Tufted Duck Wedding / Jennifer + Dean
One of the most satisfying parts of my job is filming the same family over the course of several years. In this instance it was back in 2013 that I captured the wedding of Jennifer's sister, Gillian. So I was somewhat stunned when I arrived for the morning prep and Gillian answered the door, looking exactly like I remember. Motherhood definitely agrees with her!
Nowadays filming the bridal preparations is one of the essential parts of the day. It's a great insight into the excitement and build-up to the ceremony. The standout moment for me was Jennifer opening her gift from Dean, and in particular receiving a miniature owl teddy. She seemed well chuffed! Not sure if she has named the teddy yet, but surely 'Scott' should be a contender?
At the church the guests were contending with high winds - hang on to those fascinators! Dean spent most of his time fixing his buttonhole decoration which did not want to stay on his jacket. The bridal cars had to do a few laps around the church as the winds proved a challenge for the guest photographs. But finally it was time for Jennifer to step out into the limelight. She looked absolutely stunning! She definitely has a resemblance to Kristin Stewart from the Twilight movies.
The vows and ring exchange were intimate and loving, with them both looking at each other throughout. And after a blessing, or two, Dean was invited to kiss his new wife!
There was a surprise for Jennifer + Dean, provided by Dean's family, as they reached the front doors of the church. The happy couple were greeted by two owls! Our bride was smiling excitedly, even if she did get a clip or two round the ear from their flapping wings!
Due to the high winds photographer Angela Campbell suggested we head to Strichen Park for the rest of the pictures. Good idea! Even though it was cold, there was more shelter and nice light to work with. And the swans may have photo-bombed at some point too!
Back at the Tufted Duck the guests were enjoying good company and drinks, and they greeted the happy couple as the receiving line got under way. Sandy Whyte piped the bride and groom to their table, and the speeches began.
Having been teased at Gillian's wedding for his excessive use of 'eh's', father of the bride Kenneth kept himself in check this time round, and said some poignant words about Jennifer and Dean. Our groom did a fab job of thanking the parents and bridal party, giving a special mention to his brother Liam. And of course he waxed lyrical about his gorgeous new wife! Liam completed the speeches with some funny one-liners, an embarrassing anecdote or two, and rounded if off with a nice toast.
I may have accidentally blinded Dean during the cake cut, I forgot I had a light on my camera (don't usually). So let's move on...
The dancing kicked off with a romantic first dance, backlit beautifully by our video lights in the background. Then it was time for the guests to get their groove on, and boy did they ever!
A happy ever after to the happy couple!
ps. Scotland got a good result against England (football) during the wedding meal, not that anyone was paying attention (cough, cough).