A SCOTTISH MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL WEDDING
AT SAMFORD SCOUT CAMP
BRISBANE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
George & Rufus
I can’t say I ever thought Id be photographing a Scottish Medieval Festival wedding here in Brisbane, but hey never say never!
When George told me the fun plans her and Rufus had for their wedding day at the Samford Scout Camp, and that there was going to be a variety of carnival games including a jumping castle, I couldn’t wait for the day to arrive.
The bridal party, family and some of the 200 guests arrived the day before to set up camp. The grounds started to look like a carnival with the circus-like tents, one being for the reception. The games consisted of a jumping castle, Sumo wrestling costumes, archery, naughts & crosses, giant Jenga and many more laid out for the afternoon festivities. Later in the day, they scheduled some group activities, including a Medieval Re-enactment Fighting Tournament, foot & sack races, egg & spoon race, and even a lady on stilts and fire twirlers were on hand for some fun entertainment.
George & Rufus’s wedding would not have been complete without their trusty sidekick, Brego. The dog they rescued while living overseas and brought back to Australia with them. You will see him popping in and out of photos regularly :)
George, the bride wore a traditional white dress for the ceremony and changed into an exact replica of the white dress but in black for the afternoon festivities. While the bridesmaids wore elegant black dresses and Doc Martins. All the girls wore the bride’s families traditional clan red tartan wraps. Along with bouquets full of red and black roses.
Rufus, the groom and groomsmen wore the groom’s families traditional Scottish green and navy coloured tartan. Rufus and his wild red hair, wore braids either side and tied at the back, set off by some tiny white flowers.
Coincidently, the forest area chosen for the ceremony, had a stone structure sitting right where the signing table would go. Perfect to bring a touch of historical Scotland mountain wilderness. All we needed to complete this Scottish fairytale was a castle, so an inflatable jumping castle will have to suffice.
The ceremony was set between some magnificent trees. Following the exchange of vows and rings, the groom’s mum passed their clan’s tartan to the groom, so he could wrap the tartan shawl around her as a way of welcoming the bride into their clan.
Then it was time to open the festival and let the games begin!
I did manage to sneak the bride and groom away for some wedding photos in the forest, with Brego never too far away. Then it was time to get back to the carnival as the Medieval Fighting Tournament was about to begin.
This was certainly different to any wedding I have ever photographed, but was it fun! Thank you to George & Rufus for letting me into your world for one amazing day.