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Scotland Wedding Photographer | Rachel and James

When Rachel left the U.S. for the University of St. Andrews in Scotland to earn her Master’s degree, she never imagined that her very first week there she’d meet the man that she would later marry. James noticed her right away when she walked into his church the week that he happened to be on welcome team and he made a mental note that he needed to talk to her later. James was also a student at the University, but was born and raised in Scotland so he introduced her to everything that their beautiful country has to offer from the picturesque little seaside town of St. Andrews to the beautiful Scottish countryside….and somewhere along the way they fell for each other. I wish you could meet them, because they are absolutely perfect for one another. She’s an incredibly intelligent, caring, and obviously beautiful American girl, and he’s a witty, well-spoken Scotsman who can command a room and make anyone laugh. I’m so excited for them and their future together!

They held their wedding in St. Andrews where it all began and it’s easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It’s a tiny coastal community with so much charm packed into it’s cobblestone streets and old  stone buildings. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect place to have a wedding! It was planned to perfection and every detail was infused with love. It was the epitome of rustic elegance….from the beautiful lavender color palette to the millions of twinkling lights in the old stone barn, everything was beautiful! I loved all of the Scottish traditions that were weaved into their day including being piped into their reception by a bag piper and the traditional attire…even the father of the bride wore a kilt! But my favorite tradition was the Ceilidh Band and dancing at the reception. I’ve never been to a more lively or fun celebration!  I especially loved that even with all of the fun planned, the focus was still on the love that these two share and their new marriage…even a 90% chance of rain all day couldn’t ruin their excitement or steal their joy! As James and Rachel twirled and danced with all of their family and friends, I couldn’t help but feel so grateful to be there capturing such a special day. That is perhaps my favorite part about photographing a destination wedding…the way Rachel and James and their families welcomed us in and included us in all of the joy surrounding the celebrations was an incredible honor. Scotland is the most magical place and I already can’t wait to go back! I think you’ll see why as you look through my favorites from their beautiful day…

A huge thanks to my dear friend Jill for being my second shooter!  And congratulations again, Rachel and James!

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Venue: Kinkell Byre

Ceremony: Holy Trinity Parish Church

Florist: Blue Poppy Florist

Hair and Makeup Artist: Sandra Cormack Professional Hair and Makeup

Cake Artist: Jane Bakes Great

Getting Ready Venue: Castlemount Bed and Breakfast

Band: Norman Mackay’s Ceilidh Experience

 

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  1. Lauren Swann

    September 3rd, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    This is absolutely breathtaking. I’m speechless, Anna!

  2. Lindsay

    September 3rd, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    ANNA!!!! This is BEYOND perfection!! Absolutely breath-takingly-epic!!! You did a phenomenal job!!

  3. Jill Powers

    September 3rd, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    LOOOOOVE!!! That day could NOT have been better! Let’s do at least one wedding overseas every year…okay? Okay!

  4. Mia Bjerring

    September 3rd, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    All of these photos are absolutely stunning! I love the way you captured their love and their big day! Thank you for showing us all these photos! I loved looking through them and seeing their happiness and love!

  5. Brittany L

    September 3rd, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    These are AMAZING!!!! Such a gorgeous wedding down to every detail! You really captured the love in the air! So happy for Rachel and James!

  6. Janell Rardon

    September 3rd, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    There is only one thing to say: WOW!!!! Anna, you captured the emotion and beauty and spirit. I felt the love of James and Rachel and the joy of these families pouring through each photo AND you captured the spirit of St. Andrews, as well. What a feast for the eyes and a testament to God’s power working in the lives of those who love and serve Him. Simply divine! Blessings on this marriage, these families, and your gift from God.

  7. Alison

    September 3rd, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Anna! These are truly amazing! Every detail of every image is perfection!

  8. Kathryn Grace

    September 3rd, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Um. AMAZING.

  9. Caitlin

    September 3rd, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    this is the most incredible wedding, ever!!! you captured it so perfectly. love all the details, locations, everything! obsessed with her little flower crown.

  10. Meredith

    September 3rd, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Your work lately has been AMAZING. These are phenomenal! AND THE PORTRAITS?! I DIE. I also love the way you lit the reception! So beautiful!

  11. Rebekah Gribling

    September 3rd, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I’m speechless! You are amazing, Anna!! These photographs are absolutely perfection! They are stunning and you captured the joy on Rachel’s face, and the love that James and Rachel share! What beautiful, precious memories!

  12. Rebekah Carter

    September 3rd, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I’m so glad you didn’t cut down on the images you posted b/c every single one of these is just perfection!

  13. Korie Lynn

    September 3rd, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    *picks up jaw off floor* Oh Annamarie! You captured this exquisitely! and with such heart!! Your work has blown me away lately, girl!!

  14. Brittany Claud

    September 3rd, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Anna!!! These are beyond amazing! Every image is perfect! You are incredible!!! I can get over this wedding!

  15. Stephanie

    September 3rd, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I have been checking constantly to see if these pics were up! It was sooooo worth the wait! These are fabulous!!

  16. Nikki Santerre

    September 3rd, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    OH MY GOSH! Everything about this wedding is amazing! What an incredible experience for you, Annamarie!

  17. Hannah Teague

    September 3rd, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    ahhhhh I love all of these!!!

  18. Allie

    September 3rd, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Dang, girl! I am more blown away with every wedding I see of yours! Incredibly beautiful and well done :)

  19. Danielle

    September 4th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Absolutely STUNNING! Your work is so beautiful.

  20. Caroline Logan

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    DYINGGGGGGGGG

  21. Caroline

    September 4th, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Wow, I’m blown away!

  22. Sandra Cormack (SC Makeup Artistry)

    September 4th, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Hi there, just wanted to get in touch to let you know that I love the pictures that you took of Rachel’s wedding.

    Best Wishes,

    Sandra

  23. Erika Mills

    September 5th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Anna these are magic!!! I cannot even believe that light, the bokeh in the reception shots and mostly those portraits!! WOW!

  24. Jackie

    September 6th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    These are beautiful! Great job!

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    September 18th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

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  27. Claire

    February 2nd, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! Annamarie, do you happen to know her dress designer? It is stunning. Thanks!

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