As a St Andrews wedding photographer, St Salvators chapel is one of my favourite buildings. Kat and Mike got married in the magnificent chapel and after some formal family photographs there, the guests made their way to the Drumoig Golf Hotel.
This was not a venue I’d been to before – but that was because they don’t really host weddings. They’d made an exception for Kat and Mike though – because her Dad had developed and built the whole place!
As he told me “21 years ago this was a barley field.” You certainly wouldn’t know if you weren’t told! And it provided some lovely locations for the photos of the two of them. And since they had connections, their two dogs were also allowed to make an appearance – in person as well as on the wedding cake.
Hilarious speeches were followed by an evening of dancing and partying….
As an Edinburgh wedding photographer, I don’t normally work on a Monday. But Americans Neal and Debbie returned to the city to celebrate their 10 year anniversary with a Vows renewal. And since they celebrated a decade on to the day and hour, I ended up being with them.
Almost everything was the same. Debbie even wore the same dress! The Rev Melville Schofield came out of retirement to renew the ceremony of a decade before, Debbie’s son Eddie walked her down the aisle once again, and Pipe Major Iain Grant provided an encore of music and entertainment.
The major difference was that instead of getting married at the tiny St Margarets Chapel within the Castle walls, they upgraded to the larger and magnificent Greyfriars Kirk.
This also gave us the chance to take some photographs at some of their favourite locations – the Greyfriars churchyard, Flodden Walk, and of course the Greyfriars Bobby.
Then we walked back to the Witchery, where they were staying (and where they’d stayed 10 years before!) This gave the opportunity for some lovely location portraits of Neal and Debbie, in the Grassmarket, the West Bow and on and off the Royal Mile.
We finally returned to their suite for celebratory champagne, and the most amazing Haggis balls and Scotch eggs.
Being an Edinburgh wedding photographer is always an amazing experience with such fantastic locations at every turn. But life is always easier when the day has been planned by Yvonne from Scottish wedding planners, Sixpence Weddings. And guess what? She organised the original wedding ten years before!
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!