ST ANDREWS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
(A Summer wedding in St Andrews)
No you haven’t clicked on the wrong blog post this really was a summer wedding in St Andrews. I’m sure when Sarah and Liam planned their day they had hoped for blue skies and sunshine but it wasn’t to be. I don’t actually think I’ve ever photographed on a wetter wedding day.
Just getting from my car to the Hotel Du Vin without getting my cameras soaked was a challenge.
I really wanted to capture the weather in my pictures as it was such a part of the day. Rain on a wedding day is supposed to bring luck so my guess is they will have lots of good luck.
WEDDING PREPS IN ST ANDREWS
Sarah and her young bridesmaid got ready at The Hotel Du vIn. Their room had a great view over St Andrews beach. I lost count of the times that we looked out of the window and tried to kid ourselves that the rain was going to go off before Sarah and to leave for the church. However there was no let up and the rain kept on coming. Hair was curled and pinned up, make-up applied to perfection, the waiter arrived with lunch and gran tucked into a giant sandwich. And still it rained. As Sarah was helped into her wedding dress it was obvious that she was going to have to make a dash from her bridal car to the church so she wrapped herself in a tartan shawl and with a huge smile on her face headed to St Salvator’s Chapel. (This girl is an airline captain and nothing phases her.)
ST SALVATOR’S CHAPEL WEDDING
When I arrived at the church, I was soaked through. Guests were dashing from taxis to the church door under huge brollies, clutching small children to them to keep them dry. You know it’s a Scottish wedding when the “Church Men” ( I’m not sure what their correct title is but they are there every week making sure everything goes to plan and stopping tourists from parking in front of the church) anyway they were both in a full set of waterproofs! Head to toe in navy Gortex!
Liam, the groom (also an airline Captain), even noticed the rain. He looked so happy and quite rightly so. Liam and Sarah are so perfect for each other.
Just before 2pm the guests were seated and Sarah arrived at the church. It’s just as well I am a documentary photographer who doesn’t do posed photos because Sarah lept from the car, cluthed her Dad’s arm and ran, rather elegantly, in through the huge church door.
Inside the ancient St Andrews Chapel it was warm and dry. The organ music rang out and guests stood up from their pews. The ceremony had begun. Sarah looked every inch a stunning bride as she walked down the long aisle in a very elegant lace dress.
The minister was also a family friend and wedding guest. During the ceremony he very thoughtfully surprised them with a gift of a quaich, which is an ancient Scottish drinking cup. He had even brought some Iron Bru to fill it.
With the ceremony over and the paperwork signed Liam and Sarah came back down the aisle as husband and wife. Most of the guests walked back to the hotel, dodging the puddles on the way.
HOTEL DU VIN ST ANDREWS WEDDING RECEPTION
The reception was a great success. Lots of laughter, smiles, Champagne and canapés.
With two pilots getting married their had to be an aeronautical twist. Each guest was provided with a model glider to assemble and fly during the meal. It was a massive success and everyone’s competitive side showed through. Speeches followed the amazing desserts and before we knew it, it was nearly time for the band to start. Miraculously the rain had stopped so Liam and Sarah went for a little evening stroll. They wanted some fresh air and ten minutes to themselves to take in the view and reflect on the day.
The ceilidh band was great and the dance floor was packed for the whole evening.
All in all an amazing wedding and you really couldn’t meet a lovelier couple.
I had a fantastic time and you can see from the photos how much everyone enjoyed themselves despite the rain. Being a documentary wedding photographer gives me the freedom to tell the real story of their wedding day without traditional posed photographs.
If you’re planning your own wedding and don’t want to pose for photos on your wedding day then I’d love to hear from you.