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FORGANS ST ANDREWS WEDDING PHOTOS AMY & TOM

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Amy and Tom wanted a very relaxed family wedding in St Andrews. They both loved the quirky style of Forgans and wanted to combine the relaxed, casual venue with the formality of a church ceremony. There could never have been any other place for them to get married. St Salvator’s Chapel, in the heart of St Andrews, was their University Chapel where they had worshipped and sung in the choir. They have a very close relationship with their school music teacher and he had come to play the organ at their wedding. Guests came form all over the world to see them married.

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WEDDING PREPS IN ST ANDREWS AIR B&B HOUSE

Amy’s parents rented an amazing house in the middle of St Andrews where the whole family could get ready for the wedding. Amy and her sister had their hair done at Sophie Butlers and then headed back to the house for a fabulous family lunch before the bride and bridesmaid did each others wedding makeup. 

Amy and her sister Georgia spent sometime with their grandfather. Together they sipped mugs of hot tea and tackled  The Times crossword.

Later the house was full of fun and laughter. The buffet was spread out on the huge dinning table and Mum popped the champagne. I did notice her Dad having a few quiet thoughtful moments. He no doubt was thinking about walking his daughter down the aisle or perhaps all the special times he’d had with her when she was little.

Amy’s dress was beautifully unique. From the Spanish designer Jesus Peiro, it was a vision of sophisticated, youthful elegance. And it had pockets!! She was just so excited to wear it and wow did she look gorgeous.  

You could feel the emotion when her parents first saw her. Once their baby girl and now a stunning bride. 

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ST SALVATORS UNIVERSITY CHAPEL WEDDING CEREMONY

It was lovely to see the medieval church bell tower set against a clear blue sky. When I got there guests were arriving. Some walked through the cobbled streets and other were arriving in taxis. Hugs, kisses and firm manly handshakes from people who possible hadn’t seen each other for some time. They came form all over the UK and many from overseas. This always makes me realise that a wedding isn’t just about the bride and groom. It’s about families and friendships that span miles and decades. I love to document them relationships between them. 

I spotted Tom in the throng of alumni, friends and family. He looked so happy and terribly handsome in his wedding suit. 

As guests were being shown to their seats in the choir stalls Amy and her father were being driven to the church by her Grandfather. After a few private moments at the church gates Amy was ready.  She stepped out of the sunshine and into the dark, quiet of the historic church and was ready to be married to her childhood sweetheart. 

Sun streamed through the stained glass casting a colourful glow over the congregation and the organ music filled this iconic building. Her sister Georgia, also her bridesmaid, followed The Chaplain down the long aisle. 

The ceremony was emotional and very personal. Hymns sung with gusto and two readings read with love. Tom and Amy exchanged rings and kissed and in that moment they became husband and wife and a new chapter of their life had begun. 

The organ music again filled the church and they made their way out into the Scottish sunshine. I was quick enough to capture Tom, hi-fiving the youngest guest!

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WEDDING PHOTOS ON ST ANDREWS BEACH (WEST SANDS)

While the guests made their way across the street and down the cobbled lane to the reception, Tom, Amy and myself jumped in a taxi and headed to West Sands for a few very quick photos on the beach. I really do mean quick!  I think it’s so important for a bride and groom to be at their own wedding and not off having a long photoshoot.

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FORGANS ST ANDREWS WEDDING RECEPTION

We were greeted back at the reception by a line of guests, champagne in hand,  all clutching handfuls of confetti. Rose petals to be exact. Much more environmentally friendly! Amy and Tom held hands and ran the gauntlet of petals. There was fairylights overhead and the entrance was lined with fresh herbs and local produce. 

If you’ve ever been to St Andrews then the chances are you will have been to Forgans. It offers Scottish food and has a bar well stocked with gins. It’s famous bothies are unique spaces to eat. It’s a former golf club factory, a “cleek factory” and many of the world’s most famous glad clubs were made here. It’s a fantastic place to eat and makes an incredible, quirky, fuss free wedding venue. 

Long tables and been set for the wedding meal. The staff at Forgans are so friendly and the food was delicious. We listened to speeches that were warm, emotional and very funny. It was heart warming to be in a room filled with chatter and laughter. It had the feel of a huge family Christmas dinner table. Definitely not a traditional wedding. 

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FORGANS ST ANDREWS WEDDING CEILLIDH

As the sun went down the dance floor filled and the ceilidh began. Tom and Amy again went against traditional and decided not to have a first dance. Amy donned her converse and everyone hit the dance floor.  When you go non-traditional amazing things happen…they had an emotional, sweaty, huggy last dance while their guests belted out Auld Lang Syne in a huge circle around them What a party! Tom and Amy’s friends know how to enjoy themselves. I loved every minute of it too.

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I had a fantastic time and you can see from the photos how much everyone loved the wedding. Being a documentary wedding photographer gives me the freedom to tell the real story of their wedding day without traditional posed photographs. 

If you like natural unposed, wedding photos then you might enjoy looking at these weddings at Taypark House and a Kinnettles Castle

If you’re planning your own wedding and don’t want to pose for photos on your wedding day then I’d love to hear from you.

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