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!
Being an East Lothian wedding photographer has many advantages. It’s not just the many fantastic venues, but the fantastic scenery as well. And when Autumn is in full swing – then wow, it just looks glorious!
Lesley and Gordon were married at Haddingtom Registry Office and from there made their way to Craigielaw Golf Club. The previous day I drove various routes between the two looking for the best locations with Autumn colours. Unfortunately, a gale was blowing, and I was beginning to think I would have to find a pile of fallen leaves for them to kick about! Luckily I found two locations which were relatively sheltered, with a third in mind, ‘just in case.’
In fact, the weather defies the forecast and the sun came out as we left Haddington. Low autumnal sunshine is one of my favourites – not too bright, and not too high.
Lesley’s two children did an amazing job at the wedding. Young Kyle not only walked his mother down the aisle, he later gave the first speech of the evening with Caroline looking on with pride. Kyle’s elder sister Sophie looked amazing as the bridesmaid – even if she did try and sneak a pair of Doc Martins on under her dress!
And Best Man Michael, from Sweden – whose day started with losing his rental car keys somewhere on the golf course – ended his speach with praise for Tennants lager! To make his day better, someone found his car keys and they were returned to him with a round of applause from all the guests.
Being an East Lothian wedding photographer is never boring!