It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the weather forecast before your wedding – as Gemma and John did for the week leading up to their wedding at Mar Hall, just outside Glasgow, so they knew what to expect! In all the many weddings I’ve photographed, there have only been two when it rained all day, without any gap in the downpour, and Gemma and John’s wedding was one of them.
When your venue is as magnificent as Mar Hall, you need to have a photo with it as a backdrop. Luckily I always have a large white golfing umbrella to hand, and so Plan B was put into operation. If you look closely, you can see white streaks at a 45 degree angle in one of the photos below – that was the rain!
Despite the weather, it was a fantastic wedding: a humanist ceremony that included a hand fasting and a breaking of a glass in accordance with Gemma’s Jewish heritage. Speeches from TWO Best Men and the Mother of the Bride, and after the first dance, a traditional Jewish Hora, with John and Gemma being hoisted aloft on chairs while everyone danced around them.
As I left, young and old were dancing, but the rain was still coming down, and even a frog decided it was better off inside than out! It was ably rescued by staff and guests as it’s moves weren’t really suited to the action on the dance floor…..
Susan and Tom got married on the wettest and coldest day of the winter – so far. But that didn’t stop either of them from grinning their heads off throughout the day! I don’t think I have a single photo of either of them when they’re not smiling or laughing. (Well, Susan did look slightly apprehensive as she walked into the ceremony with her Father, and at one point Tom did look rather embarrassed during the Best Man’s speech!)
My style of documentary wedding photography, means that I wouldn’t want to change the weather. I’m there to record what happens, not change it. And Susan and Tom knew that if you’re planning a wedding for the beginning of November, the weather will be totally unpredicatable! With that in mind, we all had warm jackets on hand, and my trusty white golfing umbrella was with me.
But, by being flexible with the timings of the day, we managed to sneak out mid-reception to get some portraits in front of the ever-impressive House for an Art Lover in Glasgow. And when the weather continued to hold (just!) we even managed to coax all their guests onto the balcony for a group photo.
In the evening, it was time to head downstairs for a night of enthusiastic ceilidh dancing – and a drive back home for me in the rain and sleet.
This was a fun day! While David and the guests travelled from the Cameron House Hotel to Luss church in a couple of cruise boats, I accompanied Rhona, her father and bridesmaids on a small speed boat – which I again shared, with David and Rhona, after their ceremony. Champagne was obviously available on both journeys!
David is Canadian, and many of his family and friends travelled all the way to Loch Lomond to join in the celebrations. If I didn’t know otherwise, I’d have thought they’d all had ceilidh lessons – but perhaps it was their enthusiasm that shone through rather than their skill! Or perhaps it was the calling from the ever wonderful ‘The Ceilidh Experience.’ Whatever, a wonderful day was had by all – me included!