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….
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!