Petrea and Steve

Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing my old colleague and friend, Petrea’s wedding. Amazingly, it didn’t rain, and the sky allowed some drama, I was happy. I was assisted all day by my girlfriend Julie, and she did an amazing job of holding remote flash, helping to ensure that we didn’t miss critical moments, and arranging the main Bride and Groom shots. In addition Julie was second shooter, and captured loads of shots that will be an essential part of the album and slideshow from the day. Just for fun, I have slipped 4 of Julie’s shot’s into this blog posting, I wonder if you can spot any of them? I’ll start with a shot of Petrea and Steve enjoying their first few hours of marriage. The dress was arranged here by Julie, and I love the drama in the shot. Offboard flash used.


However, all weddings start with panic and fun for the bridal party. It would be unprofessional of me to mention the exciting game of “hunt the missing earrings”. Oops….

Some of Petrea’s younger supporters:

Back to the pampering.

Of course, meanwhile the men were looking after each other’s preparations.

But eventually all were ready and Petrea emerged, looking amazing..

And here’s one of Steve looking equally great, ready to meet Petrea.

Assisted in last minute good wishes by sister, Ginny.

The ever so girlie bridal party prepare to accompany Petrea into the marriage room.

And, finally, down to the business in hand.


It wouldn’t of course be a Petrea event without a musical element, Petrea and the registrar, a friend from Edinburgh celebrate the union with an Operatic duet. So classy and so beautiful..

Safely married and looking delighted, these pictures show the details of Petrea’s dress.

And so to the formals, struggling as I was with the tail end of a chest infection, marshalling the troops by power of voice alone was never going to be easy, mercifully Petrea and Steve had pre-selected all the guests for docility and obedience……

Eventually the guests were left to relax and enjoy the castle setting, while Petrea, Steve, Julie and I went to a local beach in Cove. The wedding was held in Craigrownie Castle in Cove, Rosneath Peninsula, Argyll. Somewow an Irish/Scottish wedding was set of by the very Celtic setting of Loch Long and the Cowal hills beyond. Enjoy these:

We loved photographing Petrea and Steve on the beach and hope you like the images as much as we do. However, if the Celtic theme was to continue, it needed music:

“Ah, if only someone would dance with me, my pumpkin will be here soon”

Apparently wallflowers were sprouting all over the floor…

However, this girl didn’t have too long to wait:

More ceilidh music supplied by an excellent trio:

And more dancing, some cruel guest even made me join in.

One of the most lovely moments, was Petrea dancing a waltz, with her mum. Boy did they know how to Waltz.

This is just a flavour of the wedding. I hope you enjoyed it. Good luck Steve and Petrea.
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  • Fran

    Wonderful photos, will bring much enjoyment and a rekindling of happy memories as the years go by.

    Great Job!

  • Lelia Newman

    Great viewing the many lovely pictures …….bringing back happy memories of Petrea & Steve’s Wedding Day ……24th. September 2011 ……Buiochas o Auntie Celine …….

  • Joyce

    These are wonderful – I love the ones taken on the beach (especially those in black and white). Was it only a week ago???

  • Maggie

    Stunning, Matthew. Do you realise how talented you are?

  • alistair thomson

    Pippa and I agree that it was the most romantic and joyful of days, and these photographs have captured that mood perfectly.
    They are expertly composed while maintaining a wonderful informality.
    This selection makes great viewing. We’re looking forward to seeing more.

  • Petrea

    Love the photos Matthew, they are just great and can’t wait to see the rest. We both have had fantastic feedback on your photos from friends and colleagues at work…Pure talent…
    From the bride and goom themselves…thank you so much!!!

  • Susan King

    Theses are without doubt, some of the loveliest wedding photos I have ever seen.
    You’ve captured the joy of the occasion so beautifully – if I ever need a photographer, you’ll be my first call.

  • marina scott

    I have just seen the most romantic picture of a bride that I think I have ever seen. Windswept, on the beach, veil billowing, just GORGEOUS. Some lovely ones of the happy couple too, very, very well done. 🙂

  • ISABEL GALLUD

    Hello Petrea, this is Isabel, your mother neighbourgh in Torrevieja. Orla told me about this photos of your wedding, they are wonderfull, seams like very carefull planned. All those smart garmets on everybody.
    CONGRATULATIONS, and wish you to be happy.
    See you maybe sometime in Torrevieja.
    Greetings…..!!!

  • ISABEL GALLUD

    OHHHH……!!! I forgot about Grace and Katherine they look like coming out of a fairy tail…. the whole wedding look like that in fact….!!!