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A day to remember...With Mr & Mrs Ormond!

Hello.

This may prove to be a task... how to sum up such a beautiful and eventful day?! This was a test of our skills - dotting around various part of Dundee in the gail force winds. On this day, two wonderful young people tied the knot. Fortunately for me, this particular couple in question, are also my friends.

Believe me when I tell you, Lauren (My assistant/editor) had a tough time, as Kirsty and I took so many photos.  The details were just everywhere, beautifully displayed in every nuek and cranny of their wedding. We started off in Jenni's family home. This was a bit of a unique day as it was my birthday, and I was greeted with happy birthday and beautiful gifts from various members of the family.  It was just overwhelming! Okay, take the limelight off me!!! Great start of the day... Jenni with her hair in curlers, is truly one of the most beautiful sights you'll (n)ever see! Beautiful. The whole Downie family have a special place in my very own heart. 

Kirsty & I ventured upstairs to photograph the details, including the dress and the shoes. Jenni, being Jenni, I expected what I saw... A stunning lace detailed gown, which presumably was hand-crafted by fairies for Jenni ONLY! And... flip flops obviously, for such a down to earth person!  

The day took a slight change, with gailforce winds for the ceremony down at Magdalen green (a very special place to Jenni & Stuart). Somewhere else would never have sufficed. I must say, Jenni had an incredibly long veil on, and the fear that she may lift-off and float away, felt like a possibility! haha! The ceremony was pushed back slightly to help re-arrange some of the plans. The drinks reception was moved to the Downie family's home garden (as opposed to a blustery windswept marquee on the Green).

Never mind that they are a beautiful inside, they are also INCREDIBLY photogenic outside too! We visited Strawberry Bank (a VERY small quant cobble-stoned lane) for some of the couple shots. Even though i thought the road was too small to fit a car down while we were shooting - down one came
- 'GAME OFF'

'GAME ON' we continue, they looked at each other with so much love it made for the easiest of photography work. We were on a tight schedule, as we had a bus waiting for them. 'To the Taypark House please driver!'

Taypark House is somewhere I have been hoping to be for quite some time, so I was so excited to be going there. As we were running slightly behind it meant for us photographers, we would have to squeeze the formals in a bit less time than we'd expected to have... but between us pro's and this supermodeling family, we smashed it! Creating some of my FAVOURITE formals to date! 

The details, gardens & lighting was just a photographers dream (as Jenni knows well). It was a small bunch of close/immediate family for dinner. Creating a beautiful atmosphere filled with love! Even the details in this room were thought out so meticulously, they matched the rustic theme of the day! Uniquely, there were no formal speeches yet, just a short and sweet toast by Jenni's Dad (Stuarts now father-in-law). The speeches were to be held much later in the evening, and of course this meant nothing conventional for the Ormonds! Which we LOVE!

Goodbye Taypark, hello Chambers east! Who would of thought somewhere in the city centre could become such a light filled & atmospheric place! With all the massive blinds open, allowing in floods of light allowing Kirsty and I to create naturally lit images (My preference when possible). There were 5 o'clock guests, and 7.30 guests to arrive... this let us get caught up on all the amazing details around the 4th and last venue of the day! The speeches were amazing - heartfelt, funny and adorable. One of the speeches was given by one of the 'mini best men'! There was a £50 prize for the best speech - guess who won between 'mini best man & full sized best man? They were both lovely though! 

During Stuart's speech, I was snapping away, popping photos at all angles... when I was shocked to hear my name! I was kindly thanked from the newlyweds and gifted frankly the tastiest birthday present! (see image of giant birthday cookie below!) Obviously a hug and a tear happened as I was so grateful to be there, never mind receiving a giant birthday cookie with kind and beautiful words! 

Although these small words could never truly portray what an amazingly unique, wonderful, special and heart-warming day this was... I hope this can give a small insight into the thoughts and best wishes from my perspective, as Jenni & Stuart Ormond's wedding photographer, and friend.

A special thanks to;
Kirsty Brown - second shooter
Lauren Carr - studio manager
The whole Downie family (especially Auntie Lynne & Sarah)
Stuart & Jenni - for being you!
The evening reception guests that sang me happy birthday once I had finished! <3

Thank you for ALL the birthday love I received at this wedding too, strangely photographing this wedding was a great birthday present!

I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!

www.siobhandiamond.co.uk
 

Beth & Jim's Story...

Where do you start? To blog about a day like this day is such a difficult thing to do...
Everything from the amazing orange dresses to glorious Marquee in the garden.

I do believe the little kimonos have been handmade, I also believe there might have been a pin left in one (oops!) They just look utterly adorable, and I feel like this wedding may have had a good looking' policy because everyone is soo beautiful! At this point America's Next Top Modelling tips were coming in handy, the girls were modelling 'H2T' haha!

This wedding was also even more special as it was in my hometown, and there was familiar faces popping up everywhere, which just made me smile all day!

These beautiful faces have been painted by local make-up artist Annie Voigt Here is a link to Annie's Facebook page www.facebook.com/Annievoigtmakeup

The hair is fitting to each with there own individual hair style I loved that ALOT!
Find Gillian here www.facebook.com/Hopehairbeauty

Beth being full of beans and full of emotions her preparations was truly tear jerking. There was so much to photograph and I tried very hard not to buckle crying whilst photographing Beth's dad's first look at her in the dress, Ian (Beth's Dad) the cheeky chappy that he is, was overwhelmed it was adorable to photograph. The image isn't in the blog as it's too special but it had to be mentioned as it was ONE of my favourite parts!

The ceremony, the room, the paintings, the atmosphere, the laughing, the love, the sunshine coming through the windows. What more could be said, it was breath-takingly beautiful!

The hard part is done, now it's time to let your hair loose or so to speak I don't think Gillian from 'Hope Hair & Beauty' would want you to let your kirbies out just yet! Yeah, obvious no ordinary minibus would do for these two, regular busses are just not orange enough!

Yup just look at the cake... Admire it. Made from obviously the best cheese! Patti (Beth's Mum) & owner of Smithies Deli www.smithiesdeli.co.uk was obviously the dab hand in this beauty!

Found this little polaroid in the corner as everyone was very merry at this point what could be more fun than 'Photoboothin'? Nothing obviously!

A few guest chose to re-tell there fishing stories on the dance floor these total groovers caught fish that were "THIIIIIIISSSS BIIIIGGGG"

After being there from morning till night, it was time to go home, not before nabbing some more drunk/happy 'lads' shots and slow shutters of the beautiful house. We were spoiled with a hot chocolate from my former 1st & 2nd years science teacher Mr. Rodger (Don't know his first name) hahaha

Hire him for EVERYTHING you ever do form now on, was super cool check it out www.alcappuccino.co.uk

I have to say a very big thank you to everyone as it was an enjoyable day, with great food, drink music & everything else. Well done and congratulations

Mr & Mrs Walker

Siobhan & Emilie
 

Sun, rain, laughter & wedding rings... Beth & Jim!

Yeah I know what you are thinking! No they aren't models :P Although you'd think they were pros! hahaha...



Beth & Jim got in tough over a year ago to book me to be their wedding photographers, and knowing Beth from my hometown of Arbroath i jumped at the chance! Even though it had been years and years since I had seen Beth it was like just yesterday! After moving to London with Jim - the lucky groom to be and setting up life so very far away from Dundee planning has been long distance bUT not to fear the fabulous Mother of the bride should be hired by anyone planning a wedding! So organised, it's amazing! 

This beautiful couple are the definition of in love, you only need to be around them for 5 minutes to see that! I said to Jim on our shoot ''Your voice is like someone I know'' I racked my brains meanwhile Jim knew exactly whom I was about to compare him to repeating it in my head, I stood for a minute with that puzzled look on my face going through in my head the names of people it could possibly be, only to realise ''It's not someone I know personally, IT'S KEVIN BRIDGES!!!'' Feeling relieved I had figured it out, I looked at Jim with that face that says your not the first person to have said that, ''I get it all the time! You sound like Kevin Bridges!''

The rain started to fall heavier not to fear! I have an idea, I was really excited to get shots of the rain lit up behind them, Although the rain wasn't heavy enough for this to be as dramatic as hope it was a safe amount of rainfall to get good shots and NOT to make my equipment float away. 

I won't give much away but the plans for this wedding are so exciting, and rain or shine every minute is clearly going to be amazing! I literally am too excited about photographing this wedding day, you would think  was a child waiting for Christmas...

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Becci & Ronnie's story

  Our journey started off at the Invercarse Hotel, where the bridal party were getting ready. They were great fun and were so organised we had beautiful shots in no time! The sun once again was beaming, beautiful light in the hotel windows.  Becci was looking jaw-droopingly lovely in a two piece wedding dressing that was simply stunning! The flowers were just my favourite! and look at the girls, just look at them!

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  We then dashed off to photograph the groom’s party who were a bit less organised than the ladies! This is where we met the adorable Mackie, who loved posing for the camera and we loved photographing him, who wouldn’t? 

Mackie the littlest supermodel! We were all best friends before getting shot at with his water gun (no water in it though, thank god!)

  Finally the main event had arrived, it was finally time for them to say I do! The ceremony was held in the Baxter Park Pavillion. The sun flooded in straight through the windows which made for beautiful photographs of a lovely ceremony full of laughter and smiles. 

 

  We then dashed off on our travels to meet everyone at Dil Se where the wedding meal was. Filled our bellies after the speeches, which were full of smiles which you can see from the photographs! 

 

  The next part of our journey took us to the West Park (we have toured Dundee) which is surprising-ly close to where it started! This is where the evening guests joined Becci and Ronnie to celebrate their special day (with beer and dancing mainly!). The dancing was great, especially from the DJ! Then we popped up our utterly ridiculous not safe for work Photo Booth! The guests loved pulling silly faces and wearing daft props.

Some big kids were embarrassed in the making of this Photo Booth!

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Yes there were dancing en-expected dancing competitions ^

 It was finally time for us to leave and get some much needed rest after a lovely wedding but before we did we got some final couple shots which were lovely outside on the grounds of West Park. 
We had a lovely time photographing Becci and Ronnie’s beautiful wedding and met the friendliest people, you were all a pleasure to photograph. Becci and Ronnie, we wish you every happiness for your future together!

This is a teeny selection of the images from Becci & Ronnie's wedding, I could have went on and on choosing more, but the rest are for the happy newlyweds. I hope you have enjoyed this little insight into an amazing day! And thank you to my wonderful assistant Emilie Gray, who photographed, heavy lifted, drove, made sure I lost no marbles (: 

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