I traveled to Shetland last summer .. and it was a trip to remember, for sure. It wasn’t my first time visiting this beautiful place. I’d already fallen more than a bit in love, and longed to return. The original plan, for me and my wee family to travel up together. But the kids had school to get back to .. so I decided to ask my parents to come along with me for a wee trip. I only manage to see them a couple of times a year, as they live down near Milton Keynes, and are also self employed! So the opportunities don’t present themselves all that often! Thankfully, this time.. it was possible! I’ll hopefully get some time to blog some of the photos I took in the week that the three of us spent in Shetland, the week before Julie & Ross’s wedding. But THIS blog post is all about their special day. So a little train trip down to Edinburgh, where I met my parents, then a hop onto a wee plane (and it really was a teeny wee plane!).. 250 miles off the mainland of Scotland we went .. off to Shetland!
I never ever take for granted how wonderful, and how privileged I feel to be invited into couples lives, into their families, into their homes. Its one of the many things I love about what I do. Which, on this occasion also meant a wee trip to Grannie’s house in town, to get some photos in her garden. You’ll see a few photos of those later in this blog post, after the wedding ceremony.
Julie & Ross’s wedding day started with a rainbow above Lerwick. I went running out in my PJ’s, we had a prime location at our air B&B, over looking Sands Of Sound beach (which is just off to the left in the rainbow pic below). You’ll see more of that beach, when Julie & Ross visited it for a few photos later on on their wedding day. Their ceremony was held in the really wonderful setting of the Shetland Museum, in Lerwick. Pretty unique to be able to get married in the great hall with huge rowing boats dangling from a great height above you, and views out towards the harbour through large glass windows out of the front. We made a couple of stops along the way after the ceremony, to Grannies house in Lerwick and Sands Of Sound beach with Jago their dog (he made me miss my Polly a little less). Then we headed off to the west side of the island, to Weisdale Hall, for their evening reception.
I’ve shot a couple of weddings from folk who are originally from Shetland, so I had a fair idea of what to expect from the first dance (but please do tell me if I’ve got any of this part wrong!) .. instead of a first dance with just the couple, Julie and Ross had a Grand March which starts with the newly weds walking around the room, followed by the bridal party, and then the rest of the guests – have a look at the photos at the end of this blog post to see!
I want to finish this perrie intro by saying a huge THANK YOU Julie & Ross. For welcoming me into your lives, your home and your families (and friends of course!) your wedding day will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for choosing me as your wedding photographer. It meant ever so much to be there with you all.. and CONGRATULATIONS !!!
Much love, to one and all xx
Wedding Makers: Venues ~ Shetland Museum & Archives, Whiteness and Weisdale Hall, Bridal gown: Da Wedding Shed, Makeup: Rachel Ross Smith , Hair: Hay’r’ups , Florist: Stems Florist, Lerwick, Band: Brian Morrison Dance Band , Catering: Julie Halcrow Catering