I was thrilled when Clara and Seamus asked me to be their photographer! The couple were planning their wedding on the west coast of Scotland, complete with a short crossing on the Glenelg ferry, and requested lots of candid photographs. My ideal wedding!
Clara and her bridesmaids did their own hair and make-up at the Schoolhouse in Dornie. Sometimes this can be a hectic part of the day but the girls were super organised (yet still had fun!) and were ready well ahead of schedule.
The Scottish weather is the one thing couples can’t plan for and, typically, after a day of sunshine, the heavens opened on the morning of Seamus and Clara’s wedding! Sadly, plans for some pre-ceremony photos at Eilean Donan Castle were shelved and I headed over the hill to Glenelg to get a head-start on the bridal party.
The people of Glenelg clearly have a sense of humour. Throughout Scotland, you will often come across ‘twinning’, where a Scottish town or city is ‘twinned’ with a sister town or city overseas. Glenelg has gone a step further and the road sign on the east side of the village reads ‘Glenelg (Earth) twinned with Glenelg (Mars)’! Pop over to the Glenelg tourist information website for more information!
Back to Clara and Seamus’s wedding… Thankfully everyone kept smiling despite the weather and there were more than enough umbrellas to go around! The church was a little cramped and I worked closely with the videographer to ensure we didn’t encroach on each other’s shots. However, what the church lacked in space, it made up for in light! It was lovely and bright and I was delighted with the photographs of the ceremony.
Miraculously, the rain eased off a little after the ceremony, and I was able to capture some natural outdoorsy photographs of Clara and Seamus in Glenelg without an umbrella in sight! The low cloud base over Skye in the distance really added to the atmosphere.
Our next port of call was the Glenelg ferry, the last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland, connecting Glenelg on the mainland with Kylerhea on Skye. The rain was lashing down but it didn’t matter; it was one of my most memorable experiences as a wedding photographer and Clara and Seamus were delighted with the results.
Back in Glenelg, the conditions had dried up enough for family and bridal party photographs outdoors, before everyone headed into the village hall, which Clara and Seamus had decorated beautifully.
The couple cut their precarious-looking cake then took their seats for the speeches which were exceptionally funny, as you’ll no doubt see from the images!
After a delicious meal, the tables were cleared and the ceilidh got underway after Clara and Seamus’s first dance to George Harrison’s ‘Here Comes The Sun’. Sure enough, I awoke in Ratagan the following morning to sunshine. As they say, the Scottish weather is predictable in its unpredictability!
Congratulations Clara and Seamus and thank you for making me feel so welcome at your wedding.
© Karen Thorburn
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