I love today’s bright and beautiful Spring wedding.
Allyson and Martyn wanted a travel vintage feel to their day, which will be come evident in part 2 later this afternoon. The bride looks stunning in her gorgeous gown, cute jacket and birdcage veil. I love the fact the couple had a ‘first look’, it’s a great, private moment for the two of you, with an opportunity to get some rather beautiful images. The bridesmaids look fabulous, with their teal gowns, glack tights and those beautiful bright yellow blooms.
Thanks so much to the wonderful Scottish based wedding photographer, Trevor Wilson Silver Photography for sharing his work, here is what he had to say about the day;
“On the 11th March I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Martyn and Allyson at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh ( http://www.rbge.org.uk/). I must say from the outset that this was one of the loveliest weddings I have been to and I truly enjoyed being a part of it.
My day started nearby at Martyn and Allyson’s flat just down the road – I was invited there to capture a bit of the action in the build-up to the ceremony. The weather was very bright and the soft natural light streaming through the windows was something I hadn’t really seen since last year! Sometimes you just have to use a flash but you can’t ever beat natural light.
I then took a short walk up to the gardens and had time to take in the marvellous little details that they had used to complement the already beautiful Caledonian Hall. There was a very definite theme of ‘travel’ throughout the wedding and this evident everywhere, but in a very tasteful way. As it was spring, and they are a favourite flower of Allyson’s, there were also daffodils in abundance!
There were many differences between this wedding and others, one of which was that Allyson and Martyn wanted to meet each other just before the ceremony, which I thought was lovely. I waited for Allyson with Martyn, for quite a while as she wasn’t quite on time, and was able to capture the lovely moments when they first saw each other on their wedding day. This is unfortunately something I rarely have the opportunity to see as the first time the groom normally sees the bride is when she appears next to him at the beginning of the wedding ceremony. It was a very nice touch and one that I personally would love to see more often!
It was March, during a particularly protracted and bad winter, and it was very, very cold. So cold, in fact, that I was having a spot of bother operating the camera, but Martyn and Allyson were determined to have the ceremony outside and so they did. Very near to the Caledonian Hall is a small grove of very large trees that create a natural canopy and a perfect setting for an outdoor wedding and that is where the Humanist ceremony, conducted by the ever cheerful Tim Maguire (http://humanistweddingsinscotland.blogspot.com/), was held. I had a great freedom to move around the grove unnoticeably to capture different parts of the ceremony but, eventually, huddled at the end of the aisle with the other guests in an attempt to keep warm. I was going to get a little fire going but I thought it might have been a bit distracting…
Allyson and Martyn are very regular visitors to the gardens and they wanted to capture their favourite areas in their wedding photographs. On the whole my clients choose me because they don’t want too many posed pictures but I am always very happy to tailor my coverage and, on this occasion, we took a stroll together around the gardens for 30 minutes or so to capture some photographs that I hope were meaningful for them. We encountered a cat, a robin and a squirrel along the way just for good measure!
Whilst they had their dinner I made full use of the on-site cafe (a photographer’s dream!) before returning to cover the speeches (again, not done in the ‘usual’ order but hey, who cares!) and then, shortly afterwards, the ceilidh. As the vast majority of the guests weren’t Scottish and had no experience of ceilidh dancing at made for some entertaining photographs!”
A few things made this wedding stand out for me. They just did it the way that they wanted to. They stuck to their guns when it came to making the decision to have the ceremony outside (I see too many couples dissuaded from an outside ceremony by their venue only to be making your vows inside whilst the sun streams through the window). But most noticeably they were just such a happy couple together. They had planned their day in advance but then afterwards they just focused on having a great day.
All in all, a great venue coupled with a very happy bride and groom made both their day and mine very enjoyable indeed.
On a deserted Kiloran Bay on the island of Colonsay, Scotland.
I have always loved daffodils, so they were a natural choice. Martyn’s mother had worked as a florist, and with the help of my sister put together the bridesmaids’ bouquets and table arrangements the day before the wedding. For my bouquet, Sharon Fryday of Lilium Florist put together a beautiful yellow posy of daffodils, calla lilies, tulips, and ranunculus.
The Vision for the day….
We wanted to focus on making the wedding a fun, easygoing event that reflected our personalities. Because we both love to travel, we chose a vintage travel theme for the wedding which inspired most of our decor and one of our readings.
The Dress + Accessories…..
My dress was Vernice by Maggie Sottero. I had originally thought of going for a less traditional dress – maybe something with colour, or tea-length – but when I tried on this dress I couldn’t imagine wearing anything else.
My mom, sister, and I went to Charlotte, North Carolina to look for a wedding dress while I was on holiday in America. We only had one weekend to shop as my sister and I were only in town for a few days, and I wasn’t very optimistic about having enough time to find the right dress. In the second shop we visited I found a few possibilities, but then the lovely shopkeeper brought me a dress that I hadn’t noticed when I was choosing samples to try. It was perfect for me (and my size!) and since I needed to take it back to the UK with me that week, we walked out of the shop half an hour later with that very dress. It couldn’t have been easier.
The Planning process….
Martyn is English, I’m American, and our family and friends live all over the world, so the planning process was complicated by the logistics of which country to get married in. We settled on a smallish wedding in Edinburgh, where we live, and since nearly all of our guests were from out of town we made it into a full weekend of celebration. We invited everyone to a pub the night before the wedding, which was a great icebreaker that allowed both sets of families and friends to get to know each other, and the day after the wedding we arranged a group tour of Edinburgh Castle for anyone who was still in town.
Martyn wore a Hugo Boss suit and Cheaney shoes. We joked that his shoes cost more than mine, but he gets the last laugh because he can wear his every day to work.
The three lovely bridesmaids were Martyn’s sister, my sister, and a close friend of mine from university. They were unfailingly helpful throughout the day, and it was really special to have them there. They each wore a teal Dessy dress in the style of their choosing, and their own accessories
We got married at the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens – the ceremony outdoors in the John Muir Grove of redwood trees, and the reception in the Caledonian Hall. The venue staff went above and beyond what we expected to make everything run smoothly, even when we were adamant about having the ceremony outdoors despite frigid temperatures.
The Readings + Music….
We had a Humanist ceremony which we wrote ourselves under the guidance of our celebrant, Tim Maguire. We had three readings: These I Can Promise by Mark Twain, Journey by Christine de Luca, and an excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières. We had a string quartet play Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the processional; I play the violin and have played Pachelbel’s Canon at many weddings, so I always knew I wanted it for my own.