Laura and Kevin had a beautiful winter wedding at Cartland Bridge in Lanark, Lanarkshire. I drove up to Lanark from Dumfries and Galloway the night before so that I could arrive at the venue nice and early the following day. The driving conditions on the journey north were interesting as snow showers were frequent causing whiteouts which made it hard to see the edges of the motorway.
The weather on the day of the wedding proved to be completely different, the sun came out and the snow lifted and it was gorgeous weather for a winter wedding.
I caught up with Laura, her bridesmaids and the two mums in the gallery where they were having their hair and makeup sessions. I spent some time chatting with them and taking photographs before heading outside to meet up with Kevin and his best man (and father), Clifford. We had a walk around and whilst it was on the cool side it wasn’t uncomfortable and we took the opportunity to scout around for a suitable place to take the group photographs.
Cartland Bridge Hotel is a Grade A listed building which was completed in the 1800’s and is a fine example of Sir John James Burnett’s Baronial style of Scottish architecture. It is set in approximately 19 acres of woodland and makes a fantastic getaway for intimate weddings.
Laura and Kevin had their civil wedding ceremony in the library with it’s lovely outlook to the fields and forests surrounding the hotel. Afterwards we headed outside into the sunshine where we took the formal group photographs before heading off on our own to capture some romantic photographs of the newly weds. Laura and Kevin had brought their two dogs with them and they were staying at the gatehouse lodge. This was a must have photograph, however it was also a nervous one with Laura wearing her magnificent white wedding dress and two very excited dogs with mucky paws…we needn’t have worried, the dogs were very well behaved and we manged to quickly get the shot and whisked the dogs away into the safety of the cottage. It then started to rain… so we took a few shots in the rain too 😉
Candid photographs were then the order of the day until the guests were called to be seated for the wedding breakfast. There followed a volley of excellent speeches before a delicious three course meal was served.
After dinner there was plenty of socialising to be had until the band introduced the first dance around 8pm. The dancefloor then never really emptied until the stroke of midnight when carriages arrived. Laura and Kevins wedding was fantastic in every way. The weather and the venue were brilliant and Kevin and Laura were an awesome couple to photograph. Here are a few of the highlights from their special day…