I was just pulling into the drive of the spectacular Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Saturday when I saw the horse-drawn carriage ahead of me – luckily the bride wasn’t in it, as I was half an hour early, but I did manage to get the camera out of the window and grab this lucky shot.
Vicky and Robbie’s ceremony really was a ‘fairytale wedding’. They first met when they went to nursery school, with teddies under their arms and they’ve been together almost ever since. Both blind from birth, they entered a “Win Your Dream Wedding” competition in the Sunday Post so the Hydro was full of journalists and photographers capturing their special day. As reporter Sarah Johnston wrote, “they’ve refused to let their disability get in the way of their dreams and their determination has won everyone’s admiration.”
What made it particularly special was the thought and imagination they brought to the writing of their ceremony. Robbie and Vicky wrote their own, individual vows and spoke them to one another from memory. Both musicians, they had songs written specially for them by friends, and when we signed the marriage schedule, it was to the sound of the song Vicky herself wrote, performed and recorded for Robbie “Sweet Blessings”, which you can listen to or download here: she’d be delighted if other people want to use it at their own weddings.
The weather turned while we were inside the hotel, but it didn’t stop them from taking their photocall down on the lawn.
The bridesmaids and flower girls looked lovely under their brolly!
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