Claire and Robert were married at Leswalt Church which is in the small village where Claire grew up and they were to hold their wedding reception at the family farm in Glenluce.
Unfortunately despite my best efforts to appease the Rain Gods, it was raining as I drove to Claire’s Mum and Dad’s house to capture the bridal preparations – and it wasn’t just spitting, it was torrential. Despite the weather Claire was very upbeat and suggested that the weather was in no way going to spoil her day. I busied myself by taking detail shots of the shoes, wedding dress, flowers and jewellery and then rejoined the bride in order to photograph the finishing touches to her hair and make-up and to capture some of the banter between the bridesmaids.
I then headed over to the church to meet up with Robert and the best man for a few photographs as they prepared for the ceremony and greeted the guests, unfortunately it was still very much raining and looked set to continue for most of the day.
I was slightly damp by the time that Claire arrived in the wedding car and she headed into the Church accompanied by her Dad. After a lovely ceremony we took some of the formal group portraits inside the church due to the bad weather, however true to her word, Claire decided that she wanted to brave the elements to have the bridal party photographs outside.
The wedding reception was taking place in a massive marquee on Roberts family farm in Glenluce. So on the way we decided to drop into the driveway at Castle Kennedy Gardens to grab a couple of portraits and also to get a nice photograph with the car. It was still raining. But to their credit Claire and Robert pressed ahead anyway and we captured some wonderfully romantic photographs in the rain. On arrival at the marquee in Glenluce we took a few more group photographs before the guests and the wedding party were seated for the speeches and the meal. After the meal the rain subsided and we headed out into the field at the back of the marquee to grab a few more photographs before the bride and groom led the dancing and started the evening entertainment.
All in all it was a truly magical day and great fun to photographs. All credit to Claire and Robert for being brave enough to throw caution to the wind (well rain) and embrace the weather and making it so easy to get fantastic and romantic photographs.