The bride enjoying the speaches One of the best men The bride's little brother The other best man The groom

This was actually the bride and groom’s idea. As I say a great fun couple. The bride in particular was so vivacious.

A little cake horseplay

The fake cutting of the cake became the actual cutting of the cake, as – well they wanted to. Although I do have to admit to encouraging them a little.

The cutting of the cake Another kiss

Just before I left I noticed that the weather had cleared up and the sky was now much more “photogenic”. So I took a few exterior shots.

Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries
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