Congratulations Rachel and Hamish!

This gorgeous couple got married at Traquair House in the Scottish Borders.
This was a special wedding as was my first, and the venues first, full day wedding post-lockdown. It was very exciting for everybody involved and the day was just perfect!

Having never shot a wedding at Traquair before, I visited with Rachel and Hamish and met the lovely Gillian who walked us about the gorgeous house and grounds showing me all the rooms and locations that would be available on the day. I had only just watched the episode of Secret Scotland with Susan Calman when she visited Traquair so was bursting with anticipation at the thought of shooting a wedding here. The daffodils were out in full sunshine bloom and it was just stunning.
Luckily a few weeks later, on the big day, the daffs were still glowing sunshine yellow!

Rachel got ready at the venue in the pink room with her Bridesmaids. Music was on, fizz was flowing and laughter was constant. It was brilliant fun! We even managed a Kardashian style group shot with attitude for a giggle!

Rachel decided to have a ‘first look’ with her Dad and it was wonderful. Rachel waited in the Drawing Room, Mum also, and as the door slowly opened, her dad was overwhelmed with love and pride, seeing his daughter looking so beautiful! It really was a special moment! I think a few tiny tears were shed. Rachel and Dad has planned a little drive about the local countryside for about half an hour, to chat and enjoy those special moments together. This would also give Hamish time to arrive with his Groomsmen.

All morning it had been raining but just as Rachel was leaving with her Dad for that wee drive, the weather seemed to give way. It was then decided to hold the ceremony outside on the avenue, sat between Traquair and the famous Bear Gates. These Bear Gates have a wonderful story attached…. They were last closed and locked by Bonnie Prince Charlie, who claimed they would only re-open when a Stuart was back on the Throne. It’s historic stories like this I’m fascinated with.

Back to the wedding! Rachel arrived back early and some guests hadn’t yet taken their seats so they were told to ‘drive around one more time!’ Rachel told me in the morning that,

” A Bride is never late. It’s just everybody else who is too early!”

I love this!

As Rachel walked down the aisle I looked at Hamish. THE biggest smile ever and that smile never left hisi face the entire day!

Their black lab Murphy joined them for the ceremony also – although very suspicious of my camera gear (barking at my lenses!) – he even joined in for some photos, showing off his paw-offering skills although had to be stopped from jumping up on Rachel with wet paws!

After all the nitty gritty register signing and declarations there was time for some fizz before kickstarting the photos. Friends and Family first then off for a wander with the couple to explore the house and grounds. I didnt want to keep them away from their guests too long and knew they were eager to go mingle.

Rachel and Hamish arrived at the marquee, in the Walled Garden, to rose petal confetti and lots of cheering and clapping! The speeches were next and were heartfelt, warming and funny!

We were very lucky as only a few days before, the government had changed guidance to permit the couple a first dance, along with their parents. This was wonderful to see. Tears For Fears “Head Over Heels” was their choice of song and it really got me all goosebumpy. It’s one of my favourite songs, so naturally was singing away behind my camera.

The evening was chilled, relaxed and full of laughter! The catering team at Traquair House put on a great spread with delicious fruit and apple pies to follow. I personally loved all the individual tea cups and saucers – very Alice in Wonderland!

Congratulations Rachel and Hamish! Your day was perfect, your friends and family are amazing, and I feel so honoured to have been there with you, capturing your story!

Gear used:
D750 / D780 / Sigma 35mm Art 1.4 / Nikon 85mm 1.8
Edited with G-Presets

Sarah Newman is a Scottish Photographer living by the coast, just outside Edinburgh with her husband and 2 children. She has a BA in Professional Photography from Grays School of Art, Robert Gordon University and has won some industry awards for her work whilst at university. She has also exhibited her work in Edinburgh and London in recent years.