As I sip my last glass of Prosecco of the festive period and contemplate the year ahead, my thoughts naturally turn to all of the wonderful weddings I photographed in 2014. Sadly not many of them are showcased on my blog and come what may, I’m determined to rectify that over the coming weeks before the 2015 wedding season swings into action.
I’m beginning tonight with Scott and Susan’s beautiful summer wedding which took place at Norton House Hotel just outside Edinburgh. Readers from warmer climes may not detect that these photographs were taken slap bang in the middle of a British summer, but locals will no doubt recognise the leaden grey skies, evidence of strong wind, a light shower and late evening sunshine as being a typical August day.
Given that Scott and Susan’s wedding was over four months ago I was a little fearful that I may have forgotten some of the details of the day. Looking back through their photographs has however reminded me of the wonderfully chatty make up artist, the sheer quantity of hairspray used that day, the fact that Scott was renowned for not being able to keep his eyes open for photographs (thankfully not on his big day!) and that poor Susan had an awful cold which almost rendered her voiceless. I also remember a bridesmaid suffering from jet lag, a beautiful necklace gifted to Susan by her parents, precious family heirlooms pinned to Susan’s bouquet and the fact that shortly after photographing the speeches I found out that my little nephew Alex had safely arrived in the world.
I’m quite sure that the photographs will stir altogether different memories in Scott and Susan but for me that’s one of the most exciting things about wedding photography, knowing that you’re helping couples to record one of the most thrilling and emotional days of their lives and helping them to tell the story of their day.