Eve and James’s Culloden House Hotel wedding
I first met Eve and James at the wedding of their friends Karen and Iain in 2012 and again at their friends Gemma and Russell’s wedding in July this year, so by the time it was time for their own big day, it felt like I was photographing two friends!
The day started at The Dairy, Daviot where both the girls and the boys were getting ready – in separate suites of course! There was one moment of hilarity when James needed to speak to his dad who was a couple of doors down, and so the groomsmen shielded him with a large blanket while he sneaked along the pavement, just in case Eve happened to glance out the window.
I started with Eve and her mum, gran and sister Kayleigh who was the beautiful bridesmaid for the day. Eileen Solan was there doing the make up; I love working with Eileen as she is not only excellent at her job, but great fun to work with. Once Eve was finished in hair and make-up the also lovely Iona Peace from Dress2Impress in Inverness was on hand to dress Eve and make sure everything was just perfect with her wedding gown. If you haven’t heard of Dress2Impress they are on Castle Street and always have the most stunning bridal gowns in the window.
A quick visit with James and his groomsmen saw them having a wee drink (to steady the nerves!) and putting on their button holes before they boarded the fantastic old bus which was transporting them and many of the family to the ceremony. I decided to head off on the bus with them and it was a great idea as we got some super shots.
Eve arrived at Culloden House Hotel in a fabulous car belonging to a friend of her grandfather and the sun shone as she swept up the fantastic driveway in front of the hotel and into the ceremony room to marry her sweetheart.
The ceremony was conducted by humanist Penelope Hamilton who is always great fun to work with, and when it came to the exchange of rings, Penelope told the guests the story of how Eve and James had actually made their own rings!
After a lovely afternoon of sipping drinks in the sunshine, everyone got back on the bus for the journey back to The Dairy where the wedding breakfast and evening reception was taking place and the dancefloor was in full swing when I left at 10.30pm.
Here are some of my favourite images from the day and many thanks to Murray at Culloden House Hotel, who is an impeccable host.