Darren & Misha

It began with tears from her mum and ended with shots at the bar

Can a wedding day get any better than that?

When Darren and Misha and I met initially to get to know one another and to see if I was the wedding photographer for them they told me that the theme of the day was Adventures.

Well, I was sold immediately and was even more hopeful that I would be the photographer they liked best - what an amazing way to celebrate all the craziness that life throws at you. It’s all an adventure!

Loving family, supportive friends and a few surprises

Misha’s mum did an incredible job of collecting and putting together the most unique table decorations. Little knick knacks and oddities that looked beautiful and sparked conversation, and of course they had that subtle reminder of adventuring.

Friends travelled for hundreds of miles to be with the happy couple and it was clear they all felt it was well worth it! The best man even took the double measure at the end of the night shots - what a stand up guy

A big orange off-roader and a super fun choreographed first dance

The day was also about making sure the wedding guests had a great time. Only Darren and Misha knew about the orange monster truck - it was so much fun to watch that arrive to pick everyone up! And they hadn’t let on about the first dance either!

Plus there was a fire pit at night. I mean, who doesn’t love a fire pit.

Our Love Story {Part 2}

 

This part of the story can be summed up in 3 little words.

He. Didn’t. Call.

So don’t waste your time reading further. That’s the story folks.

Why are you still reading? Waiting for me to share the complete and total mortification of waiting by the phone night after night?

That’s a bit evil.

But I got you.

If you need to remind yourself of the blind date that comprises part 1 of the story you’ll find that here.

To sum up: He’s cute, funny and mature and I’m in love.

Shall we go to 17 year old Rachel’s journal to see what happened next? Go’on then.

Stevie hasn’t phoned! I don’t know if he even has my number yet - Paul said he’d give it to him. But if he liked me and wanted to phone me he surely would just ask Paul for my number. So he obviously isn’t that bothered.  I name other boys who were “madly in love” with me and definitely did call.   But Stevie was just a date. The last thing he said was “I'll see you again? Hopefully soon?” That’s gotta be an “I want to see you again” Why would he say that then not call - maybe he’s going for casual, cool, standoffish. Whatever.

Stevie hasn’t phoned! I don’t know if he even has my number yet - Paul said he’d give it to him. But if he liked me and wanted to phone me he surely would just ask Paul for my number. So he obviously isn’t that bothered.

I name other boys who were “madly in love” with me and definitely did call.

But Stevie was just a date. The last thing he said was “I'll see you again? Hopefully soon?” That’s gotta be an “I want to see you again” Why would he say that then not call - maybe he’s going for casual, cool, standoffish. Whatever.

This is but a small glimpse of the level of date analysis that happened. What did it mean when he said that or looked at me this way;
and on and on and on and on…

Any other experience with boys I had had up until that point was them thinking I was perfect and amazing and stopping just short of telling me they’d die for me. It was all very intense and romantic

and hormone-fuelled.

Watch me swing between rage, love and sadness for the next few days (weeks)

Today I tried not to think about Stevie - I tried not to think about him first period when Elspeth demanded every detail about the date…

Today I tried not to think about Stevie - I tried not to think about him first period when Elspeth demanded every detail about the date…

And guess what? No phone call from Steven. Well, at least confusion is over - he obviously isn’t that interested in me. No respecting guy who actually wants to see the girl again leaves it this late. And you know maybe Paul hasn’t given him my number but if he wanted it he could have phoned Paul & got it. Never mind eh, he probably thinks I’m too young for him or whatever.

And guess what? No phone call from Steven. Well, at least confusion is over - he obviously isn’t that interested in me. No respecting guy who actually wants to see the girl again leaves it this late. And you know maybe Paul hasn’t given him my number but if he wanted it he could have phoned Paul & got it. Never mind eh, he probably thinks I’m too young for him or whatever.

I was, I mean I am still feeling a bit down, but it’s quite unexplainable. I was excited about what Stevie & I could have but I can’t be this down just because he didn’t call or whatever.

I was, I mean I am still feeling a bit down, but it’s quite unexplainable. I was excited about what Stevie & I could have but I can’t be this down just because he didn’t call or whatever.

Heart. Broken.

Yes, it’s possible I was going in a bit heavy.
So I may have put a WEE bit too much emphasis on this one blind date.
And maybe I was more intense than was necessary.

But Rachel! You’re married! He must have called eventually right?

Riiiiiiiiiight?

Tune in next time to find out how the heck it recovers from this utter disaster.

 

Rebecca & Tim

Rebecca and Tim were married on one of those typically Scottish summer days. It started with gorgeous sunshine, a small interlude of torrential rain (which resulted in a flood on the dance floor!) and then back to clear skies again.

Every moment and every detail was personal and beautiful.

And they were up for doing something really unconventional by having a “first look” and taking the bridal portraits BEFORE the ceremony. If you think that sounds strange here’s what they said about it:

We asked Rachel about the possibility of doing our bridal portraits the morning of the wedding, prior to the ceremony, so we could spend more of the afternoon with our guests.

We were a little concerned about missing out on the special ‘first look’ moment of walking down the aisle and seeing each other, but Rachel suggested we could replicate that moment (on camera!) before starting the portraits, so we decided to go with it.

In reality our own ‘reveal’ was perhaps even better, as we could relax and admire each other afterwards, rather than going straight in to the formality of the ceremony.
— Becca & Tim

I really love doing it this way around. The first time you see each other is still really special (how could it not be!?) and the portraits are full of that excitement and anticipation. Plus you’re more relaxed because we’re not taking you away from guests to fit in photos between ceremony and dinner.

Would you do it this way around? Or do you think it’s a terrible idea?

On to the bit we actually care about: eye-candy from The Barn at Harburn with gorgeous details like the hand-made bouquets thanks to the mother of the groom and other special extras. Take a look.

If I was to sum up this day it would definitely include the words:

organised!
thoughtful
midgies
tasty
fun
laughter
joy

and, of course,

lots and lots of

LOVE

David & Jackie

David & Jackie did things their way.

Case in point: The evening entertainment wasn’t a band or disco but a pub quiz. Brilliant!

Prestonfield house was the gorgeous setting for this autumn wedding and the whole day was relaxed and happy. The happy couple were surrounded by great friends, two of whom did fab readings during the ceremony and it was beautiful to see Jackie’s dad walk her down the aisle when there was a question mark over whether that would be possible.

Special shoutout to some other fantastic people who helped make this day truly wonderful:

Harpist - Ada Francis
Celebrant - Liz Thomson
Dress - Modecca from Frox of Falkirk
Shoes - (those shoes!) Harriet Wilde
Flowers - The Stockbridge Flower Company (one of my very favourites)
Hair & Makeup - Kate Elliot-Muir
Cake - Liggy’s Cakes
Favours - Hotel Chocolat
Car - Ultimate Private Hire


Video by me!



Rachel x

Hannah & Kyle

Hannah & Kyle were married in Murrayshall House Hotel on a bright and warm August afternoon.

I have been obsessed with the idea of Steve and I renewing our vows and on the lookout for a location and this was so beautiful I made enquiries for us!

The bridal suite was one of the nicest I’ve ever seen and since the morning preparations are often my favourite part of the day I was loving life.

Hannah throughly enjoyed being a girl for the day and the make up artist was under strict instructions to do eye liner for fear no-one would recognise her without the signature black wing.

Kyle was one of those grooms who is just a sweetheart. Smiled through his nerves and that hair do? A masterpiece!

Highlights of the day were chocolate biscuits in the bridal suite, running behind the newlyweds as they zipped down the lane in a golf cart to where we would take the bridal portraits and Hannah and Kyles smiling faces as they thanked me at the end of the day.

I really do feel a huge sense of responsibility to doing everything I can to make a wedding day as special and happy and stress-free as possible so it’s lovely to go home at the end of the day knowing I’ve done just that.

No more words. Pictures!

Rachel x

Our Love Story {Part 1}

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

You may know Steve and I as that hilarious, obviously in love, definitely never fight, perfect for each other couple. Or you may not have met us yet: in which case you might believe the “definitely never fight” nonsense.

Because I’m a fan of oversharing and to mark this day all about love I thought it would be fun to release the very first part of our very own love story.

Back in the days before digital cameras you just had to deal with photos of you with closed eyes.   Steven and I when we were pretty much children. You can tell it’s early on because we’re still skinny.

Back in the days before digital cameras you just had to deal with photos of you with closed eyes.

Steven and I when we were pretty much children. You can tell it’s early on because we’re still skinny.

Once upon a time, way back in January of 2004 a 17 year old me agreed to go on a blind date set up by mutual friends, Paul and Wendy.

I got ready with my friend and decided that the look I should go for for this blind date was a kind of girly punk, neon pink and black vibe.

I wore a sweat band on one wrist.

Let’s just let that sink in for a minute.

Over to our first instalment from my journal….

I had really good fun. His name is Steven, he’s old! I dunno how old - no I do - 24!! But I don’t think it really mattered. I felt really at home actually - I felt on the same level as him & Paul & Wendy. We went bowling…

I had really good fun. His name is Steven, he’s old! I dunno how old - no I do - 24!! But I don’t think it really mattered. I felt really at home actually - I felt on the same level as him & Paul & Wendy. We went bowling…

About 5 seconds into the date and I’m already in love. He’s cute, tall, sweet and gentle, seems confident and really funny. Tick. Tick. Tickety. Tickaboo. Yeah he’s 24 and I’m 17 but I’m totally mature and feeling like I’m on the same level as the grown-ups. This is going to work! He’s going to fall madly in love with me and propose within the month. It’s all coming up Rachel.

After we bowl we all get into one car to drive back to our matchmakers flat. The chat is easy, everyone is seeming comfortable and then we drive past my high school. AND PAUL POINTS IT OUT!!!

On your right hand side you’ll see Rachel’s newly built high school.

At this point I consider just opening the door of the moving car and rolling right out.

Steve doesn’t say anything. Be cool, be cool. You’ve got this.

We get to the flat and play some Uno. Classic. It’s all totally relaxed, the banter is flowing and I am trying my darnedest to flirt.

Then at the end of the night he offers to give me a lift home.

I’m in there!!!

More lovely chatting in the car just the two of us alone for the first time and I’m crushing HARD. This is a man like I have never met before. He’s intelligent and sensible. He’s got a car and a job. This is like no other date I’ve ever been on. We’re not talking about how much Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson can bench press (that’s a true date story that actually happened to me. In the Littlewoods Cafe of all places)

Over to you 17 year old Rachel’s journal…

Then he drove me home, he has a proper grown-ups car!! He pulled in and I gave him a kiss on the cheek which makes me cringe when I think about it because it was a total comedy Rachel mwaaah! kiss! ich. He thanked me for putting up with him for the evening and said hopefully he’d see me again - I said “yes” he said “soon” - I smiled and said “yes” again.

Then he drove me home, he has a proper grown-ups car!! He pulled in and I gave him a kiss on the cheek which makes me cringe when I think about it because it was a total comedy Rachel mwaaah! kiss! ich. He thanked me for putting up with him for the evening and said hopefully he’d see me again - I said “yes” he said “soon” - I smiled and said “yes” again.

The AGONY of going over and over and over that stupid, lip smacker of a peck on the cheek! Would that put him off? Was it really loud in his ear? Why can I not just be graceful and elegant and romantic. Eugh!

There are pages in the journal about this fantastic date, if you want the bowling or Uno scores, I have them recorded. Basically, I’m smitten.

So what’s the final thoughts about that date Rachel?

Thus endeth date numero uno. Hopefully others shall follow for he wist a lovely Chappy!

Thus endeth date numero uno. Hopefully others shall follow for he wist a lovely Chappy!

Seriously. Who talks like that?

Did he call? Did I call? Did he propose within the month? Tune in next month for part 2 of our love story.

Spoiler alert. We get married in the end.