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!
So, an Edinburgh wedding photographer working in New York? Well, that would be telling – but these are some of my favourite photographs that I took on my few days free in the city.
For a change, I’ve added captions under most of the photos.
Grand Central Station – using a 30 sec shutter speed. That’s an Apple store under the windows at the back!
The whispering arch in Grand Central Station. It’s just like the whispering gallery in St Paul’s Cathedral in London: whisper into the arch and the person standing diagonally opposite can hear you. Although, in this case it looks as though someone didn’t make the restrooms in time…..
Taken from the Staten Island ferry, this is 36 photos joined together in Photoshop. Shot handheld from a moving (up and down as well as towards the subject) boat, it’s amazing what modern technology can do nowadays!
This reminded me of the “Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash
There’s a message here, somewhere….
A few great murals in the Chelsea area
Some arty graffiti on a lamp post….
It was Halloween while I was there. The Pirates of
The New York Marathon went straight past where I was staying in Brooklyn.
And some people came out to watch as the 10,000 runners streamed past.
The view of the Empire State Building from Peggy’s flat.
‘The Ride’ is a bus tour with a difference: all the seats face sideways and are arranged as a terrace so everyone gets a view. They then stop in front of designated street entertainers who perform for them.
This was in Times Square. And it was several days after Halloween. I think he was emphasising the 50% cuts throughout the store.
My favourite journey was the East River Ferry. The nearest pier was just a 10 minute walk from Peggy’s apartment and it took about 15-20 minutes to get to south Manhattan. The views from the open back deck were amazing. These four photos were all taken as the sun sank into the autumnal sky.
An Edinburgh wedding photographer at yet another destination wedding? Well, if you’ve looked at the pictures first, you may be thinking that it was one of those weddings that I’m not allowed to show in any media of any kind, nor mention any names (of which I’ve had a few this year.) And I’m not going to tell you any more!
Suffice to say I have just returned from a few days in the Greatest City in the World (after Edinburgh) where I managed to spend some time with my friend Peggy. I haven’t been in NYC for 15 years so there was plenty for us to see and do and Peggy, a long term resident, was an excellent guide.
Photographically, I have a problem with the city. Almost every view is one I have seen before, whether on TV or in the cinema and I wanted to remember something different.
A piece of advice from a friend came to mind – “Always remember to look up;” they’d said, because with such tall buildings the view of the sky is always varied and interesting. And while looking up, I discovered that those tall buildings reflected other buildings (thanks to modern architect’s predeliction for glass.) So I started hunting for interesting reflections. The amazing weather helped enormously (22c and blue skies almost the whole time!) and a trip to Central Park to view the Fall Colours added a bit of variety to my project.
Finally I have added one of the final ‘reflection’ pictures I took – of the two of us reflected in the window of a subway carriage.
All in all, a wonderful few days reflecting (see what I did there?) on the wonders of being an Edinburgh Wedding Photographer!