Silvana and Ben’s Wedding at Doune Castle and the Roman Camp Hotel in Callander.
Apparently Ben and Silvana first met each other at a comedy club in Edinburgh after she stole his hat (the one at the end of this blog post). Their romance blossomed and, several months (6 years…) later, I was asked to photograph their wedding ceremony at Doune Castle and, one of my all-time favourite venues, the Roman Camp hotel in nearby Callander.
I will let the photographs speak for themselves but I feel I should give special mention to their band. I’ve often wondered why people choose ‘wedding’ cars, a ‘wedding’ dress or a ‘wedding’ cake rather than just choosing something they really really like, regardless of whether it is billed as being for a wedding. Ben and Silvana looked further afield for the band to play at the Roman Camp – if I remember correctly they had seen the rockabilly band called The Houndogs at a gig somewhere down in England and really liked them. I ate my dinner with the three of them and discovered that they don’t play very many weddings at all and prefer to do gigs and festivals. I can honestly say that they were hands-down the best band I have ever seen play at a wedding ever. And they aren’t a ‘wedding band’. Right from the first pluck of the double-bass the dance floor was heaving and their show and interaction with the guests was unbelievable. The drummer’s cymbals were literally on fire at one point. If you are struggling to find a band then it might be time to widen your search…
Ben and Silvana were two of the nicest, and funniest, couples I have ever had the pleasure of working with and their wedding was a blast – thanks guys!
You can read about some other more recent Roman Camp weddings here: