Almost every weekend we see families and friends come together to celebrate the marriage of two special people in their lives. It's always lovely to see how emotional but happy everyone is. A lot of times we even hide behind our cameras as a particularly emotional moment gets us too. Most times we've only met our couples two or three times before their big day.
This day was extra special because Erica and Joachim are two of our best friends. We've known them for around 8 years now and it was such an honour to be the ones documenting their day. If almost strangers can make us cry on a wedding day you can imagine how we felt for our friends.
The day started off with an early rise as we had to get ourselves and our three picturesque minis ready before driving over to Perth. As we pulled up to the venue Erica was walking across the lawn to see how the decorating of the stable room in the byre was going. One of the bridesmaids, Louise, was also the florist for the day and she constructed the amazing heart wreath - it was a real focal talking point all day. Louise works within Thanks a Bunch who supplied the bouquets. Erica was getting ready in the cottage across from the barn and although nice and relaxed there was a lovely buzz about the place as everyone got ready. Erica did her own make up and looked absolutely beautiful. Fiona O'Donnel (Bridal Hair & Make up Design Scotland) was on bridesmaid hair while Paula Brown did a stunning job of Erica's and Freya's - Mother of the Bride - hair.
The boys arrived and got their preparation photos taken in one of the other cottages. Special mention has to go to Grant who is a previous groom of ours and has now been usher at two more weddings we've photographed. He proved especially helpful at organising people for our group shots!
Since Erica and Joachim booked their venue we'd been so excited to photograph there. It has a lovely rustic, relaxed and romantic feel to it and the weather on the day could not have been better! (Erica's sister Julia really pulled through on this - she works at the Met Office!). Erica is Scottish and Joachim is Belgian and there were plenty more nationalities inbetween represented in the guest list. This was reflected in the dinner menu which was translated into English, French and Dutch and had little nods to both in the choices (Belgian chocolate brownie - AMAZING!)
The humanist ceremony was really beautiful, conducted by Jane Betchel, who really brought Erica and Joachim's story to life.
After a group shot and some mingling we got on with the family photos and then the bit that we love - bridal portraits. There's some really gorgeous spots at The Byre at Inchyra and we really tried to make as much use as we could of all the quirky little bits. These are probably some of our favourite bridal images ever, but it was so easy since Erica and Joachim just couldn't stop smiling and kissing. Keeping everyone entertained was Pete Dyer aka The Wandering Man, he created a really lovely, chilled out atmosphere for all the guests.
Cake cutting happened right before dinner and it was epic! Erica's dad Les hired the replica Wallace Sword from The Wallace Monument and it was impressive to say the least! The stunning cake was designed by The Cake and Craft, it was a pretty pink accented by edible lace and fresh flowers.
The meal was fantastic, catered by St Andrews Event Catering, presented beautifully as you can see in the images.
Erica and Joachim chose Flung Aboot as their band for night time entertainment and wow they were fantastic! The floor was full all night and their ceilidh was amazing. We've worked with them before and they're such great folk! It was really great to put our cameras down and join in with the dancing at 9pm - it was a brilliant party!
This wedding meant a lot to us, there were tears a-plenty but just pure happiness as we witnessed two beautiful, amazing people start their next chapter. One thing we took away from being so close to the people we were photographing is a heightened appreciation for how much a wedding day means - these moments have now passed, but on a personal level they have huge significance to us, and it drives home how important our job is.