365 Days of weddings | Day 40
The piper at the entrance to your wedding
The sound of the bagpipes evokes the feeling of only one country, Scotland. I cant think of any other instrument that is so unique an has such heritage to one country. The sound of the bagpipes at a wedding ceremony could transport you to the Highlands with eagles soaring overhead. I often bump into pipers during my travels, sometimes it is a family member others it is a professional. This particular piper is one I bump into at least once a year when the pipes in the Haggis at a Burns night event I’ve been photographing for years. In this instance, he was both the professional and a friend of the family.
The bride and groom on this day had no idea the bagpipes were about to make an appearance at their wedding reception. As the guests sat down for their food at Kingston Country Courtyard the familiar sound of pipes filling with air was heard from outside the entrance to the main room, then in came the piper. Shock and excitement in the eyes of the couple for all to see was thanks to the father of the bride. His daughter was moved to tears at the entrance of this Scottish icon and representation of her family heritage.
This photograph shows the piper saluting the happy couple after he’d finished his rendition, obviously moved by the reaction to the sound of the highlands and something close to his heart. I love the sense of warmth and kindness that can be seen in the eyes of this portrait. Capturing these split seconds of emotion is what make me tick and so many others in my profession.
Are you going to introduce a family tradition to your wedding day? If so what? I love surprises at weddings, there are so many options that can bring joy on a wedding day, visiting any wedding fair you will be amazed at what is available.