First Dance

Music at your wedding

Some people rehearse their first dance, others cringe at the thought of performing in front of their family and guests. Here’s a list from The Washington Post of the most popular wedding songs in America in case you need inspiration.

Interesting to see that Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ tops the list!

At my own wedding, we had a surprise appearance by Scott Matthew who sang Annie’s Song by John Denver as you’ve never heard it before. YouTube have him singing it live, and sounding just like it did at our small reception.  He followed it with his version of  Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance with Somebody (number 5 on the list of popular songs above),= but again sounding completely different from the original.

Of course, the most popular wedding song in Scotland comes at the end of the night, not the beginning! It has to be ‘500 miles’ by The Pretenders

If you want to hear more of Scott Matthew, he’s on iTunes and no doubt on Spotify too. He also has a website.

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Favourite wedding venues part 3 – Glencorse House

There’s a unique atmosphere about weddings at Glencorse House. It may be the team that work there to make every wedding run so smoothly, or it may just be Paul’s catering skills! More likely it’s the setting, hidden away from the outside world yet just minutes from Penicuik and Edinburgh.
I believe that it’s unique in the Lothians in that it has it’s own church on site, a gem of a building that Robert Louis Stevenson visited, worshipped at, and wrote about: “”If my spirit returns to earth it will be found wandering through Glencorse Woods or sitting on the old bridge at Glencorse Kirk, the finest spot on earth”.
Anyway, here’s a selection of photographs taken over the last few years of Glencorse House weddings.

Favourite Wedding Venues – Mar Lodge

I first went to Mar Lodge last year – and the second time I visited was a month later! Those two visits confirmed my view that Mar Lodge is one of the great undiscovered (by me) venues in Scotland.
Originally built as a hunting lodge for the Duke and Duchess of Fife in 1895, it unfortunately burned down in the 1990s while being renovated. The immaculate restoration has now reulted in a complex of luxury appartment with all mod-cons (with the exception of a mobile phone signal!)
It is one of the most perfect places in Scotland for a weekend party. The building itself is a wondeful backdrop to any photo. And the 29,000 hectares of beautiful Scottish countryside that make up the estate can leave no photographer at a loss for a location!
In the evening, there is the Stag Ballroom. So named for the stags antlers adorning every surface…. I didn’t count them, but there’s apparently over 1,000 of them.
And on top of all of that – the staff are just some of the most hospitable people I’ve met! Nothing is too much of a problem for them.
Here are some photos, but you can see others on my blog posts about Viki and Brian’s wedding and Fiona and Niall’s wedding.

Favourite Wedding Venues Wedderburn Castle

Wedderburn Castle, in the Scottish Borders near Duns, is one of my favourite venues to visit. It’s not just the stately building, the magnificent rooms and grounds. There’s also a lovely feeling to the place, of relaxation and care. Not to mention the food! They are one of the few venues I know that employ their own chef. No matter how large or small the wedding party, or whatever the weather throws at you, there’s plenty of scope for some wonderful wedding photography.
Ashleigh and Ross have just booked me to photograph their wedding there in June – but they live in Hong Kong and haven’t even visited Wedderburn. So while we can meet over a Skype call, I thought they might like to see a few photographs that show off the place!

My favourite Scotland wedding photographs of 2013

If all the photographs in my new wedding gallery were from the same wedding, it would be the perfect wedding! (At least from a wedding photographers point of view…..)
Last week I posted about the ‘look of love’ that I capture at each wedding. Those are the full page photographs in any album.
But there’s always plenty of other special moments that capture the atmosphere and essence of any wedding, and in these, my favourite Scotland wedding photographs of 2013, I hope to demonstrate that there’s always a story to be told.

The look of love – some of my favourite documentary wedding photography from 2013

A very happy New Year to everyone reading this!
Hogmanay is a time for reflection over the past year, and going through some of the weddings I photographed in the past 12 months, a theme became clear….
These photos are not all my favourites from my unposed documentary wedding photography in Scotland in 2013 – but I think they best illustrate how I hope to capture the look of love.

My favourite documentary wedding photographs of 2012

These are just a very small selection of my favourite documentary wedding photographs from last year. I’ve chosen them because of the expressions on the subjects faces, whether it’s bewilderment at the fancy dress usher / parking attendant, the look of love, fun and relief between a happy couple; or just the atmosphere of the evening entertainment.
I visited several favourite venues last year (half of these photographs were taken at Wedderburn Castle!) but I’m really looking forward to visiting some new venues later this year. There’s a ‘subscribe’ button at the top right of this page if you don’t want to miss out on any of my documentary wedding photographs of 2013…..