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 –
Adele and Grant are lovely people and so perfect for each other. It was a pleasure to photograph their Spring Marriott Dalmahoy wedding near Edinburgh. This is a venue I know very well and it is very close to my heart as my husband and I got married there in 2011! Since then I have worked there a few times and each time feels special.
The couple chose a bright blue and yellow colour theme which tied in really well with the décor of the hotel as well as being perfect for Spring. I’m not sure if matching the venue colour scheme was intentional or just a coincidence but it looked great being so coordinated!
Adele got ready with her bridesmaids at Dalmahoy on the morning of the wedding which was very handy as I was able to nip back and forth between her and Grant. It also meant I was able to capture some portrait photos of her in her beautiful wedding dress just before she went down for the ceremony. Their humanist ceremony was touching and gave their guests a lovely insight into their personalities and relationship. After the ceremony I captured some natural shots before launching into the official group photos. Then the three of us hopped onto a golf buggy and whizzed over to the pond for some romantic couple photos! It was great to get some photos with the venue in the distance too. On our way back we found a blossom tree which was still in bloom which made a lovely backdrop. After dinner the party really started and I left everyone dancing the night away and having a great time.
Dalmahoy wedding photography highlights –
Photographer – Claire Tennant Photography
Florist – Garlands Florist
Dress Designer & Store – Eternity Bridal, Simply Exquisite Bridal & Prom Boutique
Make-up – Emma Motion
Hair – City Brides
Cake – Happy Ever Afters
Band/ DJ – 1st Dance Professional Wedding DJ
Humanist – Tim Maguire
Last Summer on a sunny but windy day I had the pleasure of photographing Heather and Kevin’s lovely Cringletie House wedding. Cringletie House is a beautiful baronial mansion in Peebles, not far from Edinburgh. It was the first time I’d photographed a wedding there but I had travelled though in advance to scout the best locations. I was impressed by how picturesque the house and gardens and it instantly became one of my favourite venues.
I was only at Heather and Kevin’s wedding for 3 hours but this was long enough to capture the most important parts of the day. Their ceremony was held in Cringletie’s large conservatory with guests facing in towards the couple. This gave I gave a nice intimate feel and meant everyone had a good view of the main event! Kevin and Heather had secretly organised for an owl to deliver their rings which was a special, memorable touch. During the drinks reception the owl was brought outside for guests to hold and admire!
After the family group shots I stole Heather and Kevin away for a short while to take some romantic couple photos. There are many fantastic locations for Cringletie House wedding photography around the 28 acres of lush grounds. We took a walk around and stopped off at several picturesque locations including a small bridge over the river and the beautiful walled garden which had lovely colourful flowers in bloom.
Cringletie House wedding highlights –
What an incredible Royal Botanic Garden wedding! I started the day with Kirsten and the girls at home where they were having their hair and make up done. Kirsten had obviously put a lot of thought into their styling and had chosen a vintage look complete with 50s style dresses for her and the girls which looked amazing. It was refreshing to see a bold style which reflected Kirsten’s artistic flare!
Shortly before the ceremony I met up with a slightly nervous Graeme and took some photos of him and his best man before capturing their guests arriving. Beautiful sunshine meant that the humanist ceremony conducted by Tim Maguire was able to take place outside at the John Muir Grove just as Kirsten and Graeme had hoped. The setting amongst the huge towering redwoods was just like something out of a fairytale and the personal readings and vows made it even more special.
After the ceremony the piper piped everyone over to the Caledonian Hall where the drinks reception was held. Celebratory hugs were followed by a few group photos and then the focus was all on Kirsten and Graeme for their romantic couple photos! As it was late Spring many flowers were in bloom which added a lovely pop of colour to the photos.
One of the highlights of the day for me was Kirsten and Graeme’s first dance. It was unexpectedly impressive, brilliantly rehearsed and at one point Graeme even lifted Kirsten high into the air!! Judging by the look on people’s faces I don’t think anyone expected those moves!
If you are planning an Edinburgh wedding (or anywhere else of course) please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss your wedding photography requirements.
Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden wedding photography highlights –
Photographer – Claire Tennant Photography
Humanist Celebrant – Tim Maguire
Florist – Roseparks
Dress Designer – Justin Alexander
Store – Gwenne Wedding Services
Make-up- Miss Dixiebelle
Hair – Miss Dixiebelle
Cake – Marks and Spencer (additional flowers by Roseparks)
Band/ DJ – Aurora
This beautiful Summer Pollok House wedding was wonderful to photograph! Pollok House is a grand Edwardian country house based near the centre of Glasgow which is owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It’s a lovely atmospheric venue for a wedding as the reception rooms are packed with period furniture and beautiful details. There are lots of lovely photo locations outside too as it’s set in stunning Pollok Country Park.
Alison and Danny are fun loving people who are bursting with personality. They never stopped smiling all day and their happiness was infectious as I found myself constantly smiling too! Their intimate ceremony took place in the beautiful Pavillion Library room and both Alison and Danny said some lovely, emotional words. After the ceremony the French doors were opened out and their guests were given confetti for the obligatory confetti throwing photo! After some celebratory hugs their guests relaxed outside, sipping drinks and soaking up some sun.
The three of us walked around the grounds and I took some romantic couple photos along the way. Pollok House and the manicured gardens surrounding it really do make a spectacular backdrop.
Below are some highlights from this Summer Pollok House wedding –
Florist – Lorraine Wood Flowers
Venue – Pollok House
Make-up – Pamper & Polish
Hair – Pamper & Polish
Cake – Cakes By Ann
Band/ DJ – Craig Hunter at Southside DJ
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 –