On Sunday I had the huge pleasure of photographing Tiffany and William’s wonderful Norton House Hotel wedding day. I’d filmed Avril and Dean’s Norton House Hotel wedding only two weeks previously, and the weather had been beautiful. In true Scottish fashion, the weather was pretty wet, windy and miserable for Tiff and Willy’s wedding day. Never mind, the Garden Suite is a lovely venue for your wedding day regardless of the weather!
I arrived at Norton House Hotel in the morning to take photos of the preparations of the girls and the boys. All was calm and serene with the girls, plenty of champagne sipping and a nice and relaxed atmosphere. With the boys it was more a scene of organised chaos, with the typical uncertainty of how to tie a cravat, lace up shoes and tighten up the kilt. A great atmosphere though and really good fun to be there!
Tiffany looked gorgeous as she walked down the aisle arm in arm with her dad. The lovely civil marriage ceremony was a pleasure to photograph due to the layout of the room. There was plenty of space for me to discreetly move around the room, capturing lots of candid wedding photos of the occasion.
The champagne reception followed the wedding ceremony. This is a great opportunity to shoot candid photos of guests greeting the newly-weds. The weather was still terrible, however, thanks to the glass canopy covering the walkway leading to the Garden Suite, we were able to shoot smaller group photos outdoors.
The newly-weds and I headed over to the main ‘Old House’ at Norton House Hotel to take a few contemporary photos. Norton House Hotel has a lovely staircase which was the perfect setting for some nice shots. We then headed the long way back to the Garden Suite via the garden, braving the rain for a minute or two, just long enough for me to grab a few photos of Tiffany and William walking together.
Back at the Garden Suite, it was time for the newly-weds to meet and greet their guests in a ‘receiving line’. Best Man Austin then piped the newly-weds into the room to rapturous applause. Austin is a doctor but could easily make a good living as a piper. I’ve seen and heard many pipers, but his piping was up there with the very best!
Very entertaining speeches followed. Again, the layout of the Garden Suite enabled me to move discreetly around the room, capturing lovely images of everyone enjoying themselves. Great fun to watch and photograph, always a highlight of a wedding day capturing the range of emotions as the speeches are read.
The evening entertainment kicked off with the start of a mini casino featuring a roulette wheel and blackjack table. With the arrival of the evening guests, it was time for the newly-weds to cut their wedding cake. The cake was displayed in the middle of the dance floor, a great photo opportunity for guests to grab a photo of the new Mr & Mrs.
A highlight of the day was the first dances. I had previously had a chat with Tiffany and William about striking a pose during the first dance, ideally where William holds Tiffany in his arms and slowly tips her backwards. On the wedding day, Tiffany admitted they hadn’t practised any dance moves, however, I’m not so sure! The pose they struck and the timing of my photo was sublime, one of my favourite wedding photos of the day!
After the first few dances, my job was done. Time to relax with my wife Claire and the guests, catch up with a few familiar faces and say hello to new friends. This was a great day, a real pleasure to be a part of it. It’s always special being the photographer at a wedding, but today was just that little bit special being able to take photos of my old pal William.
Here’s a few of my favourite photos from Sunday. Enjoy!