Fun and informal wedding at Gretna Green, Scotland
Sometimes life – and work – can have some amazing serendipitous moments.
A few years ago, I received an enquiry from Jehane who had recently become engaged. We talked about cats and weddings and exchanged some lovely emails. Jehane’s email wasn’t like a lot of the usual fare of enquiries, she was considered and detailed, and interested in chatting and it stood out. My contact with her pettered out, until earlier this year when a friend of mine – an amazing wedding photographer – referred me to her for her wedding plans at Gretna. I remembered Jehane very well, I remembered the conversations about cats. And now things had come back and she and Lex were planning their wedding.
While it’s possible to book a package at Gretna, Lex and Jehane wanted to choose their own photographer, and so they booked me for their day There were some gorgeous elements that Jehane and Lex pulled together to make the day personal to them – including a meerkat that they took with them everywhere. I loved Jehane’s choice of Crown and Glory veil as well. The stars on it were just such a fun element, and a change from delicate floral designs and scalloped edges.
Gretna is one of those places I have to admit, I haven’t visited. I’ve passed it on the motorway many times, but I’ve never stopped there – I suppose I’m always in a rush to be home or on my way elsewhere.
It’s become synonymous with romantic elopements as couples run away to the border of Scotland as Scotland’s marriage laws were always different to the rest of the UK.
With that in mind, what was lovely was to see all the different couples there – every one of them with their own story. Normally at wedding venues without exclusivity, they coordinate and plan weddings carefully. They work to ensure brides and grooms don’t cross one another’s path, that photographic opportunities are carefully scheduled to minimise and avoid the chance of brides and grooms being in one another’s photographs.
Gretna has a different sort of vibe to it – it’s ok to see other brides and grooms, and call out good luck and congratulate each other. There’s no attempt to create an air of closely guarded exclusivity, but more of a warm camaraderie between couples. I liked that a lot about this particular day. While Gretna has a touristy feel to it, and cashes in on its historic romantic connections, it also feels like the place where you go to break the rules and conventions.
A big thank you to Jehane and Lex for having me along on their day!
venue: Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths https://www.gretnagreen.com/famous-blacksmiths-shop-p1421