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!
Being an East Lothian wedding photographer has many advantages. It’s not just the many fantastic venues, but the fantastic scenery as well. And when Autumn is in full swing – then wow, it just looks glorious!
Lesley and Gordon were married at Haddingtom Registry Office and from there made their way to Craigielaw Golf Club. The previous day I drove various routes between the two looking for the best locations with Autumn colours. Unfortunately, a gale was blowing, and I was beginning to think I would have to find a pile of fallen leaves for them to kick about! Luckily I found two locations which were relatively sheltered, with a third in mind, ‘just in case.’
In fact, the weather defied the forecast and the sun came out as we left Haddington. Low autumnal sunshine is one of my favourites – not too bright, and not too high.
Lesley’s two children did an amazing job at the wedding. Young Kyle not only walked his mother down the aisle, he later gave the first speech of the evening with Caroline looking on with pride. Kyle’s elder sister Sophie looked amazing as the bridesmaid – even if she did try and sneak a pair of Doc Martins on under her dress!
And Best Man Michael, from Sweden – whose day started with losing his rental car keys somewhere on the golf course – ended his speach with praise for Tennants lager! To make his day better, someone found his car keys and they were returned to him with a round of applause from all the guests.
Being an East Lothian wedding photographer is never boring!
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.