I began a brand new season last Saturday by capturing Philip and Laura’s Botanic Gardens wedding. Held at The Terrace, it was a fantastic day on so many fronts. One of the highlights for me was being able to photograph in her parents’ beautiful St. Andrews house. I shot Laura’s preparations in the very same rooms she walked as a child. I’ve always been fascinated by the history of places. And I love the way that inanimate objects can almost imperceptibly take on a life of their own. Laura’s parents had built this house (and every mud brick in it) 35 years ago. Initially it was just the main room. As children arrived they set about extending and an adjoining wing was soon created. The house today has a beautiful rustic grandeur, and an incredible sense of being alive. I photographed Laura’s father, John, sitting calmly, enjoying a coffee and waiting for his daughter to emerge in her wedding dress for the first time. And it got me thinking – could he have imagined a day like this, all those years ago as he made that first brick and raised that first beam? And if so, what could does that sense of satisfaction feel like?
I have another Botanic Gardens wedding coming up in the next couple of months. I can only hope it’s half as enjoyable as this one! Phillip and Laura, I’d like to thanks you both so much for trusting me to document the day. My first Macedonian wedding was certainly an eye opening experience, and not one I’ll forget in a hurry. I wish you the best of luck as you begin the next chapter of your lives in England!