Carriden Church and Glenskirlie House wedding
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Friday, January 03, 2014
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The last wedding of 2013 was for Ceilidh and Andy at Carriden Church, Bo'ness and then on to Glenskirlie House.

This is the first time i’ve covered a at Carriden Church, a surprising large church set in the outskirts of Bo’ness.  There is an old ruined church in the ground which I have used for a photo shoot in the past. The weather as was expected for the 28th December was cold, wet and windy, and as a 2pm ceremony we knew the light would be failing fast by the time the ceremony was finished. 

Ceilidh wish for the ceremony to be held by candle light and the use of a flash would have killed the atmosphere in the church.

A few months ago I invested in a Fuji X1 Pro camera which an excellent reputation for being very quite and great at rendering images in low light. The camera is a retro model similar in looks to a1930’s Leica rangefinder but with modern 16MB sensor and digital capabilities. In the good old day of film, a sensitive film for low light was ISO 400-800 but now quite happy to shoot at ISO 6400 and get great results.

Starting with brides preparations at her mums house,  along to the church to capture the arrivals and thanks to the cooperation of the minister I was allowed at the alter to shoot the actual ceremony without a flash. This is where professional cameras come into their own.

Shot the family groups in the church and a quick photo session with the bride and groom round the grounds of the old church as the sun set.  I always shoot with the final album design in mind and during the day I captured a range of details shots in the house and church which i’ll use as background page images.

Onto Glenskirlie House for some additional group shots and finished with all the details of the table settings.

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