Kids

Alba

Remember this?

This is Matteo and Sarah on there wedding day in  summer 2010.

You cant see it but there is a twinkle in Matteo’s eye.  That twinkle turned out to be Little Alba.

 

And, on Sunday I had the enormous pleasure of being able to photograph Alba’s christening.

It was perfect.  The church down the road was being repaired so the ceremony took place in Sarah’s family home, the same place they got married 2 years ago.  Sarah’s sister Louisa ( who was one of Sarah’s bridesmaids) is now little Alba’s God Mother.

 

Isn’t Alba a beautiful name, and so apt.  In Gaelic it means Scotland and in Italian it means dawn or daybreak.

 

Sullivan Ballou wrote to his wife Sarah from the battlefield of the American Civil War.  The letter was never mailed.  It was found amongst his belongings after he was killed in action, one week after writing it.

Sarah read the letter after his death.

Last weekend’s wedding was something pretty special.  Sarah and Matteo travelled back from Italy to Sarah’s family home  amongst the beautiful scenery of Teviothead.  The weather was fine and Sarah’s family made a wonderful job of readying the farm for the influx of visitors from around the world.

My day began by joining some of the ladies, including the mothers of both bride and groom, at the hairdressers in the morning for the usual pampering and preening.

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Then I headed to the family farm for the final preparations.

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Even little Tala got in on the act and was scurrying around during the service which took place in a marquee in the garden.

Although unable to make it over to Scotland, Matteo’s grandmother didn’t miss out; she joined the celebrations via webcam from her home in Italy.

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The reception tables had an almost home-made feel with menus of recycled card and a colourful lucky crane for each guest.  One super touch was that Matteo and Sarah made a donation in the name of each of their dinner guests to the The Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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After the speeches it was time for the Scots among the guests to show the Italian visitors what a Borders wedding is all about.  I have to say they took to the céilidh dancing like they had been doing it all their lives.

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Before the night was over I couldn’t resist getting Sarah and Matteo out onto the turf of her beloved Hawick Rugby Club for some shots.

What made the day so special was the lack of pomp or pretention.  It was clearly a family occasion and everyone who attended was made to feel really welcome, including me.

Thank you Matteo and Sarah and we wish you a happy life together!

Tuesday brought me the last photoshoot of the noughties.  It was the engagement shoot of Matteo and Sarah in the wonderful surroundings of Sarah’s family farm in the Borders.  It was a bitterly cold day but beautiful with ice and snow all around.   Matteo and Sarah are getting married in the summer and I am hoping the weather will be at least a bit warmer that day.

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