Favourite photographs from 2017 by a Scottish Wedding Photographer
These are my favourite photographs from 2017. Not necessarily the best photographs of last year, but my own personal favourites as a Scottish wedding photographer.
At any wedding I probably spend more time in the company of the Bride and Groom than anyone else. And in that time I see the back story of the day. It’s a bit like watching a swan’s legs paddling away underwater, while above water the bird glides serenely through the water.
There’s just so much going on at any wedding that isn’t always visible to the couple and their guests and I try and observe (and photograph) as much as I can. Every wedding is unique and full of its own charms, from the fanciest affair to the smallest simple family gathering. They do share a few things in common though, such as the excitement, the planning, and, most importantly, the outpouring of expressions of joy and love, no matter how they’re expressed. A stolen kiss between the bride and groom, the wiping away of a tear at the ceremony, a child’s smile. It’s a day made up of moments and it’s those small, touching moments–moments that might never have been noticed in the whirl of the day–that I try to capture and share.
These photographs bring back so many memories for me. The ever-smiling bride, the bride surprised by the wedding organised by her mother and husband to be, and all the little details – and those who contributed them. Memories of the guests, the makers of merry, the small children, the beautiful dresses and suits, the laughter and the tears of joy. Not to mention some amazing and wonderful venues and their fantastic staff. It’s been a great year and I send much love and happiness to all these brides and grooms for 2018!
The music is from my friend Scott Matthew’s album Unlearned, available on iTunes
Shona and Jon’s wedding at Wedderburn Castle
I love being a Wedderburn Castle Wedding Photographer – it’s one of my favourite wedding venues in Scotland.
Wedderburn Castle nestles in the rolling landscape of the Scottish Borders. Just 45 miles south east of Edinburgh and 15 miles west of Berwick on Tweed, it is a hidden gem of a wedding venue.
And it really is hidden – invisible from the road, you really are in your own world when you stay there.
Shona and Jon wanted their wedding to take on the style of a Country House Weekend, and Wedderburn was the perfect place for them. Built in 1770 to a design by the renowned Scottish architect Robert Adams, its most striking feature is a sweeping stone staircase that greets you as you enter, and leads to the first floor with its 5 grand reception rooms. With 12 huge and individually decorated bedrooms, it’s the perfect place for a wedding party!
Shona and Jon made full use of the space. While Bride Shona and her bridesmaids got ready in the Bridal Suite (complete with 4 poster bed!) Groom Jon and his Best Man and father were immediately below in ‘The Glorious 12th’. Bedrooms can often be crowded places to photograph during all the busy preparations, but the rooms at Wedderburn are huge!
Their ceremony was held in the Ballroom – the perfect setting for any civil, humanist, or religious service, complete with marbled columns, Georgian windows and chandeliers. Once married, they and their guests moved to the drawing room, with its huge log fire and large and comfortable sofas.
While their guests enjoyed champagne, I took Shona and Jon outside to photograph them on the grounds of the castle. The sweeping drive is one of my favourite photo locations for natural and relaxed wedding photographs, along with my obligatory photo of them leaning out of a window with a crest below them, its motto: “Remember – True To The End”
Both the Bride and Groom are vets, and two of their clients gave them wonderful, and unusual, wedding presents. One farmer gifted them the beef that was served at dinner (carved by the guests themselves) and another dairy farmer donated the cheese that was served for dessert at the wedding breakfast.
Jon had made the favours: hand-tied fishing flies mounted on a broach, and even more unusually, Shona made her own decorative wedding cake!
The evening continued with a hilarious Best Man speech, and then ceilidh dancing in the ballroom. In between the reels, guests relaxed on the sofas in the drawing room.
Auld Lang Syne brought the celebrations to a traditional Scottish finish, and the end to a wonderful day.
Miami may be 4,263 miles from Edinburgh but it’s about 20 degrees warmer at this time of year. So when a special offer appeared it seemed a good idea and time for an Edinburgh Wedding Photographer to visit.
I do photograph subjects other than brides, grooms and weddings! In Miami I was fascinated by the colour blue, which although mainly in the sky, was frequently reflected in the glass of the modern architecture, or contrasted with the white of the older buildings.
Miami Beach is where most of the Art Deco buildings are, and away from the loud night-time music of Ocean Boulevard is an absolute delight. I gather in summertime it is stiflingly hot, but in late November the temperatures were around 25 degrees – just perfect for aimlessly strolling around with a camera.