I met Chris and Lou a couple of years back at a big winter house party in the Highlands. It was predictably sub zero outside so we all equally predictably stayed inside, got drunk and fought over who got to sit next to the fire. The three of us hit it off like nobody's business - at my advanced age I have little time for those who aren't kind, funny, intelligent and thoughtful. Chris and Lou ticked all of my boxes with plenty to spare. They instantly became my new go-to hosts whenever I'm up in Edinburgh (oftener than you'd think).
We met up in London in 2013 at the tail end of their summer tour of France, and Lou was flashing some brand new sparkly bling on her finger - turns out Chris had got down on one knee in a pretty chateau and proposed. In French. "Oh la la!" you might say. However, one should always make sure that one's intended understands a language before using it to ask life-altering questions. Ergo the first response was "Huh???" Happily, the linguistic obstacles were overcome and the second response was a resounding yes.
The Walkmans tied the knot at big grey Melville Castle outside the Burgh at the end of November. The weather was pretty dubious but the atmosphere inside couldn't have been sunnier. The beautiful bride abandoned once and for all her habitual (and understandable) nerves at having my huge lens stuck in her face and floated down the aisle in a cloud of smiles and lace. The groom quite obviously couldn't believe his luck and had to take a moment out in order to scrape his jaw off the floor. A brilliantly funny ceremony followed (laughed so hard I nearly dropped the cam) with a touching lace and tartan handfasting and truly beautiful vows.
I need not say that the day - and the party that followed - were top notch. The shots speak for themselves.
Sometimes as a wedding photographer you have to bust your arse to get the best out of people. Sometimes the best is right there in front of you and all you need to do is press the shutter. Here are some of my favourites - I hope you like them.
Oh PS: the pointy thing that keeps turning up... definitely not my fault :-)