Faye and Joel's Aberdeen Wedding at Logie Country House.
I had the pleasure a few weeks ago of photographing Faye and Joel's special day at Logie Country House
, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.
They had first met me in December 2019 about photographing their Aberdeen wedding in October 2020, rescheduling to the 19th of February 2022 due to covid restrictions.
But, in the week leading up to the wedding, the weather forecast took a turn with Storm Eunice due, bringing heavy snow.
Logie Country House being an exclusive use venue in Aberdeen, the couples arrive on Friday and leave Monday, with most roads into Aberdeen at a standstill on Friday due to the snow. The wedding party managed to make the short journey to the venue with some help from a tractor and snowplough. With the weather forecast not looking favourable, I decided to book into a B & B in Inverurie for the night before.
I woke to beautiful blue skies with snow in the morning. And this is why I love being an Aberdeen wedding photographer
! You never know what the weather will be like on the day.
I made my way to Logie at 9 am to get ready for the bridal party getting hair and makeup done. Arriving at Logie, I sorted my kit and made my way to the bridal suite to start the day with Faye and her bridesmaids. With things starting to get going, as is usual, I try to get involved with socialising. It helps me and everyone relax and get to know me.
As the hair and makeup continued in the dressing room, I went downstairs to capture some moments with Joel and his groomsmen.
Back with the bridal party, it was time for them to get their dresses steamed before getting into them. All hands to the deck to get Faye into her beautiful dress. Time for a few photos of Nicole doing up the dress, and then we were into some
At this point, Dad arrived to see the bride ready for the ceremony. Another emotional moment with a few tears.
Then it was onto the ceremony, with the bridesmaids leading the way down the stairs, followed by Faye and her Dad. I get them to stop at the house door for a couple of quick portraits. The bridesmaids are waiting to help Faye across the courtyard to the ballroom. I make my way to the front of the room to capture the bride, and Joel gets the first glimpse of his bride as she makes her way on her Dad's arm. Everyone is emotional as Neil Lynch (the celebrant) gets the ceremony underway, recalling all the happy moments for the couple. The ceremony closes with a handfasting and the signing of the register. As they walk down the aisle as husband and wife for the first time, there is a little surprise waiting for Faye outside! Alpacas! Joel had phoned me a week before the wedding to give me a heads up. Faye had wanted some at the wedding, but it wasn't possible, which was a white lie as Joel had organised them as a surprise for Faye.
As the guests mingled and congratulated the happy couple, I spent a little while capturing natural moments as they chatted amongst themselves over a glass of bubbly.
Then it was back to the serious stuff, capturing the family group photos. We photographed these with a mixture of outdoors and inside, making good use of Logie Country House's snow-covered grounds.
With the family photos complete, it was time for me to take the couple away and capture some bridal portraits with them. Having looked at the schedule with Joel earlier in the day, I spotted a spare hour after the meal and before the first dance at around twilight where I could create some nighttime photos with them.
With the speeches done, it was time for everyone to relax and enjoy the meal and a chance for me to get something to eat and relax for a while.
With the meal over, I took the chance to get Faye and Joel out for some of the twilight photos and use the staircase in Logie Country House, the courtyard and finish off the champagne shot with the house in the background.
With the band setting up and sound checking, I set my lighting up for the first dance making sure everything was perfect for the final photos of the evening.
A few dances in, with everyone enjoying themselves, I said my goodbyes and started to pack my kit back in the car.
On the one hour journey back to Elgin, it was time to reflect on another brilliant Aberdeen wedding with a lovely couple, their family and friends. Why do I love being part of a wedding day? I get to meet a lovely group of people and be part of this happy occasion. I get to capture the memories which will be part of their wedding album, which will be cherished and passed to their children and grandchildren.