Today I am thrilled to share this incredible Seamill Hydro Wedding with a 50’s Vivien Of Holloway Dress, Westwood shoes, paper bouquets, a humanist service and a First Look!
Images of the day were captured by Tandem Photography.
Tandem Photo are Audrey & David a couple who love travel, music, cooking with a glass of vino in hand, scooters and above all else we have a passion for photography.
They photograph weddings throughout Scotland and the UK and also relish the opportunity to go further a field.
Audrey has been a photographer for many years and is established in her own right having set up Audrey Russell Photography over 7 years ago.
David fed up being left to carry Audrey’s camera bags decided to learn how to use one himself and discovered he had a natural talent and hasn’t looked back since.
Having worked together now for the last 4 seasons they decided to join forces officially, and after much banging of heads they finally agreed on a name and Tandem Photo was born.
Audrey says of the couple “We met Colin and Vicki at a wedding we covered the year before and hit it off straight away.”
“With Vicki and Colin deciding to get married at night and in March we knew we’d miss out on the stunning views so we suggested that we could do a photo shoot before the service.”
“Couples in America often have what is called a First Look which unless you’re having a really traditional wedding just makes perfect sense.”
“You still get to have that nervous, excited feeling of seeing your partner for the first time wearing your dress but you get to do it in a more intimate setting.”
“Having your couple portrait session and photographs with your bridesmaids and groomsmen before the service just means you have more time to spend with your guests after you are married.”
“We were over the moon when Vicki and Colin were up for it and we also really lucked out with the weather especially since it had been snowing the week before.”
“The Seamill Hydro is one of our favourite venues to photograph at with really helpful staff and the views over Arran are second to none.”
I had a wee chat with Bride Vicki about her and Colins Wedding Plans and their Big Day….
How did you meet?
“One evening my friend Corinne called me for a natter whilst she was at a house party, during the call she had to go re -fill her drink so handed the phone over to Colin, who I had never met or spoke to before.”
When and how did you get engaged?
“As we both have a major love of rock music we decided to go to Download Festival at Donnington Park in 2006!!!”
Tell me about your Planning journey.
“My bridesmaids (my aunt) Fiona and (best friend )Lisa and I got looking for dresses.”
“I was looking for a 50’s theme and managed to find an amazing site Vivien Of Holloway where I could get the perfect dresses and also not spend a fortune.. (my pet hate with weddings).”
“Colin was obviously going to be wearing a kilt but we let the best men decide suit or kilt.. they both looked fantastic in their suits.. Again we never wanted to make anyone wear or do anything they never wanted.”
“I knew a girl who had started a cake business so I asked her if she could do me a cupcake tower, I also ordered a whole load of retro sweeties online and made up old school jars with red polka dot lids.”
“Our favors were little jars with sweets and personalised love heart sweets with Mr & Mrs Shaw on the label.”
“For our photographs we wanted the best and had Audrey Russell recommended to us by quite a few friends.”
“My friend Marion Kane is a silversmith so she made our rings for us and was able to put my great grans wedding band round my own ring, it was just perfect.”
“My shoes ended up costing me more than my dress but I had to have the Red heart Vivienne Westwoods.”
“And for my bouquet I wanted something I could keep forever.. Something a bit different.”
“My bridesmaid Lisa put me in touch with Dionne Hamilton. I put my idea of a paper bouquet to her and she set to work having never made one before.”
“She also made mini bouquets for the maids, the button holes for the guys and a gorgeous wand for Isla.”
“She added a little sparkly skull and cross bones to the bouquet which was perfect.. The colours were amazing and just what I had imagined.”
“We decided we were going to have our photos taken during the day at Kelburn castle and gardens and on the beach at Seamill and be married in Seamill Hydro at 6pm that evening with a buffet and lots of dancing to follow.”
“It did mean seeing each other before we actually got married but we are not really ones for tradition anyway.”
“Our fantastic photographer Audrey Russell suggested we do the “First Look” at Kelburn, which was amazing and so much fun.”
“Climbing a tree in a pair of Vivienne Westwoods has got to be a first!!”
“It was also great to get a giggle and a cheeky drink with our maids and best men when our guests were probably still getting ready or making their way to venue.”
“The ceremony itself was a humanist ceremony and completely personal, it was beautiful and also very funny.”
“It had everything about how we met, things that make us US and lots of little funnies that all our guests found amusing.”
“it was great to be part of a wedding where I looked out and saw everyone smiling and laughing at points, it was so different to any wedding I had ever been to and it was OUR wedding! Awesome!”
“I think the best man and my bridesmaid forgot that they were both doing readings as we had so much fun earlier on that day it completely went out their minds, so at least they weren’t nervous…”
“It was also beautiful having our daughter Isla (4) there to hand over the rings and be part of the ceremony, it was meant to be this way and not any sooner.
After the ceremony we met all the guests and headed off to get the family photographs done.. after a few pics of each of the parents all the lights went out in the Hydro! I walked outside and it was pitch black!!”
“The whole town and surround had a power cut!! I spent a good 10 mins outside looking at the stars!!”
When I went back in the staff at the Hydro had quickly got candelabras out on the table and had started serving the buffet!! The hall looked stunning in candlelight.. Strange enough but it was amazing!!
“The Wedding co-ordinator Martin came over to me looking extremely worried asking if I was ok?”
“He couldn’t quite believe my reaction “this is the best thing ever!!!” “Its beautiful!!!” and Audrey and David had loads of ideas for unusual candle lit pictures!!”
“As there was no music it meant all our guests got to chat and meet each other which was lovely.”
“Looking round at everyone they all looked soo chilled out and relaxed and having fun.”
“After about an hour or so the electricity came back on and the DJ started playing and everyone got up dancing.. So even in the dark it really was the best day EVER!!”
Our wedding date
“We got married on the 1st March 2013. It was the sunniest loveliest day without a cloud in the sky!!”
What was the best bit of your day?
“Its really difficult to say what the best bit was as we loved every part.”
“We knew what was going to be in the ceremony so that’s the only part we knew for definite.”
“Everything else just fell into place perfectly, there were no stresses, no falling out, just giggles all the way and huge smiles from all.”
“Every wee thing about our day was the best part.. ”
“From the laugh with my bridesmaids, Isla and Audrey whilst getting ready, to having some Jack Daniels up a tree at Kelburn, to swinging Isla down the beach when we were all holding hands and to the unexpected powercut meaning buffet by candle light?? ”
“We loved absolutely everything….. loved it all.”
What advice would you give to other Brides and Grooms ?