I have to say, this was one of the most endearing weddings I have had the privilege to witness. It was a grand celebration of love, of partnership, of family, and of acceptance. The setting was the iconic Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester, Michigan. It was the perfect venue for this old-world Scottish clan to come together and raise their glasses to this couple- historic, majestic, and opulent. This was a true Scottish wedding- complete with kilts, flashes, ghillie brogues (shoes), rowdy family members, and lots to drink! Of course, no Scottish wedding would be complete without pipers and highland dancers.
The wedding ceremony was incredible. Speeches were made, prayers were said, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. The piper played, and at the end everyone cheered. Afterward, the couple were announced on the grand staircase, to a huge audience of family, friends and loved ones. The family members each took turns reading a traditional Scottish blessing, then gave advice to Heather, their newest family member, on how to get along and what to expect as a member of the family (lots of rolling laughter). All of the cousins then gave the couple a word they had chosen to describe them. Words like “devoted”, “courageous”, and “supportive”.
There was a fabulous strolling dinner throughout the rooms in the hall. Guests had the chance to mingle and I had the chance to hear many stories about the family’s history and humorous eccentricities. There was an incredible dessert table with every sweet thing you can imagine. The party then moved into the ballroom, where the highland dancers put on a thundering show, and the whole place shook with jubilation. Dancing ensued, and everyone ended the night feeling joyous and full of gladness.
I was the second photographer at this beautiful wedding, the other photographer was my good friend from Her Pen My Lens. If you get a chance, check out her work. She does some pretty amazing documentary work. :)