Paul and Jim’s Beautiful Wedding at Mar Hall
I’ve been to a lot of weddings as a wedding photographer here in Scotland. I shoot roughly between 45 and 50 per year and have done for the past 15 years or so. A quick calculation in my head says that I’ve photographed, and witnessed, somewhere in the region of 650 weddings. 651 if you count last weekend’s fantastic day (they had a dog in the church – that trumps everything). When it was all new to me I’d often find myself quite touched by the emotion of the day and would easily get swept up in the celebrations. By now I am so used to it, and so focused on my work, that I am a lot less likely to get emotional myself. Of course I still certainly notice the feeling of love in the air, and know which parts of a wedding day are the most likely to elicit a heartfelt glance between the happy couple and that is an important part of my job. That’s how I try and capture the emotion of a wedding day. Nobody was more surprised than me when Paul and Jim’s wedding at Mar Hall last month got me tearful not just once, but twice in one day. Here were two lovely men who had overcome huge obstacles in their lives and were now able to have the wedding day that they had dreamed of for so long.
Paul and Jim had put a lot of thought into their day. They fell in love with Mar Hall straight away and I know that they spend the odd night there through the year because they like it so much. They had been very specific about the way they wanted their ceremony and dining room to look and their effort had paid off brilliantly. We discussed the photographs they required in great length before the day itself and we decided to take the more unusual step of doing all of their photoshoot before the ceremony. They were both dressed and ready, and the light was much better in the morning than it would have been in the afternoon, so off we went for 20 minutes around the gardens for a few portraits and pictures by the big tree. It was a great idea I think. If you saw my last blog post featuring Andreas and Bryonie’s wedding at Cottiers you will have noticed that they did a similar thing (albeit in the form of a pre-ceremony first-look meetup) and it worked very well for them too as it poured with rain most of the afternoon.
This wasn’t the first gay wedding or same-sex marriage I’ve photographed. Leilah and Máire’s wedding at Solsgirth from 2013 is on my blog and that was about the 3rd or 4th I’d covered. 2015 was the first year I had been asked to photograph a gay wedding for two men, and I got to do it twice! If they are all as enjoyable, and as emotional, as the last few that I’ve witnessed then I can only wish to be part of many more.
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