Two families became one between the river Tweed and the Eden water

Almost a year ago, I met Jo & Craig in a small Italian restaurant in Edinburgh. From the moment they shared their plan to get married at Jo’s family house in the Scottish Borders, I have been looking forward to their wedding day. As a storytelling photographer, I consider at least four principal characters in any wedding story: the bride & groom, the venue and the family.

Connect with the bride & groom

In order to capture a wedding story accurately, I believe the photographer needs to understand the characters. I include a pre-wedding photoshoot in all my packages to:

  • build a rapport with the bride and groom
  • understand each other’s personality
  • provide some valuable tips on posing to speed up the formal photographies on the wedding day.

Jo, Craig and I went through this process last summer and here are the resulting photographs.

Feel the venue

While everyone has a budget to deal with, the price tag cannot be the only deciding factor for a wedding venue. Somehow I find it alway reveals something about the couple. As the wedding storyteller, it is my responsibility to feel the venue and understand the special bond it has with the bride & groom. This is why I always scout the place at least once before the wedding day.

With regards to Jo’s family house, I first visited it last summer and was immediately smitten by it. The potential was obvious: big Scottish house, great garden with trees, flowers and hedges. I came back a week ago and had the pleasure to meet Jo’s parents for the first time. Helen and Isaac are two charming individuals I’m sincerely fond of.

Join the family

Family and weddings are intertwined. Rare are the weddings without family and a wedding is always the birth of a new branch on a family tree. Each wedding photographer has his/her own approach to wedding photography. While some choose a stealthy attitude throughout the day, I must admit I want every guest to not only know about me but also seize the opportunity to be photographed. Interestingly the family is a strong character in the wedding story and yet this is the one I only get to meet on the wedding day. To paraphrase Forest’s mum, a family is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you gonna get. This is where my experience as a family photographer helps me. Most of the family characters I have met over the years have been friendly and welcoming. Jo & Craig’s wedding was not a small gathering in a garden as their family character counted around one hundred individuals.

In a recent article about a Belgian bride who said yes to an English groom, I shared some of the reasons why I love weddings. However, I forgot to mention the family as one of them. In the case of Jo & Craig’s families, not only did I witness them becoming one but I was a member of it for a day. They were all there and I felt their love. Helen, Isaac, Val & Neil’s kindness; Mike, Duncan & Kyle’s support; Jenny, Helen and Sarah’s assistance; the ushers’ banters, the joyful uncle who sadly missed the tatties at dinner, the charming aunties and the cousin who came all the way from Germany to celebrate and rock the dancefloor as well as the 95 others who joined the festivities.

My teaser

Here is a small selection of the photographs I had the honour and tremendous pleasure to capture on the day the K and C families became one between the river Tweed and the Eden water.

Craig's clothes on his wedding day

Craig’s clothes on his wedding day

Best men help the groom with his shoes

Best men help the groom with his shoes

Bridal gown hung above the door of the music room

Bridal gown hung above the door of the music room

bridesmaid is assiting the bride with her shoes

bridesmaid is assiting the bride with her shoes

Bride & groom's engagement & wedding rings

Bride & groom’s engagement & wedding rings

Arrival of the bride and her maids for the ceremony

Arrival of the bride and her maids for the ceremony

Wedding ceremony in the garden

Wedding ceremony in the garden

Bride & groom after the ceremony

Bride & groom after the ceremony

Some alone time for the bride & groom after the ceremony

Some alone time for the bride & groom after the ceremony

Group shot of the two families after the ceremony

Group shot of the two families after the ceremony

Laughters during the father of the bride's speech

Laughters during the father of the bride’s speech

The original wedding cheese cake

The original wedding cheese cake

Bride & groom's first dance

Bride & groom’s first dance

Gentlemen enjoying a cigar outside

Gentlemen enjoying a cigar outside

Ladies showing off their dance moves

Ladies showing off their dance moves

Whether or not you attended this wonderful day, do not hesitate to leave a comment in the section below. I’d love to know what you think of this abridged wedding story.

 

9 Comments

  1. Gordon Beattie 3rd May 2017 at 8:59 pm #

    Great photos Tom. Looking forward to seeing the rest. Had some roast tatties wi ma supper tonight so feelin fine again.

    • Tom 3rd May 2017 at 10:54 pm #

      lol. Thx Gordon for your comment and your sense of humour. 😉

  2. Helen Rawlinson 3rd May 2017 at 9:58 am #

    Fantastic shots Tom – You really got the feel of the day with these shots! I can’t wait to see the rest 🙂

    • Tom 3rd May 2017 at 3:49 pm #

      You are very kind Helen. It was a beautiful day in all sense of the term.

  3. Helen Caughey 3rd May 2017 at 9:03 am #

    Just beautiful, Tom! Made me feel quite emotional! Looking forward very much to seeing the others. X

    • Tom 3rd May 2017 at 3:51 pm #

      Thank you, Helen, for being so welcoming and appreciating my craft.

  4. Helen Caughey 3rd May 2017 at 8:53 am #

    They are beautiful photos, Tom, Feel quite emotional…again! X

    • Tom 3rd May 2017 at 3:53 pm #

      It was an emotional day and I had to wipe my tearful eyes at some point to secure a good capture. I am glad the photographs helps you feel that emotion again.

  5. Grace Beattie 3rd May 2017 at 8:13 am #

    Wonderful! Amazing! Beautiful! Loved seeing this wee snapshot of Craig & Jo’s big day! Really looking forward to viewing the rest. Thanks Tom.

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