I recently had the pleasure of photographing Christina and Johnny’s wedding. The couple and their guests had traveled all the way north from London, to celebrate at Kingillie House in Kirkhill, where Johnny had spent his childhood holidays.
Christina and Johnny’s ceremony was held in St Mary’s Church in Eskadale; a hidden gem a short drive from Kiltarlity. What a beautiful church! Spacious and bright, it put me in mind of the Canongate Kirk in the bustling heart of Edinburgh.
The only downside to Eskadale’s location is that a few guests struggled to find it! Traditionally the bride is the late arrival but here, poor Christina had quite a long wait while everyone filtered into the church!
After the ceremony, the couple were showered with confetti as they emerged from the church before taking their seats on a completely unique bridal car!
Everyone then headed north to Kirkhill for the reception at Kingillie House. The weather was overcast but dry and bright; absolutely perfect save for the strong winds that whipped up from nowhere!
The bride and groom were really keen for their images to be as natural as possible, which is my preferred approach to wedding photography! It was a big wedding with well over a hundred guests but, refreshingly, the atmosphere was really relaxed, without a strict timetable or even a seating plan.
I took Christina and Johnny aside for a few couple shots, keeping things as natural as possible, as per my remit!
We then did a few group shots on the lawn in front of the house, then I turned my attention back to candid photography for the rest of the drinks reception and speeches.
The speeches were excellent, and I love the shot of Christina dabbing her tears with her veil! As well as telling the couple’s emotional story, Johnny revealed that Christina’s dress was 87 years old! It looked as good as new and I’m sure you’ll agree with me that Christina looked beautiful in it.
There’s a lot more to my job than capturing photographs, and it’s not unusual for me to find myself making the bed during the morning preparations or giving a lift to a stray wedding guest! I can add ‘clearing tables’ to my job description after Christina and Johnny’s wedding! The meal overran and time was getting on, so I pitched in, shifting plates and glasses, and dismantling furniture! It’s all in a day’s work!
The dancing got underway. Again, in another break from tradition, the first dance was a ceilidh dance, involving all the guests. Christina and Johnny then took to the dance floor alone and I squeezed round to the end of the marquee, so that the guests would form the perfect backdrop to the photos. It was a brilliant end to a very memorable wedding with lovely people.
Congratulations Christina and Johnny!
© Karen Thorburn
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