When Karen and Stuart first got in touch with me about their wedding in Portpatrick, I was so excited – they were planning a really fun and relaxed wedding with the ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception all in one place. Karen and Stuart are the loveliest people and I couldn’t wait to shoot their wedding!

The Venue
Karen and Stuart chose to marry in the picturesque village of Portpatrick because of the many happy times they had shared there with family, friends and their beloved Staffie, Muttley. They said that choosing the venue was easy as the Old Church in the village is absolutely stunning and was perfect for holding an intimate wedding and reception (50 guests). The venue also has 5 lovely king size bedrooms which meant that close family could stay. Separate accommodation is also available for the happy couple if desired! The owners, Simon and Elisa, are a lovely couple and are extremely helpful and able to make lots of good recommendations to help with planning your big day. You really need to see the place for yourself to fully appreciate it.

Getting ready
I began the morning at The Old Church, where the couple and their families were getting ready, and it was really chilled partly because everyone was together in one place and secondly because everyone was well and truly in the party mood. Karen wore a beautiful white dress and Stuart wore a full highland outfit with an Argyle Jacket and his clan tartan, MacLeod of Harris and they looked so perfect. Karen spotted her dress online at Berketex Bride and was the first dress she tried on. None of the other dresses she tried on measured up to that dress. She said that she felt beautiful in her dress.

We took photographs around the venue, firstly Karen and her bridesmaids and later with Stuart and the Groomsmen to ensure that as per tradition they did not see each other before the ceremony. There were so many lovely locations to choose from and we had great fun running around and hiding away when necessary.

The ceremony
The wedding took place upstairs in the main lounge area, and was a beautiful, personalised civil ceremony. They had a hand fasting, which everyone enjoyed. After the ceremony there was a big cheer from everyone, and then the celebrations began.

The party
As they were married in a coastal setting, we decided to head to the beach and take the group shots on the shoreline. It was a overcast day, which was perfect for photos. Then while the guests hung around drinking Prosecco, Karen, Stuart and I wandered around the village doing fun and creative portraits. My favourite photo from the portraits is the one of Karen having a great laugh at my expense as I lay on the beach covered in wet sand to take one of their images.

The wedding reception took place throughout the Old Church, which they’d decorated with fairy lights (thanks to Simon and Elisa), chair covers and sashes (The Main Event, Stranraer) and 2 beautiful floral displays on stands and flowers for the signing table (Andrea’s Florist, Stranraer). It looked wonderful.

During the reception they had a drinks reception served from the brilliant bar which dominates the central section of the main hall in the Old Church, which went down a storm. For the wedding breakfast they all sat around the massive dining table and were served a fantastic meal by their caterers, C H Catering and it was absolutely delicious. After the meal they had some wonderful speeches, then the couple cut the wedding cake and they went straight into the first dance.  Their first dance was to “We Have All the Time in the World by Louis Armstong” mainly because they love the music and lyrics and also because Karen gets a good laugh at Stuart when he tries to sing it!

The couple
Karen and Stuart met at work in December 2000. Stuart always said that he would never mix business and pleasure, however, when Karen joined his team he gave in to temptation. They fought through the snow in December 2000 for their first date at The Tunnel night club in Glasgow. They both had lots in common and after a visit to Portpatrick on their first Valentine’s Day together, it became apparent that Karen also shared Stuart’s love for the Port. Their love for each well and truly blossomed and, following a whirlwind romance (of 15 years), Stuart decided to propose to Karen and, much to his delight and relief, Karen was happy to accept.

They say if you’re planning a wedding, Don’t stress on the day – everything will be fine as long as the bride and groom both show up! It’s your day and you can’t please everyone so plan the day of your dreams.

They also commented on their wedding photography and said “We met with Dan after seeing some of his pictures on Facebook and having a look at his website. We all got on really well and were really impressed with the different options that he discussed with us and didn’t hesitate to book him. We did a pre-wedding shoot with Dan and his assistant Jamie and had good fun and were really put at ease in front of the camera. We had really good craic with Dan and Jamie on our wedding day and it was a pleasure to get our pictures taken by them. We still intend to meet up with Dan at some point for a few refreshments (leave the camera at home Dan!)

Here’s their beautiful seaside wedding!

Seaside Wedding at The Old Church portpatrick

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Venue: http://www.theoldchurchportpatrick.com/

Catering: https://www.facebook.com/C-H-Catering-480122032059587/

Dress: https://www.berketexbride.com/

Decor: https://www.facebook.com/Weddingsbythemainevent/

Flowers: https://www.andreas-florist.co.uk/