Where do I even start with this gorgeous floral haven of a wedding?! Rebecca and Pip love to garden and their wedding really reflected this; every bouquet, every centrepiece, every boutonnière was handpicked and hand made by them. I was basking in a sea of colour, it was amazing! At one point during the getting ready session I asked Rebecca if it would be ok if 90% of the photos were of their flowers and got an enthusiastic thumbs up in response. As someone who likes to celebrate the colour and vibrancy of the natural world, photographing a wedding day like this was a dream for me.
Newhall Estate in Carlops was the perfect place to hold their wedding. It sprawls over the landscape among the rolling hills and fields, holding several incredibly charming cottages and a walled garden that is beautifully arranged yet not too ‘perfect’; there’s a sense still of nature, of it not being overly man-made, which I really appreciate.
Being a typical Scottish day, we had some cloud, some rain and some sun, at various contrary intervals. I was lucky enough to be able to shoot all my details outside, which I was pretty ecstatic about. I especially loved the ceremony where Rebecca and Pip planted an apple tree for their garden and invited their guests to help by adding soil to the pot; it was beautifully symbolic and I genuinely can’t think of a nicer keepsake from your wedding than a tree growing in your garden over the years.
We didn’t get a sunset but we DID get a beautiful evening sky shortly before the rain started, so I snuck the two of them out for a little session in the field and I love the portraits we got! Rebecca had a second veil with her which she wanted some pictures of – it had been handed down in her family so of course we wanted to try and capture it for her. While Joey and I were casually unfolding it to help put it on her head, I asked how old it was exactly. She replied that it was about 180 years old and I think we both froze right there, too scared to continue, haha. A guide on how to give your photographer a heart attack right there! After (carefully) photographing the veil, we headed back inside and shortly after the ceilidh began. There’s really nothing like a ceilidh to get your guests up and dancing! I remember at our own wedding we had a ceilidh band who, after a hugely successful ceilidh set, were due to play the disco for a couple of hours before returning to the ceilidh. Well, the disco lasted about half an hour I think, after which our guests cajoled them into launching the ceilidh back up early; that’s how good a proper ceilidh is! I think you can tell from the photos just how much fun Rebecca and Pip’s family and friends had that night, and we were only there for the first three dances!
Venue: Newhall Estate
Hair: Shelly from The Beauty Works Edinburgh
Ceilidh Band: Fiddlesticks Ceilidh Band
Catering: Craig Wood Catering
Stationary: Line and Leaf Designs
Lighting: a2b Events