2015 got off to a fantastic start with a return to Crear Wedding Venue on the west coast of Scotland. Last time I was here — 4 years ago almost to the day — we had the kind of weather you’d expect in this part of the world in early spring. Namely rain, wind, fog and finally snow. Needless to say that once in the building nobody went outside. To find myself shooting an outdoor ceremony this time was most unexpected! Apparently we had the best view of the neighbouring isles of Jura and Islay the staff had ever seen.
Zazie & Ross are both Belgian, but Ross’ father is Scottish, hence the trip north for their wedding. Zadie got ready with her bridesmaids at Crear itself, whilst Ross and his guys got to grips with their kilts at a caravan park just down the road. Once ready, everyone gathered for the blessing ceremony with possibly the most amazing view of any wedding I’ve attended so far. We had a few readings, a few tears and a lot of laughter.
Then there were drinks and scotch eggs (other canapés were available) before everyone took their seats for the meal and the speeches. I can’t tell you any more than that as French is not my strong point, but they seemed to go down well! After a short break for coffee it was time for the first dance, with sparkler accompaniment, then my second ceilidh in a row. Now, I don’t want to be negative, and I’m sure a lot of the instruction was lost in (the lack of) translation, but it was the worst display of ceilidh dancing I’d ever seen. Again, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves so what do I know!