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.
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.
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.
All of the ladies of the bridal party were upstairs in Fiona and Will’s bedroom getting their hair and make up done.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
There were loads of children around so I made sure to get plenty shots of them running around the tipi and gardens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.