Holly and Sandy’s Springtime Barn Wedding

Holly and Sandy’s Spring Wedding at Bachilton Barn

Holly and Sandy’s wedding day started at Holly’s parents stunning house in the beautiful Perthshire town of Crieff.

This house is one of the most beautiful places in which I’ve done a bridal prep shoot. The house was also a joy to shoot in as it had plenty of space and huge windows to let the lovely spring morning light flood in.

When I arrived the videographer was already set up and going through a range of poses and movements with his camera and stabiliser set up.

This gave me plenty of time to capture what else was going on in the room and I felt very inconspicuous next to his rather large cameras with their stabilisers and tripods.

The hair and make up artists were deep in concentration and well under way in getting Holly, her mum and bridesmaids ready.

If you’ve read much of my website you’ll know that as a candid wedding photographer I don’t set up lots of standard shots and this day I spent a lot of time essentially working around the many shots being set up by the videographers with their tripods and camera stabilisers.

My documentary approach meant that I could work around the repetitive nature of a lot of videography shots to still get natural shots that tell the story of a couple’s wedding day.

After Holly was in her dress and I captured her dad’s very emotional reaction to seeing her ready for her wedding day I had to say my goodbyes and head off to the wedding venue at Bachilton Barn. 

Bachilton Barn is a very cool, sympathetic barn conversion venue at the end of a very long single track road off the main road between Creiff and Perth. It also has a farm and the boutique Strathearn distillery right next door. 

The site has a great country view and a good sized pond with a gazebo/summer house. Unfortunately the typical Scottish Spring weather mean that very little time was spent outside as it was about 4 degrees and dreich. 

Most of the guests (and the other videographer) were already inside and had taken their seats when I arrived so I introduced myself to Sandy, shot a few frames of him and his guests and then got ready to capture the bridal party’s arrival.

There was a really great string quartet playing a range of classic music and also some arrangements of rock and pop songs that more closely matched Holly and Sandy’s taste in music.

Holly and her dad arrived in an incredibly cool small classic car (which I later found out is a 1957 Austin A35) and went inside to meet her mum, bridesmaids and incredibly cute flower girl to get ready for the ceremony.

The ceremony was a full-on Scottish humanist affair with lovely personalised humanist vows and a Holly’s brother doing a reading of a passage by Victor Hugo. 

After this came both a hand-fasting (where ‘tie the knot’ comes from) and a quaich ceremony where a metal cup (quiach) of whisky was passed between the couple and then passed round the guests. The whisky used was their local classic ‘Dalwhinnie’ (the Strathearn Distillery beside Bachilton Barn isn’t yet producing whisky).

Once the ceremony was finished I left Holly and Sandy to drink champagne and be congratulated by their guests as this always makes for some great candid shots.

A while later the videographers did their set-up shots outside and I was able to grab some candid shots while they got their posed shots and ‘walking up and down’ shots done. Sitting in on this enabled me to get some great unplanned shots of what was going on round about the couple.

After that it was back inside Bachilton Barn for a few family group shots and to get set up for the speeches.

As the tables were laid I was able to shoot some of the details and the centre-pieces. There were also some great little scenes in various places around the barn with a Disney vs Star Wars theme (I’m a Star Wars fan myself). 

Holly and Sandy’s cake cutting was in the centre of the main barn and the cake was placed on a whisky barrel.

Monochrome image of a wedding cake placed on a wooden whisky barrel

The cutting and the first dance were lit by a single spotlight courtesy of the videographers which looked very atmospheric. 

The choice of first dance was excellent: ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ by Guns and Roses and the band did a great version. 

Having a good band with a strong set-list is a real gift to me as a photographer as I can get the action shots I love to capture on the dance floor quickly. I love to shoot on a full dance floor to show the party-atmosphere of the evening reception.

Holly and Sandy’s day was a great laid back wedding and I really enjoyed being a part of it. I also should say that their choice of band and music was great 😉

Thanks for reading, cheers, K