A Wedderburn Barns Wedding is always a lot of fun to shoot. It has a bit of everything from the rural look and feel to the grandeur of Wedderburn Castle. Early autumn is a great time to shoot there with the colours of the leaves changing, the sun shining and if, like at Gemma and Callum’s wedding, we get a bit of an Indian Summer, you can have an outdoor ceremony!
I made the short drive up to Eyemouth from Alnwick on the morning of the wedding to capture the bridal prep in a stunning cottage on the edge of the harbour town. There, Gemma and the rest of the girls were going through the process of getting hair and make up done. On the table was a selection of snacks and a Tiffany & Co bag containing a range of gifts to Gemma from Callum. Glasses of fizz were being poured and whilst getting her hair done, Gemma was fed fruit salad by one of her bridesmaids…airplane sounds included!
It was a half hour drive through the Borders to Wedderburn. It was a perfect day for a drive. Window down and music on. I arrived at Wedderburn Barns and went straight to the courtyard where the ceremony would take place. It was a little sun trap. There were already guests there, sipping drinks whilst enjoying the mid September sunshine. All around were signs and decorations made from reclaimed pallets and logs used as plinths for decorations and flowers. It had such a wonderful rustic look and feel. Everything we saw, including the streams of bunting, were made by Gemma and her family. A real DIY wedding!
Callum was serving drinks to guests as they arrived. We had plenty of time to enjoy the weather as a message came through to say Gemma was running behind schedule on her way to the ceremony. Callum took this in his stride and mingled with everyone. Eventually Gemma arrived and made her way around the back of the Barns ready for her entrance, played in by a string quartet.
The celebrant leading the ceremony talked us through the story of Gemma and Callum before the vows were exchanged. The sun was beating down and all around guests wafted Orders of Service. Callum was standing facing the sun and squinted as he delivered his lines. As he finished delivering his personal vows the emotion got to him and he had to take a few moments pause before finishing his words.
Showered in confetti, the newlyweds made their way back up the aisle to enjoy a few drinks before making the short walk through the woods to the Castle to enjoy a drinks reception on the lawn. We took a bit of time to get some shots on the stairwell of the castle before heading back to the Barns for the reception.
This was to be a tea party with an oriental twist. We were served Noodles and other Thai grub before tea pots were served to each table containing Prosecco. Some of the older guests looked puzzled as they tipped the pots expecting tea and the fizz came out. The three speeches were delivered with Callum’s best man winging it and delivering a speech from the heart with a mixture of fun poking and sentiment.
As the evening went on the aroma of the cake started to waft across the barn. Rather than a cake, there was a “cheese” cake, made up of several different types of cheese. It smelt amazing!! Once the cake had been cut everyone headed to the dance floor. Rather than a traditional first dance, the men stood on one side, the women on the other and the band struck up a tune for everyone to dance Strip the Willow to. Callum and Gemma started it and for the next 10 minutes there were guests flying around in circles all over the barn. It was chaotic and a lot of fun to shoot. I nearly got the camera in my face as I got too close to the action a couple of times. And I’m really not sure how anyone didn’t ended up flying off into a wall or the band or worse clatter into each other. Everyone was whopping and screaming as they twirled around. Needless to say when the tune finished there was a lot of worn out people and the pace dropped a bit as people caught their breath!
By now the sun had gone down, the fire pit lit and candles flickered all around the barn and courtyard. In the trees outside an owl hooted. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and with no light pollution around there was the most wonderful view of the night sky and Milky Way. Just the most perfect end to an amazing day with a great bunch of people!