Emily and Mark gave me permission to put their wedding on here ages ago but I have been so busy designing wedding albums in the run up to Christmas (why does everybody wait all year before sending their album orders in, and then give them to me in November with a request that they are done in time for Xmas?.. Humph) that I haven’t had the time to write anything.
Mark and Emily’s ceremony was the the beautiful Perth Monastery, which was somewhere I hadn’t been before. When I managed to find the right entrance I discovered that it was a lovely place and it is somewhere I quite fancy going back to! Unusually I was asked to start at the Monastery rather than Emily’s house but that was, of course, perfectly fine by me. I think it can be a great opportunity for some fun and atmospheric pictures when I am with the bride and bridesmaids in the morning but the last thing I want to do is to add more stress to what it already a busy time of the day and will just start at the ceremony venue if asked, although I might sulk just a little.
After the ceremony we all made the 20 minute drive over towards Dundee to Fingask Castle which is somewhere I have been several times before and always look forward to the return trip. There is something about Fingask that always feels very homely and relaxed. The setting really couldn’t be more beautiful, especially when the weather was as sunny as it was for Mark and Emily! People often come up to me at weddings, on very sunny days, and tell me that it is a nightmare and that other photographers had told them that it is the hardest time to take pictures – I LOVE the sun! As a photographer my sole job is to capture light and the more light there is the better as far as I am concerned. My advice if you are finding it hard to get good results – use the lens-hood that came with your camera instead of leaving it at home or, more amusingly for me, having it on the lens, back-to-front…
Emily had thought of some wonderful little design ideas for her wedding but one in particular that I thought was very inspired was the use of ‘found’ vases and jugs for the flowers on the tables. Apparently it took quite a while to accumulate enough but it looked great!
Another difference was that there was no cake as such – instead they had stack of tasty looking (I didn’t get to try any…) cheese. It looked great and I am sure it tasted good too but it looked very tricky to cut with a sword and made for some interesting pictures.
Emily and Mark sent this kind email,
“Thanks so much, we absolutely LOVE them! Just what we were after and it really made a difference on the day not having to go off for long periods of time to have photos taken, more time for canapes! You captured everything I hoped you would including my vases, so big thanks.”