Love and Harley Davidsons…

The mist was gradually clearing when I arrived at Durn House for Caroline and Duncan’s big day at the end of May. My first sight on turning into the drive was two majestic Harley Davidsons parked right outside. Duncan and his Dad had clearly arrived! Duncan’s love of bikes would show throughout the day in the many touches he and Caroline had put together to personalise their wedding.

Caroline and Duncan first met  whilst both working at The Copthorne Hotel in Aberdeen. However I believe it was a slow burn for Caroline at first! It would take 7 long years after this before they eventually became a couple. Duncan didn’t give up thank goodness; and today he was about to make Caroline his bride. He had gifted her with a wonderful basket of goodies that morning with a line from their first dance song written in chocolate. Duncan you do realise you have set the bar high for grooms everywhere?!

But first to the bride! Caroline was sitting sipping champagne getting her hair put up when I arrived. There’s no better way to start the day I’d say! Paula Robertson her hairdresser created a gorgeous style for Caroline’s long auburn hair it was beautiful. Make up artist Emma Thomson finished the look. Flowers were by Four Seasons Florist in Aberdeen and were perfect.

I spied Caroline’s dress straight away it was an Olivia Grace and supplied by the wonderful Elmar Bridal. Her vintage look veil was her ‘something borrowed’ from friend Kim (who was also acting as bridesmaid!) and it was simply stunning. As she stood in front of the mirror even I was welling up…..

Dad’s arrival moments later to see his only daughter really did get the tears flowing. Maggie the videographer and I both ‘got something in our eye’ at that moment! I have worked with Maggie, Rita and Dany from Bonsai video before and once again they were great company and I can’t wait to see the highlights from the day.

The boys were outside, relaxed and raring to go so there was nothing else for it than to get on with the ceremony.

The service was perfect and soon Will and his team were ably on hand with the drinks and canapés – the gazpacho was to die for! Throughout the day everything went like clockwork and the team at Durn House did the couple proud. The cake was made by chef Duncan himself with a motorbike theme and the matching table centres followed suit. Personal is always best at weddings and the details here were no exception.

Caroline was dying for her confetti shot which is always a favourite of mine too. So we headed to the front of the house followed by all their family and friends to dutifully cover them from head to toe! The couple wanted lots of natural candid shots and even when shooting group photos their guests were such wonderful company I was able to capture so many fun moments. Documenting a day as it happens allows me as a photographer to tell the story of a wedding. Every touching moment, every look, every laugh; captured.

80-90% of my images I present a couple with are candid, reportage style images. However I love to throw in some romance and stun with a few timeless photos. Caroline’s gorgeous veil combined with the imposing frontage of Durn House gave me the perfect opportunity. I mean – they are in a movie right?! Its the only day you get to feel magical and as a photographer I see it as an honour to make that happen for couples. Caroline had wanted a flowing veil photo and for a while we made Duncan feel like George Clooney ; ) Maybe…..

We meandered around the surrounding roads and fields – and even onto believe it or not ‘Love Bridge’. I encourage couples to forget I’m there and focus on each other. After all it’s the only moments they get alone the whole day. It also makes for the most natural, relaxed interactions. On our return I grabbed a guests leather jacket and turned Caroline into biker chic bride. She and Duncan got on the Harleys and had a great time with their guests posing and enjoying some ‘down time’. These images made it on to their thank you card which is no surprise.

A special mention must go to Clara the fabulous flower girls who really stole the show. My favourite moment was when she showed off her tattoo of the happy couple! It really was too cute.

The speeches were as emotional as they were funny and I won’t go into why Duncan arrived with his nickname…..! Caroline and Duncan wowed with a rehearsed first dance, I was so impressed. Music was provided by the fantastic Mike Black and as you can see there wasn’t a space free on the floor. I was dizzy following them! I left the couple in a haze of ceilidhing, laughter and wedding day magic……