An Anglo-French Wedding at Doune Castle with Christopher and Helene

Sunday 11th of July saw us at Doune Castle near Stirling for The Wedding of Christopher and Helene.  (Have I told you we’ve been photographing a lot of Scottish Castle Weddings lately?)

Doune Castle is not only a stunning wedding venue, with an equally stunning history, but it’s also a bit of a local movie star. You see it was here that many of the scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail were filmed.   So as soon as this wedding was booked into the diary it became known as our “Monty Python Wedding”.

Now before any of you have visions of our bride and groom clip-clopping around the grounds of Doune Castle with empty coconut shells, the wedding itself had absolutely nothing to do with Monty Python – it was just our pet name for it.   However it didn’t stop Morag whispering to me at various points in the day saying “should I go and get the coconut shells now“.

There was a very tenuous link though – you may recall that in the said movie the castle was occupied by the French.   And today it was once again occupied by the French, lots of them. Our bride Helene was French you see.  Simples.

In France, the sequence of the wedding day goes a little different from what we are used to in Scotland. The portraits of the Bride and Groom are all taken on the morning of the wedding before the ceremony – this ensures the couple look their very best and can relax into the day knowing the main photographs are done and they can then have the maximum time available with their guests.   Whilst I was a little bemused when Helene first suggested this, it turned out to be a fantastic idea as we had lots of time to do set up some of our more creative shots and the benefits of this can clearly be see in the final images.

So here are my favourite wedding photographs from the day – some of our signature photojournalist style images, combined with our artistic portrait work:-

Christopher and Helene’s full wedding gallery is now available for friends and family to view on our Clients page – the password is the Groom’s surname all in lowercase characters.

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P.S. They actually sell coconut shells in the little shop at the entrance to the castle – and each year the castle hosts a special Monty Python day for fans of the movie.

P.P.S. If you are interested in Booking a Wedding at Doune Castle, you can find all the information on the Castle website.

P.P.P.S. Doune Castle is not built on a swamp. It would be daft to build a castle on a swamp.

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  • 02/08/2010 - 9:29 pm

    Luis Godinez - I am so jealous you get to take photographs at such a wonderful place. I love the images, love how playful & sweet the bride & groom are in the photos. Awesome!

  • 02/08/2010 - 10:37 pm

    Stuart Walker - Love the images Alan, especially the last one with the castle in the background. Only had the pleasure of shooting one wedding at Doune Castle.. would love to go back there.

  • 02/08/2010 - 11:10 pm

    Brad Ross Photography - It’s all about the emotion and you nailed it. Wonderful work.

  • 02/08/2010 - 11:20 pm

    Thomas Lester - OMGosh… what an amazing place. I wish we had places like that over here. Just gorgeous. Great images.

  • 03/08/2010 - 1:57 am

    Paul Rowland - That is an AWESOME venue. I’m equally jealous — you did a good job with those images.

  • 03/08/2010 - 7:18 am

    Avelaine Scyrup - Wow! I wish we had castles like that in Canada =) That last photos is just so grand!

  • 03/08/2010 - 8:04 am

    Albert Palmer - Wow – you really got some great photographs out of that location. I really like the expressions you capture too. Very expressive!

  • 03/08/2010 - 8:18 am

    Kyle - WOW. That is an insanely awesome venue. And the bride and groom look like SO much fun. Winning combination, all around.

  • 03/08/2010 - 9:32 am

    Dean Govier - Brilliant venue and really good pictures. That really is an epic location.

  • 03/08/2010 - 8:40 pm

    Kevin Mullins - Looks like a great wedding and a wonderful venue! Nice work Alan.

  • 04/08/2010 - 4:57 am

    Paul Von Rieter - Are you serious with that venue???? it is amazing. Beautiful work.

  • 05/08/2010 - 3:28 am

    Ben Tomlin - Alan, great portraits, love that B&W one with the shaft of light!

  • 05/08/2010 - 6:00 am

    Becca Dilley - As amazing as that space is, it obviously takes a great deal of care and skill went into capturing such wonderful images in a place so dark and detailed! Lovely work.

  • 05/08/2010 - 9:11 am

    Pallav - Great work Alan!

  • 06/08/2010 - 4:36 am

    Jessica - love your photos!!! Makes me yearn to be back in the UK!!! sigh…. thank you for being so inspiring.

  • 06/08/2010 - 10:17 pm

    Lisa Fellows - Such natural emotions during the ceremony, wonderful. I like the idea of getting all the portraits done early in the day too, I think the French have that one right!

  • 14/08/2010 - 7:16 pm

    Heather - What fun! Those castle views are just stunning.

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