28 May Si and Jess, Inverness
You may recognise the beautiful bride in this post from her Edinburgh hen-do that I blogged recently, and here now is the couple’s glorious Inverness Wedding-Day-After.
(As a friend and bridesmaid, I couldn’t have done justice to photographing the actual wedding, so we arranged to take a bit more time over it and do some couple shots the following day instead.)
The First Day of the Rest of Their Lives began gorgeous, sunny and still with a breakfast for the family and guests staying at Bunchrew House Hotel, an enchanting, fairytale pink(!) castle up on the shores on the Beauly Firth, just outside Inverness. The wedding held there the day before had been fantastic, creative, fun… just like Jessica and Simon themselves! Despite the spaegie* limbs from the night’s ceilidh-ing, I couldn’t wait to get them out into the hotel’s beautiful gardens, woodland … and maybe, hopefully, even the river!
Thank you so much Jess and Si for dressing up again in all your finery just for me and my camera (we felt very honoured!) and humouring me with my crazy ideas.
*spaegie is a Shetland term that perfectly describes that feeling in your muscles after a high-octane ceilidh…there really isn’t a English equivalent!
Jess is an amazingly talented illustrator and she designed all the stationery, orders of services and inviations herself. Her and Si have strong links to New Zealand, so the emblem shows the New Zealand fern and Scottish thistle.
We had talked previously about the possibility of going in the river but I wasn’t convinced it would be possible, bearing in mind this was the Scottish Highlands and a not-especially-warm day, mixed with a fair spattering of rain. However, Jess was totally game and her enthusiasm was enough to get me chasing after with the camera.
We soon discovered as we set off towards the water, there was a lot of mud to contend with – in fact, I’m not sure we actually ever reached the river’s edge! – and were nearly both stuck good and solid. Still, these cute shots of Jess were totally worth it.
I also loved the opportunity of photographing the candid moments of the Day After, as it’s a day filled with so much that usually goes unrecorded. Whilst everyone unwinds and goes past the point of worrying about the perfection of the flowers or holding bright photogenic smiles, it’s a real special treat as a photographer to catch a glimpse beyond that and tell a slightly different story.
Many of the guests were staying over in the hotel, so there were loads of precious family and friend moments, unwrapping of the presents, wrapping/preserving of the mementoes of the wedding (table plans, guest books, flowers), and warm, cosy fires.