Archerfield Wedding Photographer
The Waterfront at Archerfield is a luxury Scottish wedding venue, nestled on the Archerfield Estate on the coast of East Lothian overlooking the Firth of Forth and Fidra Island, just outside North Berwick. I love local weddings and being an Archerfield wedding photographer, and it’s hardly a long drive from my home in Dunbar to North Berwick and the Bride’s house.
As I arrived, Ashling was getting ready in a rather non-traditional way – with a glass of Bucks Fizz and a bacon butty! It was literally the first photograph I took. I always approve of Bride’s eating something before the ceremony, as there’s usually quite a time gap between getting the dress on and the first canapés.
Ashling’s father drove her to Dirleton Kirk in his prized Audi TT (a car he then trusted Groom Adam with for the drive to Archerfield) where she was met by her piper for her entrance to the church.
Incidentally, the 17th century Dirleton Kirk was the location of one of my first weddings I photographed digitally (as opposed to with film) way back in 2003!
After the service the ushers organised the guests into two lines so that the newly married couple could be covered in confetti as they left. This is an essential job for ushers, as people don’t seem to realise how close you need to be to throw confetti! It really doesn’t travel very far….
On arrival at the Archerfield Estate we stopped at the end of the Archerfield House driveway for a quick photo before heading down to the Waterside and more photos on the coastline and in the woods.
The weather at this point was nice enough for the guests to be able to stand outside drinking champagne before moving inside for the speeches. The Waterfront is a huge space, capable of seating 200 guests and always looks fantastic with its star filled ceiling. With a great PA system everyone could laugh at the Best Man’s speech, and Adam’s embarrassment!
One of my favourite photos of the day (along with Ashling and her bacon butty) was taken between the meal and the first dance. It had begun to rain and one couple took shelter in an upturned boat that was part of the garden décor. You can’t escape my lenses, no matter what the weather!
The first dance was a sedate affair, but as soon as it was over Ashling held court on the dance floor – in a style that was definitely not sedate!
Here are just a few of the over 300 photos from that special day I delivered to the happy couple, Ashling and Adam.
PS I haven’t mentioned the cake – the most unusual wedding cake I have ever seen! Two caterpillars – don’t ask!
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!