“It’s going to be wild, it’s going to be loud, it’s going to be colourful… Crazy…” These were the parting words Gavin and Victoria spoke to me when discussing their wedding day. And both had these beaming smiles as I was picturing in my head at that instant what may happen! Even at that point the pressure was on.
Mid March at the Maryborough, a pile of colourful Scots characters, kilts, music, fun, this was right up my street. It was obvious from the off that both Gavin & Victoria had a vision on how their wedding day celebration should be recorded & documented, no pissing about, no fakery and no pretense. They got a great feeling from the galleries on my website. I allow the day to move at it’s own pace and capture the images in my own way. They both could visualise the potential for their own wedding event. They simply wanted somebody who would turn up and get the job done. And what do I have to do? Get the character of the day, grab the identity of the day and capture the feeling of the day. With typical wedding photography involving all sorts of ridiculous nonsense, peeking around hedges was never on their agenda and it would never tell you anything about the couple and the people that surround them. Of course I was delighted when they picked me out to shoot their wedding.
The day itself was damp, as it is in this country all the time. Maryborough contains the ideal marquee / dome for the occasion. The Dome lends itself so very well for photography, for me anyway. I never fail to get a cool set of images there. As I have been photographing weddings at the Maryborough House Hotel (over the last two years or so) no two sets of wedding images have been similar. A venue is a backdrop. It is the people who create the essence of the day. As a documentary photography, and one who photographs weddings, the job is to tap into the spirit of the day, reveal character.
The Civil Ceremony was quick and painless, as it should be. Under the pressure of limited time will make the documentary photographer think fast and work fast, there’s not a second to waste. A quick jaunt out front for champers and then it was out to the dome for the drinks reception and music. Mingling. Looking. Thinking. Grabbing glimpses of stories, tales and jokes. The music was non stop and the day buzzed by so quickly.
The highlight for me was when the bagpipes players went back into the Maryborough building to tune up their instruments, it was quite dark by late evening and the noise, buzz & hum of the pipes made the hair on my neck stand up, it was powerful and very exciting. It was busy with the musicians, guests and children milling around in a tight space. I was wondering “what the hell am I’m going to do? Where are the pictures to come from? The light was low but I forced the images with what light was available to me. I was in a corner, and I knew I would produce the goods.
From out of nowhere, I was finding ample opportunities everywhere, with a superwide angle, using the architecture and hopefully capturing the tone of the moment. The march of pipes and drummers was a sight, and one of which I had the pleasure to be part off. It was a fab day, the weather was terrible but the mood was super, and the damp day almost added a certain unique bond, a tightness to the days events, and that’s what it is all meant to be about.
Catch a selected summary from Gavin and Victoria’s wedding in Cork here.