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!
I love being a Glencorse House wedding photographer
…probably for the same reasons that many couples like Sam and Ross choose it as their venue. As an exclusive country house wedding venue it has many advantages over a hotel wedding venue, not least in that it has it’s own Kirk, (the most romantic setting imaginable for a wedding ceremony) and it’s own chef!
And most importantly, it has a lovely relaxed atmosphere which suits my style of photography perfectly. Glencorse House itself is a magnificent location for any wedding reception, with its stunning architecture, lush parkland, lake and verdant rhododendrons The staff are all regulars, many of them students studying hospitality, and are always polite and friendly.
Chef Paul was under a bit of pressure at Sam and Ross’ wedding as Ross is also a chef! (I have once photographed another wedding photographer’s wedding, and I can confirm that the pressure is real!)
My day started at Sam’s parent’s house in Edinburgh where she was getting ready along with her two sisters, her bridesmaids, and her parents. We then made our way to Glencorse and their Humanist ceremony,
The weather had been very wet during the morning, but as my weather app predicted, the rain stopped as the ceremony started and it remained dry, if overcast, the rest of the day. Many photographers will tell you that an overcast sky is often preferable to full sunshine!
Back in the marquee, Sam’s mothers amazing flower arrangements, using old tea pots and cups and saucers was the talk of the guests. Then Sam’s father’s speech seemed to embarrass her mother more than it did her – but kept everybody laughing.
The evening continued with enthusiastic dancing to Three Card Trick band.
All in all, a day to illustrate why I love being a Glencorse House wedding photographer!
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.