Brittnee and Cameron's wedding at Dunnottar Castle
On first meeting Brittnee and Cameron I was over the moon at the prospect of photographing their wedding.
A photographers dream if you like. The location? It was the inspiration for the DisneyPixar movie Brave. Also with Brittnee looking very like Merida I knew it was going to be amazing.
The wedding was to be at Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven. One of the most amazing settings I have ever seen. I was even more interested to know the wedding was going to be outside. I had high hopes as it was one of the best summers we have had in Scotland but you never know. On the day we had typical Scottish weather in that we had 4 seasons in one day which included- sunshine, rain, wind and even hail (In August!).
The day started with me taking some shots of Brittnee and her family and bridesmaids at a rented cottage in Stonehaven. Brittnee is from America so it was fantastic that a lot of her family made it over to see her marry her Scottish lad. Cameron who is a musician had a special surprise for Brittnee in the morning. He had composed a song just for her and gave her the sheet music framed. He would later perform this beautiful piece of music at the reception which was a special moment.
I then headed to the castle with good walking shoes on as it is a bit of a hike from the car park to the castle and not for the faint hearted. I got shots of Brittnee arriving with her Dad in a beautiful Morris Minor car Cameron's grandfather supplied.
We then waiting for the guests to arrive while Brittnee hid out in one of the castles rooms so that she wouldn't see Cameron.
The seats got set up for the ceremony. It was an on/off decision as dark clouds were looming but thankfully the sun shone for the ceremony. Once everyone was in place Brittnee walked down the aisle with her Dad. What a beautiful ceremony by Rachel. We then got a large group shot of the guests and some other family pictures. I then took 15 minutes with the couple around the castle ruins.
Unfortunately the rain then started which wasn't too bad as it was time to leave for the reception. The rain didn't bother the couple as they laughed all way to the car.
We then drove to the village of Fettercairn where Brittnee and Cameron got on a horse drawn carriage to complete the rest of their journey. They even had an old fashioned scramble for all the kids who wanted to see the bride.
We then arrived at Homefield farm where the reception was. This is a private barn that is owned by a farmer but boy did it look amazing. It was straight into the buffet then speeches. The couples cakes were incredible. Displayed in old vintage suit cases which just suited the venue perfectly. Brittnee and Cameron and their family really had put an amazing amount of effort into all the little touches in the barn.
After the meal the couple and their guests headed outside for a hand fasting ceremony. This was so that all their evening guests could be apart of a ceremony, a lovely touch.
It was then back inside for some more speeches and dancing This was also when Cameron performed his song to Brittnee on the fiddle. Brittnee was in tears and so was I nearly as the music was so beautiful.
Brittnee then threw her bouquet to one lucky lady and Cameron grabbed Brittnee's garter off with his teeth! An American tradition that I would like to see more of as it was great for pictures!!
What a day and it was a privilege to be able to photograph it all. Brittnee and Cameron were an amazing couple who had a ball on their special fairytale wedding. G x