A Fun Wedding at Springkell
Never before had there been so much buildup to a wedding as this one and I was really excited about what the day would bring. A lovely venue that I hadn’t been to before, some of the nicest people I had ever worked with and the groom’s siblings, the Alcock sisters Laura and Gemma, would surely make this a fun wedding at Springkell!
I first met the bride and groom, Kirsty and Ross, shortly after they booked me as they wanted some photographs of their beautiful daughter Beth and we did a lovely photoshoot in Glasgow Botanic Gardens in the winter. We all had a brilliant time and I loved the laid back fun attitude that Kirsten and Ross had about photography, and their wedding in particular. They had chosen a very grand old building called Springkell, in the Scottish Borders, for their day. The enthusiastic owner has recently taken over the property and sold enough of the surrounding land to be able to renovate the building to an unbelievably high standard. It isn’t quite finished but already they have done a handful of weddings and I really thought that it was one of the nicest venues I have ever been to and Springkell is definitely worth considering if you are looking for a beautiful and private location for your own wedding.
When I arrived on the day of the wedding the atmosphere was a little tense as it was drizzling outside (this was pre-heatwave weather) and Kirsten had her heart set on an outside ceremony. I had already been for a nosey about and had seen the circular garden they were planning to use and immediately I could see why she was so keen to make use of it. I took a few pictures of everybody in the main house before being sent over to take some pictures of Ross who was staying in the nearby Kennel Cottage. Due to unforeseen problems (he was in bed, asleep) I returned and took a few more pictures of the girls before having a successful second visit.
The decision about the ceremony was made (literally) right at the very last minute and we all walked out to the garden for what was a lovely ceremony in one of the nicest settings I have ever photographed a wedding ceremony.
Kirsten was keen that her suppliers got a mention as they were all local and provided an excellent service. Boutique Wedding Stationery produced all of the signage, invites, table plan and and table settings. Moffat florist Flowers by Fiona provided the beautiful floristry and bouquets. Logan chocolates from Oban did the chocolate favours this represented where Kirsten’s family are from. The pin badges that were the favours were from Yorkhill Hospital and the British Heart Foundation – Yorkhill for Kirsten and Ross’ daughter Beth and the BHF in memory of Ross’ late father. Table names were mountains or hills as Ross proposed in Glen Coe and all others are ones they have climbed as a family and are in various areas we have lived.
The rest of the day continued, much as I thought it might, with a lot of fun and laughter. Some nude photographs, some drunken car rides in the corridors of the house and a Peppa Pig balloon rescue were just some of the things I was able to witness before I left about 9.30pm. Goodness knows how the rest of the evening unfolded…