Mandy & Andy were married over the weekend at Ross Priory. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. 🌞
This was the first time I’ve been privileged to attend a Chinese Tea Ceremony and Door Games. For those of you who don’t know what Door Games are, the Groom is given certain tasks by the Bridesmaids in order to win the Brides hand. Andy had to drink all kinds of concoctions, build a human pyramid and eat wasabi filled sandwiches! Absolutely brilliant. 🙌
Makeup Kim Boyd Makeup Artist
Hair - ATB HAIR
Flowers - Meadow Isle - Silk Floral Studio
Cakes - Cindy Fu
Decor - Lily Special Events
Band - It’s No’ Reel Ceilidh Band
Music - The Great Adventure by Zachary David
Music - Emily Hearn, Found a Heart from Musicbed
Venue - Bothwell Bridge Hotel
Dress - Bijoux Bridal
Kilt - MacGregor and MacDuff
DJ - The Party Hut
Hair Verdi Femme Hair and Beauty
Makeup - Makeup by Natalie Grace
Flowers - Marion’s Flowers @petal pumpkins
Classical Guitarist - Stephen Black
Celebrant Evonne McLaughlin - Humanist Celebrant
Danielle & Thomas were married at Forbes of Kingennie Country Resortover the weekend. Everything about this wedding was absolutely beautiful. The weather even held off for us after a thunderstorm!
Congratulations Danielle & Thomas!
Piper & Sax - Kilted Sax
Florist - Stucio & Waow Florist
Makeup - Carol Patterson
Hair - Mirror-Mirror
Dress - Emma Roy of Edinburgh
Cake - JM Bakery
These Californians truly had a fairytale wedding set in Neidpath Castle in Peebles. Their families came all the way from the US to witness this amazing day. Christine wore cowboy boots under her dress and the couple tought their familes how to ceilidh! It was an incredible day.
Dress - David’s Bridal
Venue - Neidpath Castle
Music - Imagine by Voyageur from Musicbed
Kilt - Houston Kiltmakers
These two did it all! They had a very small wedding at both a Sikh Gurdwara and then City Chambers in Edinburgh. Despite forgetting their wedding rings and arriving a wee bit on the late side, their day was seamless! Congratulations Regina & Harkirat! 💞🎉
Congratulations Stella & Billy! These two had a beautiful wedding at the Vu.
Venue/Car - The Vu/Water Lily Bathgate
Music - I love you, I do by Handsome & Gretyl from Musicbed
Florist - Debbie Mcmillan
Cake - 3D Cakes
Makeup - Heather Niblo Makeup Artistry & Hailey Hunter
Hair - Hair by Gemma Knowles at Renella & Laura Haynes
Decorator - Eze Events
Lovemore and Elena were married at The Parsonage at Dunmore Park on Saturday. To say that this wedding was full of life would be a complete understatement. Even the rain didn’t put these two off. Their day was full of singing and some seriously amazing Zimbabwe traditions that I wish could be a part of every wedding!
I enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks for asking me to be a part of your day!
Venue - The Parsonage at Dunmore Park
Drone - Horizon Visuals
Photogrpaher - Mike Cook Photography
Dress -Lusan Mandongus from Kavelle Bridal Couture
Suit - T.M.Lewin
Flowers - Ann Baff Flowers
Cake - Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes
Hair - Hair by Gemma
Makeup - Hayley Hunter Makeup Artistry Music - The Places We Will Go feat. Jordan Critzby Marie Hines from Musicbed
Mhairi & Iain were married at the Strathaven Hotel. It was so incredibly heart warming to see a couple who have such a large close-knit group of friends. So many people supporting them on their day. And family who came from all over the world to be there. 🌎🧳🍾Congratulations! 🌞💐💍
Florist The Posy Sisters
Makeup Make Up by Sharon Cuthbert
Dress Angelique Lamont Bridal & Bridesmaids
Cake - Jo Kilpatrick
Humanist Celebrant MartinCelebrant
Louise & Martin were married on Sunday at The Three Kings Wedding Venue in Falkirk. I still can’t believe how these two met! They were at an airport bar and hit it off - then realised they were seated next to each other on the plane - THEN they kept running into each other after arriving in Ibiza. Some couples are just completely meant to be!
This wedding was full of life. So many children on the dance floor with seriously AMAZING moves. These two definitely know how to throw a party. 🎉
Florist Irenes Florist
Dress Cks Bridal
Peter Macdonald Humanist Celebrant
Diljeet & Kay were married at the beautiful Popinjay just outside of Glasgow.
As a gesture to each other they adopted each others traditions for their wedding day. Diljeet wore Kay’s family tartan and Kay wore a traditional Indian wedding dress with all the trimmings.
Their ceremony included a walk around a fire over their vows, a drink from the quake, hand fasting, necklaces and all made complete with a ceilidh first dance.
This day was full to the brim with love. 💞 I enjoyed every minute of it. 🙌
Henna by HennabyTerij
Laura & Scott were married on Easter Weekend in Glasgow at Oran Mor. It was the first heat wave of 2019 and was an absolutely perfect day for outdoor photos. These two had an amazing wedding with an epic cake, a choreographed first dance and truly amazing music all day!
I captured their day in both photos and video. Check out the highlight video for a taste of the day!
Band - Aff-Kilter Ceilidh Band / Dress - WED2B / Hair&Makeup - About Hair & Beauty Florist -Sabrina Simeone / Venue - Oran Mor / Cake - Liggy’s Cake Company
Happy Earth Day! As LUSTRE Video & Photography strives to be an eco-friendly company, I thought I would share a few ideas on how to go green on your wedding day! Weddings can be the most memorable day of your life so you definitely don’t want to compromise on your fairytale wedding and the good news is you wont have to! These are some easy tips on making your big day a little bit greener!
Say no to glitter! Glitter is made from tiny bits of plastic (micro plastic) which small animals mistake as food. Also this micro plastic might take more than 500 years to break down! Instead why not choose a biodegradable confetti like dried flower petals. The White Wedding & Party sell these on Amazon in a variety of colours for a very affordable price!
Second Hand Dress
Sometimes buying a second hand dress can be WAY more budget friendly and you are also helping the planet! OR why not donate your dress to a charity of your choice once you’ve worn it so that someone else can buy one second hand for their big day.
Two ways to go green with your invites are:
- Virtual Invites. Send your invitations online! The internet celebrated it’s 30th birthday this year, so I think It’s fair to say that everyone (even Gran and Grandad) will be able to receive your E-Invite. (And if not, you can always send them a special personalised invite just for them). Not only will you receive a faster response, but you will certainly save money on postage and printing costs! Check out websites like wedinvite.com who specialise in these services.
- Use recycled paper in your invites. This doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. Most professional printing services offer recycled paper as a printing option. Get in touch with your printer to see what their options are.
Decorations & Wedding Favours
The possibilities are endless when it comes to going green with decorations and wedding favours! Here are some things you could consider for your wedding day:
- Go straw-less or use paper straws instead
- Go balloon-less or use biodegradable balloons
- Use recycled material to create your centre pieces. Old jars or empty gin or whisky bottles are great! - Pinterest is great for this!
- Don’t use disposable cutlery or tableware.
- Find fun decorations from a vintage/charity shop instead of buying everything new.
Flowers are a bit more tricky. If you decide to have real flowers, some might criticize for all the energy used in their production and on their lack of sustainability (even though they are bio degradable) and alternatively if you decide to go with fake flowers, they are often made of plastic or contain plastic fabric (like acrylic) and will take hundreds of years to biodegrade! So here are a few green alternative options:
- Buy flowers from a sustainable florist. There are tons throughout the UK. Here is an example of a great one.
- Make flowers (or have them made) from recycled material (old maps or old books).
Whenever you have the choice to buy locally, you are reducing your carbon footprint! Think about it like this…the closer the product is to you, the less it will need to travel around the world to get to you- which means less carbon emissions are being used. Here are a few examples of things you could go locally with:
- Wine / Beer / Alcohol - Embrace your local brewery or winery!
- Food Ingredients
Wedding Photography Albums
There are many options out there to have wedding albums made. LUSTRE Video & Photography uses a company called Folio Albums to produce all of its wedding albums. The best thing about this company is their commitment being sustainable! These albums are hand-bound, using the finest quality cover materials, papers and inks. Each double spread opens out flat with an almost invisible crease so photographs can be displayed across two pages.
Cover board – FSC certified 100% recycled material
Paper – Art White from sustainable sources
Paper – Art Cotton PEFC certified from sustainable sources
Leather – sourced from suppliers committed to sustainability and the ethical treatment of animals
End sheets – 100% from sustainable sources
End boards – 90% recycled, 10% from sustainable sources
And their offices are supplied by 100% renewable sources in the UK.
Get in touch if you would like to enquire about a wedding album.
Do What You Can
Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t do all of these! You need to remember that it is impossible to do everything. These tips are just to spark some ideas on where you might be able to go a bit greener. Sometimes the green option is the more expensive option (not always, but sometimes) and we all have to work towards a realistic budget. So if you can embrace a few of these green tips then you should feel proud that you are consciously making an effort to fight climate change.
Looking for a photographer to showcase your event, studio, gig or celebration? I do more than just weddings! Get in touch if you’d like to find out about prices.
These photos were for the upcoming release of Hifi Richard by the talented Owen Gurrey. Listen to Hifi Richard here. Photos taken in Dr Shakamotos incredible music studio in Leeds.
My wonderfully talented husband has just been accepted onto a PhD programme in London, Ontario in Canada so we are going to be moving back to Canada (my home land) in September 2020. This means that I will be taking bookings for UK weddings up until August 2020, and starting to take bookings in Canada from September 2020 onward.
It’s going to be an exciting adventure and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for us!
For more info about packages and pricing in Canada visit here. For pricing and info about bookings in Scotland visit here.
Sunday 24th Feb join me in Leeds from 11-2pm for the Brides Up North Wedding Event at the Mansion! If you fancy coming along, check out the Facebook Event here to get your FREE tickets!
I am so honoured to not only be nominated but to be a finalist in the the upcoming Scottish Wedding Awards 2019. Thank you to everyone who has nominated me and I look forward to the awards ceremony in February 2019.
Clare & Dean’s Wedding Video
Location: Balbirnie House
Clare & Dean were lucky to have a sunny wedding in November at Balbirnie House. Loved shooting this wedding! Was full of Ed Sheeran cut outs, sparklers and amazing dance moves.
John & Joelle were married at the beautiful Skmaqn / Port-La-Joye-Fort Amherst National Historic Site of Canada in Prince Edward Island. It was an honour to film and photograph this wedding!
Susan & Bobby’s wedding was FULL of surprises and beautiful things to capture on film. From singing waiters to surprise cars and secret choreographed dance moves. I loved every moment of it. Needless to say, these two know how to throw a party. 🙌🏼
Kayleigh & Harry were married at Orocco Pier in South Queensferry. Beautiful day with surprise fireworks and all!
What an incredible day it was! Hannah & Steve were married at Fingask Castle last Thursday. This wedding was full of hand made, music themed decorations. Friends and family were involved in every part of the day, performing music, singing, making the wedding cake and so much more. It was such a beautiful wedding with so many talented people.
Emotional speeches 😭, killer colour scheme 💐 and sunshine all day 🤗. Congrats to these two.