Wedding Photography at GG’s Yard. Steph and Stu.

Steph and Stu first contacted me about providing their wedding photography at GG’s Yard near Gatehouse of Fleet early last year.  At that point GG’s Yard was a completely new venue, in fact I don’t think it had even hosted a wedding so there was very little for me to see when I did my customary venue search. What I did find was pictures of a large, airy and contemporary space, based on a 200 year old farm set in great surroundings overlooking Scotland’s southern coast. I couldn’t find a lot of wedding photography at GG’s Yard but the venue itself looked fantastic. When I got there for the wedding a couple of weeks ago I wasn’t disappointed.

Steph and Stu were looking for photography that would reflect their own plans for a wedding that wasn’t going to stand on formality, nothing too posed or contrived. All of which suits my style of documentary wedding photography. What I do is pretty much all unposed and pretty laid back. There’s always space for a couple of group pictures if the couple wants them but we do them quickly and as painlessly as possible. You can read more about how I approach a wedding elsewhere on this site though.

Steph was getting ready at GG’s Yard with mum and maid of honour, and Stu was nearby in a local pub with his best man and groomsmen.  By some stroke of luck I booked myself a hotel room equidistant between the two which made popping back and forth between them on the morning a simple thing.

Soon enough the hour rolled around and Steph made her entrance on dad’s arm. The ceremony and hand fasting that followed was something tailored specifically to Steph and Stu’s needs and wants. This is the second wedding I’ve attended conducted by a registered celebrant from The Humanist Society Scotland .  Both of these ceremonies stand out in my mind because of the ‘things’ the celebrant brought to the day. So a hat tip here to Claire Digance for her part in Steph and Stu’s day.

From there – speeches, drinks, food, GG’s Yard’s haggis rolls are a thing not to be missed, and dancing with the band Franco offering up a blend of rock ceilidh and covers. All in all a great day, I hope the pictures remind Steph and Stu what that day felt like for years to come.


venue: GGs Yard
Band: Franco
Celebrant: Claire Digance
Dress designer: Elisa Jane Howell (Lucille)
Dress Supply: Marrime Bridal

If you’re getting married at GG’s Yard, or anywhere else in Scotland or the Universe in general and you like what you see on this site then get in touch and we can have a chat about whether what I do is right for you. Go on you know you want to!

Michael Riley Photography


I am a a multi award winning UK and destination wedding photographer. Based in Devon, I offer wedding coverage throughout the UK and anywhere else in the world for couples who like my work and approach to a wedding.


My wedding photography is entirely unposed, natural & candid. My style is documentary wedding photography or reportage wedding photography which means that I don't intervene in the day for the sake of a shot. I don't pose, interfere or otherwise fuss and faff. Everything is relaxed, laid back and fun allowing for those natural moments to come through and be recorded as memories. You get all the moments observed not orchestrated. If you like the sound of this get in touch via my contact page.

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