Kilts, children, laughter, hearts.

Sophie is one of my dearest, oldest friends. She was my next door neighbour growing up, and I have the fondest memories of our adventures together. I will always remember the time I was hiding in the top bunk bed, and Sophie and my sister came into the bedroom and revealed that Father Christmas was in fact my parents! Served me right for being sneaky, I suppose. 

Anyway, fast forward over 20 years, and we found each other again! Our children play wonderfully together, and we discovered that we still have such a lovely, natural connection. So when she asked me to photograph her wedding ceremony in Bristol, I thought, of course. This is how it should be, all these years later. 

So here are the photos, in all their glory. Sophie and her charming Scott, Hamish, along with their beautiful daughter, Isla. And kilts, children, laughter, and the warmest of hearts. 

Being you on your wedding day

I saw a beautiful image of a bride on Instagram this morning. She had vibrant red hair and a delicate, vintage dress. And I felt like she had stayed true to herself, and was being who she wanted to be.

It reminded me about how important it is to be yourself when you get married, because if your wedding could talk, it should say everything about you and your partner that it could possibly say. 

I think it's easy to get carried away with Pinterest boards and magazine inpiration, that sometimes you forget about the real reason of your wedding. And you might end up getting a dress that isn't really you, or spending money on favours and decorations that you never really needed or even wanted. 

When I was planning my own wedding, I'd seen so many photos of weddings with amazing decorations and details. And I thought I wanted all that. But the nearer I came to my wedding, the more I realised that I didn't want those things at all, because they weren't a symbol of my husband and I, and in the end, it isn't those things that really matter.  

As a photographer, I want to spend the day taking photos of everyone's faces and expressions. Touches of hands. Hugging of arms and waists. Kisses of lips and cheeks. 

And when I take the bride and groom away for their intimate photos, I want them to soak up the hugeness of what has happened. I just want them to take a moment to enjoy each other. And I want it to be like I am not even there. So that when you see those moments in the photographs, you feel like they are genuine and capture the emotions you were feeling there in that time and that place.  

This is a photo of my brother and sister in-law - taken in 2013! 

This is a photo of my brother and sister in-law - taken in 2013!