Cheryl and Michael’s Edinburgh Principal Hotel (previously the George Hotel) wedding took place at the end of May on a beautiful bright sunny day. I started off at the stunning Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh where Cheryl was getting ready with her bridesmaids. They made sure they were ready early so that we could make use of the dramatic grand staircase before moving to The Principal Hotel for their ceremony. Meanwhile my assistant Jim Davies Photography was at the Principal taking photos of the boys. Normally I photograph weddings on my own but Cheryl and Michael were keen for more coverage of the boys. Jim did a great job and his photos blended seamlessly with mine.
Cheryl arrived at the Principal Hotel looking stunning in a vintage car with it’s roof down. Quite a crowd of passers by gathered around to see her. The ceremony was lovely and personal with lots of laughs, both Cheryl and Michael looked very much in love.
As it was such a nice day we were able to go with the bridal party to Queen Street Gardens for the group and romantic couple photos. The great thing about Queen Street Gardens is that it’s private and you need a key to get in so it’s always quiet and well kept. There are lots of lovely places for photos there. The couple were happy to follow our lead and stop off at the various locations on the way back to their car.
Then it was back to The Principal Hotel to capture some of the stylish reception, emotional moments during the speeches and first dance. I absolutely love the focal point of the impressive chandelier in the room, it really has the wow factor. After the first dance the party really got started and the dance floor was bustling with guests showing off their best moves!
Below are a few highlights from this Edinburgh Principal Hotel Wedding –
I loved photographing this romantic Autumn outdoor wedding at the Glasshouse. It was my second time photographing a wedding at the venue and yet again it didn’t disappoint. The Glasshouse is such a lovely, modern venue and although it’s in the heart of Edinburgh it almost feels like you’re away from it all with lots of greenery on the terrace and the beautiful backdrop of Calton hill.
The Wedding Day
With Claire and Sean’s wedding being in mid-September I don’t think any of us really expected to be able to hold the ceremony outside. They were really lucky that on the day it was mild for the time of year. The prospect of an outdoor ceremony made me a very happy photographer as the terrace is a stunning ceremony setting and I always feel being outdoors adds to the atmosphere.
Below are a few highlights from this Autumn outdoor wedding at The Glasshouse –
The Wedding Ceremony
Claire and Sean had a lovely personalised Civil Ceremony full of laughter and emotion. Soon it was time for the official group photos and the guests enjoyed relaxing with a celebratory drink in hand and lovely background music by Arta String Quartet in the background.
Claire and Sean were so friendly on the run up to the day that I knew I was going to have a great time with them. The wedding day itself was relaxed with lots of fun, candid moments to capture. There are so many great spots on the terrace and inside for photos that it’s easy to capture an excellent variety of photos.
As I was taking the romantic couple photos we spotted some local wildlife…foxes on Calton Hill (see the photo below)! That was a first for me!
If you’re looking for ideas for a great honeymoon venue in Edinburgh, The Glasshouse would be perfect! With it’s idyllic setting and picturesque views from it’s elevated position, it’s the perfect getaway for couples who’ve got married elsewhere in the UK and looking to enjoy everything Edinburgh has to offer.
Florist – Garlands Florist
Dress Shop – Simply Exquisite
Dress Designer – San Patrick
Make Up – Jackie Cormack
Cake – 3D Cakes
Band – Stewart Reid Wedding Band
Ceremony music – Arta String Quartet
Stationery – 2 Flux
It was a pleasure to be Catriona and Richard’s photographer on their big day. They chose to have a relaxed Scottish farm wedding reception on Richard’s parent’s farm in Fife near Edinburgh. It was a dream come true to photograph a wedding on farm and it has to be one of my favourite weddings ever!
Catriona got ready at her parent’s house with her bridesmaids on the morning of her wedding. There were lovely moments as the bridal party interacted during preparations. The girls were ready early so we were also able to capture some beautiful portraits in the garden.
The ceremony which took place at stunning St Michael’s Church in Linlithgow. Catriona made a dramatic appearance at the church by arriving in an old cleaned up farm Land Rover! In fact there were several of them which were used to transport the bridal party – very cool! It was an emotional and heartfelt ceremony.
After some photos around St Michaels we set off for the farm reception where Richard and Catriona were greeted with confetti. There was a lovely, relaxed atmosphere at the farm with so many personalised touches. They had made their own fire pits from horseshoes and made many of the decorations around the venue themselves. I really enjoyed photographing all of the personal details. As I began searching for moments that would help to tell the story of the day I could tell everyone was having a great time. After some fantastic speeches in the marquee it was time to begin the evening celebrations. Everyone brought the day to an end by demonstrating their best dance moves!
Here are some highlights from this relaxed Scottish farm wedding –
Florist – Poppy Floral Design
Dress Shop – CKS Bridal
Dress Designer – Dando London
Make Up – Nicole Govan
Band – ?
Theresa and Moray tied the knot at the beautiful St John’s Church in Portobello. The park across the road from the church was perfect for the family and bridal party group photos. Everyone then travelled into Edinburgh to the Carlton Hotel for the stylish wedding reception. Meanwhile Theresa, Moray and I went to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to take some romantic couple photos before re-joining their guest at the hotel. It was a fantastic happy day which was lovely to be a part of.
Highlights from this beautiful Carlton Hotel wedding –
I had the pleasure of photographing Sophie and Ben’s Edinburgh Leith Registry office wedding last Spring. It was my first time at Leith Registry Office and when I arrived I found that it is set in a complex of buildings that used to be Leith Theatre and Leith Town Hall! Some of the features inside such as the large staircase and reception area are quite impressive.
Not keen on being centre of attention Sophie and Ben chose to have a small, intimate celebration with their closest friends and family. I was only there for a short while to capture the key parts of the day such as the ceremony and some portraits afterwards. The ceremony was brief but moving and it was clear to see how in love these two are!
After the ceremony we captured some family group portraits before making our way outside for some romantic couple photos. It started to rain lightly so we made use of the sheltered areas and pillars around the registry office.
Leith Registry Office wedding highlights –
Jolene and Allan’s wedding at The Caves in Edinburgh last September was bursting with fun and personality! I loved the bright orange pop of colour from the flowers, Jolene’s leopard print shoes and the fact they had a magician and a 3D photographer – very cool!! It was the first time I’d seen confetti cannons in use and as you can see they worked brilliantly for the big group shot! We managed to head along to the Royal Mile for some natural light couple shots which made a great contrast to the shots inside the dark and dramatic Caves. One of the highlights for me was seeing Jolene and Allan sandwiched between lots of their friends on the dancefloor…such a fun moment 🙂 .
Check out a few highlights from this fun wedding at the Caves below-
Photographer – Claire Tennant Photography
Florist – Stems
Dress Designer – Stephanie Allin
Make-up- Alexis Anderson – IQ Beauty
Hair – Iain Irvine, Urban Angel
Cake – Marks and Spencer
Band/ DJ – Soul Inferno
Magician – Lewis Barlow
3D Photographer – Sean Lee