An Aberdeen artist has revealed her most personal and secretive artwork – at her own wedding.
And her new husband Gareth Williams saw the finished portrait, of himself and his wife Nicole Porter, for the first time yesterday.
The couple were married in an intimate outdoor ceremony at the Falls of Feugh restaurant in Banchory.
Nicole, artist and owner of the Nicole Porter Gallery on King Street in Aberdeen, began working on the wedding portrait shortly after becoming engaged.
The 28-year-old hid the painting from Gareth, 29, originally from Walsall, who posed for the painting but had no idea what it would look like.
Yesterday he was left speechless as it was finally revealed to him after the moving afternoon ceremony.
He said: “It was so emotional to see it. I know how much effort and love she has put into it. For me to just have that 30 seconds of seeing it for the first time for all those months she has been working on it was incredible.
“It is such a treasure and a memory that I will take forever. It will be with us for generations and generations and it is just brilliant.”
Nicole said the portrait will never be complete as she will add details of their life together in the coming years.
“The concept is that it will never be finished. That is our life together and we will add to it. Our love is forever and the painting is a symbol of that. As our life changes I will add things to it and keep it developing as our lives go on,” she said.
“To do it for Gareth, and to unveil it on our wedding day, it just symbolises what this marriage is about for me.”
The portrait is called A Hand to Hold, named after a poem written by Gareth, an electrical superintendent, which he read out during the ceremony.
The couple are depicted in the clothes they wore on their first date in January last year, along with the ringbearer at their wedding, their dog Kaja.
The portrait also includes details of Gareth’s time in the RAF and personal mementoes such as a Valentine’s card he made for Nicole.
She said: “I was so excited to see his reaction to it. Although he has been posing for it he has never seen it, and it has been this big mystery. I have been working so hard on it and it really has been the best day. It has all gone so well.”