Lucy and Doug celebrated their amazing wedding at Scotland’s Gleneagles Hotel with a truly beautiful ceremony and party befitting of such a famous venue.
I made the journey up north the night before and rather enjoyed my drive along the winding Scottish roads, surrounded by a 5ft wall of snow….it felt more like a ski resort than another part of the UK.
The Gleneagles Hotel itself is indeed very grand, with so many interesting, unique and ornate features for me to take advantage of.
My day started early at Lucy’s very busy bridal prep, where she was joined for all the pre-ceremony excitement, nerves and laughs by her trusted bridesmaids. And from a photographic point of view, the large bay windows were particularly generous with the quality of light they let in.
Whilst the girls enjoyed their pampering, Doug was dressed in a metaphorical flash, and we were soon walking the grounds of the hotel with his merry band of groomsmen for a few shots of ‘the boys’.
Then it was back to Lucy as she got into her dress, before rejoining Doug back downstairs for his tisch (a Jewish custom where the men meet pre-ceremony for a whisky and singalong).
Minutes later, I was back upstairs for Lucy’s walk down said stairs, before finally rejoining Doug for the bedeken, which is where the Jewish groom veils his bride.
Needless to say, I put the miles in on a typical wedding day!
The ceremony itself was beautiful, with the couple joined under the chuppah by their family, and after signing the register we snuck out for a few quick pictures of the bride and groom enjoying their first few moments of marriage together.
And to be fair, the scenery around the hotel was pretty stunning, with snow-capped mountains in the distance and the majesty of the hotel as a backdrop.
Before I knew it, I could hear the distant sounds of the bagpipes ringing through the hotel corridors, as all the guests were led through to the party area by the Bagged-Piper of Auchterarder*.
And then it was Lucy and Doug’s turn to make their entrance through a tunnel of hoops held up by their friends, and on to the dancefloor for some serious dancing.
And by dancing, I of course mean an energy-packed, atmosphere-filled round of jumping, bouncing, spinning and all other sorts of fun-filled dancefloor craziness.
The meal was sumptuous and the speeches both funny and heartfelt, and the first dance just perfect.
Earlier in the day, I had spotted a really cool, quaint restaurant in the hotel and had made a mental note to return later on with the couple, so once I found a spare minute later on in the evening, that was where we headed for a very worthwhile 60-second shoot.
And finally it was back to the dancefloor to see out the night in style – a dancefloor that remained packed all the way to the very end, no less.
All in all, the perfect start to married life for Lucy and Doug, and I can’t wish them a big enough congratulations!
*not his actual name, or title….I basically just made it up