Just north of the city you’ll find the beautiful South Pond Farm, the perfect backdrop for Katie and Peter’s wedding this past Saturday. We watched the sky anxiously at the heavy grey clouds, but Katie arrived cool and collected and her “come what may” attitude was infectious. With hair and makeup done before they arrived on location, the ladies had time to relax in the Bridal Suite before they had to change into their dresses, while Tanya (my wonderful second shooter!) and I took the little details to be photographed. Katie’s sentimentality and the high value that she places on family was evident as I carefully unwrapped Peter’s grandmothers earrings, Katie’s grandmothers necklace (which was worn by Katies grandma on her own wedding day, as well as by her mother on hers, and now on Katies!), and a small gold star pin to be worn close to Katie’s heart to represent her father.
As Peter arrived with his groomsmen, looking sharp in their Scottish regalia, it was time to get Katie into her dress. With the corset laced, shoes on, and the gold star pinned to her bodice, we moved on to one of the most anticipated parts of the day– the First Look. Peter stood calmly while Katie approached him from behind, taking a moment to collect herself, before asking him to turn around. They then came together and talked quietly between themselves for a few minutes, before indicating that they were ready to move on to Bridal Portraits!
The weather was kind to us, and the rain held off long enough to photograph Katie and Peter, before we made our way to the ceremony site. Guests made their way to their seats, and the processional began with Peters mother and father, who travelled all the way from Africa for the wedding! What started as a light mist turned into rain, as Katie’s beautiful mother was escorted down the aisle by Peter, joking that we were blessed with a fine Scottish drizzle for the ceremony. After Peter and his Groomsmen positioned themselves at the front of the site, the Bridesmaids came down the aisle in a rainbow of jewel-tones, followed by the sweetest Flower Girl and, without a doubt, the cutest lad in his kilt. Katie was escorted through the field by her older brothers, before walking herself down the aisle to join Peter, where they were married in front of their closest family and friends.
Following the ceremony, guests made their way quickly back to the barn where the bar was open for cocktails, while we set up under a large tree for Family Portraits. (Don’t worry– it was rainy, but there was never any lightning/thunder!) Following the Portraits, we all made our way to the warm, dry barn, where everyone enjoyed drinks, delicious food, lovely speeches, and good company. For dessert, everyone was treated with the most incredible selection of cakes, handmade by the brides mother! The dance floor opened up with a Longest Married Dance, and a surprise choreographed dance by Katies mom, aunts and cousins to Uptown Funk. After that, all that was left was to party!
Katie and Peter, it was an honour to spend your wedding day with you and your families! Wishing you many, many years of happiness!