This was an unusual wedding in many ways! The date for one – three days after Christmas. And the schedule – a ceremony at 6pm with a drinks reception beforehand rather than after. Lastly, my booking was only confirmed five days before the wedding!
But Archerfield House is such a magnificent wedding venue, just up the road from me, and Matt and Louise sounded such a wonderful couple, that I readily agreed.
I didn’t actually meet them until the afternoon of the wedding, and my perceptions of them were true. However, given the time of year, it was already dark when I arrived to photograph everyone getting ready. Not a problem given modern technology! I shudder to think about the lighting I would have had to use in the old days of film…..
Archerfield House’s rooms are huge! The main suite on the first floor has two bedrooms, which easily housed the male and female members of the Bridal party, And the room between the bedrooms could even hold all 20 (yes, 20! A record for me!) members of the bridal party for the formal group photo.
After the formal photos, and a few posed shots of Matt and Louise in the grandeur of Archerfield House, everyone headed down to the Waterfront for dinner and speeches. I have to say, Louise’s father’s speech was one of the funniest “Father of the Bride’s” speeches I have ever listened to. And I have head a lot! Suffice to say, there are quotes in my head that can’t be put in a public blog…..
I left before the dancing, but based on the fun and love I’d seen and photographed so far, I’m sure the evening continued in style!
Here are some of my Archerfield House wedding photographs in Black and White – given the time of year and the lighting, I thought that black and white versions of the original colour photographs were more apt. Matt and Louise get both versions, of course!
Despite Glencorse House being one of my favourite wedding venues, this was my first visit this year. It was also tmy first time where a wedding started late because a bomb scare delayed the wedding car!
The weather stayed dry until the official photos had been taken, and by then most of the guests were congregating around the bar! It certainly explained some of the crazy dancing that occured after the ceileidh had finished – I have the photos, but won’t publish them here for fear of embarrassing the guests….. Make sure you ask Tessa and Jay for the evidence!
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!
Caroline was one of the most laid-back Brides I’ve had the pleasure of working with – either that or she was covering up her nerves about the day extraordinarily well! Her and Stewart’s small intimate wedding at Archerfield House had a very few small hitches – like the appalling July weather – but nothing dampened the smiles on both their faces, and all their guests’.
The rain eventually decided it was not going to fall, and although the cold wind didn’t let up, we managed to get outside for some photos with the magnificent backdrop of the opulent Archerfield House.
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….
Albert and Mary travelled from Cork in Ireland to get married in Edinburgh. With just four guests, it was a small wedding – but no less joyous for that!
There were just two small hiccups: Albert mysteriously forgot how to tie his tie, and the priest got the time of the wedding wrong! So Mary, turning up on time, was forced to wait 30 minutes while the hidden gem of the Church of the Sacred Heart was readied! Mary’s father also filled the role of best-man – helping Albert and looking after the rings. I still wonder how he managed to give two, different, speeches at dinner!
After the ceremony we hailed a cab and went on a mini tour of Edinburgh before re-uniting with the guests for a celebration drink.
Albert and Mary, I hope your party this week goes as well as your wedding day!
My first wedding of the year was a family affair – my cousin’s daughter was getting married in Manchester. That makes Kate the bride my first cousin once removed, and I think it’s possibly the first wedding I’ve photographed where I’ve also got photographs of the bride as a newborn baby!
Kate met Nat last year when they were both working for charities in Thailand, and it was, it seems, love at first sight. Waiting for theose ‘Look of Love’ moments was easy with these two!