by John Baikie Published 01/08/2013
It was a place the couple visited last year and Amber loved it - so an ideal choice for the big question to be popped! I arrived up there after a two-hour drive through constant rain and got set up. I had been sent photos of the couple and knew what car they would be in and so I was ready - the only issue being that I had to be discreet so as not to give the game away to Amber. It was a real buzz waiting for the car and ready to jump to action! I wasn't sure what was going to happen, where he was going to ask her, etc, so I had armed myself with both camera bodies, one with the 70-200mm on and one with the wide 16-35mm. I had assumed he'd ask her on the shore to the front of the castle, with the iconic view behind them, but was in for a surprise ...
I saw them get out of the car, and pretended to be a tourist for a few minutes as they approached, but they headed for the ticket office! I hadn't thought of this. Realising I didn't have a ticket and couldn't get one before them I had to quickly run over to the guy on the ticket box at the bridge and explain what was going on. Lucky for me he was a lovely old guy and went along with it.
I followed them across the famous bridge into the castle, not knowing when things would happen, into the castle briefly, then a few minutes later they popped outside and Niall dropped on one knee. It was a very quick 'yes' from Amber, to put us all out of our misery and I have to confess to being moved to tears by the whole thing. It was so lovely being part of something so intimate and personal and I think I managed to stay completely unnoticed throughout. In 15 years of wedding photography this is the first time I have photographed this part and must admit it was a massive privilege and totally blew me away. I'm not sure who was shaking more afterwards, Niall or myself.
The adrenaline was pumping as I couldn't miss a split second, and then the emotions set in.
We spent a bit of time taking more photographs around the castle and grounds before the rain finally got the better of us. This really was one of the best moments of my photography career and one which makes me realise just why I do this job and love it so much.
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