This year I feel I have been truly blessed with some great weddings at amazing venues and Fiona and Matthew’s wedding at Ormidale House just continued this trend. The journey from my house, just outside Glasgow, was enjoyable in itself and was a commute I wouldn’t mind driving every day (well, maybe not through the winter…).

The sunny road to Glendaruel took me up along the length of Loch Lomond and then back down Loch Fyne to end up, with the aid of hand-written signs, at the Ormidale House estate.

Ormidale House is actually a collection of lovely converted outbuildings and barns centred around the old house itself. Fiona and Matthew had the use of the whole place and, as it isn’t normally a wedding venue, or even an event venue of any kind, they had to use their abundant organising skills to put together the whole day themselves, utilising the various spaces available to them. Fiona actually made her own fabric bouquets, friends brewed some special (very strong) beer and the children decorated the wedding cake.

Fiona and Matthew used my all-time favourite, Land Rover based, caterers, Wild Rover Food. I first encountered them at a beautiful wedding in Crail a couple of years ago and I knew that I was going to be able to sneak some pretty tasty canapés that day (wood pigeon sausage rolls and halloumi featured on the menu). As there weren’t any staff at Ormidale House Fiona and Matthew asked for one volunteer from each table to apron-up and get serving which, I thought, was a brilliant idea.

I absolutely love dogs and I was delighted to discover that they had brought their lovely Weimaraner, Kaeden, along for the wedding. Bravely Fiona agreed to have a couple of photographs taken with him and he was an excellent model and I even managed to get a couple of photographs of him when he wasn’t cleaning the parts of his anatomy that dogs enjoy cleaning so much.

Anyone who reads my blog posts will know that I am huge fan of these types of offbeat DIY weddings. There really is very little, in terms of wedding organising, that cannot be achieved with a little bit of effort and imagination and, in my experience, the results are always worthwhile. I have photographed quite a few in my 15 years or so as a wedding photographer and they have always been very enjoyable days indeed.

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