A Smiling Bride – Fenton Tower Wedding Photography

Fenton Tower Wedding Photographer

Fenton Tower, sitting on a hill above North Berwick in East Lothian, is a beautiful place to get married. A a magnificent, fortified 16th Century tower, it has been restored to a high level of luxury.

Add a beautiful, smiling, laughing bride, her handsome groom, their cute 18 month old some, and mix them with their family and guests in this romantic venue and you’re bound to have lovely photos!

You can see more photos on Rosie and Tom’s gallery page on my main web site.

Destination Wedding Photographer

Destination Wedding Photographer in Scotland and Ireland

As well as being a Scotland wedding photographer, I am also a destination wedding photographer. I have photographed weddings in France, Italy, Sweden and The Bahamas, and last year it was Ireland’s turn.

When I first heard about Jamie and Justin’s wedding I had to enlist the help of Google maps. It turns out that Ballyvaughan is a small town on the west coast of Ireland, half way between Shannon and Galway. They and most of their guests stayed at Gregans Castle Hotel¬†and the ceremony would be in Newtown Castle. a rather unique 16th century tower house.

All of the guests flew in from the United States (where I had first met Albert, their Best Man) and the wedding weekend was three days of celebrating and partying as everyone made the most of the long journey!

Newtown Castle’s unique shape – a cylinder rising from a pyramidical base – and the number of guests, meant that for the first time I photographed a wedding from almost directly above, as the guests were split between two floors. I spent the ceremony quietly stepping up and down a steep circular staircase between the floors to get the best angles!

Amazingly, the weather on the west coast of Ireland was kind to us. Apparently October is one of the drier months in that area, and the sun came out just before the ceremony and stayed out all day. So I took Jamie and Justin for a short walk after the ceremony, allowing them to finally have a chat with each other as a married couple, away from their guests. I caught Justin looking at the ring on his finger – from experience I can tell you that it really does feel odd when you first start wearing a ring and I am always on the look out for a reaction to it.

From their we made our way back to the hotel and more photos in the splendid grounds with their autumn colours.

And then the party began – with laughter, drinks and cigars outside, and later some emotional speeches and some rather crazy dancing into the small hours.

There was one other aspect to the wedding that was unique for me. When Albert, the Best Man, told me his role at the wedding of his two friends I rather cheekily asked if they had booked a wedding photographer yet. Not only had they not got a wedding photographer, Albert hadn’t yet got them a wedding present. So this was the first wedding I have photographed where I was also a wedding present!



An Edinburgh wedding photographer in New York

So, an Edinburgh wedding photographer working in New York? Well, that would be telling – but these are some of my favourite photographs that I took on my few days free in the city.

For a change, I’ve added captions under most of the photos.

Grand Central Station – using a 30 sec shutter speed. That’s an Apple store under the windows at the back!

The whispering arch in Grand Central Station. It’s just like the whispering gallery in St Paul’s Cathedral in London: whisper into the arch and the person standing diagonally opposite can hear you. Although, in this case it looks as though someone didn’t make the restrooms in time…..

Taken from the Staten Island ferry, this is 36 photos joined together in Photoshop. Shot handheld from a moving (up and down as well as towards the subject) boat, it’s amazing what modern technology can do nowadays!

This reminded me of the “Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash

There’s a message here, somewhere….

A few great murals in the Chelsea area

Some arty graffiti on a lamp post….

It was Halloween while I was there. The Pirates of Penzance Brooklyn.

The New York Marathon went straight past where I was staying in Brooklyn.

And some people came out to watch as the 10,000 runners streamed past.

The view of the Empire State Building from the flat (sorry, ‘apartment’!) I was staying in.

‘The Ride’ is a bus tour with a difference: all the seats face sideways and are arranged as a terrace so everyone gets a view. They then stop in front of designated street entertainers who perform for them.

This was in Times Square. And it was several days after Halloween. I think he was emphasising the 50% cuts throughout the store.

My favourite journey was the East River Ferry. The nearest pier was just a 10 minute walk from Peggy’s apartment and it took about 15-20 minutes to get to south Manhattan. The views from the open back deck were amazing. These four photos were all taken as the sun sank into the autumnal sky.