GG’s Yard Wedding

Tucked away in Dumfries and Galloway along the southern coast of Scotland, past a small fishing loch, lies the unique and fabulous GG’s Yard.

Emma and Peter found us via Bridebook at the start of 2023 for their August wedding later that year. Opting for photo only, we had a zoom call to go through everything; with both families Scottish, we were going to be in for a treat with kilts, tartan and whisky!

GG’s Yard is a quirky, contemporary wedding venue in southern Scotland, overlooking fields with spectacular sea views. The staff are brilliant, so attentive and friendly, and the venue really has thought about everything for photographers – the natural light coming in through the big glass windows was incredible.

The Wedding Day

Emma got ready with her bridesmaids and eldest daughter in the upstairs Bride’s Room, with a balcony overlooking the ceremony room below. Full of natural light and thoughtfully laid out, this room was perfect for the getting ready shots!

Below this room lies the whisky room – Dean was very jealous not to have come, being such a whisky lover! Peter and his best men raised a dram or two here before the proceedings began, having a few moments to absorb what laid ahead!

The ceremony room is so impressive (the whole venue is impressive!) – wide space to allow for plenty of guests, so much natural light and real rustic charm with beams and exposed brickwork.

Emma and Peter opted to have a humanist ceremony, which allowed it to be so much more personal and emotional, with stories of how they both met, the journey they’ve been on together raising three children, family heartache, and the excitement of a future together as one large family. Scottish traditions were upheld, including a shot of whisky and lighting a candle in memory of Peter’s father, before their two eldest children blew bubbles around their mum and dad!

We then went outside to the patio for canapes, welcome drinks and family photos, before I ventured off with Emma and Peter in my car down to the nearby beach for some seaside photos. While this was still beautiful and we had a lovely time, we were also seen as celebrities walking along the beach amongst the holiday makers – it was school holidays for England at this point (and still busy, despite it being a Tuesday).

We had a lot of fun with the couple photos, and Emma and Peter really let me get artistic and try out new photography styles too, which is always a bonus when there’s trust from everyone!

Later, we went back for speeches (excellent) and food (I was treated as a guest and sat on a table, which was so lovely!). The food was delicious; the first time I’d had haggis, and I actually quite liked it!

For the evening they’d hired a singer/DJ who really knew how to get the crowd going; the dancefloor was full!

When it was time to leave I was genuinely sad – I felt like Emma and Peter had become my friends as the day went on. This was such a great wedding, in the most stunning of locations.

If you’re considering a GG’s Yard wedding, or would like to speak to us about photographing or filming your wedding day, contact us!

Here are some super kind words from Emma and Peter:

“Becky was superb from start to finish. Even before the wedding she was really accommodating to any requests we had. On the day itself she was very happy to go with the flow and also kept everyone inline to get the pictures we wanted, this was a massive help. Becky is beautiful inside and out, our day wouldn’t have been the same without her.”