Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Perfect Weather for a Wedding

The weather last weekend, throughout most of the UK, was appalling thanks to the tail end of Hurricane Bertha. Fortunately we managed to find a nice dry and sunny spot to spend Saturday; Achnagairn Castle just outside Inverness. A trip to Inverness for the weekend isn't something we would normally do, the ten hours it takes to drive there usually rules it out, but on this occasion, even a full on hurricane wouldn't have stopped us from getting there as we were attending a family wedding.

When we got up on the Saturday morning we couldn't believe the weather as it was wonderfully warm and sunny, although the forecast was still suggesting rain for the afternoon. By the time everyone started to assemble there was still no sign of the rain. At this point I should probably introduce the happy couple; Gareth (Bryony's cousin) and his wife Carol.

Having been to a number of weddings in recent years I find this photo extremely interesting. At every wedding I've ever been too, I've either not seen the register being signed (this happens with church weddings when the bride and groom wonder off to sign the register), or have been explicitly told that photography during the signing is prohibited (some legal reason that I've never understood). Yes you'll have seen plenty of photos of people signing the register at their wedding, but they are all staged with a blank register, not the actual one. It appears, however, that in Scotland the laws are different. This is the first civil wedding I've been to in Scotland (we went to a church wedding in St. Andrews a few years ago) so the signing took place in front of us, but this time we were actively encouraged to take photos.

Anyway it wouldn't be a Scottish wedding without lots of men in kilts, including the groom and his father.

Given the long trip home, we called it a night at around midnight by which point it still hadn't rained and everyone seemed to have had a fantastic day. I've lots more photos to sort through so there might be another post, but I'll end this post by saying congratulations again to Gareth and Carol and thanks for inviting us.
13 August 2014 at 08:22 , Helen said...

Great to see these photos Mark.

I don't remember swapping to a blank register, but I do remember people only taking photos after we had signed it.

13 August 2014 at 09:30 , GB said...

It was really good to have the opportunity to catch up with you both again.
Until the official photos emerge in a couple of months I shall rely on the photos taken by you and CJ. For the first time ever during a wedding celebration (including my own wedding) I took no photos.

14 August 2014 at 19:07 , DawnTreader said...

Nice photos. Makes an interesting change to see all the men in colourful kilts compared to our tradition with mainly dark suits and white shirts for formal occasions.

15 August 2014 at 03:02 , Kay G. said...

Thank you very much for these photos! I love the one of the wedding couple signing the register. What a beautiful wedding dress. I hate to sound really girly but I do love beautiful wedding dresses, and I love this particular one, it's gorgeous.
Love the men in kilts, I think all men should wear them in weddings. Full stop!

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