Coos Cathedral Wedding / Julie + Michael
I'll get this rant out of the way first. The minister hindered my ability to capture the ceremony properly. I do wish they would realise that it's not me they are road-blocking, it's the bride + groom. The wedding video is for the couple to watch over many years to come. So without the use of a tripod, or proper sound recording of the minister (who does most of the talking during the ceremony), its fair to say I wasn't a happy bunny. It would also be nice if they spoke to you like a human being, not some sort of outcast. Rant over, let's talk about our lovely couple.
Although I never met Julie + Michael prior to the day, they immediately left an impression. Both are hard working, ambitious, down-to-earth, and family orientated. They have two beautiful children who did awesome to brave the cold during the photoshoot - one of those winter winds that shivers the bones. A beautiful family home to share their married life in. And an extended community of family and friends who are all behind them as they start a new chapter in their life story.
Bridal preps in the morning was calm and stress-free. The children playing away with their toys, and playing hide 'n' seek. Julie got a nice surprise when she was presented with a video on a phone showing her pupils singing a song for her special day.
Onto the church where Michael greeted guests as they arrived. The ushers had a busy time making sure all 180 or so guests were seated in time. Julie arrived, smiling with the girls, excited and ready to walk down the aisle.
After the ceremony there was a few family pics at the church door, before heading onto the grounds at Coos Cathedral. The wind was freezing, but everyone did great to enjoy themselves and allow photographer Sandie Ritchie to do her thing. It was great catching up with Sandie, having filmed her wedding many moons ago! She came across as professional, confident and relaxed. I must admit that I failed to be the same, with the earlier carry on at the ceremony affecting me still.
We only got a short amount of time at Coos Cathedral mingling with the guests unfortunately as it was now time for the speeches. Everyone did a cracking job, including Julie who toasted to absent family and friends.
After a delightful meal and spot on service by Country Flavours of Alford, the band performed their own version of Caledonia for the bride and groom to mark off their first dance as husband and wife. Then the dance-floor packed as the band grooved out some ceilidh tunes!
My best of wishes to the happy couple and their wee family.