As a St Andrews wedding photographer, St Salvators chapel is one of my favourite buildings. Kat and Mike got married in the magnificent chapel and after some formal family photographs there, the guests made their way to the Drumoig Golf Hotel.
This was not a venue I’d been to before – but that was because they don’t really host weddings. They’d made an exception for Kat and Mike though – because her Dad had developed and built the whole place!
As he told me “21 years ago this was a barley field.” You certainly wouldn’t know if you weren’t told! And it provided some lovely locations for the photos of the two of them. And since they had connections, their two dogs were also allowed to make an appearance – in person as well as on the wedding cake.
Hilarious speeches were followed by an evening of dancing and partying….
You can see more photos from their wedding by clicking on their St Andrews wedding photographer gallery.
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.