imogen and gillian portpatrick wedding fernhill hotel ayrshire
"Alysa and her work were such a wonderful part of our wedding experience. She communicated throughout the planning process and made us feel so at ease. On the day nothing was too much of an ask and we have big families who wanted shots of everything! She was flexible with timings and captured beautiful moments all day and night. The shots we have are so gorgeous and we know we will love them for the rest of our lives. Thank you Alysa! We cannot recommend your services highly enough!!"
Imogen and Gillian

Nestled along the picturesque Ayrshire coast in Scotland lies the charming village of Portpatrick. This coastal gem boasts breathtaking views of the Irish coast on clear days, making it an idyllic backdrop for any special occasion. And on this particular day, Portpatrick was set to witness the union of two souls deeply in love – Imogen and Gillian.

The day began with anticipation and excitement as Imogen and Gillian separately prepared for their momentous day. As their chosen photographer, I embarked on my journey, first heading towards Gillian’s preparation area. Little did I know that this day would be filled with unforgettable moments, stunning scenery, and an abundance of love.

After a brief detour that led me to a dairy farm, I finally arrived at Gillian’s location. The air was crisp with the scent of Scottish countryside, and the serenity of the surroundings set the perfect tone for the day ahead. Gillian’s bridal preparations were a delight to capture, with the natural light illuminating her every feature. The two piece dress, a leather affair with high pump sandals already made for an epic start to the day.

From there, I made my way to the Fernhill Hotel, where Imogen was getting ready. The aura of excitement was palpable as Imogen’s closest friends and family helped her prepare for the day. The photos taken during Imogen’s bridal prep are, without a doubt, some of my favorites to date. The quality of light was nothing short of magical, casting an ethereal glow around her. Imogen’s dress was a testament to her unique style and grace, fitting perfectly into the enchanting backdrop of Portpatrick. Her dress, a creation by Raw Rags by PK, was a masterpiece in itself. It was not just beautiful but also perfectly suited for the gentle Scottish breeze that swept through the room.


With both brides ready to embark on this new chapter of their lives, we made our way to the ceremony room at the Fernhill Hotel. The views from the ceremony room were simply breathtaking, offering a panoramic vista of Portpatrick Bay. The couple had chosen a location that perfectly mirrored their love – expansive, open, and filled with beauty.

The ceremony itself was a moving and heartfelt affair, made even more special by the fact that it was led by a dear friend acting as a celebrant. The personal touches and genuine emotions shared between Imogen and Gillian touched the hearts of everyone present. Love was in the air, and it was clear that these two souls were meant to be together.

Following the ceremony, the celebrations continued with mingling and drinks. The Fernhill Hotel, with its elegant ambiance and sweeping views, provided the perfect setting for capturing candid moments. Laughter and joy filled the air as friends and family congratulated the newlyweds, and I had the privilege of capturing these precious moments through my lens.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm glow over Portpatrick, we embarked on a series of group portraits. The hotel’s stunning lighting and the backdrop of the bay offered the perfect canvas for creating timeless memories. The love and connection among the couple and their loved ones shone through in every frame.

After the group portraits, we made our way to the Portpatrick village hall. The couple and their dedicated family and friends had spent the entire previous day decorating the hall, pouring their love and creativity into every detail. It was evident that this was a labor of love, and the results were nothing short of spectacular.

The evening festivities began with heartfelt speeches that alternated between laughter and tears. Imogen and Gillian’s loved ones shared touching stories and warm wishes for the couple’s future together, creating an atmosphere filled with love and emotional depth.

A delightful buffet dinner followed the speeches, allowing guests to savor delicious food while continuing to celebrate the joyous occasion. The evening culminated in the much-anticipated cake cutting ceremony, a moment that marked the beginning of a sweet journey together for Imogen and Gillian.

Just before a storm rolled in, we seized the opportunity to capture couples’ portraits. The moody atmosphere, with dark clouds gathering in the distance, created a dramatic backdrop that perfectly encapsulated the couple’s passion and connection. The resulting photos were nothing short of stunning, reflecting the depth of their love in every frame.

With the storm clouds approaching, it was time to hit the dance floor. The reception hall was transformed into a whirlwind of music and dancing, with Imogen and Gillian at the center of it all. Their love was infectious, and it didn’t take long for everyone to join in the celebration, dancing the night away.

As I packed up my camera gear at the end of the night, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for being a part of Imogen and Gillian’s special day. Their love story, set against the backdrop of the stunning Portpatrick coast, was a testament to the power of love and the beauty of two souls finding their forever home in each other’s hearts.

Imogen and Gillian’s wedding in Portpatrick was a day filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable memories. It was a day when two hearts became one, and their love story will forever be etched in the breathtaking beauty of the Ayrshire coast.

Venue: Fernhill Hotel, Portpatrick

Makeup: Makeup by Hania

Dress: Raw Rags by PK

I’m pleased to say that Imogen and Gillian’s wedding was featured in the Dec/Jan 2023 issue of Tie the Knot Scotland. You can view the feature here. Tie the Knot Scotland also featured the wedding again in their Feb/March 2024 issue: Golden Oldies