Aberdeenshire Wedding Photography : Harriet & Charlie

I’d first encountered Harriet & Charlie, through my camera viewfinder, around a year before their wedding. They had been guests at Emily & Matt’s wedding in Northern Ireland. On a wedding day itself I gather information, visual information, fleeting moments from a bigger story noticed and captured instinctively and intuitively; waves of such moments washing one across another. The story itself, the visual narrative, is something that is forged when it comes time to edit the image set that has been carried away from that wedding and it was during this process a year earlier that it became apparent to me just how marvellously Harriet & Charlie had conducted themselves in their roles as wedding guests. In my role as an image-maker, I’ll admit that I took self-interested delight in how they conducted themselves as, ideally, I want to deliver to my clients images of their guests fully and sincerely engaged in proceedings and enjoying themselves to the maximum. Harriet & Charlie had certainly done so – the images told me so, unshakeably – throughout the day and I thought to myself that I’d rather like to be able to take them to other weddings and plant them in the scene as subjects. It was a particular delight therefore when they got in touch about their own wedding plans; a particular delight to get to know better the character of people that had somehow spoken to me without actually having… spoken with me.

In communicating with Harriet & Charlie in the run up to their wedding and then all the more so in spending time with them throughout their wedding weekend, I took particular pleasure from discovering just how rounded was the sincerity that I had read in the images of them from that earlier wedding; palpable interest in people and firmly rooted kindness towards them. It’s nice to be treated kindly when going about one’s work and on a broader level, reassuring to know one walks the surface of the Earth with people of a certain ilk out there.

I took great comfort too from the kindness of family, being accommodated for the weekend in a little cottage of my own that saw my commute to work being no more than a thirty second walk to where much of the action would be taking place. Harriet & Charlie celebrated their wedding at Harriet’s family home in the Aberdeenshire countryside, a place imbued with a tradition of welcome and hospitality that manifested itself fully not just on the wedding day itself but across the surrounding days. This is the story of their wedding… weekend!

This was to be my first wedding in Scotland and I flew from South to North early of a Friday morning, into Aberdeen Airport with the tingle of adventure in my feet. Traversing a wooded valley along the River Don, I arrived at Harriet’s family home to encounter a hive of activity as a small army of friends and family prepared for forthcoming celebrations.

The wedding ceremony would take place on the following day at the Chapel of Garioch, Inverurie. Family and friends adjourned to the chapel for a spot of polishing and a bit of a rehearsal.

The latest in bridal veil wear…

What do you call a man with a duster on his head?…

To the big day itself; a tranquil start…

Miss Havisham never misses out on a key family occasion…

The chairs were queueing up early to join in on celebrations…

(Sorry :~)

A family tradition, guests from far and wide – those, at least, inclined to do so – were invited for a bank to bank race across the River Don…

Harriet knew how cold the Don could be…

Charlie and his groomsmen, fully awake after their morning dip in the Don, took brunch at Pittodrie House in the shadow of Bennachie, an evocative peak that presented itself all across the horizon of the wedding weekend

Yes I do take group photographs :~) I rather like the distinguished yet casual tone of this one…

Back home…

Harriet’s dad finesses his speech…

Utterly captivating choral accompaniment to the ceremony…

They laughed; she cried…

Et voila (and thank you to Martyn for being so accommodating a vicar)!…

I spy Matt & Emily whose Northern Ireland wedding Harriet & Charlie had been guests at. I seem to find myself on a mini-tour of sorts – with the two of them (more latterly, three!) – of British mainland weddings during 2018, which is a great pleasure…

A murmuration of confetti…

Wedruff treatment…

Harriet & Charlie were keen to be photographed against the backdrop of Bennachie and didn’t balk at jumping out of the car onto a muddy verge as a bank of rain came drifting in…

Back to the homestead…

Then on to celebrations…

On balance, the weather was particularly kind. It had its moments though…

I’m laughing at clouds, so dark up above…

Wedding rainbow…

Then it rained just a little more…

I’m a fan of the gather ’round approach to wedding speeches…

And a fantastic suite of speeches they were, too.

“Uh ho! Where’s this going?”…

It’s going there; that’s where :~)…

Low bridge ahead…

Harriet & Charlie and their guests were energetically regaled with song from an ad hoc choir of their friends and family…

Spot the photographer…

And to the dancing, which was nothing short of spectacular…

Bingo!…

Spot the photographer II…

Don’t try this at home…

And on that note…

I made tracks to my nearby cottage for a good night’s sleep, exhausted and thoroughly happy :~)

My flight back to southern climes not scheduled until late-afternoon the following day, I enjoyed the opportunity to see another family tradition enacted during the early afternoon, the House of Aquahorthies football tournament. A highly professional affair, it even had a pitch marked by sawdust left over from the cutting of wood for the wedding…

Written with good reason!…

The tournament culminated in the tied together menfolk’s pairs versus unencumbered womenfolk’s finale…

Prospects for the menfolk were looking… good…

Considering the calibre of performance put on by the women’s team, I don’t think they needed the men to be tied together…

Football became rugby, then football again…

It did read ‘Do Not Hang On This Crossbar’ :~)…

Oof!…

A (seemingly) more sedate sport capped off proceedings…

And off Harriet & Charlie went, for their honeymoon…

Congratulations Harriet & Charlie and enormous thanks from me for having me there to tell the story of your wedding weekend, for being such an absolute pleasure to work with and for the lovely family welcome that I was treated to. I sincerely hope to see you again at some future wedding, being the best guests a couple could wish to have along for the celebrating of.

Contact Aberdeenshire Wedding Photographer Phillip Allen : phill@misterphill.com