As an Edinburgh wedding photographer, I don’t normally work on a Monday. But Americans Neal and Debbie returned to the city to celebrate their 10 year anniversary with a Vows renewal. And since they celebrated a decade on to the day and hour, I ended up being with them.
Almost everything was the same. Debbie even wore the same dress! The Rev Melville Schofield came out of retirement to renew the ceremony of a decade before, Debbie’s son Eddie walked her down the aisle once again, and Pipe Major Iain Grant provided an encore of music and entertainment.
The major difference was that instead of getting married at the tiny St Margarets Chapel within the Castle walls, they upgraded to the larger and magnificent Greyfriars Kirk.
This also gave us the chance to take some photographs at some of their favourite locations – the Greyfriars churchyard, Flodden Walk, and of course the Greyfriars Bobby.
Then we walked back to the Witchery, where they were staying (and where they’d stayed 10 years before!) This gave the opportunity for some lovely location portraits of Neal and Debbie, in the Grassmarket, the West Bow and on and off the Royal Mile.
We finally returned to their suite for celebratory champagne, and the most amazing Haggis ball and Scotch eggs.
Being an Edinburgh wedding photographer is always an amazing experience with such fantastic locations at every turn. But life is always easier when the day has been planned by Yvonne from Scottish wedding planners, Sixpence Weddings. And guess what? She organised the original wedding ten years before!
Despite Glencorse House being one of my favourite wedding venues, this was my first visit this year. It was also tmy first time where a wedding started late because a bomb scare delayed the wedding car!
The weather stayed dry until the official photos had been taken, and by then most of the guests were congregating around the bar! It certainly explained some of the crazy dancing that occured after the ceileidh had finished – I have the photos, but won’t publish them here for fear of embarrassing the guests….. Make sure you ask Tessa and Jay for the evidence!
There are more photos on their wedding gallery page here, and even more that Tessa and Jay will get on their return from their honeymoon.
Albert and Mary travelled from Cork in Ireland to get married in Edinburgh. With just four guests, it was a small wedding – but no less joyous for that!
There were just two small hiccups: Albert mysteriously forgot how to tie his tie, and the priest got the time of the wedding wrong! So Mary, turning up on time, was forced to wait 30 minutes while the hidden gem of the Church of the Sacred Heart was readied! Mary’s father also filled the role of best-man – helping Albert and looking after the rings. I still wonder how he managed to give two, different, speeches at dinner!
After the ceremony we hailed a cab and went on a mini tour of Edinburgh before re-uniting with the guests for a celebration drink.
Albert and Mary, I hope your party this week goes as well as your wedding day!