“Thank you so much for being utterly amazing! Your patience, eye for detail and lovely personality made our whole experience so wonderful!”
I’m very fortunate that this job gets me travelling to some pretty awesome places. When the lovely Rob and Rhi got in touch asking if I fancied photographing their big day at a gorgeous venue up in Scotland (Crear Weddings) which, y’know, happened to overlook the Isle of Jura and sported a glass wall all the way down the side of the reception room so you could make the most of the view – I didn’t really even need to think about my answer. #HECKYESPLEASE
I first met these two back in February when we had a little pre-wedding photoshoot at Tatton Park in Cheshire. The weather wasn’t exactly sunny and we had a fair share of wind and rain, but these two just went for it anyway and I blooming loved them for it. That shoot was a real testament to the fact that, pretty often, it’s the attitude towards a situation that can make or break it. If you can see the funny side and just enjoy what you have anyway, you can still have a brilliant time despite the weather! The photos looked mega and I couldn’t wait to work with them again when August came around.
Now, I’d be lying to you if I said that the weather in the run up to this wedding was particularly summery. Rain featured pretty heavily for most of the week beforehand and for most of mine and Dan’s journey until we hit the border where, quite suddenly, the weather seemed to brighten up… Unfortunately it was pretty dark by the time we hit Glasgow and Loch Lomond, and then our satnav decided it’d be HILARIOUS to send us down entirely the wrong side of Loch Awe (23 miles of single track road in the pitch dark at 11pm did not make it onto my Top Ten Favourite Driving Moments) but I couldn’t help feeling curiously optimistic when we finally arrived at our accommodation. We stepped out of the car to a perfectly clear night sky, a very sympathetic barman at the Kilmartin Hotel (“Twenty or so miles down the wrong side of the loch, per chance?” “HOW DID YOU KNOW?!”) and a comfy bed. I’d already decided that the bride and groom and location were going to look incredible whatever the weather, but slept particularly well that night. It could have been the slightly epic drive or the mild bout of mental fatigue, but I’m going to stick with contentment.
The next morning we started our day with a truly beauteous full Scottish breakfast and set off along a new set of exceedingly windy, but exceedingly scenic, single track roads. The sun was out, the satnav was behaving and I nearly keeled over with happiness when we pulled up at Crear, ready to photograph the bridal prep. Rhi was already looking gorgeous and the room was bedecked with sea shells and bunting and the most beautiful array of flowers. It’s at this point that I stop being able to actually articulate how freaking lovely it was and just show you the pictures, so here we go:
Next stop was South Knapdale Parish Church for a beautiful, intimate ceremony. The church and grounds had been decorated with even more flowers (all following a lovely rich purple colour scheme) and as if that wasn’t enough, there was even a piper playing everyone in. Confetti happened with gusto, we took some photos on a perfect little stretch of beach and then – eventually, after having to do some comedy manouvering so the two coaches could get past ourselves and two other cars on the single track road – we all made it back to the venue for some hilariously blustery group photos, some incredible food and some fairly epic speeches! What a gorgeous day.
Oh my life. Huge thanks and congratulations once again to Rob and Rhi, you’ve been such a delight to work with! Big thanks to Daniel Naylor too for being an absolute hero assistant once again.
On a different note, should you find yourselves up in that part of the world and looking for somewhere to stay, I can’t recommend the Kilmartin Hotel enough. Cosy rooms, friendly staff, an excellent bar and some pretty serious breakfast options. Enjoy!
Until next time,