Claire & Alastair's wedding at Broxmouth Park, Dunbar

20th August 2015
I had been looking forward to this wedding for a while. It was my first wedding at Broxmouth in a few years, and after the pre-wedding shoot with Claire & Alastair, I knew it was going to be a good day.

It also helped that the weather was to be nice after a spell of summer rain - brought about by me boasting how we always get sunshine weddings.

So with Annie with me, we met up with Claire at Broxmouth early on the Saturday, and began to get a feel for the day. The first hour when we're on site is really just spent saying hello to everyone, getting a feel for the grounds and surrounding areas and planning family and bride & groom shots.
A wee bit of Plan B & C readiness is done too... just in case.
Claire was going to be such a dainty, pretty bride, and she has a fun & pleasing personality that makes photographing her so easy.
We're always lucky to get such lovely couples.

The day unfolded almost by the book, the prep was all done in time, the guys had a short walk up to the house where we met them for a few photos (along with Hugo the dog), then we were into the ceremony.
Annie was shooting from the balcony where the actual wedding was taking place, and I was roaming around getting the wide shots. We thought it was better to have a small girl up front and close rather than a big overweight (yeah, I know) 6 foot 2 fella being up there. Annie coped marvelously.

With all the formalities over, and family shots in the bag we had a quick bride & groom session over by Oliver Cromwell's tree (Google Broxmouth Park's history - it's fascinating, but basically it's where Oliver Cromwell was based in 1650, the last battle between Scotland & England, and the start of Oliver Cromwell's seige on the country).
The grounds at Broxmouth lend themselves perfectly to weddings. You really could shoot there every day for weeks and get different shots every time.
Unfortunately we're not booked to be there again for a while. 2016 diary is almost full, so I must try get a 2017 date there.

Claire and Alastair were going for the traditional "speeches after dinner" approach, which meant that when they all went into the marquee, we were on a break... so we nipped home and started backing up and working on the photos while having a quick cuppa.
This is wedding 2 of 4 in 7 days, so every minute I can put into the work load helps.

I was back out on site around 6pm, and captured the speeches. Claire's dad's speech was very heart warming. In a job where I get to listen to speeches every week, you get stale from hearing the same Googled jokes sometimes... but Gordon's was a very nice, honest appraisal.

I often mention that to couples during the pre-shoot if they ask for any advice... do a real from the heart speech, not the "best groom/best man speech" thing off Google :)
But that's just me being selfish, and wanting entertained as I work lol.

Claire & Alastait had asked to go down to the laake at Broxmouth, so as soon as the best man's speech was finished I whisked the newly weds away in my car for the quick drive down to the water.
We caught the sun just right and grabbed a few lovely photos.

Then it was back up... cake cutting with a HUGE sword, and dancing.
There were a couple of false starts as the power cut out due to the Photo Booth drawing precious amps out the electric supply, but the night was well into full swing.
Before leaving, I grabbed a few more relaxed photos of the new Mr & Mrs Fruzynski (yes I cut and pasted that in from my diary) in the house.

A great day, exactly as expected, with a gorgeous & happy couple.

The highlights slideshow is above, and some othe photos below.
The full portfolio of photos is in our Gallery Section now. You'll need the password from Claire & Alastair to get access though.

In the meantime though, I hope you enjoy the photos so far.
Please leave a comment below to tell me what you think of the marriage of this lovely couple.



Photo comment By Gordon livingstone: Graham Stunning....that's all I can say, Just stunning...Hello magazine..has not got a look in. I wish you were around when I got could even make me look good... Gordon...father of the bride

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