Emma and I were flatmates when we were both students at Robert Gordon’s University, Aberdeen, way, way back in 2002! When she announced her and Jane were getting married I was over the moon for them and I knew it would be an artsy, DIY, intimate wedding, so when she asked Kristeen and I to photograph it we were both ridiculously excited.
Emma and Jane met at Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon’s University and their artistic talents were brought to the fore for their awesome wedding. Emma’s talents lie in woodwork and Jane is a jewellery designer, which meant they were able to beautifully handcraft their own unique wedding rings!
The venue Emma and Jane decided to choose was their back garden in Portmahomack, (a picturesque fishing village on the east coast of the Highlands). We love, love, love this idea! Imagine being able to look out at your garden every day and be reminded of your amazing wedding day!
A family friend, who is also a humanist celebrant, officiated, and all of Emma and Jane’s family and friends (and I’m pretty sure the whole village – as even the local the shop had to close early!) played a part to bringing everything together and making it a day to remember!
With two artistic brides at the helm, there were lots of special DIY touches to the day and my particular favourite was the favours. Emma and Jane scoured the Portmahomack beach for months before the wedding for washed up pieces of porcelain. They then made these fragments into beautiful keyrings as keepsakes for all the guests! There were also sachets of wildflower seeds for everyone representing Emma and Jane’s love of nature.
For the photographs, the only request for us was to capture Emma and Jane on the beach at sunset – a request that we were only too happy to fulfill! Uniquely, Portmahomack is an east coast village that faces to the west producing spectacular sunset views in the evening, and, as I’m sure you’ll agree from the photos below, the request was a great idea!
We would like thank Emma and Jane for inviting us to be part of their wedding day and wish them all the best for their long and happy future together!!
Sarah (& Kristeen)
As the weather so often can be in the North East of Scotland, August the 15th last year provided a typically changeable day. The rain could not put a dampener on the day though as Kathryn and Gary laughed and smiled throughout their beautiful and heartfelt celebrations at their Woodend Barn wedding.
After a laughter-filled morning of wedding preparations at The Hideaway, Gateside Farm, Lumphanan, Banchory, Kathryn looked radiant as she made her way to the beautifully situated Woodend Barn, whose rustic charm and scenic surroundings fit in perfectly with such a relaxed and beautiful day. The Lang Byre Gallery had been decorated by Gary and his team in the morning and Fotomaki would like to give a special mention to the bunting, we love some pretty bunting!
When Gary saw Kathryn walking up the aisle his face lit up and the eyes of many a guest welled up too. As you can see by the photos the ceremony brought laughter, especially where the Quaich was involved, and also many moving moments as Gary and Kathryn exchanged their self-penned vows.
Between the ceremony and reception, drinks and food were enjoyed by the guests as we stole the newlyweds away for some photos with their families. A particular favourite photo of mine is Kathryn and Gary with Gary’s best man Martin and his family. Little Tallulah was perfectly coordinated with Kathryn’s vibrant bouquet of sunflowers and giant daisies and really makes with photo pop. Also knowing the closeness of Gary and Martin really makes this photo special.
Following some mingling and many hugs the new Mr & Mrs Cameron invited everyone to take their seats for a delicious meal provided by Buchanans Food, who also run the Bistro attached to Woodend barn. Jan, the excellent wedding coordinator for this Woodend Barn wedding, ensured the serving of the meal and the entire day ran smoothly. Luckily, afterwards, the rain had given up and we were able to whisk the gorgeous couple off to create some keepsake images of their day. Tucked away behind the Woodend Barn is a beautiful wild garden where we were able to take Kathryn and Gary. It really provided a perfect setting for us to capture some tender moments between the bride and groom.
Then it was off to dance the night away Scottish style at a ceilidh with music provided by Danse McCabre. Between Kathryn’s infectious laugh, Gary’s intelligent and moving speeches and the superb attention to detail during the celebrations it really was a wedding day to remember. We would like to wish Mr & Mrs Cameron (wa-hey!) all the best for the future.