Scott and Julie’s Relaxed Summer Wedding at Balinakill
This was my second summer wedding at Balinakill Country House, right over in the West of Scotland in a beautifully romantic countryside setting. The drive from my home in Glasgow is a long one but is, in itself, a very pleasant commute indeed and very much worthwhile. The last time I was there, almost exactly a year ago, for Anni and Lorri’s wedding, the weather wasn’t very kind, and although the spacious and light venue was still brilliant for photography, I still kept looking out of the windows of the house thinking how amazing it would be if it was just a little bit drier. Well, contrary to the forecasts, the 23rd May was a scorcher and I was a very happy wedding photographer.
I had met with Scott and Julie just a few weeks prior to their wedding as they were keen to discuss their plans and the type of coverage they wanted. The wedding was going to be very laid back and relaxed and, apart from a few key family photographs, they didn’t want very many formal pictures at all. Julie and Scott did, of course, want a small number of photographs of themselves but, as they weren’t too keen on being photographed, they wanted those to be very relaxed too. Don’t be mistaken into thinking that because they didn’t want loads of posed photographs that they didn’t care too much about their photography. Julie and Scott had put an unbelievable amount of thought and effort into their day (it was one of the best-dressed wedding venues I think I have been to) and they were very certain that they wanted great photographs that would capture all of that for them. They just didn’t want hundreds of pictures of themselves or posed family pictures – my job was to record the whole day as it all unfolded. My ideal clients really.
When I arrived just before lunchtime the preparations were well under way and the LG Pro Bridal team from Glasgow were busy doing the hair and makeup for Julie and her two bridesmaids. Julie wore a beautiful Enzoani dress from Anne Priscilla Bridal and she had handily hung it in one of the many beautiful bedrooms overlooking the front gardens of the house. As I mentioned earlier, Julie is very creative and although she bought her hair piece from LeFlowers on Etsy (I can’t believe how many of my clients still haven’t heard of Etsy – surely it’s a sweetie shop of delights for any bride looking for something beautiful for their day?) she made the flower hair accessories for her bridesmaids, and loads of other things besides. The amazing flowers were all from Something Special in Blairgowrie.