Fife Wedding Photographer

This wedding is one that is truly unique as it was held at the bride and groom’s own, very beautiful, home in Cowdenbeath, Fife. 

colour photograph of a large sandstone house in Fife, Scotland
Fiona and Will’s stunning home in Cowdenbeath, Fife was the venue for their wedding.

The ceremony and the main events of the day (cake cutting, speeches, meal, dancing) were held in a tipi (or is it teepee?) in their stunning back garden.

Colour photograph of a double tipi set up in a garden with people entering under umbrellas in the rain

The main catering was to be a hog roast and barbeque in the yard beside the house (my kind of food – nice!).

Will was in the yard when I arrived and directed me to the farm across the road to park.

colour photograph of the groom and wedding guests sheltering from the rain under a gazebo

All of the ladies of the bridal party were upstairs in Fiona and Will’s bedroom getting their hair and make up done. 

colour photograph of a woman wearing shorts running upstairs in a house
a young flower girl having a hairband fitted by her mum before the start of a wedding
a colour photograph of a bride having her make up applied before her wedding
A colour photograph of a bridesmaid having her hair styled before a wedding
Colour photograph of a young flower girl being dressed before the start of a wedding
colour photograph of a smiling bride dancing while getting ready for her wedding
Colour photograph of a bride chatting and smiling to her flower girls as they get ready for the wedding
colour photograph of a the mother of the bride fastening up the back of her daughter's wedding dress before the wedding
colour photograph of a bride moving her engagement ring to her right hand before her wedding
colour photograph of a bride smiling at her dad as he comes upstair to see her for the first time in her wedding dress
colour photograph of the father of the bride seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time on her wedding day
Colour photograph of the father of the bride cuddling her after seeing her in her wedding dress for the first time

There was quite a bit of coming and going to make sure that Will didn’t see Fiona before the ceremony started and the groom’s men had all their belongings in the downstairs games room.

Other guests were coming in and out, getting ready and even ironing in the kitchen. As I’d arrived nice and early I had plenty of time to get great shots of all these preparations. 

colour photograph of the groom getting ready on the morning of his wedding
Colour photograph of wedding guests ironing clothes and laughing as they get ready for the wedding day
colour photograph of the  father of the bride laughing with one the guests on the morning of his daughter's wedding
A colour photograph of a wedding guest and the father of the bride sharing a drink from his hip flask before his daughter's wedding
colour photograph of a bride groom and his mother talking on the morning of his wedding day
a colour photograph of the best man giving the bridegroom a kiss open the cheek as they are getting ready for the wedding day
a colour photograph of the bridegroom and his family getting ready for the wedding
a colour photograph of the bridegroom and how groomsmen putting their buttonhole flowers on
a colour photograph of the batsman putting the bridegroom's button hole flower on before the start of the wedding

It rained heavily on and off all through the morning so there were arrangements made to get as many umbrellas ready as possible (they were so well organised they didn’t need to use the ones I always bring). 

a colour photograph of rain running down the roof of a tipi being used for a wedding
colour photograph of the mother of the bride watching wedding guests arriving in the rain prior to the start of the wedding
colour photograph of the bestman holding an umbrella just before the start of a wedding
colour photograph of a wedding guest holding an umbrella in the rain
colour photograph of wedding guests arriving inside a tipi for a wedding
colour photograph of the bridegroom and an usher talking before the start of the wedding

With perfect timing though the rain stopped a few minutes before the ceremony was due to start so that Fiona and her bridal party could walk to the tipi without umbrellas. 

colour photograph of the bride and her bridal party getting ready to walk to the wedding ceremony being held at the bride's home
a colour photograph of the chief bridesmaid and a flower girl walking to a wedding ceremony
colour photograph of the bride and her dad walking to the wedding ceremony in her garden

Fiona and Will’s ceremony was a very personal humanist affair which was all about them, the commitment they were making to each other and their love for each other. 

black and white photograph of a bride winking at a guest as she walk down the aisle at her wedding
black and white photograph of the father of the bride shaking the groom's hand at the start of the wedding ceremony
black and white photograph of the bride and groom holding in hands in front of all their wedding guests at the start of the wedding ceremony
black and white photograph of a smiling bride during her wedding ceremony

It was definitely an emotional ceremony with lots of tears of happiness as well as tears of sadness for those who couldn’t be there. I definitely felt very privileged to have been allowed to be there to capture that for them.

black and white photograph of a bridesmaid crying during a wedding ceremony
black and white photograph of a bridesmaid laughing during a wedding ceremony
black and white close up photograph of the bride and groom holding hands during their wedding ceremony
black and white photograph of a bridesmaid and guests smiling during a wedding ceremony
black and white photograph of a wedding guests smiling during a wedding ceremony
black and white photograph of the groom's mother crying during a wedding ceremony
black and white photograph of the bride and groom during their wedding ceremony
black and white photograph of the groom putting the brides wedding ring on during their wedding

Fiona and Will’s mums also played a part in the traditional Scottish hand fasting part of the ceremony (aka ‘tying the knot’) which was a lovely way to involve them both. 

black and white photograph of a traditional Scottish hand fasting part off a wedding ceremony
black and white photograph of a traditional Scottish hand fasting part off a wedding ceremony
black and white photograph of a traditional Scottish hand fasting part off a wedding ceremony
black and white photograph of a traditional Scottish hand fasting part off a wedding ceremony
black and white photograph of a traditional Scottish hand fasting part off a wedding ceremony
black and white photograph of a newly married couple during the signing of the reciter at their wedding
black and white photograph of wedding guests photographing the bridal party during the signing of the register
black and white photograph of the best man and his partner smiling during a wedding ceremony

Although it rained on and off during the ceremony the confetti run was inside the tipi as the couple walked out for the first time as husband and wife and the rain actually stopped again as Will and Fiona stepped outside!

black and white photograph of confetti being thrown over the bride and groom as the walk back down the aisle at their wedding
black and white photograph of confetti being thrown over the bride and groom as the walk back down the aisle at their wedding

It didn’t last for long but I got some great shots of them and their guests sheltering from the typical Scottish summer weather. I was also glad that I opted for a full set of weather resistant lenses and cameras as I stood in the rain to capture those candid moments.

This shower didn’t last and the rest of the day was lovely and sunny. It was a great setting for me to chat away to guests and get the candid photographs I really love to capture throughout the afternoon. 

colour photograph of the bride groom and wedding guests sheltering from heavy rain
colour photograph of the bride groom and his best man standing in the rain after the wedding ceremony
colour photograph of the bride hugging an older woman during her wedding day
colour photograph of a female wedding guest holding the bride's hand to look at her wedding ring
colour photograph of a smiling bride talking to her wedding guests
colour photograph of a smiling bride chatting to a male wedding guest during her wedding reception
colour photograph of laughing wedding guests looking at a mobile phone

There were loads of children around so I made sure to get plenty shots of them running around the tipi and gardens. 

colour photograph of a toddler giving a horseshoe to a bride during her wedding
colour photograph of a young boy drinking a can of Irn Bru during s wedding reception
colour photograph of a small girl hiding behind a wooden bench and playing peekaboo
colour photograph of a bridesmaid and her daughter smiling during the wedding reception

After a couple of hours it was time for the speeches before the barbeque and hog roast was to be served.

I’ve heard a lot of wedding speeches and the ones given at Will and Fiona’s wedding were among the most heartfelt and emotional I’d heard. They were quite beautiful.

colour photograph of the father of the bride giving a speech at his daughter's wedding
colour photograph of a bride and groom sharing a private moment during her father's speech at his daughter's wedding
colour photograph of the father of the bride giving a toast after his speech at his daughter's wedding
colour photograph of the bride kissing her father on the cheek  after his speech at her wedding
colour photograph of the best man  giving a speech at a wedding while the wedding party are laughing
colour photograph of the best man  giving a toast to the bride and groom after his speech speech while the wedding party are raising their glasses

It was also great that Will’s sister (who was also Fiona’s friend) also gave a great speech after the men had finished.

It’s always a welcome change to see women given the chance to speak at weddings.

colour photograph of the chief bridesmaid giving a speech at a wedding while the wedding party are laughing
colour photograph of a bride and her dad sharing a joke during a speech at her wedding
colour photograph of the chief bridesmaid giving an emotional speech at a wedding while the wedding party are in tears
colour photograph of a wedding guest smiling during the speeches at a wedding

After the speeches came the barbeque and hog roast which were fantastic. I had a steak sandwich and a hog roast sandwich and it was gorgeous.

I might have to start reviewing and rating the food I get at weddings!

Sadly my food allergy meant I couldn’t have one of the crepes.

colour photograph of children watching a chef make crepes as apart of a wedding breakfast

I then had lots of opportunities for chatting with guests and candid shots as people were wandering around, eating and drinking outside and in the tipi.

colour photograph of two small boys dressed in suits walking hand in had at a wedding
colour photograph of wedding guests photographer from behind while walking hand in hand with small children
colour photograph of a wedding guest smoking a pipe in the garden of the wedding venue
colour photograph of a bride being carried by her bridesmaid during the wedding reception while the groom laughs
colour photograph of a bride and bridegroom cuddling ad smiling during their wedding
colour photograph of a wedding guest carrying his young daughter during a wedding reception
colour photograph of a two young flower girls sitting together during a wedding reception
colour photograph of a wedding guest throwing his baby son in the air during a wedding reception
colour photograph of a bride holding a barbie doll and chatting to her guests during her wedding reception
colour photograph of a bride sitting open a female wedding guest's knee during her wedding reception

Next up was the cake cutting before the first dance. Will’s very talented and skilled mum had made the amazing looking cake herself along with pastries and canapés for the guests. I’m always impressed by the work of skilled bakers.

colour photograph of the bride groom and his mum arranging the wedding cake just before the official cake cutting at his wedding
colour photograph of a bride and groom as they cut their wedding cake
colour photograph of a bride and groom's hands as they cut their wedding cake
colour photograph of a smiling bride on the dance floor at her wedding reception

In fact there was actually a lot of dancing to the iPod playlist that was on before the band took its position for the ‘official first dance’.

After the band played a few songs for the first three dances it changed to some ceilidh music and this really got the dance floor full.

The dancing is one of my favourite parts of a wedding as it’s guaranteed to make for great images.

colour photograph of two small girls dancing at a wedding
colour photograph of the bride carrying and dancing with a young girl at her wedding
colour photograph of a young flowergirl on the dancefloor at a wedding reception
colour photograph of the bride and groom during their first dance at their wedding
colour photograph of the bride and groom during their first dance at their wedding
colour photograph of the bride and groom during their first dance at their wedding
colour photograph of the bride, groom and wedding party during their wedding reception
colour photograph of a young girls dancing on the dance floor during a wedding reception
colour photograph of wedding guests dancing during a ceilidh at a wedding
colour photograph of wedding guests dancing during a ceilidh at a wedding
colour photograph of wedding guests dancing during a ceilidh at a wedding

I had a great time at Fiona and WIll’s wedding and loved photographing them and their guests in their gorgeous house and garden. I always enjoy chatting with couples and their guests in relaxed settings like this. It always makes for great candid photographs of which I am truly passionate. 

colour photograph of wedding guests clapping on the dance floor during the wedding reception
colour photograph of the bride and groom kissing in their garden during their wedding
Fiona and Will in their beautiful garden.

4 thoughts on “Fiona and Will’s Homemade Tipi Wedding

  1. Great blog and set of images. Really nice.

    1. Hi Ben, thanks very much 🙂

  2. Kiain, what a fantastic wedding, you captured the feeling of happiness and joy perfectly.
    Great photos. Well done.

    1. Thanks Elizabeth, it was such a great day.

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