August wedding at Kinkell Byre
As a small child my parents took the family though to Fife for our summer holidays and because of that I have a soft spot for the East Neuk of Fife. So being able to work in this area is fantastic. I had the privilege to work at Kinkell Byre in St Andrews in August 2016. It was a really nice day, so instead of being stuck on a motorway, I went the coastal route though Kirkcaldy too Lower Largo and the lovely Crail.
At that time of year, the rapeseed fields are stunning, as a photographer this is so exciting finding location after location in this stunning part of Scotland for a potential photo shot with the couple later on in their day.
I arrived at Cambo house about 10.30 am where Ellis the bride was getting ready. This house is steeped in history and was granted to King William the lion in the 14th century. Once I worked my way through the labyrinths of hall ways, I finally found the girls busy getting ready. I stayed there until about 1.30pm then headed to the main venue, Kinkell Byre. This was a working farm in its day and has been converted into a wedding venue.
This venue will seat up to 200 guests, leaving plenty of space for a large dance floor. It is a blank canvas for you to decorate it to your taste. On this day the couple brought in caterers and had about five different food stations. Of course I filled my plate from barbecue chicken to grill steak. I sat out the way from the guests on a straw bale which was cool.
The ceremony was held in the barn which was decorated with candles and warm lighting. Because it was a nice day all the guests headed outside after the ceremony which was great to wonder about capturing all the natural moments of their day. After a few wedding party shots, the newlywed couple and I headed into St Andrews with a camper van that they had hired for the day. We headed to the old course, one of the most famous golf courses in the world. It did start to rain but it never put off Sammy and Ellis. Once we waited in a queue to get onto the famous bridge on the golf course, you only get a small window of time to get the shots they wanted before the next golfer tied off. It was raining and the light was not great, but what can you do.
Because of my search of location in the morning heading up to the venue, I asked the couple if they wanted to head out in my car to get some great shots local to the venue. We headed to an old church just down the road which had a stunning rapeseed field behind it, the light was great and it produced some great wedding photos. We spent about one hour driving about looking for some great locations. I was in my element and hope one day I will be back to this stunning part of the east coast of Scotland. It is a perfect wedding photography location.