On the 26th March I had my first trip this year to Mar Hall in Bishopton, which happens to be only 2 minutes from my house and is therefore one of my favourite places to shoot a wedding! The only downside was that I had to drive all the way to Neilston to photograph Kim and her family getting ready just to then drive all the way back… It wasn’t all bad – I managed to get lots of tips on keeping chickens from Kim’s parents, which is something I’ve been considering doing for some time now. The atmosphere was wonderfully relaxed at their house and I knew it was a sign of good things to come!
Kim and Danny had a civil ceremony and had arranged for it to be conducted by a good friend of theirs, Lynn, who had come all the way down from Aberdeen for the day. It was a lovely touch and the ceremony was certainly one of the more personal ones I had been to in the past.
After the ceremony, whilst the guests mingled in the large hallway at Mar Hall, we went for a short walk around the gardens for a few photographs. It wasn’t sunny but, considering how early in the year it was, the weather was good and the soft light was very easy to work with.
The cake above deserves special mention, not least of all because I am a bit of a cake fanatic. Kim’s mum made it and it consisted of one layer of courgette and nut cake, one of parsnip and white chocolate and then beetroot and chocolate on the top. I have to say that it puts many of the professionals to shame and I’ll happily deliver her parent’s album by hand if there is more cake in the offering…
All in all it was a brilliant wedding and one that I was very pleased to be part of. Sometimes at a wedding you are made to feel more like a guest than someone there to work and this was one of those days, so thanks very much to Kim and Danny and both their families.
Kim continued her wedding-organising skills even after she returned from hte honeymoon and put a list of her suppliers online. For anyone that is interested, here it is:
- Venue planner - Anna Healy: Mar Hall - Beautiful 5 star venue with a separate function house (Morton House), ideal for weddings. Smooth planning, excellent food and seamless day with help from Anna (thanks Anna!)
- Photographer – Trevor Wilson: Silver Photography - Stunning natural photographs by an extremely efficient and professional photographer (thanks Trevor!)
- Registrar – Lynn Allan – Perfect registrar! Very professional at her job but more importantly, a great friend (thanks Lynn!)
- Hair - Kerry Holmes - Absolutely brilliant hair stylist with a great attitude and expert skills (thanks Kerry!)
- Makeup – Laura Willock - Lovely natural makeup and expert at eyebrows and eyelashes (thanks Laura!)
- Flowers - Allie McCann: Lavender Blue - Excellent, friendly florist with brilliant ideas particularly with seasonal flower arrangements (thanks Allie!)
- Chair Covers - Liz: Classic Wedding Events - Great colour choice and very efficient family company (thanks Liz!)
- Ceremony music - Apollo String Quartet - Faultless music that brings a tear to your eye. Also play special requests with great skill (thanks Alan & the guys!)
- Reception music - Northern Star - Fun, lively band with excellent sound quality for both ceilidh and rock/pop music (thanks guys!)
- Cake - My Mum - Don’t think she’s going into the cake making business but it was amazing in both taste and looks, a 3-tier white and teal vegetable cake; Base: courgette & nuts Middle: parsnip & white chocolate Top: Beetroot and milk chocolate (thanks Mum!)
- Car – Alan Ogilvie - Again don’t think he’s going into the business but he could be based on his chauffering skills. Very stylish burgandy Jaguar XF all dressed up for the day (thanks Alan!)