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.























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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.

Edinburgh wedding photographer – reflections of New York

An Edinburgh wedding photographer at yet another destination wedding? Well, if you’ve looked at the pictures first, you may be thinking that it was one of those weddings that I’m not allowed to show in any media of any kind, nor mention any names (of which I’ve had a few this year.) And I’m not going to tell you any more!
Suffice to say I have just returned from a few days in the Greatest City in the World (after Edinburgh) where I managed to spend some time with my friend Peggy. I haven’t been in NYC for 15 years so there was plenty for us to see and do and Peggy, a long term resident, was an excellent guide.
Photographically, I have a problem with the city. Almost every view is one I have seen before, whether on TV or in the cinema and I wanted to remember something different.
A piece of advice from a friend came to mind – “Always remember to look up,” they’d said, because with such tall buildings the view of the sky is always varied and interesting. And while looking up, I discovered that those tall buildings reflected other buildings (thanks to modern architect’s predeliction for glass.) So I started hunting for interesting reflections. The amazing weather helped enormously (22c and blue skies almost the whole time!) and a trip to Central Park to view the Fall Colours added a bit of variety to my project.
Finally I have added one of the final ‘reflection’ pictures I took – of the two of us reflected in the window of a subway carriage.
All in all, a wonderful few days reflecting (see what I did there?) on the wonders of being an Edinburgh Wedding Photographer!

Lena and Tomas’ wedding photography from Sweden

I’ve always been a travelling wedding photographer, so catching a plane to Copenhagen and a train over the bridge to Sweden was a simple journey for me to get to Lund for Lena and Tomas’ wedding.
This was an Irish/Swedish wedding and a DIY affair. There were many volunteers on the day before the wedding, erecting a borrowed marquee, setting up tables for dinner, and cooking the barbecue.
The wedding day itself was fairly similar to a Scottish wedding – the ceremony itself was conducted in English with only the vows being spoken in Swedish. There were friends singing in the church (Irish and Swedish love songs) and then Lena and Tomas and all the guests were led to the reception by musicians. It was when everyone sat down for dinner that the real difference emerged, as guests stood up to say a few words about the couple and to toast their happiness. There were 28 speeches, long and short, and a toast after each!
As can be expected, the evening carried on with more music and dancing. I think the last people left at 5am, although I was in bed a few hours before then!
I say that my job is about capturing the ‘Look of Love’ and with Lena and Tomas, and all their families and friends, this was not difficult. I’m looking forward (with the other guests) to the 10th anniversary party!

Lauren and Tims Oxfordshire wedding

I’ve known Lauren and her parents since I first moved to North Berwick, nearly 15 years ago. Still, it was a pleasure to be asked to photograph her wedding to Tim at Notley Abbey, a six hour drive away.
The weather Gods answered our prayers in the middle of a particularly wet summer, and the sun shone throughout (well almost)
The same can’t be said of the “where are the rings” Gods!
And if you’re wondering about the horse whips in some of the photos…. Don’t ask! It’s a long story, best told by Lauren’s father, and much to the embarrasement of Tim….


Working in Marrakech

I’ve been to Marrakech many times over the past 8 years, but this was a visit with a difference – I was working at the American Society of Travel Agents Destination Expo conference. My friend Jennifer, who I met around 20 years ago, and haven’t seen for around 10 years, is the communications director, and she reckoned that the best way for us to meet up after she had flown all the way across the Atlantic, was to employ me! With the added bonus that my flights were cheaper than flying a photographer from the US, and that I already knew Marrakech and Morocco.

And so my 10 days in Marrakech began – with a free first morning which involved me showing some of the US travel writers around the bit of the Medina that I know, and continued into the conference. Every night there was a social event of some sort, which also had to be photographed, as well as all the speakers and exhibitors at the conference. Some very long days followed!

On the last day Jennifer and I joined others on a day trip to outside of the city, and then we had one last day together in Marrakech where Jennifer went shopping in the souks, and watched a craftsman actually make the pair of sandals she bought!

That left three days for me on my own and I explored bits of the Medina that I hadn’t visited before – the southern side, and particularly the El Badi Palace(with its famous nesting storks and selfie mirror) and the story-telling evening at Cafe Clock.

Finally, one last day of work photographing the area around the Riad Porte Royale (it’s in the very non-touristy north west of the Medina) and also of it’s newly painted terrace, to update their web-site.

I just love the mix of old and new in Morocco – the ancient crafts and way of life, mixed with excellent food, good communications (wifi!) and all the convenient modernities we take for granted in the UK. And there are now direct flights from Glasgow! I’ll be back…..