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.
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.
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.