Have you ever been to a Scottish-inspired wedding? Yeah, neither have we. That is of course, until early this year when we shot Claudine and Glen Anderson’s Scottish-inspired wedding at the gorgeous Oakhurst Country Club in the canyons flanking the imitable Mount Diablo on the northeastern side of the Bay Area.
This lucky couple tied the knot just a few weeks before COVID-19 hit US soil, and hold a special place for us as one of the last weddings we shot before the lockdown.
Other reasons this shoot was special? Kilts and tartans.
We started the morning separately capturing the happy couple as they began donning their impressive Scottish wedding attire. Claudine transitioned from a preparatory robe to a stunning white lace dress and veil that did a beautiful job of highlighting her ivory and speckled Scottish skin tone. Tears of joy streamed down her face as she was crowned with the veil that the removal of would signify her last moments as a single woman.
Meanwhile, Glen and his groomsmen (both large and small) assembled to “gird up their loins” in the quintessential Scottish garb: a kilt, knee high white socks, and fur dangles. There’s something strong and Mel-Gibson-esque about a big red bearded man in a kilt, and this bridal party didn’t disappoint. The only thing that could make this day more Scottish (aka awesome)?
And this couple didn’t disappoint. We got to capture an image of the bulge cheeks and solemn face of the bagpipe player as he sent his shrill, magical notes into the canyon to welcome the bride and groom to the “altar”. Red rose petals littered the aisle as the happy couple exchanged traditional, Scottish-inspired wedding vows and “I-do’s” against the backdrop of Mt. Diablo State Park. We captured the first kiss under the big oak tree that stood in solidarity with the human witnesses around - a moment these two will remember forever.
After the ceremony, we headed out to Oakhurst Country Club’s award winning golf course to capture some intimate moments with the couple. Claudine slipped on a regal fur wrap to shield her shoulders from the bristling breeze, and that coupled with the dark red and green bouquet and her flowy lace dress completed her look as a Scottish queen.
Pro tip: golden hour is generally the best time to capture couple photos as the golden rays of the sun dance between the shadows of the landscape and jump off dazzling wristlets and rings to make for stunning pictures. The Oakhurst Country Club provided us with an even better setting with its perfectly manicured greens and Spanish moss trees sprinkled around beautiful water features.
After letting the couple enjoy some quiet moments together outdoors, we headed inside for a lively party inside of Oakhurst’s beautiful reception area. Speeches were made and the couple started the evening with a lovely first dance, Glen’s large Scottish frame towering over his elegant bride.
The couple cut their small cake and hit the dance floor before leaving for their happily-ever-after surrounded by raucous friends and family cheering them on.
Never been to a Scottish inspired wedding before? We hadn’t either. But we highly recommend it as a cultural event and party to remember.