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.
I hope Julia and Jeff won’t mind me mentioning it, but they were slightly older than my usual brides and grooms. And that’s probably what contributed to the totally joyous nature of the day: It’s the first time I’ve photographed a wedding couple dance down the aisle twice – on arrival and departure!
Combined with the wonderful surroundings of Archerfield House wedding photography and wonderful autumnal sun, it was a day they, their children and all their guests will remember. I just hope my Archerfield House wedding photography did their day justice!
A month ago saw an East Lothian wedding photographer back in New York. This time I barely left Brooklyn – which if it was a city rather than a Borough, would be the 4th largest city in the USA. So there was plenty to explore!
The East River, and it’s ferry, continue to inspire me, whatever the weather. It’s a great, and quick way to cover the distance from Greenpoint in the north (where I was staying) to the midpoint of the Brooklyn Bridge. Once there I walked, and walked, and…got lost.
That’s what I like to do when I’m exploring – just take randome turns and see where the streets lead you. Of course, you’re never really lost in a city with the streets laid out in a numerical grid system, but you know what I mean!
I did venture into Manhattan on a couple of occassions, once to visit the amazing Metropolitan Museum of Art. And I was amazed at the amount of movies being filmed on the streets, with major stars. I saw – from a distance – Will Smith, Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler, among many others. And watched as a crew set up a stunt involving a high speed car chase across a busy intersection (although as it was going to be filmed many hours later, I didn’t hang around to watch the actual stunt!)
You mat notice that there’s several photos of bars here. One was the most unusual bar I’ve ever visited. It was at the back of a launderette, entered through a door disguised as a couple of dryers. And once inside the bar there were pinball machines – loads of them!
The other bar featured here is Peggy’s local. I’ve promised not to name it, or ever mention it on TripAdvisor! But it’s like that bar in ‘Cheers.’ It’s the bar where everyone knows everyone’s name (and the bartender knows your favourite tipple.) Just a superb place, and enough to turn you into an alcoholic! Not that this East Lothian wedding photographer would ever partake in drink…. ahem….