It is always a real honour to be part of a couples wedding day, it’s the privilege of seeing parts of the day that guests don’t and being super close to the two people getting married. This wedding was ultra special as the Groom, who was marrying his sweetheart Gem, was my husband’s cousin. A couple of firsts for me, a wedding over the border in Scotland and the prospect of mixing guest status with the job of a photographer.
The whole day was set in and around the splendid rural grounds of Shieldhill Castle Hotel, Biggar. Gem got herself ready in one side of the hotel and surrounded herself by the very important ladies in her life. CJ, her super cute and charming son, flitted between the ladies room and the boys on the other side of the corridor. It was here that he got ready with his newly found “Babbo” joining the boys as they dressed in a smart charcoal tartan. Stefano had been calm all morning but as the Groom’s Party started getting ready it is fair to say that the anticipation started rising. Marco on hand with camera helping to record this whilst not neglecting his Best Man duties. With help from her Mum and Louise (Maid of Honour), Gem slipped into her personally designed bespoke dress in soft blush pink adorned with fine netting. It fitted her like a glove. Gorgeous! Gem was adamant she wouldn’t keep Stefano waiting and she stuck to her word. Cue the entrance song, CJ with rings, beautiful bridesmaids, followed by Mum and Gem in a dramatic walk down the aisle. As Stefano fought to hold back the tears, Gem drew to his side and the energy in the room was electric. Magical. Being related and with Marco as Best Man I had a really strong connection, but it truly was a highly emotional service.
With the wedding being in Scotland I had prepared myself for bad weather. I am so pleased though that Gem and Stefano had a joy and it stayed dry for the majority of the day; just when we needed it the most the sun shone down whilst Bride and Groom smooched under the trees.
I particularly loved the sentimental touches; the beautiful blue necklace from your cousin, the personalised sleeves and cravat, and the delightfully moving singing by Nicole, your talented bridesmaid and cousin. I think I just about managed to combine my professional role and being a family member. It was great to enjoy my meal and switch off after the speeches (of course it was one of the finest best man’s speeches I’ve heard . . . . he is my husband after all!). As we all moved on to enjoy a few drinks, fun and laughter at the Ceilidh, my lasting memory from the day will be the love and respect you have for each other.
Hand on heart you could totally see what it was all about for the two of you. It came down to love and wanting to be there for each other for the rest of time. Thank you for inviting me to capture your special day . . . Wishing you a lifetime of happiness Mr & Mrs Michellini xx