I will admit that I was a little worried about Lynne and Nick’s wedding at Ross Priory. I hadn’t been able to meet them before they booked as they live in America so everything had to be arranged by email. This in itself wasn’t a problem but then Lynne sent me the first mood board I had ever been shown in 15 years of photography… For those who don’t know what a mood board is it is basically a collection of images and ideas that try to convey a certain feeling or theme of an event such as a wedding (similar to Pinterest in a way). It is actually a great idea, and I like that someone has actually put some thought into what they want their day to look like, but Lynne’s mood board consisted mainly of pictures from American weddings – all outdoors and in the sunshine. The style of pictures she showed me was very much the kind of thing I love to do anyway (except for the very quirky cropping) but I was worried that I might not be able to capture that breezy summer sunshine look she was going for. However, after a quick chat via email everything was sorted and my mind was put at ease. And then, who would have thought it, on the day of the wedding the weather was amazing! Sunny outdoor pictures here we come!
Lynne had asked for coverage not only of herself getting ready but also of Nick and the groomsmen too. This had all been factored in to the plan of the day (Lynne is very organised) so I was able to start at her mother’s house first thing in the morning before moving up to Ross Priory to capture pictures of the action there. The ceremony was at the nearby family Kilmaronock Church and was presided over by Lynne’s Uncle. After a few post-ceremony pictures, which included one of my very favourite confetti pictures I think I have ever captured, we all moved back for plenty of natural wedding photographs at Ross Priory on the southern shores of Loch Lomond. With the weather being so glorious everybody stayed outside in the fresh air and seemed to have a great time – there was definitely a relaxed and fun atmosphere that only creeps into a few weddings I photograph each year, and I loved it.
The grounds of Ross Priory sweep down right to the shoreline of Loch Lomond and, between the hotel and the Loch, there was a beautiful meadow full of yellow flowers. Seeing the potential for some great shots we went down for a few pictures and I knew that with the stunning backdrop of Ben Lomond, the yellow flowers and Nick and Lynne’s cheery cuddliness we were going to get some pretty nice photographs. We also utilised the very wobbly floating jetty and ousted a family, and their dog, off of a bench so that we could commandeer it for pictures too.
All in all I had such a great day and have changed my views of mood boards entirely. If anyone wants to make one for their own wedding then by all means please do so and I will be delighted to take a look. I like nothing more than a bride and groom who have not only put some thought into their wedding but also have an idea of the way they want their photographs to look. Although I have my own style of photography – reportage, documentary, photojournalism, call it what you like – I can easily accommodate your ideas so please don’t be afraid to ask (unless your ideas include a list of 30+ formal group photographs…).
For more Lochside wedding venue inspiration why not check out Hannah and Steven’s beautiful wedding at Venacher Lochside, only a few miles up the road from Loch Lomond https://www.silverphotography.co.uk/venacher-lochside-wedding/.