This was a really special day. I was contacted by this couple’s cousin who is originally from China but has been living in Scotland with his family for the past 10 years. He wanted someone to help capture Ting Ting and Zi Yin’s love and devotion for each other, ahead of their Chinese wedding back home. Ting Ting and Zi Yin were visiting the UK for 2 weeks, experiencing London and everything that Scotland had to offer. Their idea was to capture their upcoming wedding ahead of time, but instead of the squares and building of their home city, they wanted to be amongst the glorious scenery of Scotland. Something that would be totally different from traditional Chinese wedding photography! Of course I was up for it and so honoured to be asked!
I was so fascinated to hear all about their lives in China. Ting Ting told me that her and Zi Yin met through friends and had been together for 2 years. They both work incredibly long hours so this trip together seemed to me to be a bit of a pre-wedding bonding experience. I love seeing their reactions to the scenery and their awe of the large wide open spaces we have here.
I was seriously getting a kick showing them the sights and waiting to see their faces when a certain vista came into view.
What I think I loved more than anything was just how up for everything they both were. As you can see it was the sunniest and hottest day imaginable (for Scotland anyways) but even in a full suit and a wedding dress, both of them were still keen to climb steep hills, go on long walks through the brush and climb to the top of towers… all in the name of getting that great shot! My kind of couple.
I made two location choices – the first was Castle Campbell in Dollar. I had first visited this place years ago when I first came to Scotland and I remember how it made me feel. The views are spectacular and the atmosphere is very special. It’s also off the beaten path so I knew it would be quieter. I did want to give the illusion that Ting Ting and Zi Yin were the only two people here. We weren’t far off, despite the nice day it was practically deserted.
The second location choice was of course, Edinburgh. They loved the idea of older architecture, churches and the stone buildings. We even had time to squeeze in a trip to the meadows at the end, something that they weren’t expecting!
Since it was such a nice day, the meadows was actually packed, with everyone enjoying the sun and having a BBQ. It was a wonderful end to a very special day. Even better, I felt like I had made two new lovely friends! I wish them so much love for their upcoming wedding. xxx