First Dance

Music at your wedding

Some people rehearse their first dance, others cringe at the thought of performing in front of their family and guests. Here’s a list from The Washington Post of the most popular wedding songs in America in case you need inspiration.

Interesting to see that Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ tops the list!

At my own wedding, we had a surprise appearance by Scott Matthew who sang Annie’s Song by John Denver as you’ve never heard it before. YouTube have him singing it live, and sounding just like it did at our small reception.  He followed it with his version of  Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance with Somebody (number 5 on the list of popular songs above),= but again sounding completely different from the original.

Of course, the most popular wedding song in Scotland comes at the end of the night, not the beginning! It has to be ‘500 miles’ by The Pretenders

If you want to hear more of Scott Matthew, he’s on iTunes and no doubt on Spotify too. He also has a website.

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Fenton Tower wedding photographer

Being a Fenton Tower wedding photographer is always a wonderful experience for me. Situated just outside North Berwick, but within easy reach of Edinburgh for guests travelling from afar, it’s main modern claim to fame is that it was used as the location for Archie’s Castle in the BBC TV series Balamory, and has just won the 2017 Lux wedding awards as the Best East Lothian Wedding Venue.

With it’s huge hall, romantic bedrooms, a dining room with vaulted ceilings, and extensive grounds, it’s the perfect place for a small intimate wedding such as Shelley and Greg’s nuptials.

I’m assuming that when the castle was built in the 14th century and they decided on it’s strategic site atop a hill, they weren’t thinking about the wind, weddings and wedding photography! It can be the breeziest venue I shoot at, although, to be honest, there are so many good locations to use in the grounds that I can normally find a sheltered spot! And here’s a tip: always get your subjects to face into the wind so that their hair, veil and dress blow away from them!

Shelley and Greg’s marriage was on such a windy day. I almost got strangled by my own tie as I stepped out of my car…. But it was also a day full of surprises, not least for the Bride! Shelley was kept totally in the dark about the weekend, as the whole wedding was organised by Greg and Shelley’s Mum!

The Bride and Groom’s two young daughters nearly stole the limelight. Their excitement and smiles were only matched by their parents – in fact it was smiles all round for the whole wedding party.

After their ceremony I whisked the newly weds outside for some quick photos with the Tower in the background, and then it was back inside for some more formal photos in the warmth of the Great Hall.

I left them after the speeches, and about to eat from an amazing menu prepared by Katriona  and Lyndsay from Feast who always seem to be slaving away in the kitchen while I’m working as a Fenton Tower wedding photographer.


Fenton Tower wedding photography - the groom and his daughter

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and her daughter

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Groom and his Best Man

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Groom's buttonhole

Fenton Tower wedding photography - Bride's mother helps to fasten the wedding dress

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride ready to get married

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the bride hugging her daughters before the wedding ceremony.

Fenton Tower wedding photography - two excited flower girls enter the main hall

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and her father enter the Great Hall

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the ceremony in the Great Hall

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and Groom laugh during the Humanist ceremony

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and Groom's daughter hands over the wedding rings

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and Groom toast each other after getting married

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and Groom pose on the circular tower staircase

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and Groom

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and Groom pose in front of the castle on a windy day

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and Groom pose in front of the castle on a windy day

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and Groom pose in front of the castle

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and Groom walk through the grounds of the castle

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and Groom walk through the grounds of the castle

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and Groom pose with their daughters

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the flower girls are rewarded with candy.

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and Groom pose in the Great Hall

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and Groom pose in the Great Hall with their daughters

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride poses with her mother and daughter

Fenton Tower wedding photography - guests enjoying themselves

Fenton Tower wedding photography - the Bride and Groom laugh during the speeches.

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Kellie Castle Wedding Photographer

I’d never been to the wonderful Kellie Castle before – but that’s not a problem for me. I just turned up over an hour early and met the National Trust Scotland organisers and had a tour while we compared timetables for the day.
Kellie Castle is a jewel hidden in the Kingdom of Fife. Originally buit in the 14th century, it was extensively modernised by the artistic and famous Lorimer family. It’s a perfect, romantic place to get married, and a perfect location for your wedding photographs. It’s gardens in particular, with their ‘Arts and Crafts’ herbacious borders and fruit and vegetable gardens, provide the perfect spot for an outdoor reception.
Alex and Andreas got ready in the picturesque Scottish fishing village of Pittenwean before travelling to the castle. They got married in the magnificent hall, and then held their reception outdoors in the gardens, filled with spring time flowers.

Groom getting ready before his wedding at Kellie Castle

Bride getting ready before her wedding at Kellie Castle

Bride arriving at Kellie Castle with a Highland piper leading the way

Bride and Groom getting married in Kellie Castle

Bride and Groom getting married in Kellie Castle

Bride and Groom getting married in Kellie Castle

Bride and Groom lead their guests to the gardens of Kellie Castle

Bride and Groom in the gardens of Kellie Castle

Bride and Groom in the gardens of Kellie Castle

Bride and Groom in the gardens of Kellie Castle

Bride and Groom in front of Kellie Castle

kellie Castle Bride and Groom

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