It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the weather forecast before your wedding – as Gemma and John did for the week leading up to their wedding at Mar Hall, just outside Glasgow, so they knew what to expect! In all the many weddings I’ve photographed, there have only been two when it rained all day, without any gap in the downpour, and Gemma and John’s wedding was one of them.
When your venue is as magnificent as Mar Hall, you need to have a photo with it as a backdrop. Luckily I always have a large white golfing umbrella to hand, and so Plan B was put into operation. If you look closely, you can see white streaks at a 45 degree angle in one of the photos below – that was the rain!
Despite the weather, it was a fantastic wedding: a humanist ceremony that included a hand fasting and a breaking of a glass in accordance with Gemma’s Jewish heritage. Speeches from TWO Best Men and the Mother of the Bride, and after the first dance, a traditional Jewish Hora, with John and Gemma being hoisted aloft on chairs while everyone danced around them.
As I left, young and old were dancing, but the rain was still coming down, and even a frog decided it was better off inside than out! It was ably rescued by staff and guests as it’s moves weren’t really suited to the action on the dance floor…..
There are many photos to see via the order photos page.
It’s seven years ago this weekend that Chris and Jane got married at Fenton Tower, with a party on Ravensheugh beach. A lot has happened in that time – including two beautiful daughters, moving house and an expanding business – but time seems to fly when you’re happy! As Jane said on Facebook today: “7 years on and we’re still laughing!”
With best wishes for another seven years of laughter and fun, and with much thanks for providing the signature image on this site’s home page. You can laugh even when it’s raining!
I love small weddings, especially when they’re organised so efficently by Yvonne at Sixpence Weddings. Tania and Stanley live on the other side of the world, in Perth, Australia, and were only going to have two guests at their wedding, so a bit of additional help from Yvonne made things a lot easier for them!
Yvonne organised permission from Historic Scotland for them to be married on the shore of St Margaret’s Loch in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, and got Humanist celebrant Duncan Robertson to conduct the ceremony, Pipe Major Iain Grant to provide musical accompaniment on his bagpipes, and of course myself to take the wedding photographs.
My day saw me with Stanley and Tania’s uncle Liam as they got ready and drinking a nerve-steadying brandy at their hotel, before I moved across town to find Tania getting ready while being watched, via Skype, by her Grandmother in Australia!
Perfect weather provided beautiful lighting for the photographs of the ceremony and several photo-sessions round Holyrood Park before the happy couple made their way to their requested ‘typical pub dinner’ at Deacon Brodies on the Royal Mile.