Happy Paper Anniversary

Alan & Lauren Gillies

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I can’t believe it’s been a year since Alan and Lauren’s big day on Skye. It’s been a rapid twelve months and I wanted to put up this post to wish Mr. and Mrs. Gillies a happy paper anniversary 🙂

Sometimes I take a second to think how lucky I am to photograph people’s weddings – and this was one of those times. A gorgeous couple getting married in one of the planet’s most stunning locations – the Isle of Skye – and surrounded by friends and family with their dials set to “party!”. What more could I ask for?

15th June 2019

For Alan & Lauren’s wedding, I travelled up to Skye the day before so I could scout out locations for photos in advance. Then, as with most of the weddings I shoot, I was there in the morning for preparations… the slight twist being that Alan had asked for photos of his prep with his groomsmen! Their ceremony was held at the Sconser Lodge Hotel, so bright and breezy on the Saturday morning I made my way there to see how things were going…

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After some morning shenanigans with the groom and his groomsmen, guests started to arrive for the ceremony itself. Rain threatened, but a quick-assembly gazebo and a couple of umbrellas meant that the happy couple were able to get married in front of the jetty, with a view across to Raasay. Alan also learned the dangers of making a joke at the expense of the man protecting you with an umbrella (as you will see from the photos…). After the ceremony we did some group photos, then I wheeched (good Scots word there) the couple off to Sligachan to get some photos of the newly-married Mr. and Mrs. Gillies.

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After a short spell at Sligachan, I took the couple back to Broadford, where they had beautifully decorated the community centre, and we got down to a proper shindig! Speeches, a fantastic meal, a ceilidh and dancing… my priority at this time is capturing wee snippets for the bride and groom to look back upon. Whether it’s a moment shared between the couple, the guests enjoying themselves, someone pulling some funky shapes on the dance-floor or one of the many small details that makes the wedding unique – when they get my photos I want them to see things that they might have missed on the day, and that help tell the story of their wedding through my eyes.

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I left Broadford around 10pm as I recall – I had foolishly decided to drive back to Ayrshire – feeling at that point that I had a set of photos on my cards that would give a great representation of Alan and Lauren’s wedding. It’s a set I’m really proud of I hope you enjoy looking through them. Please join me in wishing Alan and Lauren a very happy paper anniversary, and many more years of joy together!

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