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