Like my last wedding in Chatrelaut I was looking so forward to this wedding, another venue I always fancied in the jaw-dropping Airth Castle, The history, folklore, and atmosphere of this Castle is what Scotland’s all about, a true Scottish gem, Airth Castle is a castle overlooking the village of Airth and the River Forth, located in central Scotland. Here is a link to read a wee about it.
Today though, this castle became part of the history of Emma and Ben, driving up to the castle was a feeling of euphoric high, on what was so far, Scotlands hottest day of the year, wall to wall sunshine, the location just simply divine. I made the error of going into the actual Castle and thinking that It was awful quiet, after realising quickly that the reception desk was in another building further down, I quickly ran to catch up with myself.
I was directed to the wrong room, barging in on an unsuspecting bride from the previous day who had the look of bewilderment that only my wife gives me, after a tense conversation I was finally directed to the correct room, composure set, deep breath, chap the door. The door opens and I casually blurt out “Amy”. Once again the look of bewilderment and disappointment was directed my way, and a “no, Emma!” was given. I had committed the ultimate sin by calling a woman by another name. After a few apologies and an attempt at explaining my calamity, having done a wedding with two Emma’s previously, and a few coming up for an Amy and an Ashley, along with being directed to the top floor of the hotel had left me somewhat intellectually fatigued. It was probably at this point however that I knew the rest of the day would be straightforward as I had committed my three sins for the day.
It was great to be part of the prep, I like to see the calmness, the nerves, madness and the friendships as an observer, it really is special to be part of these magical days. To be an uninvited guest so to speak where you can soak up all the hard work and planning that goes into a wedding day. Emma, who looks like Jennifer Lopez 😉 , I believe I was the first to say this, which may have been another black mark to my already tarnished reputation, for the rest of the day Emma, had several new names, as no doubt under her breath I had a few of my own 🙂 Sorry Emma, Amy, Jenny, Martha.
The Groom Ben is a serving soldier, and a top bloke, his outfit was spectacular, The Black Watch Tartan, this is the first time I had the pleasure to photograph a Scottish soldier, another fantastic honour, a Scottish soldier, a castle and a bride who looks like Jennifer Lopez all in the one day, it’s going to take a lot to top this 🙂 . An absolutely fantastic couple and a pleasure to be around, the whole day was so enjoyable, at times I really need to thank the heavens that I actually get paid to do this. Gracious hosts who made sure I was comfortable and equally keen to get some cracking photos. Here is a small selection to enjoy.