Raucous laughter at a summertime Scottish country wedding // Sam and Ran

There is generally a theme to Scottish country weddings in summertime... and that's the weather. It will bucket it down. And there will be glorious sunshine.  And then, later on there will be wild dancing.  As long as you respect that, then your day will be wonderful. 

At Sam and Ran's you'll see the rivers in the roads and the amazing sunshine at the reception deep in the Scottish Borders. Sam's dad shipped up his lovingly restored Austin specially for the day. The rain poured as guests went into the marquee... yet by time the service was over, the sun had broken through the clouds and the weather joined the party.  It was a day filled with raucous laughter and tenderness. And a human pyramid at midnight.

International Elopement to Edinburgh // Betsy and Vincent

Oh boy, where to begin with this one.  They are a truly international and original 21st century couple - Vincent is Dutch and was living in Switzerland, and Betsy is American and was living in London.  They eloped to be married in Edinburgh, borrowing an Airbnb apartment to make it relaxed and fun.  Betsy wore a black jumpsuit with Vivenne Westwood jelly heels, mascara applied via Spiderman toothbrush, and Vincent - after shoes were missed on the packing agenda-jumped in the taxi with his slippers on.  A quick detour via Russel and Bromley- feet clad- then met two close friends, Christina and Archie, as witnesses at the Royal College of Surgeons on Queen Street where they were married by Lara, a celebrant and friend (please also note her amazing footwear)- a bottle of fizz on a park bench (vintage, barrel-aged cava as a nod to their new life in its new location), cocktails at Devil's Advocate and lunch at Ondine.  A perfectly unstressful, unique wedding day. 

A year later, Betsy and Vincent have set up a new life together in the sunshine of Barcelona, embracing true international culture of consulting and commuting just monthly to meetings. 

Each wedding I shoot makes me smile by because the couples make their wedding day completely about them and the things they love and traditions that they do - or don't- want to be part of... and that is probably their only similarity. I love it.

So this is my small edit into a very 21st century wedding.   

Beautiful Lake District Wedding // Miz and Roger

Homegrown flowers, a scrubbed and painted cow barn over the hill - doesn't sound like a recipe for total elegance and joy, but it was. 

Miz's mum had grown all the flowers - and sown three batches, each a fortnight apart, so that they were guaranteed to be ready. A local farmer lent them his (currently unused!) cow barn, which they scrubbed, mended and painted.  The bridesmaids sewed a mile of bunting and glass bottles were collected for a year. 

It was high summer in Cumbria but the day before the wedding it was torrential- dark thunderous skies and flowers dripping.  Wellies and waterproofs and buckets to catch the drips in between the hive of activity. 

And then the wedding day dawned and the puddles flowed away and the sun came out.  High summer in the Lake District.  I loved the rosettes in Miz's childhood home still up from her days in  the Pony Club, the old Volvo (I have a serious soft spot for battered old vehicles) to transport the bridesmaids, a moving ceremony at a local church (I wore blue mascara which didn't last the duration) and the brass band and Pimm's served from an old bathtub at the reception. And the flowers- riotous, abundant collections of Sweet Peas and Sweet Williams adorning the tables. 

Hope you enjoy this wee edit.