Claire & Rory's wedding in Coldstream 17th April

22nd April 2016
Our second Sunday wedding of the year and it's still only April!
Claire & Rory's wedding in Coldstream came on the back of a busy Saturday wedding, but the thrill and excitement of this day was enough to see us through another great wedding.
It's easy to take for granted all the small things about being organised for a wedding photography gig like having the cameras cleaned, memory cards formatted (and you can't do that until you have copious back-ups of the previous day's wedding) and the car has to be clean.
Especially as part of this wedding we had planned on me taking our lovely couple to a local park for some photos then back to the hotel.
Yes, I was a chauffeur once again. We had even organised for Claire & Rory to have champers in the back of the car. I need to get a proper hat though :)
So Sunday morning I was up at about 6am, working on the previous day's wedding , washing the car and taking out bags of rubbish left behind by Annie from several other wedding days.

Then I was off to Coldstream ! Wedding day !
The weather was on a tipping point of being great or angry - much like Saturday but as per usual, we made the most of every part of the day.
I'd arrived at The Collingwood Arms just before Claire then after a brief set of prep shots in the amazing wooden beamed room, I collected Rory from the bar to take him to his wedding along at the Registrars Office in Coldstream.
You say that and you can easily think of an office room, but not in Coldstream, it is a beautifully laid out high ceilinged room, and today it was lined with flowers. Very pretty.

After a few photos of Rory in the park opposite, it was time to wait for the girls & dad to arrive, and they weren't far behind. Claire & Rory's daughter Kaitlyn came along with mum while Connor was inside acting as official ring bearer with Rory.
One lovely ceremony by Fiona Sheppard later - and they were married !

We all nipped outside and I hastily arranged all the guests into two rows across in the park for the happy couple (and kids) to march through their guard of honour and confetti.

Family photos were precise and quick then we had the place to ourselves. This is one of the best times of the day as it's the first time a bride & groom are alone together (well apart from me) but it goes from 100mph and noise and guests and people ooing and aaahhing to being alone with your new life partner.

I let the two happy peeps spend a few minutes walking along the riverside as I watched from afar (fair enough I took a few nice photos) but it gave them those early moments together, before we jumped in the car with the champers and I took them along to The Hirsel. We got the one essential photo... the one I was told I had to get... the couple with a Highland Coo, sorry , cow.
We had one crazy rain shower, but only me and my big flash gun got wet as I kept the newly weds safe in the car with their booze until the shower passed.

It was a great afternoon, I really enjoyed my time with Claire & Rory and they were great to photograph. Time soon caught up with us though, and for all we were having a blast, the weather started to turn as the clock said dinner time... perfect timing to get them back to their guests at The Collingwood Arms where I soon said my good byes and left.
Another fantastic wedding as I headed back through Duns into Dunbar, shaving 12 minutes of my sat nav's estimated return journey time. Jim Clark would be proud.

So above is Claire & Rory's slideshow ^^^. The full portfolio of photos will be in our Gallery Section during next week where you will be able to see them all after getting the password from Claire & Rory.

Remember to leave a comment below to let the happy couple what you thought of the day and their photos.

My tech data is at the bottom of the Blog here.


This whole wedding was shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the 16-55mm XF lens. I usually shoot primes with two cameras at a wedding, but seeing as I was in and out of the car a lot today I opted for the one body and one lens.
The 16-55XF is an amazingly sharp zoom lens though.

This is normally on Annie's X-T1, but seeing as she couldn't assist today I used it.

Outside lighting was with the Lencarta Atom 360, a great mobile/powerful strobe and quite hardy (it's fell over many times).


Photo comment By Jodie reid: These photos sum up a fantastic wedding day. Claire you was stunning and Rory you looked very smart. Lovely memories to treasure. Xx

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