I was in a cab in Stockholm when I received a message from Tom about shooting his upcoming Wedding and as I read it, my excitement could probably have flown faster than the cab was driving. I was so honoured to be asked to shoot a Wedding in Scotland and excited that it was going to be my first Pagan Wedding. 4 months later, I had arrived in Edinburgh and found out that Tom and Iain’s Wedding would be the first legalised Same-Sex Pagan Wedding in the whole of the United Kingdom! I had no idea that it would turn out to be such a huge media hit, thanks to the Equality Network and I had no idea that even the BBC would end up doing a story on it with my photos.
It was cold in Edinburgh but I don’t think I imagined Scotland to be anything else, it’s beauty more than made up for the chill. Thankfully there was no snow, because it enabled us to do much of the Portraits outside on The Royal Mile and at Edinburgh Castle. The Ceremony itself was truly incredible and beautifully colourful and Tom and Iain not only jumped the broom, but literally Tied The Knot in their Pagan Ceremony, which involved the four elements to the North, East, South and West – played by their parents. To solidify their union, everyone present drank from the Ceremonial Goblet after Tom and Iain pledged their vows to each other, which was actually a pretty amazing thing to be part of.
Their venue couldn’t have been more perfect. Marlin’s Wynd, named after a 16th century lane, is a series of caves underneath one of Scotland’s covered bridges and ideal for a Pagan Ceremony. Full of atmosphere and surprisingly warm, the lighting was complemented by the candles and flower arrangements which was actually put together by Tom and Iain themselves. A mix of Roses, Eucalyptus and Scottish Thistle adorned the tables and walls of the cellars and to top everything off, everyone present was given a cloak to wear! It is by far the most colourful Wedding I’ve ever attended. And not to mention the party afterwards! WOW!
But the highlight of the day, other than their amazing Pagan Ceremony, was definitely towards the end when Scotland gave us some of the most beautiful light to work our Portraits with. Tom and Iain’s belief system was only more confirmed when the universe decided to show it’s approval and shine over their love. Serendipity. But enough from me…. check out the images for yourselves. 🙂 Thank you, Tom and Iain for entrusting your big day to me, I am truly honoured to have been a part of it and provide you with memories you can treasure forever. I am forever grateful.
Pagan Bröllop i Scotland, Stora Brittanien.