Bex + Ash
For me, November weddings are always a favourite. I love the atmospheric feel the darkness of the evenings brings, after the clocks have gone back. It feels like you really get a full story into the night with the extra layer the evening light (or lack of) brings, and though low light can be tricky, as long as you make the most of the daylight hours, I think winter weddings are just perfection.
The setting for Bex and Ash was the completely unique and eclectic Netherbyres House in Scotland. So much thought and individuality has been poured into the design of this place, with its mismatched colour schemes and contemporary features, but blending the old with the new with the grand staircase and huge windows. It couldn't have been more perfect for these two, as their personal styles fit right in with the uniqueness of the venue. Both Bex and Ash got ready on site, separately, but meeting a few times across the morning, in robes and hair rollers, for all important cig breaks. I loved the relaxed nature of their morning, and them seeing each other for a few fleeting moments definitely helped ease the nerves for both of them.
Ash got ready with his best man, and wore a bottle green suit, with white snake print Doc Martin loafers, and a silver collar chain. This suited him down to the ground - smart, but not stuffy or too formal. Bex wore a red lip, old hollywood waves, lots of stacked rings and earrings, and an incredible Stephanie Allin draped, corseted dress. Giving Hollywood starlet in the best way, and again, effortlessly cool. Their looks tied in with their decor, guitars, vinyl records, disco balls, and pops of pinks and oranges in their beautifully edgy florals by Platter and Pop.
Bex descended the staircase as Ash waited at the bottom, and they wed in a very personal and emotional humanist ceremony, including a ring warming and hand tying. Bex cried and Ash laughed, and may have shed a couple of tears himself. We then went outside for confetti, drinks, cigars, and some group shots. We wanted to make use of the last of the golden hour light during their portraits, so went for a walk around the estate, before using some corners of the house inside for some shots too. When you have a space so unique, you definitely want to make the most of it!
They held their speeches in the bar, they wanted to ditch tradition and formalities and give the speeches a more off the cuff and relaxed feel, and as all of them were short and sweet, this worked perfectly. Then they both entered down the stairs to their wedding breakfast, that Platter and Pop had magically turned round into a banquet style room, with two long feasting tables. Adorned with pomegranates and oranges, tapered orange and pink candles, 70's style stationery and some gorgeous florals, the decor was beautiful and edgy as the ceremony set up.
As the night drew to a close, after their first dance, De Ja Vu got EVERYONE up on the dance floor, for an amazing end to the night. The whole day was relaxed, which meant that it was easy to capture so many beautiful and genuine moments, and this kind of atmosphere always means more authentic images. I loved Bex and Ash's approach, and they really savoured and enjoyed the day together, taking in every moment - as well as choosing a theme that clearly represented them both so well. It was also lovely to work with Ian from Unwritten films on this one, such great company all day and it was so easy for us to work together as a team. I can't wait to get into editing this full gallery, and what a start to my last month of weddings this year!
Venue -Netherbyres House
Dress - Stephanie Allin
Hair - Simon Hill Hair