When Gracie & Robbie got in touch for their wedding on Islay I jumped at the chance as I've only ever to some of the smaller islands and really wanted to photograph a wedding on one. We had to travel up the day before as there was no way I'd risk that long a journey the day of a wedding and we were lucky to be blessed with some awesome weather and sun for a change.
Bridal prep (and the ceremony) was to take place in Gracies parents house and garden. We were made to feel super welcome and it was a really relaxed affair with champagne flowing from the start. The guests started arriving at the house, piped in by a piper overlooking some awesome views and everyone made their way to the garden patiently awaiting the bride and bridal party. Walking down the aisle must be a nervous thing for anyone but walking through the garden of your parents home must have made this that little bit easier.
The ceremony itself was relaxed and personal with a few readings from friends and the speeches were funny if not a little risque but I always appreciate it when they are. The kitchen table was where the all important wedding schedule was signed and then we made our way back to the garden for some canapes and champagne.
We had time on the way to the reception venue to stop at a few locations for some couple shots so took advantage of the amazing and diverse scenery Islay has to offer. It's not that often I get so much choice but I wasn't complaining.
There was more speeches when we arrived at the reception and I don't think there was a dry eye in the place. The weather then decided to take a turn for the worse so group shots had to be done indoors but with some people moving we managed without too many issues.
Onto the dancing, what can I say? Ceilidhs are great fun to witness and photograph but I don't think I've ever seen one quite so fast before! We decided that we had to go down to the beach for some last minute photos before the light faded and I'm really glad we did. The beach was stunning and with white sands and beautiful blue water it looked like it could be in the Caribbean, albeit a lot colder!
Afterwards we went back to the reception where the music played until the early hours and we all manged to kick back with some beers and local gin whilst photographing and enjoying ourselves, have a look out for the couples friends lifting them up and dancing away, a dance off and some general madness.
Thanks for having us along guys, we loved being there and here's some of my favourite photos from the day.