Scottish photographers share their favourite snaps of the wedding morning prep

Whether it’s relaxed, hilarious or filled with butterflies, your wedding morning will be special, for both you and your photographer. Six share their best moments with Nicole Conner

Bride Jennifer and her bridesmaids reading the paper, shot by Graeme Wilson Photography

Graeme Wilson Photography

“My bridesmaids and I stayed at Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens the night before my wedding to Andrew at Glasgow University Memorial Chapel. Waking up to bright sunshine, chilled champagne and my best girls was the perfect start to my wedding day – I can’t think of a better bunch of people to get me to the altar than the ladies who had my heart from the very beginning,” bride Jennifer Connelly tells us.

Heart warming first look between father and daughter captured by Samantha Clyne Photography

Samantha Clyne Photography

There is nothing quite as moving as the first look shots between a father and daughter. “My bride Ashleigh’s dad had been emotional all morning, so I knew this interaction would be teary. The sheer emotion overwhelmed him when he saw his daughter all dressed and ready to marry Steven-James at Maryculter House Hotel, ” says Samantha Clyne Photography. “It was the purest, most amazing first look I have ever witnessed as a wedding photographer. It was wonderful.”

Bride and bridal party captured by Megan Lannigan Photography

Megan Lannigan Photography

[Right and bottom] Before her nuptials to Scott at Brig O’Doon in Ayr in April, Stacey had a lovely, calm morning with her mum, sisters, nieces and friends. “They were super-chilled and excited for the day ahead,” says Megan Lannigan Photography, who captured a pic of the girls being blown away by the bride’s dress perfectly. “Stacey’s bridal party were so excited to see her look all together and it was a very special moment for them.”

Bridal party's reaction to bride captured by Rachel Spence Photography

Rachel Spence Photography

Could you imagine getting this reaction from your loved ones during your big dress reveal? Bride Kimberley’s family delight over her w-day ensemble as she prepares to tie the knot with Nathan at The Vu in Bathgate. The morning went by with plenty of laughs, as bridesmaids tucked into sausage rolls to keep them going until dinner and dancing.

Dougi McMillan first look shot between father and bride

Dougi McMillan Photography

“The image of the father and bride first-look shot is from Loryn and Ross’s wedding at Balbirnie House Hotel in Fife in April. As with all first looks, the moment was very special between the pair and was filled with love and affection. Of course, there were some tears of joy and happiness,” says Dougi McMillan.

Mother of the bride on the wedding morning, captured by Biggar Picture

Biggar Picture Photography

“Tina and David married at Biggar’s Cornhill Castle in April. This picture shows the mother of the bride loving the Paolo Nutini tunes that were playing during the morning hair and makeup. This is a perfect example of why it’s important to have a great playlist to keep the energy levels high during bridal prep,” says Allan Forrester of Biggar Picture Photography.

Photos With Paige bride and bridesmaids in dressing gowns jumping on a bed

Photos with Paige

Charlotte had a ball with her best gals as she prepared to marry Dickie at Keavil House in Dunfermline in May 2022. “Their wedding had been postponed due to covid so the whole day was filled with the joy and excitement that’s evident in this photo,” says photographer Paige Wilkinson of Photos with Paige.

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