When Nick and Kerry asked me to photograph their New Galloway wedding, my first question was to ask what kind of ceremony they were having and where it was to be held. It was with big grins that they informed me that they were having an humanist ceremony, outdoors, at the end of SEPTEMBER! I warned them about the vagaries of the Scottish weather, but they insisted that it just helped to keep away the midges 🙂
They were insistent that they didn’t want a conventional approach to their wedding photography, they wanted to capture the beauty of the Galloway landscape and capture the magic and spontaneity of their wedding. I was told that I was free to do anything – and in turn they would do what ever was asked of them. I clarified this point several times, just to make sure. Many couples often agree or request to particular pictures to be taken at pre-wedding meetings, no matter what the weather, or how much time it takes to set the shot up, however come the day, when dresses are white and makeup and hair has been painstakingly applied, it is often a different story and they opt not to follow through. Nick and Kerry were adamant, they wanted a cinematic feel to their images and I was to be given free reign. Wow what an invitation.
Their outdoor ceremony was being held at the Otter Pool which is located along Raiders Road in New Galloway. Oh and part of the ceremony involved sawing a log in half, apparently an old German tradition to prove that a husband and wife could work together as a team? They would have a small marque in case of rain, but the ceremony would be predominantly outside and Nick would be on site fairly early in the morning to set everything up.
Unfortunately despite the marque being erected early on, the wind caught hold of it 25 minutes prior to the brides arrival and it had to be taken down. Now there was nowhere to run if it rained. We needn’t have worried though, Nick it appeared had thought of everything, including arranging some fantastic weather, the ceremony was mostly sunny, with just occasional threatening clouds overhead. We stayed at the Otter Pool for most of the afternoon before heading for an evening reception at the Steam Packet Inn at the Isle of Whithorn.
The ceremony was beautiful and Nick and Kerry kept their promises….we got so many fantastic photographs……..these are some of them