Mairi and Sam {the wedding}

























































































































































































I have known Mairi and Sam for the longest time, we all grew up on the same little islands and went to the same little high school.  When we all met again, rather by surprise, at Mairi's brother's wedding two years ago I was so happy to learn that the high school sweethearts were engaged. Fast forward a couple of years and Nye and I found ourselves aboard the ferry from Skye, with our two new baby girls, heading to Mairi and Sam's wedding in South Uist.  

The morning of the wedding came around and skies were grey. The rain sprinkled down on the marquee that had been set up in Mairi's parent's garden and the chandeliers hanging from the tented ceiling swayed ominously. No one cared.  Inside the  house Mairi was getting ready, surrounded by her family she slowly and quietly prepared to be married. Two islands away and Sam was also getting ready.  While his small niece and nephew clambered over him he & his best man got dressed (like pros) in their kilts.  And then, before we knew it, it was time for the ceremony.  From across the three islands people converged on Bornish church and the beautiful, meaningful and utterly personal ceremony was performed by Mairi and Sam's priest who had traveled from their church in Glasgow to marry them and accompanied by the many voices of the choir who had also traveled across country and over sea to be there.  

After the ceremony the whistling of the wind was the soundtrack to the jubilant congratulations outside the church and as it whipped the confetti away towards the hills everyone laughed joyously as they held onto their hats an headed for the bus that would take them back to Mairi's parent's house for food and music and celebrations.  Whilst everyone else was making their way to the reception we sneaked off to the beach with the new Mr and Mrs, for just a few quiet moments. The wind stopped, the rain abated and it was as if the weather knew that this was their time to be alone together, to take in what they had just done.  And then just like that, it was over. The clouds opened and as the rain started to fall Mairi and Sam ran back to the car, to go and greet their guests.  

As the night fell and Mairi changed into her party dress (and shoes) and as yet more guests arrived to congratulate and celebrate it became impossible to tell if it was the wind or the music that was swaying the chandeliers. Everyone danced into the night, celebrating the new marriage of a couple who were clearly made for each other. 

13 comments:

helforpink said...

Stunning pictures of a beautiful wedding. Well done.

Sam said...

Love the pic of Mairi and Sam walking along the sand, faced away from you. And I love that party dress!

Catherine said...

*picks self off floor*

Off the scale. Again. But off the off the scale.

Especially the getting ready shots, Mairi and her father in the church, and the couple on the beach, just tingle-y.

Lauren said...

How did they fit all those stars inside of that tent? I still can't figure it out. I love it when you guys post weddings, so so many great shots. The portraits put me in mind of a Brontë sister's novel. So romantic and utterly stunning.

Donna Marshall said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeousness. Particularly mesmerised by shot of couple walking away with white uist style cottage behind. I want to go back!

Lucy Stendall Photography said...

I love the wild romance of this wedding. It's making my heart tingle and ache all at the same time. The wild veil shot and the church photographs are inspired. Just marvellous x

Marie said...

This has to be one of my favourites so far. Love love love it. Stunning in every way, the children, the bride and groom and the amazing landscapes. C&N you two are amazing.

LPC said...

Some of those older men look so much like my father. And the handsome groomsman with his yellow tie, yikes, even for an old lady like me. To say nothing of the babies, the hats, the bride in her dress, the sky.

agirl said...

Ohmigod, the BABIES.

louise {bijouxbride} said...

The chaos, the calm, the emotion, all beautifully captured!

Donna said...

Your photography & your writing slay me. Every. Single. Time.

Kristy said...

This one makes my heart happy.

LJB said...

Those black and white photos in the church...stunning!