Despite it raining all day, I loved being Cairistiona and Tom’s wedding photographer for their wonderful celebration at the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel in Luss. The thing that perhaps made it work so well was their beautiful laidback attitude to the day. Rain? It absolutely didn’t put a dampener on their spirits at all. What’s more, they were very much happy to embrace the weather which made for even more wonderful photographs.
September can always bring a real mix of weather, but the one thing I love about it is that it doesn’t feel cold yet. Certainly not by Scottish standards. There’s still that lovely warmth in the air left over from summer. I suppose that’s why I love photographing weddings at that time of the year so much.
Wedding Prep Cottages in Loch Lomond
I started the day with Tom photographing him in the nearby cottages which form part of the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel estate. The cottages became part of the bridal and groom prep ahead of the day. These were beautiful stone cottages with decorated interiors with a luxurious Highland feel to them.
Tom was busy gift wrapping Swedish Dala horses, and gave me one as a gift. It currently sits on a shelf in my living room, and my children still love to pick it up and play with it. The reason for the Swedish element was that Tom was living in Sweden. I adore Dala horses, so I loved this little touch. I often think of being their wedding photographer at the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel when I look at it.
After Tom’s photographs with his best man, I headed to Cairi’s cottage where she was getting ready with her bridesmaids and parents. Another gorgeous cottage that felt homely and welcoming and the perfect setting for getting ready on the morning of their wedding.
Inchconnachan Suite Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony took place in the beautiful Inchconnachan Suite which is tucked away behind the main hotel. It’s a fantastic blank canvas for any couple planning their wedding to dress it up as they see fit. It offers a neutral palette tone, and lots of natural light through the large windows. As a wedding photographer at the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, I love being able to use natural light in my images.
Tom’s musician friends played for them during the ceremony and played at the end of the wedding they walked down the aisle. Following from the ceremony we had time for some group wedding photographs outside in the courtyard by the suite and the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel. Although overcast, it wasn’t yet raining. The one thing about weddings at Loch Lomond Arms Hotel is that there’s plenty of spots for photos regardless of the weather.
Firkin Point Loch Lomond Wedding Photographs
Cairi and Tom and I headed up to Firkin Point on Loch Lomond for their couple portraits. Firkin Point is an amazing spot for some Loch Lomond wedding photos. It’s the sort of location where it would be advisable to take a change of footwear – a pair of wellies under a wedding dress is absolutely fine! It would have been wonderful to see the mountains surrounding Loch Lomond but the low cloud cover had other ideas. Fortunately, we took some misty and romantic photos with a still loch lapping against the beach and the soft light. It really added an ethereal feel to their wedding photos at Loch Lomond.
Their wedding reception continued with speeches, a meal, and entertainment all in the Inchconnachan Suite. The evening ended with a wonderful ceilidh which had the entire wedding party up dancing.
I love being a wedding photographer at the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel. It’s such a chilled out laid back wedding venue in Luss which suits my style to a tee. If you’re planning a wedding in Loch Lomond and looking for a photographer, I’d love to chat with you more about your day.
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Wedding venue: Loch Lomond Arms Hotel
Dress; Eleganza Spoza
Groom’s outfit: Slater Menswear
Florist: Melissa Coll Florals
Wedding invites: Origami Fox
Cake: The Singl-end
Hair and Make Up: Laura Gray
Celebrant: Thirza Wilson
Chairs: Central Events
Ceilidh Band: It’s No Reel Scottish Ceilidh Band
Thank you so much for all your superb photographs Kirsten: such wonderful reminders of a special day. It was a pleasure to have you capture Cairstiona and Tom’s wedding. You fitted in so thoughtfully with family and friends, recording their magical moments so discreetly and impeccably. What a star!