I met up with The Pettigrew's last Sunday for a nice early Spring family shoot but the rain came belting down after only about twenty minutes. It was a great laugh though and Natalie, Sandy and Alfie were definitely up for it as you can see from the rain soaked final shot. Defintely going to do another shoot, maybe in April when the weather is a little less wild.
Back to The Vu for Gail and Craig's wedding this time and what a fantastic day it was. This was the first wedding I'd ever photographed where my wife has been there. Donna (my wife) is best fiends with Wendy (Gail's Aunt) so it was a little surreal to be working away with my wife looking on. Donna is the one in the blue dress and black hat. Looking gorgeous of course. (She might read this, lol) I started with a visit to Gail's mums house for the bridal prep photos before heading off to The Vu to meet Craig and the guys. It was pretty windy up there on the day with occasional downpours but the guys were up for heading outside for a few shots by the Oasis Suite as it was a little more sheltered there.
Gail arrived with her Alan, her father, and looked stunning in her Justin Alexander dress supplied by Gwenne Wedding Services as she emerged from the car. There were a few tears during the lovely ceremony, I won't say who but it was just brilliant to see such emotion and how much it meant to both the bride and the groom.
The group shots were done indoors as I had already got everyone soaked out on the bridge for the big photo of everyone. It was just bad luck with the timing for that one but for the shots of Gail and Craig on the jetty our luck seemed to have turned. The sun came out, albeit for about 2 minutes but it was better than rain. You can see from the photos that in those few minutes, there's every season in the shots.
A brilliant day as usual up there at The Vu and it was a real pleasure to be a part of it.
Rain in June... Whats the chances eh? In Scotland anything can happen and often does. More on that later. For Victoria & Arfon's wedding I headed straight to The Royal College Of Surgeons to meet up with Arfon and the rest of the groomsmen. The guys had great banter as we grabbed a few fun shots before the rest of the guests arrived. It wasn't long before Victoria's wedding car pulled up and she stepped out. She looked beautiful as the passers by in Nicolson Street stopped to watch as she approched Surgeons Hall with her father. Aside from a last minute hiccup with the paperwork (Someone had it all along but forgot they had it), the ceremony was lovely. Candles lit, vows exchanged, rings put on fingers and a kiss. The main hall with all the historic paintings added some serious gravitas too.
We did all the family photos inside in the round marble hall as it was absolutly lashing it down outside. The kind of rain that seems to bounce off the pavement. Didn't matter though as the light there is perfect for photographs anyway so nothing lost there. I then headed outside with Victoria and Arfon but we stayed under the big imposing stone arch as literally a few feet from us there was a river running by it was raining so hard. If you pick the right venue however, it doesn't matter. Surgeons Hall is such a spectacular building both inside and out, it doesn't matter if it pours down.
After the speeches and meal the guests danced the night away to end a beautiful wedding with two lovely people.
How unlucky can you be? The best summer in donkeys years and Kyla and Rob have by far the wettest wedding of the year. You'd never know it though. I never stopped laughing all day, it was brilliant. Rob and Kyla really didn't care about the weather outside as inside there was a party going on....Big time! I was actually sorely tempted to stay overnight and even reserved a room at The Newton Hotel but family commitments meant I had to trudge back down to Edinburgh.
Nairn is a lovely little town, a wet little town but lovely none the less. The reception was in the excellent aforementioned Newton Hotel, just minutes from the church.
Amazing day guys!.....What rain?
Only two weeks after Zoe & David's wedding a The Corn Exchange, I was back again and the weather was even worse! Thankfully, the Corn Exchange has some great interior locations to get some really great shots. Siobhan and Michael danced the night away with all their friends and family in the main hall. Great crowd too. As soon as the first record came on, there was no stopping them. Thanks guys for a brilliant day!