A Beach Wedding in Argyll, Scotland with lots of Tunnocks and a Ceilidh!
It has long been a dream of mine to photograph a wedding on a beautiful deserted beach… so when Sarah told me that she was getting married on a remote beach in Scotland, I was there! After an epic roadtrip through the most amazing Scottish lochs and mountain scenery, Angus & Sarah’s guests arrived for their wedding house-party at Ormidale House, Argyll. Delicious smells from the sizzling ‘Welcome BBQ’ greeted us, as guests met and mingled in the evening sunshine, and then the ‘Hens and Stags’ parties followed – I can only speak for the hens but it was a lot of fun (and involved a lot of toilet rolls!). The next day was the long-awaited ‘Wedding Shindig Day’, and luckily the Scottish weather was kind, so the beach wedding plan could go ahead! Angus and his groomsmen donned their kilts, while Sarah had hair & makeup by Jennifer’s Dressing Table, surrounded by her bridesmaids. Sarah had three pairs of shoes – beautiful Vivienne Westwoods, a pair of Hunters wellies just in case, and their custom-made ‘Team Holmes’ Converse (his & hers). She also had two dresses – a stunning Justin Alexander wedding dress from White Minx, and a cute Vivien of Holloway number for the evening’s dancing! The transport for the day was Sarah & Angus’s own yellow VW van, decorated with ribbons and wedding graffiti by the bridesmaids. Rather than try to describe the beach wedding ceremony, I will let the photographs tell the story, but I will say that it was one of the most beautiful and moving wedding ceremonies ever, with the sound of the sea and the breathtaking scenery all around. And the great thing about getting married in Scotland is that it’s legal to do so anywhere outdoors, hurrah! After champagne on the beach, it was back to Ormidale House for the real celebrations to begin. Signature cocktails and speeches led on to the delicious wedding breakfast. You may remember Sarah & Angus’s Engagement Shoot in Paris? Well they used some of the dancing photos from this for their table names! I loved this idea. Their dining room was decorated in bright pinks, blues and greens, with lots of Tunnocks teacakes favours for the guests. Sarah (aka One Jolly Girl) makes wedding cakes and so of course had to make her own – her fabulous famous naked cake, topped with “You are my mountain, you are my sea”. A quick bounce on the outdoor trampoline, and a change of dress later, it was time for the evening’s fun – a Ceilidh, called by the band Canned Haggis. This was the best way to get everyone dancing (even the photographer!) and it was an incredible end to a brilliant day. Team Holmes – you rock. Love you guys x
Here are some favourites…. it’s pretty epic!
P.S. I want to shoot more beach weddings…!