Quite often I think to myself that I have the best job in the world. I love photography and it is both one of my hobbies and my chosen career. I like to take pictures even when I’m not paid to do so and, because it is my job, I can also justify having several thousand pounds of the best camera gear without feeling (too) guilty. In mid-July I was thinking about this when I was driving along a completely deserted road for miles and miles in the blazing sunshine, through some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer, on my way to Richard and Lynsey’s wedding at Aikwood Tower near Selkirk. A lot of people have a horrible commute to work, but was really enjoying mine. Perhaps I was enjoying myself a bit too much though as when I rounded a bend I hit a little lamb that was stood in the road. Luckily for both of us it did a little skip just before I hit it and ended up sliding over the bonnet of the car and back onto it’s feet behind me, Starsky and Hutch style. I thought my luck was in, and I’d have lamb for the next few dinners, but it just gamboled off, unfazed.
I hadn’t been to Aikwood Tower before and instantly realised that it was one of those venues that I’d just love to go back to over and over again. It has everything you could need – a beautiful exterior, a light and airy interior and fantastic gardens and lawn. It was refurbished by MP Sir David Steel (now Lord Steel of Aikwood) but he wasn’t there that day and the running of the wedding was in the very capable hands of Lindsey Hunter of Get Knotted Weddings. Not only did she help Lynsey and Richard with the wedding planning, and then organised everything on the day itself, she also did all the beautiful flowers!
The day went brilliantly. As it was such a beautiful day the Humanist wedding ceremony was outside followed by drinks on the lawn where the guests could listen to the ever-delightful Cairn String Quartet (who were strategically placed under a shady tree in the orchard, lucky them). When everyone was on the verge of sunstroke they all moved in to the converted stables for dinner. It wasn’t only the people who were suffering in the heat – Richard and Lynsey’s tasty-looking cake (made by Mimi’s bakehouse in Leith) was trying to make a bid for freedom but, to its credit, it managed to hold itself together just long enough to be cut. It looked amazing but, as usual, I didn’t get to try any. I must have photographed about 500 weddings by now and only once have I ever had a piece of cake. After dinner it was back out onto the lawn in the last few rays of sunshine before some pretty epic dancing on the little dancefloor downstairs. However, after a couple of songs the room mysteriously cleared. Intrigued, I walked upstairs to discover the makeshift Jäger-bar, and the location of the majority of the guests.
All in all I had a fantastic day and I really can’t wait to get back and take some more wedding photographs at Aikwood Tower! Lynsey and Richard were great clients and were so relaxed on their day. Even when Richard spilled a glass of wine down Lynsey’s dress (Cymbeline from Emma Roy in Edinburgh) she just shrugged it off. Maybe if it had been red wine it would have been a different matter…
When I asked Lynsey to send through the details of her suppliers she wrote me a really lovely note to add to the blog – thanks very much guys!
“From the moment Trevor arrived he felt like part of the wedding party. He has a very friendly and laid back style which is exactly what you need on what is already a busy morning! All of our friends and family really enjoyed his involvement in the day. It is pretty impressive to combine being great company and also unobtrusive when taking pictures but Trevor managed it perfectly!