I was asked to cover the civil partnership of Jon and John way back In 2012. Before we new It, the date of the big day was only a matter of weeks away. I must admit I was a bit nervous as I had never covered a civil partnership before. In the end I had nothing to worry about as It was just like covering every other wedding I had done before.
The Big Day
The date of the Wedding was February and the venue was the Brisbane House Hotel, In Largs. I absolutely love Largs and have always wanted to do a wedding there. The town is on the seaside and has a lovely promenade with nice greens and palm tree’s lining It. As the date approached the wedding day I was praying for a beautiful sunny winters day. I was on to plums though as when we got a few days away, the forecast was for heavy rain and gale force winds. Oh well, looks like I will have to do all the pictures indoors, I thought to myself. This wasn’t that big a deal as the venue was lovely so I new I would still get great photographs.
The service itself was a very intimate affair, helped by the fact the room was a nice size with a low ceiling. There was big windows along one side of the room. This was great for pictures as It faced onto where the guests were to be seated and lit them perfectly. The registrar also gave me free reign to move around which was great. This allowed me capture everything that was happening in a documentary wedding photography style which couples always love. A funny moment happened at the end of the service when the registrar asked for Jon and John’s fathers, who are also called John and John to come up and sign the register. That got a laugh from everyone.
Group Shots and the Couple
After the ceremony It was time for the group shots. As It had stopped raining, I took everyone outside to do the large group shot. As we were finishing the rain came back on so we had to do the rest of them inside the hotel.
In the run up to the civil partnership, when I realised the weather was going to be rubbish. I asked both Grooms to bring two brightly coloured umbrellas with them. I was really pleased when they did, they brought two bright blue one’s which matched the blue on the colour scheme of their suits. I had an idea for a picture and they would be perfect. As It was going to be dull and cloudy, I thought It might be a good idea to get both grooms on the promenade with the brightly coloured umbrellas. This would add a splash of colour to a fairly dull scene. I absolutely love how these pictures turned out.
In the evening I had another idea for a picture. I really wanted to do something with the palm tree’s that were in front of the hotel. As the rain was off I took both grooms outside and did a long exposure shot with some external flash units to light the couple and the trees behind them. The long exposure captured the light trails from the cars going by. I think this image looks like It could have been taken on Miami beech in Summer, not North Ayrshire in winter.
In the evening the first dance was followed by a performance by a Kylie tribute act who was fantastic and the crowd loved every second of the act.
I had a great day and got a really good set of pictures even though there was torrential rain and gale force winds for most of the day. I can’t wait to do some more civil partnerships.
Here is an email I received from the couple after they had their pictures.
“Think this is the ideal pic to highlight our thanks to you Mark for the amazing pictures you have given us for our Civil Partnership. From the first conversation with you, we knew that you understood what we wanted and you’ve catpured it all so well in the photographs. Everyone who has seen the pictures so far has loved them and they really do tell the story of the day, which was just what I wanted. The outdoor pictures were so much fun and you get to see that coming across in the photos. Thank you so much again for everything you have done for us – we really do appreciate it. Once I talk John into getting a dog, we’ll get you in for the pet portrait!!!