This is part 2 of Helen & Simon’s beautiful wedding day which was so full of fun and laughter. The reception was held at Norton House and the weather had improved giving us plenty of time to make the most of the gorgeous grounds. They had said that wanted lots of fun moments captured on the day, and as you will see from the photographs, there were plenty to capture.
The cake was a fantastic creation by Truly Scrumptious and reflected both sides of the family in its decoration. The speeches touched every emotion and Stephen’s brother, Ryan, who was the best man, made good use of old childhood photos of the couple.
One of the best bands I have heard in a while, Aurora, provided the music in the evening and performed a varied repertoire from contemporary to ceilidh.
Thank you to Helen & Simon for choosing me to photograph their wedding day – it was an absolute pleasure and reminded me on so many levels of why I love what I do.
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Helen and Simon first met in their final year at University when Simon moved into the flat Helen shared with four friends and Helen felt they could not be more different and at that point. Helen was studying Art and Simon dentistry, but soon his easy Northern Irish charm won her over. Simon proposed Hogmanay 2008/9 and so the plans began for an Edinburgh meets Templepatrick wedding.
They chose to get married at Wardie Parish Church in Edinburgh and the ceremony was particularly special as Helen’s aunt (who is a minister) conducted some of the ceremony. What Helen had not foreseen was that her aunt had a small surprise for her - a very special guest that the family felt Helen would like at her wedding – her TEDDY BEAR!
After the ceremony we headed down to the harbour and lighthouse at Newhaven for some photographs of just the two of them – it is a personal favourite spot for the couple and a short walk from their flat.
Part 2 will be on the blog tomorrow. Please feel free to leave comments.
This is the second of 3 sessions we do in the first year as part of a baby portrait session which has always proved a popular gift as the family can then have beautiful photographs capturing all the changes that happen in the first year.
As always, Jennifer was delightful – it was fun to interact with her at this age and see the changes that have happened since the last session. It never fails to amaze me how much babies change in their first year and I guess that is why families cherish the photographs from these sessions.
Ruth and Gavin – I hope you enjoy looking at the photographs of your gorgeous daughter and I am looking forward to session 3 soon. Marian
Ashley & Kenny – met at school and it just grew from there. The thing that struck me when I first met Ashley was that she just could not stop smiling when she talked about her day and she was still smiling when we looked through their wedding photographs the other night. They enjoyed every second of their day and to me that is how it should be. My job was to capture the fun that contributed to that feeling.
So where to start – for those of you who do not know Ashley & Kenny let me try to give you some background. The chief bridesmaid was Nicola – Ashley’s twin sister and the best man is Nicola’s fiance – lost yet? Ashley has become a “Daye” and Nicola will become a “Knight”. Ok – enough confusion.
I had the unusual request to go to the groom’s parents house to photograph the men getting ready instead of the bride’s house (too many nerves at Ashley’s parents that morning) and I was more than happy to do so – it’s part of my philosophy to work with what the couple want and not stick to a set routine. The men looked fantastic in their Pride of Bannockburn kilts.
The Surprise for Ashley
So the first time I say Ashley that day was when she arrived at the church and there was that beautiful irrepressible smile.
Ashley's mum looked so elegant
A very proud dad
I was smiling inwardly too as I knew there was a huge surprise planned for Ashley as she entered the church – a pipe band. She had no idea as she followed the lone piper into the church on her father’s arm and her face was a picture as the pipe band started to play too. She says this is still her favourite memory of the day.
One of the Uncle's sang Nessun Dorma - not a dry eye in the church!
Later at the reception the speeches pulled at every emotion and changed in a split second from tears to roaring with laughter. Ashley’s parents had kept the identity bracelets from when the twins were born and Ashley’ s father had Ashley’s baby id in his hand during his speech.
It was lovely to be part of Ashley & Kenny’s day and I hope these images bring back lots of happy memories.