Claire and Kirk are getting married soon in Hamilton . I eventually got to meet them last weekend after months of communicating online and after we had abandoned our previous meeting – because of our lousy spring weather! This time we picked the perfect time and we even managed to spot that rare West of Scotland creature – blue sky!
We met at Chatelherault Country Park in Lanarkshire which is the former Hunting Lodge of the Duke of Hamilton. The lodge was designed by William Adam and completed in 1734 and is now a five star visitor attraction. It is also a special events venue and a photographer’s delight.
The Duke of Hamilton also holds the French noble title of Duke of Châtellerault after it was bestowed originally in 1548, for James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran, and Regent of Scotland, who arranged the marriage of Mary, Queen of Scots, to the Dauphin Francis, son of King Henry II, and who had been promised a duchy by the Treaty of Châtillon, 1548. He subsequently turned against the Queen in 1559, and his French estates and title were confiscated. However the Hamilton Chatelherault title was revived in 1864 by non other than the Emperor Napoleon III !!
The lodge buildings originally provided kennels, stables and accommodation for hunting parties returning from the woodlands to the south. Adam jokingly referred to his creation as ‘The Dogg Kennel’. Quite a kennel don’t you think? It is a special place and the gardens are just perfect for a pre-wedding shoot.
It was great to finally get to meet Claire and Kirk. They are a lovely couple and I am so looking forward to the wedding in a few weeks time and doing all I can to ensure they have a fantastic day. Here are a few of my favourites from our photo session at a truly stunning location.
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